Fisheries Technician I (Otolith Recovery)- Research and Monitoring

Wage: $17.55 to $19.50 per hour, DOE

  • Up to $750 travel re-imbursement to Kodiak upon successful completion of season

Dates:  July 1 – September 30, 2023 (One position may be filled from the Spiridon smolt monitoring project, ending July 15.)

Duties:  Assists the crew leader to carry out daily monitoring activities with minimal supervision.  Based in City of Kodiak, working individually or as part of team, collects adult salmon otoliths at fish processing facilities and remote streams. The majority of work will take place at fish processing plants in the City of Kodiak. Work hours will likely vary (night/early morning) and with short notice. Introductory techniques in otolith preparation and reading of hatchery marks will occur in the laboratory during non-field days. Daily communication with facility to plan data collections in accordance with sampling plan. Day travel to remote streams will be by floatplane or helicopter. Schedules are based on fish abundance and weather.  Shared, furnished housing and food will be provided. Must have valid driver’s license.

Qualifications: Pursuing education in fisheries/aquaculture, biology, or other natural resource field preferred. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, safety minded, and possess critical thinking skills to accomplish daily tasks. Experience with data entry, Microsoft Office software, and compound dissecting microscopes are helpful for this position. Successful candidate is expected to receive First Aid (Wilderness first aid preferred) and CPR certifications prior to start date. Safety is of upmost priority and candidate must be able to respond effectively to emergency situations. Candidates must also be physically lift 50 lbs. Strenuous hiking in cold streams several miles over rough terrain in brown bear country is required.  Requires safe handling of firearms in protection against brown bear. The ability to self-entertain during non-working hours and maintain a positive attitude under challenging field conditions will be important.

The time will be split between the laboratory and outdoors with extended exposure to cold, swift water, sun, rain, biting bugs, heavy machinery and bears.  Benefits of the area are incredible outdoor recreation located within the City of Kodiak.  KRAA will provide safety training (bear, firearm) and review sampling procedures prior to deployment.  KRAA will provide transportation to/from the field site, shared housing, and chest waders for the project duration.  All personal clothing/gear is provided by the candidate.

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

Tanner Squires, Research and Monitoring Manager
Email: or call (907) 486-4733 for more information. Applications can also be hand delivered or mailed to Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association, 104 Center Ave, Suite 205 Kodiak, AK 99615

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