Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) is a non-profit organization that operates five salmon hatcheries in Alaska. Four hatcheries are located in the Prince William Sound in remote settings with off-the-grid facilities. The fifth hatchery is located in the interior of Alaska near Paxon and operates a remote, off-the-grid satellite site.
PWSAC has multiple Fisheries Technicians positions available. Position lengths vary from 10 weeks upwards to 10 months. Positions start in early February and March.
Fish Technicians function as part of the hatchery operations team in the cultivating and rearing of fish. Under the direct supervision of a fish culturist or designated fish technician performs routine entry-level and up to semi-skilled level work, participating in various phases of hatchery operations.
• Eggtake: Enumerating, caring, killing, spawning and disposing of carcasses; preparing, cleaning and maintaining incubators; monitoring and maintaining water quality; loading, enumerating, picking and caring for egg/alevin;
• Outmigration/rearing: enumerating and setting up outmigration of fry, feeding, sampling, raceway/net cleaning, health monitoring, releasing fry, incubation cleaning and rebuilding
• Harvest: Preparing, repairing and maintaining harvest equipment; loading, transporting, caring for and unloading harvest pens; collecting and recording fish harvest management data.
• Perform other general duties associated with fish culture operations.
• Site cleanup, general maintenance and repairs, groundskeeping, and snow removal.
• Operates skiffs and small boats, live trap nets, ATVs, pickups, bobcats, loaders, power tools or other equipment.
• Takes samples from commercial fisheries catches for data on species, size, age, and sex composition; collects scales, otoliths, ovaries or other biological specimens, scale mounting.
• Use computers and computer software to conduct routine data entry or output.
Work performed at any hatchery or remote location as needed. Must be able to move about freely; work outdoors in all weather conditions; ability to lift and carry 50 pounds for an extended period of time; ability to climb stairs and ladders; ability to climb aboard and about vessels and small aircraft; work in and around water – on docks and floats, raceways, and ponds; use telephones and computers unimpaired. Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language. Must be able to hear and see to receive verbal and written instructions.
Room and board provided in dormitory-style accommodations. Transportation will be provided from Cordova, AK to remote hatchery sites. Employees are responsible for coordinating and purchasing travel to Cordova prior to the start date and travel out of Cordova at the end of employment.
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Must have a current driver’s license
- Education and/or experience in Fisheries or related field preferred
Submit an application online.