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Hatchery Manager - USA

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is looking for a hatchery manager to oversee and coordinate all aspects of operations at the Hatchery, including personnel, fish husbandry, system maintenance, etc.

HSWRI operates the only full-scale hatchery for marine fish on the west coast of the U.S. The hatchery is used primarily to produce fish for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP), which is administered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The purpose of the OREHP is to determine the feasibility of replenishing depleted marine fisheries through the stocking of cultured fish. As part of the OREHP, HSWRI is responsible for tagging and transporting fish offsite to one of ten grow-out facilities operating throughout southern California. Here the fish are fed and allowed to grow to a larger size before release. In addition to the release program, other synergistic research is conducted on native species of aquatic plants and animals.


  • Manage all aspects of fish production, including but not limited to, broodstock collection, holding and spawning; live food production and feeding; larval and juvenile fish production; general fish husbandry including cleaning; feeding and application of treatments; quantification of growth and survival.
  • Manage hatchery employees including hiring, training, scheduling, supervising and evaluating.
  • Work with the HSWRI Growout Coordinator to deliver and release fish and promote proper husbandry practices by volunteers.
  • Interact with HSWRI veterinarians to maintain good health management and biosecurity practices, including a sound program for water quality monitoring.
  • Interact with the HSWRI safety officer to implement a sound employee safety program.
  • Ensure that all systems are properly maintained and monitored at all times.
  • Help design and fabricate systems as appropriate.
  • Ensure that accurate records are kept, and protocols are updated regularly.
  • Assist with all facility reporting requirements as needed.
  • Support research projects as they are developed.


  • Minimum education: BS/BA in sciences field or AA in the sciences field. At least six years of demonstrated experience and success rearing finfish at a managerial level and on a commercial scale.
  • Hatchery experience that includes all aspects of rearing finfish including producing live feeds, spawning adults, and rearing larvae and juveniles.
  • Knowledge of recirculation system components and operations with the ability to design, build and troubleshoot these systems.
  • Dynamic, highly motivated fish culturist with excellent management skills and willingness to work long hours as needed.
  • Responsible and hardworking individual with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

The application deadline is April 5. For more information and application, visit


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