Aquaculture Intern, Suva, Fiji

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

SPC Nabua

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division includes the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP). CFP’s goal is to ensure that inshore fisheries, nearshore fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island countries and territories are managed and developed sustainably. The programme assists governments and administrations to develop scientifically informed and socially achievable coastal fisheries management policies and systems (national and community-based). It provides a regional framework for sustainable aquaculture, including planning, research and development, and trade, for Pacific Island governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. It assists in developing sustainable nearshore fisheries in Pacific Island countries and territories to provide food security, sustain livelihoods, promote economic growth and assist climate change adaptation.

The Aquaculture Intern will assist in the implementation of tilapia and freshwater prawn aquaculture development projects at various locations throughout the Fiji Islands, including operation of a tilapia brood stock holding facility and tilapia hatchery using incubator technique as well as a pilot aquaponics system at SPC Narere campus.

The key responsibilities of the role include: · feeding of fish

  • measurement of water quality parameters
  • sampling of fish in ponds to estimate growth
  • and calculate feeding rates
  • checking of aquaculture systems for any problems or faults
  • record keeping and data entry into logbook or spreadsheet
  • Construction and operation of a tilapia incubator hatchery system, aquaponics system, and implementation of a brood stock management plan
  • general upkeep of tilapia hatchery and farm work areas

  • other duties as designated by the supervisor

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided online.

Key selection criteria

Applicants must be either:

  • a university student enrolled at a tertiary institution in Fiji in a programme of study that has a specific specialisation in a relevant field such as Aquaculture
  • an individual who has graduated from a relevant undergraduate degree within the previous 12 months

Salary, terms and conditions

Required starting date – As soon as possible

Allowance – FJD $40 per day

Duration – There are two full-time internships available for 6 months. The duration of the internship will depend upon the tertiary institution’s course requirement for a work experience attachment and not exceeding 6 months.

Working hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am–4:30 pm.

Application procedure

Closing Date20 October 2022 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Applicants must apply online at (link)

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • a cover letter describing your interest in the internship and why it is important to your career development
  • an updated resume
  • a copy of your course enrolment document
  • a copy of grade transcripts that you have completed so far in your programme of study
  • a letter of endorsement from the institution confirming that you are a current student
  • at least two-character reference letters from your lecturer or previous employer in support of your application

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

People who are Fijian citizens, or are citizens of other Pacific island countries who hold permits for tertiary study in Fiji, are eligible to apply for this role.

TORAquacultureInternJuly2022.pdf

Type: Temporary – Local

Category: Fisheries – Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

Reference ID: JR000078

Date Posted: 13/10/2022