Temp Fisheries Technician I-III

Projects are available for eggtake 2021! 

Email jobs@pwsac.com for more information

Room and board are provided at the hatchery site, free of charge. Lodging is dormitory-style with shared occupancy during peak operations.

COVID-19: PWSAC prioritizes the health and safety of its employees. Incoming employees are required to participate in a 12-day quarantine prior to deployment to a hatchery or have completed a COVID vaccination series.


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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform physically demanding work in inclement weather and other uncomfortable environmental conditions.
  • Ability to follow 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.

Job Classifications:

FISH TECH I (Begins at $11/hr)

  • 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

FISH TECH II (Begins at $13/hr)

  • 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

FISH TECH III (Begins at $15/hr)

  • 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

Minimum qualifications:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent
  2. Must have a current driver’s license

Positions Supervised:  None




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