Temporary Fish Culturist, Port Graham Hatchery

Closing Date:
June 14, 2021

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has an opening for a Temporary Fish Culturist at Port Graham Hatchery, located in lower Cook Inlet. This hatchery is not on the road system, but is accessible by boat or plane and has amenities such as electricity, running water, phone, and internet service. CIAA prioritizes the health and safety of its employees. Incoming employees coming from outside of Alaska are required to arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test and participate in a paid 7-day quarantine.


This is a full-time, exempt, temporary position expected to be filled in June 2021 and to last through November 2021. Under the supervision of the Assistant Manager, the Temporary Fish Culturist will help assist on a variety of projects that may include salmon rearing, outmigration, broodstock collection, egg take, and incubation as well hatchery and equipment maintenance. The culturist will also be expected to operate small boats, water pumps, and hand and power tools and lead seasonal employees. Work is often outside in any weather condition or inside around cold running water.


The ideal applicant will have a working knowledge of applied fishery biology, basic carpentry skills, demonstrated mechanical and boat skills, six months of fish culture experience, ability to follow instructions, and a good attitude despite the weather or difficulty of the task. Familiarity with sampling and data recording techniques is required. The job requires the ability to lift, carry, push, or pull up to 50 lbs.  Current CPR and first aid certifications are required. If you believe you meet the qualifications and you are looking for a fun, challenging, and rewarding job as part of a team providing wild salmon fisheries through aquaculture, then CIAA encourages you to apply.


Beginning salary is $3,243.13 per month or DOE. The benefit package includes an employee 401(k) retirement plan, vacation, and medical leave. Housing is provided. CIAA is an equal opportunity employer.


To Apply:

Applicants must submit an online application (found at https://www.ciaanet.org/jobs/). A cover letter, resume, and three professional reference must be attached to the online application. In your application and cover letter, specify the position (listed above) you wish to be considered for.



Rob Sangster, Hatchery Manager at rsangster@ciaanet.org or 907-284-2285. Contact Rob for questions.


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