Aquaculture Farmer (ANZSCO 121111) / Assistant Farm Manager Job in Northern Territory


Job title: Aquaculture Farmer (ANZSCO 121111) / Assistant Farm Manager


Expected salary: $60001 – 80000 per year

Location: Northern Territory

Aquaculture Farmer (ANZSCO 121111) / Assistant Farm Manager Job Details:

The Assistant Farm Manager’s (AFM) primary role is to ensure that the day-to-day tasks involved with maintaining the productivity of the farm are carried out as directed by the Farm Manager (FM). The AFM is to oversee & deliver all OH&S policies & training exercises in conjunction with the Deck Supervisor/Boat Skipper(s) and if the farm is operating without a Deck Supervisor, the AFM role will include the Deck Supervisor’s role. This role’s ambit includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that the shell husbandry & handling procedures are conducted in accordance with company policy. Additionally, this role also needs to work very closely with the Farm Manager, Engineering Department, Vessel Master & Vessel Manager and the Hatchery Manager.

Essentially, this is a senior and specialist role actively involved in all aspects of the farm’s operations including pearl oyster grow-out and the processing/harvesting of pearls, pearl meat and pearl shell and from time to time aspects of the operation of the pearl hatchery.

Summary of Essential Job Functions


  • Reports directly to the FM.
  • Relay and assist in the determination and supervision of farm schedules, work tasks & summaries to the Deck Supervisor, deckhands & Dive Supervisor as directed by and or in conjunction with the FM and or the Vessel Master and or Vessel Manager.
  • Be actively involved in the day to day & additional forward planning of all tasks being, or to be, performed on the farm, and be the coordinator and contact point for the activities.
  • Communicate with and assist the Hatchery Manager when undertaking farm tasks involving spat & un-seeded shell.
  • Keep concise records of all cleaning, x-raying, line maintenance, operations and harvest programs and report to the FM as directed.
  • Maintain records, both written & electronically for all farm activities both completed or in progress in conjunction with the FM using an agreed format and utilising advanced written & oral skills to ensure the flow of information, is delivered quickly & concisely.
  • Provide senior assistance in the management and supervision and record-keeping of and with respect to the implementation of breeding (including hatchery) programs and active involvement in the implementation of oyster husbandry and harvesting.
  • Assist in the supervision and scheduling of operational maintenance of specialised equipment and machinery.
  • Supervision and management in liaison with the FM in relation to the regular management and inspection of farm infrastructure.
  • In conjunction with the FM and other senior managers including the Vessel Manager, scheduling and overseeing and or conducting activity specific and general safety drills and the orientation and similar and more advanced (i.e. skills) training of farm staff.
  • Attend planning and operational meetings with other senior farm staff as required to update and report all findings from the previous swing or period.
  • Discuss the usage of any consumable item or replacement of any component or part required in performing scheduled tasks with the FM prior to major orders being placed.
  • Report any abnormal mortalities of shell to the FM.
  • Inform the logistics & purchasing co-ordinator of any future requirements for farm equipment and consumables in enough time to locate, or order equipment.
  • You may be required to drive company cars from time to time and are responsible for the vehicles cleanliness and condition.


  • Display a positive and approachable attitude at all times.
  • Keep yourself abreast of existing & new company policies and ensure they are implemented & enforced as required, adhering to any relevant Government legislation. Ensure that there is no breach of company policy at any time. Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times so as to set a good example to crew.
  • Oversee the farm-based Deck Supervisor, Deckhands and Aquaculture workers in all facets of their duties.
  • Relay all crew and staff performances under your responsibility on a regular basis to the FM.
  • Conduct Performance Appraisals of all fulltime crew, in conjunction with the Farm Manager, as instructed and as required.
  • Work with senior management with respect to all crew numbers required for upcoming farm tasks (such as cleaning boat skippers, deck hands etc) providing enough time to allow for advertising and replacements in conjunction with the FM.


  • Maintain & update the company’s safety & training manual applicable with respect to the use of all farm-based vessels and handling procedures. Ensure there is an adequate understanding of relevant legislation relating to the production of this manual.


  • Complete daily logs on farm work completed providing the company with a better understanding of farm productivity for costing purposes


  • Relay and communicate all issues relating to the farm-based vessel performance of cleaning & dive boats to ensure Engineering department & FM are aware of the issues.
  • Liaise with engineering staff to ensure that crew are adhering to engineering requirements. If engineering staff want the crew to perform duties that will mitigate breakdowns, down time etc. ensure that directives are followed. This information will be communicated to crew members by yourself.
  • Liaise with the Catering Supervisor and/or Cook regarding the timing of meals and any changes to the meal schedule should it arise.
  • Address any issues raised by the Cook relating to housekeeping issues.
  • Report any defective equipment to the Farm Manager and Engineering Department so as to solve problems as soon as possible.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum of 30 months’ pearl farm or equivalent aquacultural experience

Experience managing staff in a pearl farm or equivalent aquacultural environment

High level of computer literacy an advantage

Highly demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Senior First Aid

Experience in living and working in a remote location


Current C Class driver’s licence

Coxswain Grade 1 or 2

Diving experience

Abilities Required

Must be mentally and physically fit

Must be self motivated

Able to work as a team leader and be part of a team

Excellent time management and self organisation skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to obtain MSIC card if required


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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