Seaweed Farm Manager (D07/24.CA)

Location:  SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: 2-year fixed term, in the first instance

Working Pattern:  Full Time – 37 hours per week

Salary Range:  £26,444 - £34,980 per annum

Closing date: 14th June 2024


The Role

SAMS is a world leading marine science institute engaged in research, teaching and commercial ventures. SAMS actively operates two seaweed cultivation sites that are a cornerstone in delivering research and commercial projects investigating macroalgal cultivation and uses of farmed algae. As the seaweed cultivation sector has expanded, a need has arisen to support the day-to-day maintenance and development of SAMS seaweed farm sites.

The jobholder will take the leading role in planning and supporting the at sea elements of SAMS seaweed farm research, including seaweed farm infrastructure maintenance, monitoring of growth, and harvesting of crop. They will work to develop and improve the seaweed farm infrastructure to better support cultivation of seaweed lines and will be responsible for arranging the appropriate licensing and consenting of any activities.


Our Ideal Candidate

As a highly motivated and proactive individual with excellent communication and organisational skills, you will enjoy the challenge of practical at sea work, able to prioritise and organise work schedules to a dynamic and changeable environment. You will have experience working small boats to deploy and maintain aquaculture mooring infrastructure (e.g. mussel long lines or similar), with practical hands-on experience in handling lines and troubleshooting problems in the field. Power Level 2 Certification is desirable, although training will be offered, if successful candidate hasn’t yet completed this qualification.

Candidates would be ideally educated to BSc level in biology, mechanical engineering, environmental science or related discipline. You will be able to keep accurate records of monitoring data, and able to develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures, Risk Assessment and Safe Systems of Work linked to the farms with support from other relevant staff.


Working at SAMS

- We offer a small, friendly and inclusive culture.

- All working to the same aim, which is to understand and mitigate risks involved in industry interaction with the marine environment, to maximise productivity and enhance sustainability.

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- Flexible working to help you achieve the work/life balance that works for you and us as well as a number of policies to support you through the employee life cycle.

- Help you build your career path – opportunities to learn, develop yourself, partake in training, networking, learn/develop a range of skills. Additionally, we encourage and recognise excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements.

- Offer a number of employee benefits, including free on-site parking, occupational health & wellbeing support, purchase of additional holidays, technology & smartphones, payroll giving, discounted shopping vouchers and a cycle to work scheme. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues.


 Moving to the local area – Argyll & Bute - Oban

- Looking for a change in lifestyle or location? We are based on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, within Argyll & Bute, which has some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. It can transform your work commute to pleasure!  ABplace2b

- The area offers a number of children’s nurseries, schools as well as a college and university.

- Looking for jobs for family to join you? There are a number of local job opportunities advertised through JobCentre+

- The area has a small population, offers plenty of opportunities to explore, partake in local walking or health and wellbeing activities or volunteer and support some of our wonderful local charities’/groups.



We would love to hear from you.  If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to Human Resources –

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to  quoting Job Ref. ‘D07/24.CA’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for application is 14th June 2024- Interviews will be held by late-June/early-July 2024.

Please note:   all applicants must provide proof that they can work in the UK.


Full details can be found here: Seaweed Farm Manager - Job Description


SAMS Group is committed to being an equal and open organisation. Diversity and inclusion are important to us, and we strive to remove any barriers that may prevent people from applying to join us. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, and from all who share our values and can help us to broaden our knowledge and range of ideas.