Aquaculture Careers

Aquaculture is a growing industry and Marine Harvest Canada is a growing company offering rewarding aquaculture careers. We offer dynamic and challenging marine jobs in B.C. with competitive pay, benefits, opportunities for advancement and stable, year-round employment. Our farm sites and hatcheries are located in some of the most beautiful places in the world. We offer a range of aquaculture jobs for qualified professionals as well as for those seeking entry level employment.

The vast majority of aquaculture careers in Marine Harvest Canada are directly related to the raising, harvesting and processing of Atlantic salmon. There are various production roles following the life cycle of the fish. Staff may begin their aquaculture careers in entry-level positions and advance to supervisory or management roles through on the job training and development programs.

For more information on training programs and courses in aquaculture in Canada, please visit one of the following institutions:

Marine Harvest Canada posts job opportunities on its website.  Visit our EMPLOYMENT POSTING page for current careers available with Marine Harvest Canada.

Hatchery Positions

Aquaculture careers at our land-based hatcheries involve feeding and caring for salmon during the initial stages of the life cycle of the fish, from egg to parr. Typical duties of hatchery technicians involve gathering eggs from broodfish for spawning, feeding, grading and vaccinating fish, cleaning and maintaining holding tanks and other equipment, monitoring water quality, and other fish health diagnostics. Hatchery staff have an interest in animal care, enjoy working outdoors and doing physical and repetitive tasks where attention to detail is important. Maintenance and technical skills are definite assets for these aquaculture careers which support the beginning stages of the life cycle of salmon.

Fish Farming Site Positions

Our farm sites are in locations close to shore in remote areas accessed via crew boat. Fish are grown at these sites from smolt to harvest size over 18-24 months. Farm site employees, such as fish farm technicians, are responsible for daily care of the fish at the aquaculture farms, as well as general equipment and facility maintenance. Most farm site aquaculture careers are camp based, with staff living in comfortable accommodations (float houses) during shift. Shift lengths are usually 8 days on/6 days off, or 4 days on/3 days off. Fish farming technician skills are generally similar to those of hatchery technicians, with boat handling ability and a willingness to work in all types of weather also being important. Because of the relative isolation of the aquaculture farms, salmon farming site staff must have very good teamwork and communication skills.

The remoteness of the fish farms is offset by the natural beauty of the surrounding environment, the stimulating, challenging work of these aquaculture careers in which you continually learn, and the camaraderie of working together in a small salmon farming team to grow a healthy crop of fish.

Fresh Fish Processing Positions

Most farm raised Atlantic salmon grown by Marine Harvest Canada are processed in our modern fish processing plant in Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. More than 150 people work at this facility to ready our fish products for transport and sale to our customers. The plant is a production line operation and employees rotate jobs throughout the day to various points on the line. The focus of work is on efficiency and quality of the fresh fish, which may be whole or fillets. Plant positions involve light to moderate physical tasks that are repetitive in nature. Strong attention to detail, good teamwork and a positive attitude are required.

Other Aquaculture Professions

As a large, integrated company, Marine Harvest Canada offers many professional and support level aquaculture careers. Careers in finance and administration, human resources, supply chain and logistics, and sales and marketing are available.

In addition to hatchery and marine jobs in Campbell River, there are opportunities in aquaculture for careers as biologists, fish health technicians, and in environmental monitoring and technical compliance.