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Aquaculture and salmon husbandry – sounds exciting, but what about working outdoors where you may have to work alongside dolphins, sharks or even kiwis?

One of the more unusual jobs to cross the Clutha Leader classifieds list recently was one from Sanford seeking a salmon hatchery assistant.

With visions of one maybe using a dog fish to round up the school and herd it through the pens out at Kaitangata, we went looking for what makes a hatchery assistant.

Salmon hatchery technician Andrew Vincent said it was a great lifestyle, as long as you were prepared to work outside and did not mind hard work.

“You will be expected to look after water quality, fish husbandry, transportation of the smolt and security of the hatchery.

“But you also get to travel with the young smolt that you have cultivated from roe [eggs] to 25g juvenile salmon when they are moved from Kaitangata down to the company’s major king salmon fish farm at Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island,” Mr Vincent said.

There the fish are grown to 4kg to 5kg king salmon, which when harvested and processed are sent around the world.

Sanford general manager of aquaculture Ted Culley said the job required a person who had a passion for animals, and a specific interest in the husbandry and considerate care of fish.

“It’s an exciting industry to be involved in and there are good opportunities for career advancement,” Mr Culley said.