Founded in 1977, Wester Ross Fisheries is the oldest independent, owner-operated salmon farm in Scotland. Being independent, means farming how we think best:
- In harmony with the natural environment
- Reducing pressure on wild fish through innovative fish feed
- Giving the fish room to grow up healthy without antibiotics
- Championing the welfare of the salmon above all else
Our salmon are entirely hand reared, which means that our experienced farmers — no machines or cameras — are on the water every day to feed and observe the salmon. This level of care adds up to a great salmon you can be proud to serve and proud to call by name. Our company currently operates three seawater sites in Loch Kanaird, Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom. We also operate a processing unit in Dingwall and a sales and administration office in Auldearn.
The Position – Seawater Assistant (Ardmair Farms):
Applications are invited to apply for the position of ‘Seawater Assistant’ based at our farm in Ardmair, Ullapool. The position available is full time and permanent, working Monday to Friday with a weekend feeding rota currently on a 1 in 4 pattern, although we will consider part-time working as a possibility.
As a Seawater Assistant, your responsibilities will be to carry out the necessary routine duties involved in the production of farmed salmon from smolt stage to marketable size, including all husbandry operations such as:
- Feeding and movement of feed
- Stock appetite assessment
- Sampling, weighing and grading of stock
- Stock health monitoring
- Site maintenance including lifting and changing of nets
- Boat handling
- Assistance in the maintenance of records of farm operations such as feed usage, medicine usage and fish mortality.
No formal qualifications are necessary but experience within a marine, biological or agricultural background would be of benefit.
The ability to fit in, and work within a small team with a wide range of demographics is essential. A practical person with common sense is required and applicants should have a keen interest in developing their knowledge and skill in fish health and welfare. Above all you should have the drive and ambition to further your career through training and development.
Applicants should be physically fit – most of the work is outdoors and there is a requirement to persevere often under severe weather conditions.
A current driving licence and access to transport is essential due to the location of our farms – there is the possibility of local shared accommodation being available at a discounted rate for applicants further afield.
Our starting salary is £18720 per annum and increases to this over time are based upon individual performance and assessed via an ongoing appraisal process.
Employees are eligible to join our contributory pension scheme and discretionary bonus scheme following satisfactory completion of a probationary period.
Local shared accommodation may also be available at a discounted rate if required.