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Agricultural Assistant, Aquaculture

Temporary full-time from August 31, 2020 to August 27, 2021

Hiring #: 2020-0175

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The Alma Aquaculture Research Station (AARS) is seeking an Agricultural Assistant for aone year contract.

The AARS provides facilities and resources for large-scale aquaculture research and for import quarantine. University of Guelph faculty collaborate with members of the private sector and other educational and research facilities on various research related to commercial aquaculture. Areas of discipline have included engineering, nutrition and feed formulation, reproductive and growth physiology, reproductive technologies, genetics and breeding, waste management, health and animal welfare.

Reporting to the Manager, the Agricultural Assistant will participate in the operation and maintenance of a facility devoted to aquaculture research, development and production, including the operation of the water and wastewater treatment centres, quarantine and isolation units, recirculation research facilities, photoperiod control facilities, hatchery and early rearing facility and numerous wet labs for both production and research purposes. Work activities include all aspects of fish culture (feeding, broodstock selection and maintenance, early rearing and fish grow-out), data collection and record keeping. Additional work activities include routine janitorial activities, routine maintenance of machinery (pumps, blowers, compressors, power tools), vehicles (snow blower, riding lawn mower, truck, all-terrain vehicle, tractor) and equipment (nets, feeders, etc.),  general maintenance and upkeep of facilities (including painting, carpentry, mechanical and minor plumbing and electrical activities), grounds keeping (maintenance of parking lot, access roads, shrubs, trees and grass), snow removal, and assisting external service personnel as needed.

The successful candidate will have organizational skills, attentive to detail, and be able to work independently and as part of a team, have good communication and interpersonal skills. This job involves frequent lifting and a diverse range of motions for a wide variety of activities.


  • Must have completed a two (2) year community college program in a related field (undergraduate degree preferred)
  • Must have one (1) year work experience with fish and/or aquaculture
  • Work experience in a research setting is an asset
  • Knowledge of cultured fish species including salmonids, sturgeon and tilapia
  • Competency with Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheets and databases
  • Familiarity with operation of tractors, all-terrain vehicles and riding mowers
  • Developed mechanical and electrical skills related to water pumps and water delivery systems
  • Class G driver’s license
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weather
  • Participate in rotating on-call, weekend and holiday schedules

Classification               OSSTF/TARA, District 35 Salary Band 4*Normal Hiring Range $23.25 – $25.98 per hour

*Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2020 06 22Closing Date: 2020 07 06

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