Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
Prince William Sound, Alaska (Remote, off-grid)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Begins at $11-15/hr DOE
Last Date to Apply
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) is a private, non-profit hatchery association founded in 1974 by a local commercial fishermen’s organization to optimize Alaska’s wild salmon resources. PWSAC produces hatchery-born, ocean-raised wild salmon for the commercial, sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries in the Prince William Sound and Copper River regions.

Jumpstart your fisheries career and gain hands on experience working with Pacific Salmon at large scale hatcheries in Alaska
The Fisheries Technician is a temporary position located at remote, off-grid hatcheries in the Prince William Sound of Alaska and a semi-remote facility near Paxon, Alaska. PWSAC produces chum, sockeye, pink, and coho salmon. PWSAC is looking for enthusiastic individuals that will unite with PWSAC's mission of sustainable fisheries contributing to the culture and economy of the region.

  • Free room and board at hatchery sites
  • Commercial grade rain jacket and bibs
  • Optional enrollment in 403(b) retirement plan

    Submit an online application at PWSAC Job Portal

    Basic Function: 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 perform routine entry-level and up to semi-skilled level work, participating in various phases of hatchery operations.

    Essential Functions: 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.

    Description of duties and tasks:
  • Fish propagation: 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; rearing, enumerating and setting up outmigration of fry; perform other general duties associated with fish culture operations.
  • Fish Harvest: Preparing, repairing and maintaining harvest equipment; loading, transporting, caring for and unloading harvest pens; collecting and recording fish harvest management data.
  • Site cleanup, general maintenance and repairs, groundskeeping, and snow removal.
  • Operates skiffs and small boats, live trap nets, ATVs, pickups, bobcats, loaders, power tools, firearms 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.

  • Job Classifications: FISH TECH I
  • Hired for general labor in hatchery operations
  • Entry-level position, or laborer, for short-term work
  • Little or no prior hatchery experience
  • Generally works under close supervision
  • Hired for general hatchery operations and labor with increased responsibility
  • Greater than 9 months in-season experience with hatchery operations (preferably PWSAC)
  • Fundamental knowledge of fish culture procedures
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Demonstrated minor leadership qualities
  • Previously rated satisfactory or above in performance evaluations
  • May act as a lead in hatchery operations and labor tasks with increased responsibility
  • Can work effectively without supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Previously rated satisfactory or above in performance evaluations
  • Has substantial, greater than 18 months, aquaculture/fisheries experience in related areas (preferably with PWSAC)
  • Demonstrates a strong interest in aquaculture as a career goal

  • Positions Supervised: None

    Disclaimer: Duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list, and additional tasks may be assigned from time to time. The scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.
    COVID-19: PWSAC requires proof of COVID vaccination for positions located at off-grid hatcheries.

    PWSAC is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work in inclement weather and other uncomfortable environmental conditions.
  • Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions and visual cues.
  • Ability to learn the safe operation of small boats, power tools, firearms, and other hatchery equipment.
  • Ability to collect data, maintain simple, accurate records, perform simple arithmetic computations and routine data entry.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a group.
  • Ability to work carefully and safely around wild animals.

  • Minimum qualifications:
  • Highschool Diploma or GED
  • Current, valid driver’s license
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