First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers

Description

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of aquacultural workers.

Tasks

  • Observe fish and beds or ponds to detect diseases, monitor fish growth, determine quality of fish, or determine completeness of harvesting.
  • Record the numbers and types of fish or shellfish reared, harvested, released, sold, and shipped.
  • Assign to workers duties such as fertilizing and incubating spawn, feeding and transferring fish, and planting, cultivating, and harvesting shellfish beds.
  • Confer with managers to determine times and places of seed planting, and cultivating, feeding, or harvesting of fish or shellfish.
  • Direct and monitor worker activities such as treatment and rearing of fingerlings, maintenance of equipment, and harvesting of fish or shellfish.
  • Prepare or direct the preparation of fish food, and specify medications to be added to food and water to treat fish for diseases.
  • Engage in the same fishery work as workers supervised.
  • Train workers in spawning, rearing, cultivating, and harvesting methods, and in the use of equipment.
  • Direct workers to correct problems such as disease, quality of seed distribution, or adequacy of cultivation.
  • Plan work schedules according to personnel and equipment availability, tidal levels, feeding schedules, or transfer and harvest needs.
  • Interview and select new employees.
  • Maintain workers' time records.
  • Perform both supervisory and management functions such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work.
  • Requisition supplies.
  • Supervise the artificial spawning of various salmon and trout species.
  • Select and ship eggs to other hatcheries.

Knowledge

Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values

Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Biologist
Brood Hatchery Manager
Brood Station Manager
Farm Manager
Fish Culturist
Fish Farm Manager
Fish Hatchery Manager
Fish Hatchery Specialist
Fish Hatchery Superintendent
Fish Hatchery Supervisor
Fisheries Biologist
Fisheries Manager
Fishery Biologist
Harvest Manager
Hatchery Manager
Rainbow Trout Farm Manager
Shellfish Farming Supervisor
Wildlife Manager

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$20.99 hourly, $43,660 annual.
Employment (2008):
19,340 employees