Fish Culture & Nutrition Internship

Expected Dates
September 5, 2017 to August 31, 2018
Abernathy Fish Technology Center
Position ID
The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Abernathy Fish Technology Center seeks up to two interns to help support ongoing research projects in fisheries. The intern will be involved with laboratory and field based research projects focused on fish nutrition, assist in conducting applied research projects addressing nutritional issues with endangered species and hatchery stocks in the USFWS Pacific and Pacific Southwest Regions, development of novel aquaculture techniques for threatened and endangered species, including fish diet development. Specific activities may include field collection of fish tissue samples, preparation of tissue samples for analysis of physiological and nutritional factors, and analyzing enzyme and hormone concentrations using chemicals and laboratory equipment. This work requires specific knowledge of hatchery techniques, wild fish collection methods, and common lab techniques such as chemical handling, pipetting, and using lab equipment.  Additional office and lab work may include data entry, preliminary data summary, and caring for experimental fish housed at Abernathy’s hatchery facilities. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about how laboratory science can inform fisheries management while supporting applied research projects aimed at conserving the Nation’s fishery and aquatic resources.

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Abernathy Fish Technology Center:
US Fish & Wildlife Service Pacific Region:
  • Abernathy Fish Technology Center (Abernathy FTC) is located along Abernathy Creek, a tributary to the lower Columbia River in Southwestern Washington State. The mission of the Abernathy FTC is to provide leadership in the scientifically based management of national fishery resources through development of new concepts and techniques to solve specific problems in aquatic restoration and recovery activities. The Center is the Pacific Region Fisheries Program’s sole applied research facility and one of only eight such USFWS facilities nationwide. The Applied Research Programs conduct cooperative studies developing, promoting, and supporting methodologies and technologies to generate data and information for use in the management of aquatic resources. Abernathy staff research activities, while concentrated in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, and Hawaii, can be found in other Regions of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and involve a large number of species. These include Chinook, coho, and sockeye salmon, steelhead/rainbow trout, cutthroat and bull trout, Pacific lamprey, white sturgeon, Arctic grayling, and other species native to North America. In addition, to these wide ranging research activities, Abernathy staff also focus on the local watershed. One study closely examines the interactions of locally adapted hatchery steelhead with their wild counterparts through the intensive study of the steelhead population in Abernathy Creek, Longview, WA. This watershed level study integrates the disciplines of ecology, physiology, genetics, nutrition, and fish culture to better understand the how hatchery fish can be produced which mimic wild fish, have increased survival, and relative reproduction rates similar to those of their wild counterparts. The work involves both field and laboratory aspects.

    For more information about Abernathy Fish Technology Center, see our website at:

  • Interns will be mentored and trained by professional fishery biologists and scientists.

    Additionally, on-line courses may be required for specific data collection or work-related activities.

  • Recreational opportunities in the area are numerous,and include skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, and water sports. The Pacific Coasts of Washington and Oregon are about 1.5 hr from Abernathy FTC.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Mathematics & Data Analysis
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
Working with Animals
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience