Employment Opportunities

2021 Peter Gray Parr Project Part-Time Seasonal Technician(s)


The Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is a nonprofit based in the Downeast region of Maine. DSF is involved in a wide variety of conservation work that ranges from Atlantic salmon restoration and diadromous fish research to land conservation and educational programming. As a Peter Gray Parr Project (PGPP) Technician(s), 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. Downeast Maine is one of the wildest and rugged places in the lower 48. There are forests, rivers, wildlife, lakes, fish, and bold, rocky coasts.  Eagles and ospreys fly outside DSF’s facilities and our rivers have sea-run fish returning during the spring. To learn more about DSF please browse our website (www.mainesalmonrivers.org) and visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/downeastsalmon). 

PGPP Technician(s) help to operate our two endangered Atlantic salmon hatcheries located in East Machias and Columbia Falls, Maine. They also assist in field assessment work to include smolt trapping, electrofishing, and redd counting.

This is a part-time, seasonal position of 20 hours/week. The anticipated work window is from May 10th – November 12th (27 weeks - there is potential for flexibility around the starting and ending dates).

Closing date is February 28th.


As a PGPP Technician(s), you will:

  • Support the successful operation of two Atlantic salmon hatcheries including all daily fish husbandry activities.

  • Spring fry stocking, fin clipping, and fall parr stocking

  • Be on call as required. This includes night, weekends, and holidays

  • Conduct fisheries assessment in the field, to include: smolt trapping, electrofishing, redd counting, and habitat restoration. These tasks take place, regardless of weather conditions

  • Conduct or support hatchery tours, school programs, and special events as required



A college degree in biological sciences is preferred, but not required, for the candidate(s). Work and life experiences can take the place of a college degree. Valuable experience would include previous 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 lift 50 lbs., be able to work potentially long days in wet conditions, and be willing to work nights and weekends. This includes being on-call for hatchery alarms when required. The candidate(s) must have reliable transportation to get to and from DSF’s East Machias facility. Due to the nature of the work, the candidate will have to live close to the hatcheries (maximum of 20-25 minutes away from East Machias) to respond promptly to alarms.

The candidate should be comfortable and/or have experience with talking to large groups of all ages, as outreach and environmental education programs are an integral part of DSF’s mission. The candidate should have good writing skills and operating knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.


This is an hourly position starting at $14/hour with pay dependent on experience. Benefits (sick time, vacation time, telephone stipend) will be awarded on a prorated basis.

All DSF staff are required to pass a background check before beginning employment.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter, and at least two references to zach@mainesalmonrivers.org.

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Downeast Salmon Federation
187 Main Street
Columbia Falls, ME 04623




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