Jobs in Salmon Farming

While B.C.’s farm-raised salmon is in demand around the world, the focus for our companies is also very local: providing thousands of stable, year-round jobs in coastal communities throughout BC and largely on Vancouver Island. For many people, it’s an opportunity for a challenging career and an excellent quality of life in a small and close-knit community located in a spectacularly beautiful part of the world.

The range of career options within the industry is wide, and working conditions are equally varied: from office work as a manager or administrator, to often very physically challenging outdoor work of various types. Scientists and technicians, veterinarians and fish health specialists, farm and hatchery workers, boat captains and deckhands, truck drivers, workers in manufacturing and processing facilities, administrators, marketers and transportation sector employees: all are part of the process of producing quality-farmed salmon and getting it to market.

Monitoring the Environment

Job shadow Registered Professional Biologist Lance Stewardson from BCSFA member company Mainstream Biological Consulting as he monitors the ocean to produce data that is trusted by environmental groups, regulatory bodies like the DFO, and B.C.’s fish farmers.

B.C.’s salmon aquaculture industry offers a wide range of career options for employees. The environments in which they work are equally varied, from traditional offices, to outdoor farms,
to hatcheries to labs. Some employees even work underwater as divers! Just some of the occupations that can be found in this thriving industry include: scientists and technicians, veterinarians and fish health specialists, farm and hatchery workers, boat captains and deckhands, truck drivers, workers in manufacturing and processing facilities, administrators, marketers and transportation sector employees – each of these roles are part of the process of producing quality farm-raised salmon and getting it to market.

Check out our video job profiles for just a taste of what this exciting industry has to offer.

The Processing Plant

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Join Ray Payne, Production Manager for Walcan Seafood Ltd., inside the processing plant and learn more about his job working with people and fostering teamwork.

Fish Health Care

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Follow Tiffany MacWilliam, Fish Health Technician, as she walks you through her work in the field and in the lab for Marine Harvest Canada.

On the Farm

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Samantha Froom, Farm Technician, talks about her position with Cermaq that fulfils her two passions for the outdoors and for learning.

In the Hatchery

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Mike Anderson, the Assistant Manager at Gold River Hatchery shows some of the highlights of his work at Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. where the variety of tasks he’s responsible for ensures that no two days are the same.

Monitoring the Environment

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Job shadow Registered Professional Biologist Lance Stewardson from Mainstream Biological Consulting as he monitors the ocean to produce data that is trusted by environmental groups, regulatory bodies like the DFO, and B.C.’s fish farmers.