Fish Culturist, Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has an opening for a Fish Culturist at Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. This is a remote site located in Tutka Bay Lagoon, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska.  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 48-hour quarantine.


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. Under the supervision of the Assistant Manager, the Fish Culturist assists with a variety of projects that may include salmon rearing, outmigration, broodstock collection, egg take, and incubation as well as 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, ability to follow instructions, and a good attitude despite the weather or difficulty of the task. Familiarity with sampling and data recording techniques is desirable. 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. CIAA is an equal opportunity employer.


Beginning salary is $3,243.13 per month or DOE. The benefit package includes health insurance (employee portion is a 5% co-pay of the premium), Health Savings Account with employer contribution, employee 401(k) retirement plan, vacation, and medical leave. Housing is provided along with electricity, heating fuel, phone service, and basic internet service.


Applicants must submit an application (found at, cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Brett Jenkins, Hatchery Operations Manager or 907-283-5761. Contact Brett for questions.

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