Fish Culturist I – Kitoi Bay Hatchery

Kitoi Bay Hatchery is a large and diverse Pacific salmon production facility (215 million pink, 36 million chum, 2.3
million coho and 850,000 sockeye salmon eggs) located on Afognak Island. This is a remote site approximately 25
miles north of the city of Kodiak, accessible only by floatplane or boat.

DUTIES: This position works under the direct supervision of the Hatchery Manager or Assistant Manager and is
responsible for overseeing, assisting and participating in all aspects of hatchery operations. This is a blue collar,
hands‐on position requiring a significant amount of work outdoors and in inclement weather. The successful
applicant will assist with incubation, outmigration, rearing, egg take, juvenile transfers, lake rearing and smolt
work, lake limnology, and adult salmon scale and otolith collection. The position also provides supervision to Fish
Technicians and participates in a variety of support and site development duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: A two‐year Associates degree in aquaculture or related field and a minimum of 1 year
experience at a Pacific salmon hatchery or aquaculture facility is preferred. Experience may be substituted for
education on a case‐by‐case basis. The successful applicant will have a strong multi‐species fish culture
background, and experience in incubation, egg pick, egg collection, cost recovery, freshwater and saltwater
rearing, maintaining and developing computer databases and spreadsheets, and a general knowledge of
maintenance and plumbing. Candidates must have a positive attitude and the ability to encourage, motivate, and
work cooperatively with seasonal and permanent staff. The successful applicant will also be required to operate
hatchery equipment, participate in site coverage, and understand and operate the water and alarm systems. The
position requires the physical ability to handle the requirements of hatchery work, excellent organizational skills,
and the ability to troubleshoot problems and implement corrective action or improvements. Work history should
show related prior experience with increasing levels of responsibility, as well as favorable employer evaluations
regarding experience, skills, and attitude.

WAGE/BENEFITS: This position is a full time, year‐round position. On‐site private housing and utilities are
provided. There is weekly mail service. Telephone is provided. Internet and satellite TV are available. Moving
expenses are subsidized with some restrictions. KBH employment offers the advantages of remote living with
access to exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities.

• Starting Wage: $18.50/hr‐$21.50/hr DOE. Rotating Primary Site Responsibility provides additional compensation
for professional‐level staff members. This position is eligible for annual performance‐based salary increases.
• Excellent benefit package: 12 paid holidays, quarterly R&R flights, annual leave/paid time off, medical‐dental/vision‐
prescription insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer contribution.

OPEN Until Filled. Preferred Start Date June 1 or sooner:
Provide a cover letter and resume including three references to:

Tina Fairbanks
KRAA Executive Director
104 Center Ave; Suite 205
Kodiak AK 99615
(888) 486‐6555
kraa@gci.net
AND
Michael Wachter
Kitoi Bay Hatchery Manager
104 Center Ave; Suite 205
Kodiak AK 99615
(877) 628‐4449 X1 office
kitoi@gci.net