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On Water Manager

What do On Water Mangers do?

  • In charge of mussel farms, vessels, crew, yard supplies and spat supplies
  • Ensure vessels are appropriately staffed
  • Organise supplies and equipment for vessels
  • Arrange maintenance on vessels
  • Organise slipping of vessels
  • Review and approve timesheets
  • Source product to be harvested
  • Work with factories to fulfil their requirements
  • Carry out floatation and farm checks
  • Assess seeding quality and growth
  • Complete quarterly crop and spat survey
  • Complete lighting audits
  • Liaise with contract growers
  • Make decisions regarding Kaitaia weed spat supply
  • Oversee farm operations
  • Sit on various committees

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Skills and knowledge

  • Skipper’s ticket
  • Basic computer skills
  • Significant experience in an on water role, such as deckhand, skipper
  • Good communication skills


  • SRL Skipper’s ticket
  • Forklift ticket
  • Crane ticket
  • First aid certificate
  • NCEA level 2 in numeracy

Useful experience

  • Time on the water
  • Marine farming experience
  • Deckhand, Skipper


General Manger in Aquaculture


$100, 000 - $150,000