Scallop Hatchery Technician; National Marine Aquarium

Job Title: 
Scallop Hatchery Technician
Job Location: 
Plymouth, UK
Full Time - 12 month contract
£20,000 - £23,000 per annum
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 24, 2019

The NMA is an Ocean Conservation Charity with the vision of a world supporting a healthy Ocean to sustain all life.  We have been connecting people with the Ocean for over 20 years, encouraging everyone to Think Ocean!  Our aquarium in Plymouth includes three large mixed displays of 500,000L, 650,000L and 2,500,000L. One is themed on our local marine life and is the largest native exhibit in the UK.  

We have been awarded funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for a project proving the concept of a commercial scallop hatchery for the waters around Plymouth. The NMA has already completed a feasibility study and has a pre-existing hatchery that will be repurposed to Pectin maximus spat production.

As a result we are looking to recruit someone with experience of bivalve culture to join our Husbandry department for 12 months and to lead the day to day operation of the scallop hatchery with the goal of successful spat production.  Perhaps you have a degree in aquaculture with some experience and want an opportunity for project work within a supportive team.

You will be responsible for the routine cleaning and maintenance of scallop culture systems and for developing protocols for the efficient culture of microalgae feed for all life stages of scallop development.

The role is full time (37.5 hours a week) and will be based at the NMA in Plymouth.   More information on the role can be found on our website: simply follow the link ‘jobs’ at the bottom of the home page.

To apply: Please send your full CV with a covering letter setting out your experience and suitability for the role to Marcus Williams, Assistant Curator at Marcus.williams [at]

For an informal chat about the role please ring Marcus on 01752 275216

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

The National Marine Aquarium Limited welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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