Barling River Chum Salmon & Otolith Recovery Monitoring Projects – Fish Technician II
Dates: June 1 – September 30 (end date is flexible dependent of fish run strength).
Wage: Starting at $14.50 per hour or greater, DOE, overtime eligible.
Duties: Barling River (Phase 1) – Working as a field lead in the absence of the Biologist, conducts weekly aerial and foot surveys to enumerate and capture (via beach seine) adult chum salmon and collect age-sex-length (ASL) measurements and possible baseline genetics. Installs and maintains remote field camp and may live on-site for up to two weeks. Travel to/from the site is by floatplane or boat. Small skiff and outboard motor use are necessary for this project.
Otolith Recovery (Phase 2) – Working individually or as part of team, collects adult salmon otoliths during commercial fisheries around Kodiak and Afognak Islands. The majority work will take place at fish processing plants during vessel deliveries. 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. This project will run concurrently with phase 1 and varies based on fish abundance and weather.
Qualifications: Pursuit of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in fisheries/aquaculture, biology, or other natural resources field with collective field or lab work experience of up to six months with elevated levels of responsibilities preferred OR, two years of demonstrated experience as a Fish Technician II or III level will satisfy this position. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organized, safety conscious, and possess critical thinking skills to accomplish daily tasks. Experience in backcountry and basic construction techniques are helpful for this position. Successful candidate is expected to receive First Aid and CPR certifications prior to arrival. Safety is of upmost priority and candidate must be able to respond effectively to emergency situations. Requires safe handling of firearms in protection against brown bear.
Project Area(s): The project site is accessible by floatplane or boat and remote living conditions apply. Exposure to inclement weather, factory settings, cold water, bears, and biting bugs. Field personnel will have frequent interaction with Kodiak brown bears; safety is a priority to minimize human-bear interactions. A positive, adaptable attitude in the face of potentially adverse conditions is required. The ability to self-entertain during less strenuous non-working hours while living in the field and maintain a positive attitude under challenging field conditions will be important. Strenuous hiking several miles over uneven terrain and wading in cold water is required frequently carrying gear (up to 50 lbs). Adherence to laboratory safety and sampling protocols is of upmost importance.
Communication will be by satellite phone to relay data updates, resupply trips, and crew welfare. Normal phone or WIFI is limited in remote areas. KRAA provides safety training (bear, non-certified firearm, and laboratory) and sampling procedures prior to deployment. Field work sites will consist of backpacking tents, propane cook stove, and mostly non-perishable foods. While not at the field site, shared bunkhouse will be available but technicians must provide their own food. Technicians will also provide their own personal clothing and gear including sleeping bag. A recommended gear list will be provided upon selection.
Start date: June 1. Positions are open until filled.
Applications will be accepted through January 10, 2020. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for interview selection.
In your application, be sure to indicate in the cover letter the specific position and site. KRAA typically recruits for multiple position vacancies at various project locations.
To apply please send resume, cover letter, and three references to:
Phone (Toll Free): 888-486-6555
Address: 104 Center Ave. Suite 205 Kodiak, AK 99615
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