NSRAA is seeking an Evaluation Program Technician to assist the research and evaluation department. The primary duties of this technician would be to collect salmon otolith, scale, and CWT samples, and to assist with NSRAA’s tagging program. Other tasks may include recording associated data, assisting with the processing of samples in the lab, and preparation of laboratory supplies. This position is physically demanding, requiring the ability to work in wet and slippery environments around heavy machinery, frequently bending and lifting, exposure to animals, contact to chemicals, computer work, and optical microscopy work. The work is often repetitive and requires good attention to detail.
Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) operates hatchery and remote rearing locations throughout SE AK. Technicians will be based out of the Otolith Lab located at the NSRAA Office but will conduct field work at various locations. This may include travel to processing plants in Sitka and Petersburg as well as a remote rearing camp at Deer Lake and Hidden Falls, Medvejie, and Sawmill Creek hatcheries. The average work week will be around 40 hours but will be variable depending on needs. The work week will include occasional evening, early morning, or weekend work due to the nature of the dynamic fisheries and sampling needs. Flexibility is a necessary quality of a successful candidate. On the job training and housing are available. This position has the potential to transition into a full-time benefited position as Evaluation Laboratory Assistant.
Some education and/or experience in fisheries, fishery biology or fish aging techniques is preferred but not required. Candidates 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. Successful applicants will be responsible for providing their own rain gear, rubber boots and gloves.