£14,040 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
70 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of agricultural and fishing tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 511: Agricultural and Related Trades.

Main Tasks

  • Nets river fish and feeds and maintains them in spawning pens, cultivates and harvests oysters, mussels and clams on natural and artificial beds, treats water and diseased fish, and empties and cleans outdoor tanks;
  • Navigates and maintains shipping vessels, assists with the shooting, hauling and repairing of fishing nets, prepares, lays and empties baited pots, and guts, sorts and stows fish;
  • Establishes and maintains forest nurseries, forestry and woodland, and diagnoses and treats diseased trees;
  • Patrols a designated area of the countryside to monitor damage, erosion, access to rights of way and the state of footpaths and other facilities, and carries out remedial maintenance work as necessary;
  • Monitors and maintains the level of wildfowl on public and private estates.


No formal academic qualifications are required. Training is typically received on-the-job. A variety of vocational and academic qualifications in fish farming, forestry, horse and other animal care are available. Professional qualifications are also available and may be mandatory in some areas.

UK Prospects

26700 Workforce Size
1.81% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
3190 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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