Fisheries Technician Intern - Gulkana and Wally Norenberg Hatchery

Expected Dates
August 20, 2020 to November 20, 2020
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
Position ID

The fisheries technician functions as part of the hatchery operations team in the cultivating and rearing of fish.  Under the general supervision of a fish culturist or higher level fish technician, performs paraprofessional field, office and laboratory work in various phases of hatchery operations.  Incumbents may work independently following general guidelines and use discretion in adapting actions to specific situations.

Description of  Duties and Tasks:

  • Fish Propagation: Enumerating, caring for, killing, spawning and disposing of carcasses; preparing, cleaning and maintaining incubator, monitoring and maintaining water quality, loading, enumerating, picking and caring for egg/ alevin; rearing, enumerating and setting up outmigration of fry; perform other general duties as assigned.
  • Take samples of commercial fisheries catches for data on species, size, age and sex composition; collect scales, otoliths, ovaries and other biological specimens, scale mounting.
  • Site cleanup, general maintenance and repair, cleans, sweeps and shovels snow.

Gulkana and Wally Norenberg Hatchery - with potential work at other hatcheries as needed. Must be able to move about freely; work outdoors in all weather conditions; ability to lift and carry 50 pounds; ability to climb stairs and ladders; ability to climb aboard and about vessels and small aircraft; work around water – on docks and floats; use telephones and computers unimpaired.  Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.  Must be able to hear and see to receive verbal and written instructions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to safely operate small boats, snowmobiles, power tools and other equipment
  • Ability to observe and collect data and maintain simple but accurate records
  • Ability to read, write and perform fundamental arithmetic calulations
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work and withstand inclement weather and other uncomfortable environmental conditions
  • Ability to live and work cooperatively in a group and remote setting
  • Ability to work carefully and safely around wild animals

Candidates should possess the following:

  • Experience living in remote natural surroundings for extended periods of time
  • Interest in fisheries management and fish hatcheries
  • Physical fitness
  • The ability to work well as a team members in cold, adverse, and remote conditions
  • Waterproof rubberized rain gear
    • E.g. insulated xtratuf boots, grundens or helly hansen bibs/rainjackets, waterptoof gloves, waders, etc…

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,400 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $400- weekly living allowance
  • $1,200 - funds available for additional work 
  • Free housing and board

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*Please note that candidates selected for this position will need to submit to a drug test

  • Remote fish hatcheries in Prince William Sound and on the Richardson Highway in Alaska
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Working with Animals
competent with supervision
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience