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2 Jun 2022

Temporary Eggtake Technician

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation – Posted by [email protected] Cordova, Alaska, United States

Job Description

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.

The Eggtake Technician is a temporary position located at remote, off-grid hatcheries in the Prince William Sound of Alaska and a semi-remote facility near Paxon, Alaska. PWSAC produces chum, sockeye, pink, and coho salmon. PWSAC is looking for enthusiastic individuals that will unite with PWSAC’s mission of sustainable fisheries contributing to the culture and economy of the region.

Jumpstart your fisheries career and gain hands-on experience working with Pacific Salmon at large scale hatcheries in Alaska


  • Free room and board at hatchery locations
    • Dormitory setting with shared room occupancy
    • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan -enrollment is optional
  • Industrial/Heavy Duty rain jacket and bibs provided
  • $500 Travel Reimbursement
    • Employees must travel to Anchorage, AK
    • Company will provide transport from Anchorage to hatchery locations

COVID19: Vaccination is encouraged, but not required. Employees must take PCR COVID Test before traveling to remote hatchery sites and participate in a 10-day Testing Period on arrival at a hatchery site.

Position Title:  Eggtake Technician
Category: Full time, Temporary
Payroll Classification: Hourly, Non-exempt
Location: Remote (off-grid), Hatchery or Field Station
Customary Work Hours: Variable, Based on 40-hour workweek (infrequent overtime)

Wage: $16.00/hour

Project Dates:

Armin F Koernig Hatchery 08/07/2022 – 09/22/2022

  • Participate in pink salmon eggtake operations with a goal of 190 million eggs

Cannery Creek Hatchery 08/09/2022 – 09/28/2022

  • Participate in pink salmon eggtake operations with a goal of 187 million eggs

Gulkana Hatchery 08/24/2022 – 10/07/2022

  • Participate in sockeye salmon eggtake operations with a goal of 36.75 million eggs

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery 08/08/2022 – 09/21/2022

  • Participate in pink salmon eggtake operations with a goal of 148 million eggs (August – September)

Basic Function:  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, performs 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:

  • Eggtake: 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;
  • Harvest: Preparing, repairing and maintaining harvest equipment; loading, transporting, caring for and unloading harvest pens; collecting and recording fish harvest management data.
  • Perform other general duties associated with fish culture operations.
  • 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.

Positions Supervised:  None

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.

Minimum qualifications:

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

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Hatchery or animal husbandry experience
  2. Associates or Bachelors in Aquaculture, Fisheries, Wildlife, or relevant field

How to Apply

  1. Click the link below or visit and visit the PWSAC Career Portal APPLY FOR THIS JOB
  2. Create an applicant profile
  3. Submit application

Job Categories: Sustainable Agriculture / Food. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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