Fishery Biologist – Research & Monitoring

Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) has an immediate opening for an experienced fishery biologist. This full time, hourly position is located in Kodiak, Alaska and operates out of the company’s headquarters. KRAA is a large and diverse non-profit salmon enhancement corporation. KRAA operates two Pacific salmon hatcheries and conducts numerous salmon research and monitoring projects on Kodiak and Afognak Islands.

DUTIES: Under the supervision of the Research and Monitoring Manager and Assistant Manager, this position is responsible for assisting and participating in all aspects of field investigations of salmon by applying sound science and technology to perform salmon research, enhancement and rehabilitation projects on the Kodiak Archipelago. This position requires the ability to work in both office and remote field camp settings. The successful candidate will lead the Limnology program in collection, preparation, and analysis of water quality and plankton samples to assess salmon rearing habitat of natural and hatchery-produced systems. The Biologist will also lead the Mark and Age program in collection and evaluation of salmon otoliths and scales to assess contribution of hatchery programs to common property harvests. Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work with government agencies and NGOs are keys to success in this position. Additional duties include assisting in training and supervision of technicians and support of remote field camps, drafting scientific reports and operational plans. This position may require living in remote locations for extended period and frequent travel via small plane.

QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries, or related natural resource field and minimum 2+ years’ experience working in a field and/or lab setting with increasing levels of responsibility. Candidate must have working command of fishery biology and techniques with experience in operating salmon research and management field projects. Knowledge of freshwater ecology, salmon life history, smolt enumeration, limnology, and/or statistical analysis will benefit the successful applicant. Experience in the use and maintenance of scientific sampling equipment, strong computer skills with MS Office software (word, excel, outlook), effective communication through oral and written means, ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, ability to work objectively in challenging and diverse situations are necessary for this position. Experience with laboratory equipment, power tools, operating small skiffs and working around bears is preferred.

WAGE/BENEFITS: This position is a full time, 12-month, hourly position, overtime eligible. . Excellent benefits package includes 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, health insurance, paid time off (PTO), coverage of some moving expenses, and 12 paid holidays per year. KRAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SALARY: Hiring range is $18.50 to $26.50 per hour DOE.

START DATE: ASAP; Open until filled

Please email resume and cover letter with three work references to:

Nathan Weber, Research and Monitoring Manager: kraa.weber@gci.net


Tina Fairbanks, Executive Director: kraa@gci.net