The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) has an opening for a full time, Lead Research Technician. SSRAA is a non-profit organization that operates seven salmon hatcheries with a combined smolt production of approximately 180 million chum salmon, 12 million coho salmon, and 3 million Chinook salmon, for the primary purpose of contributing to the annual common property salmon harvest in southern Southeast Alaska.
The Lead Research Technician acts under the Lab Supervisor with the following responsibilities:
• The ideal candidate must exhibit the ability to develop healthy working relationships with colleagues, both permanent and seasonal, while sharing knowledge and skills in the process. This is a dynamic position and responsibilities will change throughout the year. The candidate must be flexible and willing to work in cold and inclement conditions for extended periods of time. Weekend availability and regional travel are required, including extended stays at remote hatchery sites.
• Under the Lab Supervisor, this position will work within the Otolith Lab preparing otolith slides for analysis, operating microscope station, interpreting otolith marks, entering those data in the database, and ensuring the integrity of the data collected. The candidate will serve as a member of the coded wire tagging crew and may be required to supervise up to four seasonal employees for extended periods of time.
• As a member of the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Department, this position will assist in various fish pathology and water analysis tasks at the R&E Lab located at the Deer Mountain Hatchery. Duties include routine variable fish culture and pathology sampling activities and wastewater analysis, among other things.
• The candidate must have a successful work history in data collection and entry, experience working in a laboratory setting, working knowledge of CWT methods and procedures, working knowledge of compound and dissecting microscopes, and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access programs.
Preferred skills should include, but are not limited to:
• Associates or Bachelor Degree in Fisheries or Biology
• Experience reading otoliths
• Experience with the set-up and operation of the Mark IV CWT machines
• Knowledge of fish pathology
• Experience in water sampling
• Experience with Access programming
• Familiarity with Alaska salmon fisheries
Applicants may direct questions and/or submit a resume and three references physically or electronically to the addresses provided below. Please submit application, cover letter, and resume, and references by November 30th.
14 Borch Street, Ketchikan AK, 99901
Please refer to the SSRAA web page, www.ssraa.org, for more information about the organization and to download an application.