£13,000 Starter - £35,000 Experienced
44 to 46 variable (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college courseapplying directly
You could take a college course, to give you some of the skills and knowledge needed for the job.
Courses are usually offered by land-based and agricultural colleges and include a Level 1 Certificate in Fisheries Management, a Level 2 Diploma in Fish Husbandry or a Level 2 Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Fish).
You'll usually need 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a Level 1 course. You'll need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or the equivalent, for a Level 2 course.
Paid or voluntary work in related areas can be useful. Examples include taking part in environment and water monitoring with river trusts, ecological surveys or being a member of an angling club.
You could apply to fish farms for permanent or seasonal work. There are no set qualifications required, although experience is useful.
Some jobs are in remote areas of the country, so you may need access to a vehicle.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of biology
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with your hands
- business management skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You may need a full driving licence to travel to work, collect feed and equipment, and make deliveries to local buyers.
What you’ll do
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- breed or buy in stock
- feed and monitor fish health
- grade and move fish as they grow
- maintain buildings, equipment and habitats
- treat used water
- harvest and sell stock
You could work on a farm.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
Career path and progression
You could move into areas like fisheries management, biological science or environmental research by taking a degree qualification.
On a larger farm, you could progress to supervisor or manager.
You could start your own fish farm.