Fish Hatchery Intern

Expected Dates
April 11, 2022 to December 18, 2022
Green Lake National Fish Hatchery
Position ID

The selected intern will participate in rearing endangered Atlantic salmon from several listed populations at a cold-water conservation hatchery. Activities include releasing juvenile and adult Atlantic salmon, collecting biological samples for disease screening, feeding adult and juvenile broodstock, cleaning rearing units, conducting monthly growth monitoring of juvenile and adult salmon, maintaining automated feeders, assisting in moving, sorting and grading juvenile salmon, PIT tagging future broodstock, spawning, egg enumeration and care, electrofishing, and stocking multiple life stages of Atlantic salmon. Green Lake National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is open to the public year-round and interns will have the opportunity to interact with visitors by giving tours of the facility or providing other outreach services.

The selected intern will participate in daily maintenance activities at the hatchery which include cleaning rearing units, tanks and pools, grounds maintenance, hiking trail maintenance, hatchery equipment repair, and other general maintenance projects.

The selected intern may have the opportunity to participate in monitoring lake water quality and adult sea-run broodstock collection. The selected intern will work cooperatively with personnel from both Green Lake NFH and Craig Brook NFH, the Maine Fishery Resources Office, the State of Maine, various non-government agency partners, and hatchery volunteers.

Internship Allowances (pre-tax):

  • $300/wk Living Allowance
  • $1,100 Travel Grant

This position is not eligible to apply for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • Green Lake National Fish Hatchery is located in Ellsworth in the Downeast region of Maine. The facility is comprised of several buildings for water treatment, fish rearing, offices and public use areas on over 129 acres. The hatchery is located between two lakes, which provide interns with opportunities to enjoy boating and fishing in their leisure time. Ellsworth is a small city with plenty of small family-owned shops and restaurants, as well as larger retailers, and a microbrewery. Ellsworth is known as the crossroads of Downeast Maine and is 15 miles from Acadia National Park and 30 miles from the city of Bangor. Acadia National Park offers plenty of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiasts from hiking and biking to viewing wildlife such as moose, bear, whales and seabirds.
  • Defensive Driving, New Employee Safety Orientation, Lyme Disease Awareness, electrofishing safety, on-the-job training as required
  • Green Lake NFH is one of two Atlantic salmon hatcheries operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is part of The Maine Fisheries Complex. Opportunities to learn about Atlantic salmon conservation and cold-water fish culture are unparalleled.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience
Data Entry
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience