Hatchery Manager: ALASKA – Gulkana Hatchery

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
Paxson, Alaska
Job Category
Full time Positions
$58656.00 - $87984.00 / Year
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. PWSAC manages four salmon hatcheries in remote, off-grid, locations in the Prince William Sound of Alaska and a fifth hatchery in the interior of Alaska.

Unleash your passion for fisheries and salmon resource sustainability in the rugged backcountry!

At Gulkana Hatchery, you'll have the opportunity to work in the beautiful wilderness of Interior Alaska, while still having easy access to modern city amenities. Located near Paxson, a 3-hour scenic drive from Fairbanks, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the wilderness, enjoy city amenities, and contribute towards PWSAC's mission of salmon resource sustainability. Our non-profit team is dedicated to ethically and professionally optimizing salmon production for all user groups.

PWSAC is looking for an experienced professional to join our team and lead our Pacific Sockeye (Red) salmon hatchery operations. As a key member of our team, you'll be responsible for overseeing all aspects of hatchery operations, including fish culture, personnel management, safety and compliance, and budgeting. To excel in this role, you'll need a deep understanding of fish hatchery operations, aquaculture practices, and a proven track record of strong management skills. You'll also need to be adaptable, able to work well under pressure, and committed to producing high-quality work.

Work performed on site during hatchery operations mid-February through October with the option to telework from your homebase November through February.

  • Health/Vision/Dental Insurance (no monthly cost)
  • Life Insurance (no monthly cost)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, 100% vested upon hire, employer matching after 1yr
  • 5+ Weeks Annual Leave
  • Annual Leave Travel Assistance
  • Work Wear Allowance
  • Relocation and Leave Travel Assistance
  • In-Season Bunkhouse lodgings at Hatchery

  • Basic Function: The Hatchery Manager has two basic functions: 1) to serve as the full-charge working manager of a fish hatchery responsible for all site activities including fish culture personnel and fish-related operations, site safety programs, budget management requiring management level decision making capability on a 24-hour basis; and 2) to work on a daily basis with the Production Manager, onsite Maintenance, safety personnel, and office staff to carry out the directives of the Board. This position is one of the top management positions within PWSAC.

    Primary Responsiblities: The Hatchery Manager ensures the efficient, safe operation and administration of the hatchery within applicable regulations. Responsibilities include supervision of fish culture and maintenance personnel, operation of the hatchery production, and liaison with the public. Administrative responsibilities include planning, budgeting, documenting, assessing, and improving hatchery functioning.

    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; ability to climb stairs and ladders; ability to climb aboard and about vessels and small aircraft; work around water – on docks and floats; 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:
  • Assumes full responsibility for the operation of hatchery facilities, to include operational design, budget, plans and implementation.
  • Directs all phases of production relative to production goals, quality criteria, and risk reduction procedures.
  • Plans and assists with experimental fish rearing, disease control, genetic research, and other biological projects.
  • Compiles data to prepare comprehensive reports on each season’s hatchery operations; utilizes computer software to accomplish data entry and analysis needs of these reports.
  • Participates in development of long-range plans for the facility. Initiates, executes, summarizes, and reports on these plans and projects.
  • Prepares, defends, and manages facility budget.
  • Consults with other hatchery managers, fish culturists, maintenance managers, fish geneticists and pathologists to resolve problems in hatchery operations.
  • Advises biological staff in hatchery and related matters pertinent to various research and management projects.
  • Conducts and supervises all aspects of hatchery operations.
  • Assures state and federal regulatory and permit compliance related to all aspects of hatchery operations.
  • Prepares and submits monthly reports, special reports and studies contributing solutions to corporate hatchery problems.
  • Escorts visitors on tours of the facility.
  • Assists with on-site coordination of construction projects.
  • Supervises assistant manager, fish culturists, maintenance manager and lead commissary cook.
  • Purchases hatchery supplies and equipment.
  • Understands and enforces PWSAC policies and procedures.
  • Understands and follows applicable State and Federal regulations.
  • Monitors and assures implementation of the hatchery safety program, environmental program, and related functions.
  • Effectively interacts with public and directs inquiries to appropriate department or persons.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

  • Positions Supervised:
  • Assistant Hatchery Manager
  • Fish Culturists I and II
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Food Services Cooks
  • Seasonal Fisheries Technicians

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    Knowledge of fish hatchery operations and procedures; principles and practices of aquaculture, including new technology, methodology and analysis; fish life in Alaska including the kinds, distribution and importance of various species, their habitats and requirements; methods of preparing fisheries development and improvement projects; methods, materials and equipment used in fish culture, including complex electronic, mechanical and biological integrations; fish reproduction and rearing processes and procedures; procedures and practices followed in the identification of fish diseases, dietary disorders, and parasitic infestations of eggs, fry, fingerlings and smolt and other problems involved in fish culture; methods of preparing fisheries development and improvement projects; and principles of planning, organizing and conducting hatchery programs.

    Ability to apply knowledge of fisheries biology to hatchery management activities and techniques; develop and monitor budgets; conduct fry/smolt research; use field and lab equipment, tagging and sampling gear, computers and computer software; perform technical hatchery studies and prepare technical reports and articles; maintain records, prepare routine and special reports, conduct correspondence related to the work; analyze situations accurately and take prompt, effective action; supervise and train lower level employees, and plan, direct and coordinate the work of others; communicate with others, both verbally and in writing; maintain favorable public relations; and work an extended and irregular work schedules.

    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.
    Minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a major in fisheries science or a closely related field; and two years of experience progressive management at a salmon hatchery.
  • Substitutions: Four years of any combination of progressively responsible management experience in aquaculture or mariculture and an AAS degree in Fisheries, Biology, or related field.
  • Current, valid driver’s license

  • 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.
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