Biologist I – Research and Monitoring

Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) has an immediate opening for an entry level 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 R&M Manager’s supervision, this position is responsible for participating in all aspects of field investigations by applying sound science and technology to perform salmon research, enhancement, and rehabilitation projects. This position requires the ability to lead work in both the office and remote field camps. The successful candidate will direct and support data collection in smolt and fishery monitoring, data analysis, and generate project data reports to assess salmon rearing habitat of natural and hatchery-produced systems. The Biologist will assist training and supervision of field technicians and will require living in remote locations for up to 4 consecutive weeks with frequent remote travel via small plane. Work settings include: remote field, laboratory, fish processing plants, and commercial fishing vessels. Additional duties include: age (scale) and otolith evaluation to assess hatchery contribution to common property harvests and hatchery effluent monitoring.

Qualifications: Education and experience requirements include any of the following backgrounds: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in biology, fisheries, or related natural resources field (preferred); OR associate’s degree or fisheries tech certificate AND cumulative of 18 months demonstrated experience working in related field and/or lab settings with increasing levels of responsibility; OR a high school diploma AND cumulative of 60 months demonstrated experience working in related field and/or lab settings with increasing levels of responsibility;.

Candidate must have working knowledge of data collection techniques including smolt enumeration, limnology, and adult escapement monitoring. Experience in use and maintenance of scientific sampling equipment, MS Office software, effective oral/written communication skills, ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, and ability to work objectively in challenging and diverse situations are necessary for this position. Demonstrated experience operating small skiffs/outboard motors, ATVs, construction/operation of juvenile salmonid traps and weirs, and field camp construction will benefit applicants for this position. Must be able to meet the physical requirements including carrying heavy equipment (50#) while backcountry hiking and working in inclement weather and cold water.  Must have valid driver’s license and obtain first aid/CPR certification and firearms training upon placement.

 Wages/Benefits: This position is full time, year-round with starting wage at $20.00-23.50 per hour DOE, and is 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.

 START DATE: Open until filled

Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume, with three professional references to:

Trent Dodson
Production and Operations Manager


Tina Fairbanks
Executive Director