Research and Monitoring is hiring a Fish Technician I to be stationed in a remote field camp monitoring the adult salmon escapement into Saltery Lake. The KRAA Tech will monitor the sockeye salmon escapement through the installation and operation of a counting picket weir from approximately June 12-August 10. Daily, the crew will enumerate and sample sockeye salmon for age-sex-length measurements to determine abundance, sex ratio, run timing, and age composition for KRAA’s Pillar Creek Hatchery broodstock collection used in enhancement programs. The position will be 100% on-site for the duration of the project and work schedules will vary based on fish run timing and strength as well as environmental conditions (i.e. flash flood events).
Saltery Lake is a popular sport fishing and lodge area for local residents as well as visiting travelers. Personnel will have frequent interaction with the public. The project site is accessible by floatplane or ATV and remote living conditions apply. The crew will share a WeatherPort tent with propane cook stove and small refrigerator. Work is performed outdoors in frequent inclement weather and biting bugs. Field personnel will have frequent interaction with Kodiak brown bears; safety is a priority to minimize human/bear interactions. A positive attitude and flexibility in the face of potentially adverse living/working conditions is required. Strenuous daily hiking for several miles over uneven terrain is required, and frequent carrying up to 50 lbs. of equipment using frame packs over several hundred yards. Supply trips deliver groceries and gear to the site approximately every 2 weeks. Successful candidate is expected to receive First Aid and CPR (Wilderness first aid preferred) certifications prior to arrival. KRAA will provide bear and firearm safety training, transportation to the field site, communal housing, food, and chest waders for the duration of the project.
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To apply please send your resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Nathan Weber (firstname.lastname@example.org) or go to http://kraa.org/about/employment/ to fill out the employment application.
*High school graduate, college-level education preferred.
The successful candidate will possess the following skills. Please demonstrate the level of experience for each of the following. If no experience, please state so in the cover letter.
*Backcountry camping/hiking experience.
*Operating ATV with trailer over rugged terrain.
*Data collection and entry into log books.
*Fish identification and handling for length and scale collections.
*Working knowledge of weirs and fish traps, foot-based stream surveys.
*Data collection techniques with salmonids, or related field project.
*Use of small hand tools and equipment for camp and weir construction.
*Maintenance and troubleshooting of field and camp equipment including small gas generators, propane appliances, and ATV.
*Use of safety equipment (fire extinguishers, medical kits, emergency transmitters).
*First aid and CPR/AED certification. Wilderness training preferred.