Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has seven (7) openings for Fisheries Technicians I working under the Special Field Projects program. CIAA will provide accommodations and food for the length of employment. CIAA prioritizes the health and safety of its employees. Incoming employees coming from outside of Alaska are required to arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test and participate in a paid quarantine, which is scheduled to begin on May 8 (date subject to change). Orientation will begin on May 16, 2022. The employee is responsible for all travel costs associated with getting to Kenai, Alaska. If flying, CIAA recommends purchasing flexible tickets because length of employment is dependent on strength of returns and weather conditions.
These are full-time, temporary, non-exempt positions working under the direction of a Biologist.
• Session 1: Tustumena Lake smolt enumeration and Delight Lake adult monitoring
o Two (2) Fisheries Technicians I, May 8–August 10
o This two-person crew will start the season at the Kasilof River (Tustumena Lake, on the road system) monitoring the outmigration of salmon smolt using an inclined plane trap. Smolt are Identified to species and sampled for a variety of biological data (familiarity with AWL procedures is a plus). Requires staff to work nights. Swift water boating experience highly desired.
o The crew will move to Delight Lake, a remote location on the Outer Coast of the Kenai Peninsula, to monitor the adult salmon return and take samples.
• Session 2: Hidden Lake smolt/adult monitoring
o Two (2) Fisheries Technicians I, May 8–September 21
o This two-person crew will enumerate and sample migrating sockeye and coho smolts and adult sockeye salmon return from/to Hidden Lake (located on the road system within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge). Fish are identified to species and sampled for a variety of biological data (familiarity with AWL procedures is a plus). Requires staff to work nights.
o Depending on run strength and timing there may be a break between the smolt and adult field season.
• Session 3: Shell Lake smolt enumeration/northern pike suppression and Paint River adult monitoring
o Two (2) Fisheries Technicians I, May 8–September 23
o This two-person crew will start the season monitoring the outmigration of salmon smolt at Shell Lake, a remote location in the Susitna Watershed. Smolt are identified to species and sampled for a variety of biological data (familiarity with AWL procedures is a plus). Requires staff to work nights.
o This crew will harvest invasive northern pike using gillnets.
o This crew will move to Paint River (a remote location on the west side of Cook Inlet) to monitor the adult salmon return and collect samples. Crew will be responsible for maintaining the video weir system.
• Session 4: Whiskey, Hewitt, and Chelatna lakes northern pike suppression
o One (1) Fisheries Technician, May 8–September 9
o This Fisheries Technician position will work with an Intern under a grant-funded project to harvest northern pike from Whiskey, Hewitt, and Chelatna lakes (all remote sites located in the Susitna watershed).
o The crew will also conduct surveys for the invasive waterweed Elodea.
Depending on performance and availability there may be opportunity for hatchery work following the completion of each of the projects above.
Ideal candidates will have or be working towards a degree in natural sciences or a closely-related field. Candidates must also have a current wilderness first aid and CPR certification. Candidates must be self-motivated and have the ability to communicate clearly with other staff and members of the public. Candidates must be physically able to lift up to 50 pounds and safely walk in fast moving water. Candidates should have the ability to live and work outdoors safely and experience in small boat operation is required. If you believe you meet the qualifications and you are looking for a fun, challenging, and rewarding job in a stunning location in Alaska, then CIAA encourages you to apply. CIAA Is an equal opportunity employer.
$13.00 per hour, overtime eligible. Returning Fisheries Technicians I may be eligible for a pay increase. There are no holiday, vacation, or medical leave benefits.
Applicants must submit an application (found at https://www.ciaanet.org/jobs/) with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references attached. Contact Andy Wizik, Biologist II with questions: email@example.com or 907-283-1413.
In your application and cover letter, specify the session or sessions (listed above) you wish to be considered for.