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Systems & Maintenance Technician

Orkney Shellfish Hatchery
Orkney Shellfish Hatchery
Job Functions:
Data Science
Employment Types:
Orkney KW17 2QH, UK
25,000 EUR per year
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  1. POSITION SUMMARY Does aquaculture hatcheries and restocking the world’s oceans excite you? Orkney Shellfish Hatchery is a commercial shellfish hatchery specialising in the hatchery production of Native Flat Oysters and Clawed Lobster. We are looking for an aquaculture systems specialist preferably with knowledge of recirculating aquaculture systems to join our talented hatchery team. This position is a hands-on role that will be responsible for maintaining current hatchery equipment to support our hatchery production requirements as well as the planning and installation of new equipment and overseeing and organising local trades as required. Orkney Shellfish Hatchery is a supplier of premium, disease-free shellfish products, operating a state-of-the-art aquaculture facility in Orkney, Scotland. Come join us as we help the world to transform the seafood industry through sustainable, responsible, and innovative aquaculture operations.
  2. PRIMARY TASKS This position will assist with: ● Maintenance and daily servicing of aquaculture equipment. ● Installing aquaculture equipment. ● Ensuring sufficient water of a good quality is available daily for hatchery production requirements. ● Monthly, quarterly, and annual servicing of aquaculture water processing equipment and hatchery production systems. ● Civil works and modification as required. ● Oversight of trades persons undertaking works at the site and suppliers. ● Communicating with the OSH team. ● Ordering and logistics associated with systems maintenance. ● Feedback to design teams.
  3. SELECTION CRITERIA To perform the job successfully. • Knowledge of recirculating and aquaculture systems would be preferred but not essential, candidates with trades experience or who can show competency of being handy will be strongly considered. • Be hard-working, reliable and a team player. • Willingness to work flexible days/rosters including weekends and on-call emergency events. • Be an effective communicator at multiple levels. • Strive to continuously build knowledge and skills. • Valid UK Driver licence. • Right to work in the UK.
  4. SUPERVISION 4.1 Immediate Supervisor
  • Hatchery Manager
  1. POSITION RELATIONSHIPS The appointee must relate in an effective way with: • Company director(s) and consultants appointed by the company. • The general manager. • Guests and visiting dignitaries.

  2. PHYSICAL DEMANDS • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee may frequently be required to lift to 20 kg/ 50 pounds. • Proper lifting techniques and back supports should be used when working with heavy materials. • In addition, the use of safety gear is required for all pertinent jobs. There will typically be other co-workers that can assist with jobs that require substantial lifting, etc.

  3. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job: • Ability to work in a wet/humid environment, inside and outside during all seasons. • At times you will be required to work within the shellfish hatchery where oyster and lobsters will be cultured and must adhere to strict biosecurity measures. • The company has a strict alcohol and no drug use policy. • A probationary period of 3 months applies.

  4. HIGH NOISE AREAS The daily operation of pumps, blowers and feed manufacturing equipment in confined rooms generates noise levels that require the wearing of ear protection. Protection earmuffs/plugs are provided.

  5. VISUAL DISPLAY UNIT & KEYBOARDS Computer access will be granted to the successful appointee. The position will require regular input of data into spreadsheets and the emailing of data to the relevant parties. Average computer use should not exceed two-three hours per day.

  6. OPERATIONS PRODUCING IRRITANTS The daily sterilisation of tanks and equipment involves the use of chlorine, ozone and acid. Protective gloves and glasses are provided. Some toxic chemicals e.g. ozone and fixatives are used under strictly controlled conditions. Fine dust resulting from installing new aquaculture equipment and processes may be prevalent and respirators are provided.

  7. HANDLING & EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS Regular but short duration handling and exposure to toxic and corrosive chemicals requires training and use of protective clothing and equipment (e.g., gloves, respirators).

  8. USE OR CARE OF PRODUCTION & EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS The position will involve limited care of marine invertebrates such as oyster spat, clawed lobsters and live feeds. To minimise spiking from oysters and lobsters, gloves are provided. In addition, daily maintenance of grow-out animals and acclimation systems will be required.

  9. WORKING OUTDOORS The position may involve a considerable duration working outdoors. To minimise exposure to winter weather, a rain suit and wellingtons will be provided. During summer months, sunscreen will be provided and the wearing of a long sleeved, collar shirt for working outdoors is encouraged.

  10. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT The position is a full-time position and provides the successful candidate with an unprecedented opportunity to be involved in this organisation as it grows.

Hours – nominally 37.5hrs per week. Some weekend and evening emergency duties will be required so a flexible outlook to duty periods will be necessary. Where hours exceed the stated,time off in lieu may be considered and is at discretion of the hatchery manager. Holiday entitlement – Initially 20 days plus National/Local bank holidays (or time off in lieu). Pension arrangements – A workplace pension scheme will be provided as required by UK legislation. Salary - Initial salary £25,000 per annum.

  1. HOW TO APPLY To apply please send a cover letter and your CV/resume to Matthew Johnston at matthew.johnston@sustainablefoodenterprises.com with “Systems & Maintenance” in the subject line. Applications are accepted starting immediately, flexibility in start date. While the interest of all applicants is appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.