The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is seeking an Evaluation Program Assistant. This is a full-time benefited position subject to the authority of the Evaluation Laboratory Manager. NSRAA is a private non-profit regional aquaculture association that operates hatchery and remote rearing locations throughout Southeast Alaska. The Evaluation Program Assistant will be based out of the Sitka Office/Otolith Lab and conduct field work at various locations throughout the year.
The Evaluation Program Assistant will be responsible for assisting in conducting appropriate research and evaluation to ensure a viable fisheries enhancement program. The Evaluation Program Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of the sampling of adult returning salmon and otolith-marked salmon fry for all appropriate data at NSRAA’s hatcheries, remote release sites, commercial processing plants, or other locations as necessary. The Evaluation Program Assistant maintains aspects of the evaluation lab and assists with the supervision of temporary employees as directed.
Areas of Responsibility:
1. Lab management including the ordering, organizing, and maintenance of lab equipment and sampling supplies
2. Assist in the planning and evaluation of otolith thermal marks
3. Coordination of otolith voucher collection and processing
4. Sampling, processing, reading, shipping and archiving adult returning salmon otolith, scale, and coded wire tag samples
5. Assist with maintaining an in-house structure of reporting and data management procedures
6. Assist in overseeing seasonal technicians
7. Maintain Access databases, web files, or Excel spreadsheets as directed
8. Assist in other departments within NSRAA, such as fish culture, tagging, or public outreach, as directed
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate good communication skills and can work effectively both as part of a team and independently. As a permanent employee of NSRAA, the Evaluation Program Assistant will be expected to maintain a high standard of quality, along with a strong work ethic, to ensure the realization of NSRAA’s goals and respected position within the fisheries community.
This position is often physically demanding. A successful candidate must have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly and work diligently despite inclement weather or proximity to heavy machinery at various fish processing plants and hatchery production facilities. During the summer fishing season, work weeks will include occasional evening, early morning, or weekend/holiday work due to the nature of the dynamic fisheries and sampling needs.
• A bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology, or related field, plus two years’ experience in fisheries management or research. At the discretion of NSRAA Management, the above requirements may be waived in lieu of an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Candidate must have a strong work ethic and be willing to work in inclement weather conditions, standing for up to 8 hours a day, and willing to travel by boat and float plane
• Must have a current valid driver’s license
• Microsoft Excel and general computer skills
• Some experience supervising other personnel is preferred