Part Time Seasonal Hatchery Technician

Downeast Salmon Federation
East Machias, Maine
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Organization Summary: The Downeast Salmon Federation is a nonprofit organization based in Downeast Maine. DSF is involved in a wide variety of conservation work that ranges from Atlantic salmon restoration, diadromous fish research, to land conservation and educational programming. As a Peter Gray Parr Project Seasonal Technician you will be an integral part of an organization striving to make a difference in one of the most unique environments in the United States. As the PGPP Technician you will help with the operation of our two endangered Atlantic salmon conservation hatcheries located in East Machias and Columbia Falls, Maine. They also assist in habitat restoration, fisheries and field assessment work. This is a part-time, seasonal position that starts in May and ends in October with a minimum of 20 hours of work per week. During mid-September through October the work schedule will be 40 hours/week. Work begins at 7am every day for morning feeding and cleaning, we also clean tanks in the evening as well coming in around 5pm. This position requires you to work the evening and holidays, rotating with the other seasonal. Duties: This position has a variety of responsibilities including, but not limited to: Daily husbandry for fish and general hatchery tasks during the mornings and the evenings, including weekends and holidays. Assist with monthly record keeping. Assists with maintaining data records in our filing system and database. Being available to work long days during fin clipping and stocking (12 – 14 hour days). Support with hatchery tours, school programs and special events. Assist with fisheries and field assessment including, but not limited to: Smolt trapping, fry stocking, electrofishing, snorkel surveys, habitat restoration, parr stocking, and redd counting. All DSF staff are required to pass a background check before beginning employment. *Note* Our website says the closing date is 3/3/2023, this opening has an extension.
The preferred candidate has a bachelor's degree in the fisheries or aquaculture field, but not required. Other fisheries or construction related experience is valued for this position. Valuable experience would include, but not limited to: work in fish hatcheries, experience handling salmonids, experience canoeing in rivers, and experience working in and around streams and rivers in all types of weather. The candidate must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays including the possibility of assisting with hatchery alarms. Being able to lift, carry, push, or pull up to 50 lbs. and the ability to work in cold, hot, wet, and humid conditions for extended periods is required. Having reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license is required for this position to be able to get work and drive DSF vehicles.
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Mitchell Monini
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