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Fish Farm Worker (45-2093)

Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery

Elkin, NC

$14.16 per hour


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Job Description

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Fish Hatchery: Workers will be performing various activities associated with Fish Hatchery Labor. These activities will be performed exclusively in an outdoor environment. Employees will perform any combination of the following tasks to trap and spawn goldfish, incubate eggs, and rear fry in fish hatchery: secures net on both side of pond to divert fish to holding pond. Catches ripened fish from holding pond with hand net and squeezes or slits bellies of female fish to release eggs in pail. Squeezes bellies of male fish to form milt over eggs and stirs with rubber gloved hand to fertilize eggs. Fill hatchery trays with fertilized eggs and places trays in incubation troughs. Turns valves and places baffles in troughs to adjust volume, depth, velocity, and temperature of water. Inspects eggs and picks out dead, infertile, and off-color eggs using suction syringe. Sorts fish according to size, coloring, and species and transfers fingerlings to rearing ponds or tanks, using buckets or tank truck. Scatters food over surface of water by hand or activates blower that automatically scatters food over water to feed fish. Observes appearance and actions of developing fish to detect diseases and adds medications to food and water is instructed by supervisor. Transfers mature fish to rivers and lakes, using tank truck. Records field data and prepare reports of hatchery activities. Drains and cleans ponds and troughs, using brushes, chemicals, and water. Workers may help catch fish and pack for market. Makes minor repairs to hatchery equipment, paints buildings, and maintains grounds. May spawn and rear food fish or tropical and exotic fish for commercial use. Workers may mark migrating fish with liquid nitrogen, using hand-operated branding device. Makes minor repairs to hatcher equipment paints buildings and maintains grounds. Workers will be checking oxygen levels in fishponds using oxygen meters provided by employer. Workers will maintain levees with movers and weed eaters. Workers will perform general maintenance on equipment and aerators. Workers are required to wade into ponds, up to their waist to perform some of the duties listed in this order. Workers will stand on feet in fields for long periods of time. Workers will be required to work when ground is wet with dew or rain Temperatures during working hours can range from thirty (30) degrees to over one hundred (100) degrees. Incidental/Other Jobs: Workers could possibly have a small job of putting out hay or grinding feed for livestock. Livestock is used to clean around ponds and workers may come into contact with them, move them to another location, and feed them. Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies. Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute fee to animals. Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristic, such as rate of weight gain. Mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions, Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences. Move equipment or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts. Clean stalls, pens, and equipment using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, and/or pumps. Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures. May be required to separate/sort livestock according to size and weight. Workers may be required to apply ID tags. Attend to live farm, and ranch animals that may include cattle, goats, sheep, horses, and other equines. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, branding, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; monitor animals for worms and administer medicine, accordingly, assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas.
Job Classification:
45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

The job/industry classification and description includes general information on the position from ONET/OES and the North American Industry Classification System. Please review Job Duties and Job Order for more information.

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All applicants must have at least 3 months experience culling Kio. Must be physically able to meet and perform all job specifications stated in job order. Must be able to work in the hot humid weather for extended periods of time. Workers are subject to random drug testing at no cost to the employee. All drug testing will occur after the worker begins his or her employment and is not a part of the interview process. Failing or refusing a drug test will result in immediate termination.
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7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery
Claudeville, VA 24076
Telephone Number:


202 Durham Farm Trl,, Elkin, NC 28621

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