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Career profile


Are you an animal lover? Outdoorsy? Practical? Perhaps Freshwater or Marine would suit you.  Lisa has gone from strength to strength and has been recognised as Young Learner of the Year at the LANTRA awards.

Describe a normal day in your job

I am responsible for taking care of the fish, which includes carrying out appetite and health checks, as well as tank cleaning, machinery maintenance, checking feed systems and maintaining clean filters. 

What skills/qualifications are relevant to your role? 

There are various different academic and practical skills relevant to my role; these include having computer and maths skills, being able to drive and being able to operate machinery. Don’t worry though, I’m a firm believer that passion and enthusiasm are all you need to start with. 

What has been your career path to your current role and what experience do you have?

I had no previous Aquaculture experience before I joined The Scottish Salmon Company.  I have learnt all of my skills through training and on the job experience with the help of colleagues.

What further training/ courses have you completed or are completing? 

Since starting my job I have completed an SVQ Level 2 in Aquaculture.  I was honoured to win LANTRA Aquaculture Learner of the Year at LANTRA’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2016. 

"Winning Aquaculture Learner of the Year is an achievement I'm very proud of"

Lisa, Freshwater Operative

What is the best thing about your job? 

I love animals, the hands-on practical side of my work, being outside and all the opportunities there are to expand my knowledge and learn new skills. 

What interested you in a career in Aquaculture?

I really wanted a job in my local area and it wasn’t until I started at Russell Burn that I realised I could have a career right here at home! 

Why would you encourage others to think about a career in Aquaculture?

Being able to start at the beginning, with no prior knowledge of the sector and learn while you earn is something I found very appealing.  I’ve found that the harder you work the more training opportunities come your way to help further your career.  I only wish I had known about the opportunities available in Aquaculture sooner, as I would have started as soon as I left school.



Job title

Freshwater Operative


Russell Burn/ Tullich