Mysis Shrimp Processing Team Member

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Piscine Energetics Inc. (Piscine) is an environmental agrotechnology company ON A MISSION to restore fish populations to their natural levels through the management of invasive aquatic organisms.

Under the auspices of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Piscine pioneered proprietary harvesting methodologies for the sustainable removal of invasive Mysis shrimp (freshwater zooplankton). Deliberately introduced to Lake Okanagan in 1966 by the Ministry of Environment, Mysis shrimp was intended to provide a natural forage to increase lake rearing condition for declining Kokanee Salmon stocks. Regrettably, introduction of Mysis backfired, proving to be harmful to fish populations. As mysis biomass exploded into uncontrollable numbers, the natural food web was disturbed and juvenile salmon began to starve, as mysis shrimp compete for the same microscopic organisms in the lake to feed on.

Over the past two decades, Piscine Energetics has developed into a vertically integrated, “from Skipper to Sales Staff” boutique fish feed manufacturer; simultaneously removing and transforming invasive mysis shrimp into fish feed supplying Zoos and Public Aquariums, ornamental tropical fish hobbyist and the global aquaculture markets.


Are you an environmental crusader?

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and the natural environment?

Are you interested in becoming a member of a dynamic team of individuals who are passionate about environmental conservation, restoration and want to contribute directly to rehabilitating the natural environment?

ARE YOU READY to help restore Lake Okanagan’s Kokanee salmon species to historic numbers?

If you answered YES to the above questions, PLEASE KEEP READING!


Do you have a proven track record (with references to vouch for you) of being an ambitious team-oriented “A player” with a history of empowering coworkers, subordinates, and supervisors?

Will your previous coworkers, teammates, supervisors, and references describe you as a flexible individual who strives to be efficient and optimize performance, NEVER “cutting corners” while being extremely safety orientated?

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Mysis Shrimp Processing Team Member (night time and very early morning shifts)

Piscine Energetics is seeking seasonal (May – September) full-time Mysis Shrimp Processing Team Members to expand and advance the removal of invasive mysis shrimp from Okanagan Lake.

Our Mysis shrimp harvesting vessels remove invasive mysis shrimp from Okanagan Lake during the nighttime hours. In order to protect the integrity of the unique nutritional profile of these shrimps and provide top quality product for our clients (leading zoological institutions and public aquariums around the world) we follow the “Fresh is Best” policy and immediately flash freeze the mysis shrimp right after they are harvested.

Our processing team, package and flash freeze these shrimps starting in the middle of the night with shifts starting as early as midnight or 2am!

So… if you are a “night owl” (like the majority of our processing team) and or if you love enjoying the Okanagan sunshine during the day this might just be the ideal summer job you have been looking for as shifts typically wrap up by 10am which leaves the rest of the day for you to hit the beach and work on your tan!


If you like what you have read so far and are interested in working during the night and having the day free to enjoy the Okanagan summer, please watch the following video which will give you a better understanding of what we are all about:

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES of Mysis Shrimp Processing Team Members

1. Production and Packaging of Product
2. Manual labour (filling pouches/bags, packaging product in boxes, palletizing products)
3. Safely operating packaging machines and blast freezers
4. Stocking/restocking of production supplies
5. Cleanup, washdown, and sanitization of production area at the end of each shift
6. Warehouse duties such as assist with preparing/ order picking as necessary


• Dedicated team player with a “safety first” approach
• Physically fit/strong (able to lift 60lbs), you will be required to be on your feet the majority of each shift performing repetitive tasks.
• High school diploma
• Ability to take initiative, work in a team environment and follow strict policies and safety procedures
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Able and willing to work shifts during the night with shifts starting as early as midnight or 2am.


• Post secondary education (and/or currently enrolled or working towards a diploma, certificate, or degree program)
• Valid Class 5 Drivers Licence
• Valid first aid an asset
• Forklift operators card an asset
• Pleasure craft operators card an asset


• A passion for Piscine’s mission
• Life long learner who is constantly looking to expand and grow your knowledge and skills
• Ability to think analytically and problem solve, combined with a willingness to ask questions and work collaboratively
• Patience and exceptional listening skills
• Energetic, hard-working, and a team player
• Positive, enthusiastic, and professional image in representing Piscine, both internally and externally
• Ability to work and ENJOYS a fast paced atmosphere
• Flexible and reliable

• Our processing and production facility is certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
• Working environment = high sanitary policy & procedures are adhered to by all staff (i.e. gloves, hand washing, etc.)
• You will get dirty! Little mysis shrimp will get on you!
• Fast! Team based production/ processing environment

• During the harvest season our vessels operate 7 days a week.
• You will be required to adhere to a non-standard schedule such as 4 days on /4 days off or 10 days on /4 days off.
• Shifts vary in length depending on the amount of mysis shrimp our vessels were able to remove from the Lake each night and as a result shift can often last 10 – 12 hours.
• Expected to adhere to averaging agreement (i.e. maybe required to work more than 8 hours a day and will therefore have longer stretches of time off)
• Reliable transportation to Piscine Energetics facility (1015 Fairweather Road, Vernon, BC) is a must, as public transportation does not run at 2am!
• $16/hr + performance bonus.
• Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “MYSIS SHRIMP PROCESSING TEAM MEMBER” in the email subject line. Please note that we only have the capacity to respond to applicants with whom we would like to interview. No phone calls please.

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Closing Date May 1, 2021
Post Date:May 7, 2021
Exp. Date:May 15, 2021
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