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Aquaculture Nursery Team Leader

TP HUMAN CAPITAL - South Townsville, QLD

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TP Human Capital is recruiting for our Townsville Based client Ornatas who is currently undertaking commercial Tropical Rock Lobster hatchery production and requires an experienced Aquaculture Nursery Team Leader to drive its commercial nursery operations at Toomulla Beach, Townsville QLD.

The position reports to the company's Farm Manager and will work closely with the hatchery and farm operations to deliver commercial quantities of Tropical Rock Lobster juveniles for grow out in ponds in QLD and Sea Rafts in WA.

About your new employer and team….

Ornatas uses ground-breaking science to recreate the complex ocean environment for lobster aquaculture. Ornatas is a uniquely positioned company built on over a decade of industry leading research into the cultivation of lobster in land based recirculating aquaculture systems.

  • Our people drive change and focus on the future.
  • Led by a team driven by building a sustainable future for seafood. They are dedicated to doing this, whilst creating real opportunities in global communities, and taking care of the environment.
  • Collectively the skilled team offer a wealth of enthusiasm and experience in science and innovation, a deep knowledge and understanding of the ocean environment and aquaculture systems, as well as financial, strategic and creative thinking to drive the company forward.
  • With a commitment, not only to lobster production, but to building an international reputation as a centre of excellence for hatchery based spiny lobster production. Working with world-leading scientists, pushing forward with new and innovative ways to improve aquaculture practices.
  • The position is supported by a strong multi-disciplined board, executive director, senior management team and commercial/research partners.

About You:

The successful candidates will have the following skills:

You will bring commercial production experience in aquaculture hatchery and nursery systems, preferably bio secure fish or prawn facilities and have a genuine interest in further developing your career in the aquaculture industry.

  • Extensive knowledge of aquaculture principles - experience in commercial aquaculture nursery or hatchery facilities, system design, RAS operation, feed preparation/production and water quality monitoring.
  • Highly developed personal and communication skills, you will be a strong leader and have experience in managing a large team.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to think outside of the box.
  • Self-starter with hands on practical skills
  • A bachelor's degree in Aquaculture or similar including significant experience.

Desirable skills include:

  • Understanding of Tropical Rock Lobster Biology
  • Experience in the culture to Tropical Rock Lobsters
  • Experience in Biosecurity and disease management

Key duties will include but are not limited to

  • Management of the daily nursery operations including - Training, Mentoring and supervision staff.
  • Manage the production on lobster within the Nursery system including lobster husbandry, Water quality monitoring, animal health and accurate data collection.
  • Assist in the management of Nursery feed production from our in-house feed production area.
  • Assist the Site Manager and farm manager in the delivery of capital projects required for the commercial production of Tropical Rock Lobsters. Including planning, construction, commissioning, and management of recirculating systems (RAS) within the nursery.
  • Occasionally you will assist the R&D manager in the delivery of specific research projects including work being undertaken within the following 2 programs:
  • ARC Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture - Partnership with UTAS
  • CRCNA Pioneering Tropical Rock Lobster Raft Grow out for Northern Australia

The successful candidate must hold a current driver's license and be an Australian Citizen or have existing legal working rights.

About Townsville:

Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Townsville is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with a population of 180,820 as of June 2018.[1] Located about 350 kilometres south of Cairns and 1,350 kilometres north of Brisbane. Townsville Airport has links to major eastern seaboard cities, as well as Darwin, Bali and some Queensland regional inland towns.

Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals, Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.

Townsville is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the Queensland outback. It's a vibrant and bustling city sitting under the watchful gaze of Castle Hill. Enjoy al fresco dining, Federation-style architecture and boutique shopping, as well as the cooling ocean breeze and coastal vibe. It's also Australia's largest garrison town with Australian Defence Force bases and fascinating military


For a confidential discussion please call Peta Carmody at TP Human Capital on 07 47723 800