Research & Evaluation Manager

The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) has an opening for Research and Evaluation Manager.  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 R & E Manager acts under the General Manager’s authority with the following responsibilities-

– Compiles tag recovery information, analyzes data and prepares reports and graphics to identify and illustrate the harvest of SSRAA fish in SE Alaska.  Develops pertinent research programs including grant application submissions.

-Manages and directs the Otolith Lab and Pathology/Water Lab, including direct supervision of up to 8 employees.

-Develops and administers the annual budget for division, including tagging, otolith and the general research and evaluation budget.

-Supplies in-season harvest/return information to General Manager to assess pre-season predictions, return timing and run strength. Assists in passing this information to fishermen in a timely fashion.

-Represents SSRAA at appropriate planning, technical and management meetings with the ADF&G, aquaculture organizations and other federal, state and private organizations.  Attends conferences and other pertinent meetings to obtain current information on fish identification (tagging), pathology, and life history of salmon as it affects survival and forecasting returns.

-Writes occasional articles for SSRAA publications, works with third party vendor to maintain online information dashboard and provides weekly updates of in-season catch statistics for the webpage during the fishery.

-Develops statistical protocols for Research and Evaluation activities, including tagging rates for release groups, estuary sampling, water chemistry evaluations, harvest tag recovery sampling and SSRAA fish culture experiments.

– Coordinates and maintains INAD protocols and communicates with INAD officials on fish medication matters.

-Acts as a member of senior SSRAA staff in planning and determining policy with the General Manager, Production Manager and Operations Manager.

This is a Senior Manager position with a negotiable salary DOE, with benefits.   Applications should consist of a cover letter/letter of application and a resume.  Recruitment will close 4:00 pm Friday, March 16th, 2018.  We intend to fill the position in April 2018.

For questions, a full job description or to mail applications: Bret Hiatt, 14 Borch Street, Ketchikan AK, 99901 or e-mail to breth@ssraa.org.

Please refer to the SSRAA web page, www.ssraa.org, for more information about the organization.

Neets Bay Camp Cook

The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) has an opening for a Cook at the Neets Bay Hatchery.  The position will begin July 1st and end Oct 15th 2017.

The Neets Bay Hatchery is a large, remote, three species salmon hatchery located approximately 30 air miles North of Ketchikan, AK.  The position requires living remote on site in a shared house with 1-2 other people.

The ideal candidate must be able to cook and manage a small dining hall for up to10 seasonal employees, 6 days a week.  Knowledge of meal planning, prep, cooking cleaning and ordering to a budget is necessary.  The position requires providing a minimum of lunch, dinner 6 days a week and break time snacks during the eggtake season.  Breakfast is to be made available for self service. Those days that are not worked it will be expected that food will be made available for self service during designated meal and break times

A monthly salary of $3,750 dollars is provided with an end of season bonus upon completion of the contract.  Food, accommodation is included. Travel to and from town is available on any planes that may be flying during tourist season on days off.

This posting will close May 8th 2018

For more information contact:

Craig Parry, Manager

Neets Bay Hatchery

Tel. (907) 247-8790 x10

Email – neetsbay@ssraa.org

Burnett Inlet 10 Month Fish Culturist 

SSRAA is recruiting for a 10 month Fish Culturist to work at their Burnett Inlet facility. Starting wage $18.66/hour, or greater DOE. Ideally this position will be filled no later than March 1st.

Burnett Inlet is located on Etolin Island, Alaska, approx. 30 air miles from Wrangell, AK. Freight / mail flights are provided once per week out of Wrangell.

The position requires living in on-site bunkhouse oriented housing, with the employee providing their own food. Basic satellite TV and satellite internet are provided, and cell service is available.

Burnett Hatchery is an isolated facility, with minimal interaction from the outside. Applicants should be comfortable with the concept of “living remote” in a wilderness setting for extended periods of time. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, with excellent fishing, hunting, beachcombing, etc.

The facility serves as a central incubation facility for SSRAA’s chum salmon program, with the capacity to incubate up to 90 million eggs. While prior salmonid rearing experience is preferred, we are looking for an easy going, hardworking individual, who can flourish in a remote environment.

For more job/site specifics, interested persons should contact Jon Thorington via email along with an attached resume.

Jon Thorington

Hatchery Manager

Burnett Hatchery


Seasonal Fish Culture-Outreach Technician 

The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) has an opening for a Seasonal Fish Culture-Outreach Technician   at the Deer Mountain Hatchery.  This position is for the period from May 1st thru September 30th.  For qualified individuals returning from or leaving to college, flexibility in start and completions dates will be reasonably considered.

The Deer Mountain Hatchery is a small salmon hatchery located in the City of Ketchikan Alaska producing 500,000 chinook smolt annually.  Approximately 400,000 are released in upper Carroll Inlet and 100,000 are released into Ketchikan Creek each May.  Deer Mountain Hatchery conducts tourism operations from approximately May 1st until September 30th.  Outreach with local schools occurs periodically with tours of the facility, visits to classrooms and hands on fish culture demonstrations.

This position will perform all duties associated with rearing of chinook fry/smolt.  This includes but is not limited to: feeding, sampling, data entry, cleaning of rearing units, general site cleanup, and assisting with maintenance.  Self-guided walk through tours occur at Deer Mountain from 10am-2pm Monday thru Friday. This position will also be expected to engage with the public as they navigate through the facility answering basic questions about the facility, the fish, SSRAA’s mission and the commercial fishing industry of Ketchikan. Other duties may include: providing fish culture assistance at the Whitman Lake Hatchery.  Applicants must be capable of lifting 50lbs and be willing to work in inclement weather.

A valid driver’s license is required for this position.  Work will be conducted Monday-Friday based on a 40 hour work week.  Additional work hours or weekend work may be required.

Starting pay is $13.72/hr or greater depending on experience. Open until filled. SSRAA is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants may either send or email a cover letter and resume to the addresses provided below.

For more information contact:

Matt Allen, Assistant Manager

Deer Mountain Hatchery

Email – deermountain@ssraa.org

1158 Salmon Row

Ketchikan, AK 99901