Fishery Biologist – 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 the supervision of the R&M Manager, 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 work in both the office and remote field camps. The successful candidate will direct and support field projects including smolt and fishery monitoring, analyze data, and generate project data reports to assess salmon rearing habitat of natural and hatchery-produced systems. Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work with outside agencies are keys to success in this position. The Biologist will assist in Mark and Age evaluation to assess hatchery contribution to common property harvests. Additional duties include training and supervision of field technicians and will require extended living in remote locations for up to 6 consecutive weeks and frequent remote travel via small plane.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries, or related natural resources field, AND experience working in field and/or lab settings with increasing levels of responsibility are minimum requirements. Candidate must have working knowledge of data collection techniques including smolt enumeration, limnology, and adult escapement monitoring. Experience in the 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. Background in reading scales for age and otolith marks using microscopes are ideal. Demonstrated experience operating small skiffs/outboard motors, ATVs, construction/operation of fish collection facilities, and field camp construction will benefit the successful candidate. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of this position including carrying heavy equipment (≤50#) while backcountry hiking and wading in cold water streams.

Wages/Benefits: This position is full time, year-round with starting wage at $18.50-$21.50 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: January 2019 (negotiable start date); Open until filled.

Interested persons should provide a cover letter and resume, with three professional references to

Nathan Weber, Research and Monitoring Manager at


Tina Fairbanks, Executive Director at