Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Food Products and Processing Systems

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Directly supervise and coordinate activities of aquacultural workers.

Common job titles of Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 54.38% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 27.14% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Engage in the same fishery work as workers supervised.

    Plan work schedules according to personnel and equipment availability, tidal levels, feeding schedules, or transfer and harvest needs.

    Direct and monitor worker activities, such as treatment and rearing of fingerlings, maintenance of equipment, and harvesting of fish or shellfish.

    Direct workers to correct problems such as disease, quality of seed distribution, or adequacy of cultivation.

    Perform both supervisory and management functions, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work.

    Observe fish and beds or ponds to detect diseases, monitor fish growth, determine quality of fish, or determine completeness of harvesting.

    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.

    Prepare or direct the preparation of fish food, and specify medications to be added to food and water to treat fish for diseases.

    Requisition supplies.

    Train workers in spawning, rearing, cultivating, and harvesting methods, and in the use of equipment.

    Record the numbers and types of fish or shellfish reared, harvested, released, sold, and shipped.

    Maintain workers' time records.

    Select and ship eggs to other hatcheries.

    Supervise the artificial spawning of various salmon and trout species.

    Interview and select new employees.


Water transfer systems

Water testers

Video scanning fish counters

Ultraviolet water purification systems


Total dissolved solids TDS meters

Tank cleaning brushes

All Tools

Suction syringes

Straight screwdrivers


Small power boats


Scuba diving equipment


Riding mowers


Power saws


Phillips head screwdrivers

pH indicators

Personal computers

Ozone water purification systems

Multipurpose tractors

Mud sleds

Light pickup trucks

Laboratory test tubes

Irrigation pipettes

Hoop nets

Hatching trays

Handheld digital thermometers

Glass beakers

Gill nets

Gas-powered generators

Fyke nets


Flow meters

Fish weighing scales

Fish traps

Fish tagging equipment

Fish seines

Fish screens

Fish holding tanks

Fish gates

Fish capture nets

Filtering equipment

Dissolved oxygen indicators

Desktop computers

Cordless drills

Cleaning mops

Claw hammers

Automatic fish feeders

Air compressors

Aeration pumps


Work scheduling software


Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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