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Fish Culturist

Closing Date:
November 23, 2020

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has an opening for a Fish Culturist, located at our Trail Lakes Hatchery at mile 32.5 of the Seward Highway, just north of Moose Pass, Alaska. Trail Lakes Hatchery is permitted by the State of Alaska to incubate 30 million sockeye, 6 million coho, and 4 million Chinook salmon eggs; although this facility focuses solely on sockeye and coho currently. This is a central incubation facility. Gametes are collected in the field and returned to Trail Lakes Hatchery for incubation and rearing to fry or smolt stage.


This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position. Under the general supervision of the Hatchery Manager and Assistant Hatchery Manager, the Fish Culturist performs a variety of fish culture duties varying with the seasons of the year. Duties include the collection of broodstock and gametes in the field, incubation, rearing, stocking of fry and smolts and assisting in the collection of pathology and other samples in the field. Other duties include maintenance of the hatchery building, grounds, hatchery systems and equipment; responding to emergency and process alarms; and assisting with maintaining records and preparing activity reports.


The ideal applicant will have a working knowledge of cold water fish culture; basic construction techniques; basic knowledge of water well pumps and controls; demonstrated mechanical and boating skills; and be able to operate fishery and water sampling gear. This position will be required to assist in the transportation, set up, operation and retrieval of field equipment, which may require travel for periods of up to a month. Strong outdoor skills and working knowledge of Windows, Word, and Excel is required. This position will at times, be labor intensive and require hands-on frequently. The applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds. Other combinations of training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for relevancy. A valid driver’s license is required.


Salary range $38,917–$54,337 per year DOE. The benefit package includes health insurance
(employee portion is a 5% co-pay), Health Savings Account with employer contribution, employee 401(k) retirement plan, vacation and medical leave. On-site housing is not provided.


Applicants must submit an application (found at https://www.ciaanet.org/jobs/). Direct questions and submit cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Brett Jenkins, Hatchery Manager, bjenkins@ciaanet.org, (907)-288-3688.


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