Public Employment Opportunity

Aquaculture Veterinarian

Competition Details

Referral Number
Employment type
1 Permanent Position
Animal Health Division
Position Group
NAPE - General Service
Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
St. Alban's
Closing Date
No closing date
Salary (scale)
$43.25 - $51.12 per hour (CG-46)

Position Details (What is this?)


The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources promotes the development of the Province’s fishing and aquaculture industries to ensure an economically viable, internationally competitive, and ecologically sustainable fishery. The Department also develops the policies and programs to support the forestry, including management of forest resources and continued development of competitive and sustainable primary and value-added agriculture and agrifoods industry. The department is also responsible for fish and wildlife enforcement and manages wildlife resources and the associated ecological, economic and social benefits in addition to the protection and preservation of species at risk. Additionally, the Department also manages and allocates provincial Crown lands in a responsible manner for the continuous social and economic benefit for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.    

While reporting to the Chief Aquaculture Veterinarian, this is a highly professional position in aquatic animal health management within the Province.  Work involves responsibility for veterinary service to fin (shell) fish producers and researchers in the province including the operation of diagnostic laboratories in St. John’s, St. Alban’s and Grand Falls-Windsor, the supervision of technical personnel, and participation in the aquatic animal health regulatory program. Key responsibilities include the provision of primary aquatic animal health care service for cultured aquatic animals, response to emergency service needs, conducting active and passive surveillance programs, conducting biosecurity audits and providing evidence-based decision making leading to sound health policy. Preparation and delivery of public presentations will also be required.         

Merit Criteria (What is this?)

Screening Criteria
  1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  2. MED A3, SVOP and PCOC training (asset)
  3. Experience/specialization with aquatic medicine
  4. Supervisory experience
  5. Experience conducting biosecurity audits
Assessment Criteria
  1. Knowledge of aquatic veterinary medicine
  2. Knowledge of conducting biosecurity audits
  3. Knowledge of disease outbreaks
  4. Knowledge of the Aquaculture industry
  5. Ability to lead others
  6. Ability to make decisions
  7. Ability to manage time and tasks
  8. Ability to communicate effectively (written)
  9. Ability to communicate effectively (verbal)
  10. Professionalism
  11. Relationship building

Conditions of Employment(What is this?)

Conditions of
  1. Demonstration of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
  2. National Veterinary Board Examination Certificate of completion
  3. Valid drivers license
Conditions of Acceptance
  1. MED A3, SVOP and PCOC training
Applicant Information

For more information about this opportunity, please call Dr. Daryl Whelan at (709) 729-6872

  • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador values diversity in the work place and is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Applications should be received before the close of business on the closing date - late applications with explanation may be accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit an application that demonstrates the required merit criteria.
  • Applications that do not clearly demonstrate the required criteria will be screened-out.
  • All applications must contain accurate contact information, including current mailing address, email address and phone number.
  • This competition may be used to fill future similar vacancies with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

How To Apply

Applications, quoting Competition Number FLR.17.18.R0442, should be submitted

By Mail
Human Resource Secretariat, Strategic Staffing Division
50 Mundy Pond Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6
By Fax
(709) 729-6737

For more information about this opportunity, please call Dr. Daryl Whelan at (709) 729-6872