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Employment Opportunities

The Downeast Salmon Federation is hiring!

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Part Time Peter Gray Parr Project Seasonal Technician

Closing Date: February 24th, 2023

Start Date: May


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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. 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/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.

QUALIFICATIONS
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.


COMPENSATION:
This is an hourly position at $16.50/hr. holiday pay will be awarded on a prorated basis. All DSF
staff are required to pass a background check before beginning employment.


TO APPLY:
Applicants must send a resume, cover letter, and two professional references via email to
Hatchery Manager Mitch Monini at mitch@mainesalmonrivers.org by February 24th, 2023.
To learn more about DSF please visit our website www.mainesalmonrivers.org

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Full Time Hatchery Technician

Closing Date: January 31st, 2023

Start Date: ASAP

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The PGPP Hatchery Technician helps two other full time staff with the operation of our two endangered Atlantic salmon hatcheries located in East Machias and Columbia Falls, Maine. Living within 25 minutes of the East Machias and roughly 30 minutes from Columbia Falls is required for this position due to being on-call and tending to alarms.

 

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.

  • Being available for a rotating on-call schedule with two other full time staff and responding to hatchery alarms at any time.

  • Assist / conduct monthly record keeping.

  • Assists with maintaining data records in our filing system and database.

  • Responsible for site management in the absence of the Assistant Hatchery Manager and Hatchery Manager.

  • Repair and preform maintenance on hatchery equipment.

  • Being available to work long day during fin clipping and stocking (12 – 14 hour days).

  • Leading seasonal employees, interns, and volunteers.

  • Maintaining compliance with permits and professional relationships with partners.

  • Conduct / support hatchery tours, school programs and special events.

  • Conduct fisheries and field assessments including, but not limited to:

  • Egg planting, smolt trapping, fry stocking, electrofishing, snorkel surveys, habitat restoration, parr stocking, and redd counting.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

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 and weekends including being on-call for 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. Having reliable transportation and a valid driver’s licenses is required for this position to be able to conduct the on-call responsibilities. Due to the nature of the work, the candidate will have to live in close proximity to the hatcheries to respond promptly to alarms (25mins. from East Machias and 30mins. from Columbia Falls).

The candidate should be comfortable and/or have experience with talking to large and small 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. Experience with ArcGIS is also valued for this position but not required.

 

COMPENSATION:

Salary range for this position is $40,000 to $42,000 per year, dependent on experience. The Downeast Salmon Federation also offers health, dental, and eye insurance as well as matching IRA contribution, plus some other benefits not listed here.

TO APPLY:

Applicants must send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references via email to Hatchery Manager Mitch Monini at mitch@mainesalmonrivers.org by January 31st, 2023.

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