Assistant Hatchery Manager – Kitoi Bay Hatchery

Kitoi Bay Hatchery is a unique 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 approximately 25 miles from the City of Kodiak, accessible by floatplane or boat.

Under the general direction of the Hatchery Manager, this position is integral to the operation of a remote salmon hatchery and requires management level decision making capability on a 24- hour basis.

Duties include:

  • Supervises and directs work schedules and activities of technicians and culturists, instructing
    personnel in the performance of duties. Writes performance evaluations as assigned by the
    hatchery manager
  • Serves as Site Safety Officer and is responsible for periodic safety training and briefing.
  • Primary purchasing agent for onsite programs and must coordinate freight and shipping
    Maintains and keeps current hatchery purchasing log and must coordinate
    updates with Administrative staff.
  • Supervises or directs egg-takes, marking and tagging, and production schedules according to
    established standards.
  • Prepares feeding and rearing schedules based on calculated growth rates, prepares feed,
    supervises and/or performs necessary feeding activities.
  • Operates, cleans and adjust hatchery apparatus such as automatic fish feeders, pressurized
    water filters, ozone and ultraviolet water depuration units, electronic measuring devices and
    electronic egg and fish counters.
  • Examines fish for diseases or nutritional disorders, coordinates results with fish pathologists,
    and takes recommended action.
  • Maintains and measures water supplies to provide the desired quality, quantity, and
    temperature to incubation and rearing units, take water samples and measure dissolved gas
    May clean water and bacterial filters, ponds, troughs, tanks, incubators, screens and
    work areas.
  • Prepares stocking schedules, assigns staff and may assist in stocking fish, preparing and
    transporting fish by tank or air.
  • Maintains and evaluates records of fish mortality, growth and adult sexual maturity. Keeps
    records of numbers of fish on hand, shipped or planted; prepares work schedules and routine
    reports of hatchery activities.
  • May assume direct supervision and responsibility for the facility in the absence of the
    Hatchery Manager.
  • Assists visitors by providing information about hatchery operations.
  • Assists and advises in various research or management projects.
  • Assists hatchery manager in the preparation of annual reports, operational plans and budgets.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge of Alaska fishery biology and pacific salmon hatchery operations and procedures, including principles and practices of aquaculture and new technologies; procedures and practices for identification and treatment of dietary disorders, fish diseases and parasitic infections of eggs, fry, fingerlings and smolt; fisheries development and improvement projects; planning, organizing and conducting research, surveys and logistics.

Ability to analyze data, facts or information and draw logical conclusions; conduct fry/smolt research; use field and lab equipment, tagging and sampling gear, computer and computer software; operate open skiffs and outboard engines in marine and fresh water; maintain records, perform technical hatchery studies and prepare correspondence, reports and articles; evaluate and train lower level employees, communicate with others, both verbally and in writing; maintain favorable public relations and work an extended and irregular work schedule.

Must have a positive attitude and the ability to encourage, motivate and work cooperatively with seasonal and permanent staff. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to multi-task, troubleshoot problems, and implement corrective actions. Must have the ability to apply good judgment and appropriate decision-making with regard to professional and personal aspects of working and living at a remote site.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in aquaculture, fisheries or related field. Minimum 2 years of experience as a Fish Culturist or Assistant Manager at a salmon hatchery or aquaculture facility. Experience may be substituted for education on a case-by-case basis. Work history should show related experience with increasing levels of responsibility and favorable employer evaluations regarding experience, skills, aptitude and attitude.

Special skills, helpful in performing duties but not required: current RedCross, ETT, or EMT certification.

Ideally, the successful applicant would have a strong multi-species fish culture background and experience in Alaska remote hatchery operations, fish pathology and biosecurity, eggtakes, incubation and eyed egg processing, freshwater rearing, management of water, alarm and diesel generation systems, cost recovery harvest operations, developing feed orders and strategies, maintaining and developing computer spreadsheets and files, and a general knowledge of maintenance and plumbing.

WAGE/BENEFITS: This position is a full time, 12-month position. On-site, private housing and utilities are provided. There is weekly mail service. Phones, internet and satellite TV are available. Moving expenses to the City of Kodiak are subsidized. KBH employment offers the advantages of remote living with access to exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities.

  • Starting Salary is DOE, from $43,800 to $55,080 per year. 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.

Provide a cover letter and resume including three references to:


Tina Fairbanks AND Mike Wachter
KRAA Executive Director
104 Center Ave; Suite 205
Kodiak AK 99615888-486-6555

Kitoi Bay Hatchery Manager
104 Center Ave; Suite 205
Kodiak AK 99615229-234-9413