Seaweed Nursery Technician (SE1/23.RM)

Location:  SAMS Enterprise, Malin House, Oban

Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)

Working Pattern:  Full Time (37hrs, Monday to Friday)

Salary Range: £21,630 - £23,715 depending on experience

Closing Date: 23rd June 2023


The Role

Supported by the Seaweed Nursery Technical Lead, this person will assist in essential seaweed nursery activities and work within the seaweed nursery team on a day-to-day basis. You will be assisting in the operational activities of the nursery, including aquarium maintenance and macroalgae propagation to ensure commercial and internal seaweed orders/ targets are achieved.

The Seaweed Nursery is a critical resource to SAMS position as a centre of excellence in seaweed farming science and application in the UK, Europe and world-wide. This role is pivotal to the ongoing success of Seaweed at SAMS.

Working collaboratively with Enterprise and Research colleagues these duties include but are not limited to: Assisting in sporulation events and macroalgae propagation, aquarium maintenance (e.g. tank disinfection, aquaria construction, water sampling), consumable stock management, general laboratory work and additional SAMS seaweed related activities when required.


Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have either a BSc degree in a relevant subject matter or significant experience in a relevant technical or scientific role. You will also have experience with algal culturing techniques and working with aquaculture tank systems.

You will have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to a professional standard. You will also demonstrate a willingness to support other Enterprise activities.

Additional specific training required will be provided to the successful candidate.


Employee Benefits

Our employees are the heart of our business. Recruiting and retaining the right people is the key to our success. Rewarding our employees is therefore an important component of our employment package and we have a wide range of benefits on offer to staff. These can enhance your personal and professional development, your health and well-being and your finances.

Additionally, SAMS encourages and recognises excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues. 

SAMS offers a generous salary and pension as well as employee benefits package.  We also have supportive policies to assist absence, family and other leave types. 



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 Ryan Marchington -     

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to quoting Job Ref ‘SE1/23.RM’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd June 2023 – Interviews will be held by mid-July 2023.


Full details on this vacancy can be found here: Seaweed Nursery Technician - Job Description