Closed CLOSING DATE: 17/03/2019

Kames Fish Farming

SLSIP 2019 - Fisheries Intern

Undergraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Science and environment
Argyll and the Islands
£9 ph
12 weeks
Ref code

Placement summary

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about fish health at a trout production unit. The role will include learning how to conduct daily husbandry tasks as well as be involved in research projects investigating why some fish fail to grow when released into the sea cages. Kames can offer a unique placement where interns will work with Salmon and Rainbow Trout in indoor tanks and outdoor pens. The role will cover all aspects of fish pathology, blood and tissue sampling, monitoring fish health in both fresh and salt water along with learning good fish husbandry practices.

Job description

Project Description

The successful candidate will take part in the daily husbandry on the sites. This includes feeding, mortality management, fish health sampling and record keeping. The intern will also carry out other husbandry work when required such as grading, harvesting and cleaning operations, which are vital to our successful operation. Environmental monitoring will also play a part in the daily tasks.

Placement Objectives

  • To develop an in-depth knowledge of fish farming and fish health management for both trout and salmon, guided by our site managers and fish health manager.
  • To learn and contribute with the site managers a method and reporting structure to improve our veterinary health and welfare plans (VHWP).
  • Long term prospect of becoming part of the Kames team.

Role Description

See placement summary and description. 


This programme is for 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students studying a Life Science degree in Scotland. Please click here to see if your course is eligible. You can only apply for a maximum of 3 placements, so please research the roles thoroughly before submitting your CV.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

The position is best suited to individuals with an interest in one or more of the following areas:-

  • Marine Biology
  • Aquatic pathology
  • Ichthyology
  • Parasitology
  • Aquaculture

Any relevant qualifications and experience will be taken into consideration. 

Essential skills:

  • Ability to work within a team 
  • Good communication skills
  • Driving license
  • Interest in working outdoors

Desirable Skills

  • Experience in aquaculture or other animal industries
  • Knowledge of fish biology and/or the marine environment


Placement benefits

Employee benefits, training offered etc. This is a good ‘sell’ to the placement – it’s also good to include things such as casual Friday/free tea & coffee/team lunches etc!

Additional information

Kilmelford, near Oban


Company information

Kames Fish Farming Limited is a Scottish, family owned company that has been successfully operating for 45 years from its main office and sites in Kilmelford near Oban, Argyll. A diverse aquaculture business which means the successful applicant would gain experience in both fresh water and sea site operations. Kames also has a successful equipment division, designing, supplying and installing fish farming equipment worldwide; as well as walkways, pontoons and other floating platforms for various organisations, nature reserves and private clients throughout the UK.

Kames has a small, united and friendly team of staff; making direct access to all
sectors of the business easy. The Kames vision is to continue to grow and develop the business sustainably, from strong foundations to meet the demand for its high quality product, in a competitive marketplace.

Life Sciences

Company website: www.kames.co.uk