Employment Opportunities

The Downeast Salmon Federation is hiring!


Land Trust Coordinator


The Land Trust Coordinator conserves riparian and upland properties in service of the Downeast Salmon Federation’s mission to restore Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish species to the rivers of Downeast Maine. These responsibilities include designing and brokering the transactions necessary to conserve important riverine and upland habitat in Downeast Maine; raising land acquisition and conservation easement funds, managing our holdings to Land Trust Alliance accreditation standards, and raising the funds necessary to finance the Land Trust’s operational expenses.


  • Be a regional leader educating and inspiring regional residents in the importance and benefits of land and river conservation

  • Develop and cultivate relationships with all landowners from whom we hold conservation easements and lease agreements

  • Works in teams with DSF Habitat Restoration and Fisheries staff and partners to improve the suitability of our properties to optimize ecological function

  • Develop and cultivate relationships with landowners of high-priority lands

  • Cultivate and steward funders via site visits, personal communication, and other outreach

  • Identify and evaluate conservation opportunities; maintain a catalog of high priority lands

  • Create and maintain a catalog of DSF’s land ownership in each of our priority watersheds

  • Establish and maintain partnerships and productive relationships with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to identify and pursue innovative land and river conservation projects

  • Complete the LTA accreditation process

  • Supervises, trains those staff assigned to the DSF LT activities

  • Monitor our current holdings per LTA accreditation specifications

  • Coordinate volunteers to perform stewardship tasks

  • Prepare and present Land Trust conservation, grant, and project reports for Board and committee meetings



  • The ideal candidate will have a knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, riparian management, and community-based fisheries management 

  • At least three years of applicable experience in riparian ecology, fisheries biology, and/or land acquisition

  • Experience in community relations and environmental stewardship

  • Experience with conservation easements and property acquisitions

  • Experience working with, or as part of, a non-profit organization

  • Experience managing budgets and grants



Please submit a cover letter and resume to: charlie@mainesalmonrivers.org with Land Trust Coordinator in the subject line.

2022 Peter Gray Parr Project Part-Time Seasonal Technician


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 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. To learn
more about DSF please browse our website (www.mainesalmonrivers.org) and visit our
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/downeastsalmon).
A PGPP Technician helps to operate our endangered Atlantic salmon conservation hatchery
located in East Machias, Maine. They also assist in field assessment work to include
electrofishing and stocking.


This is a part-time, seasonal position with a minimum of 20 hours/week of work. Some weeks
have the potential for more hours. During October the work schedule will be 40 hours/week.
The anticipated work window is from early July to the end of October (there is potential for
flexibility around the starting and ending dates).
The closing date of this announcement is June 24th.


As a PGPP Technician, you will:

  • Support the successful operation of Atlantic salmon conservation hatchery including all
    daily fish husbandry, sample weights, fin clipping and assisting in special events as required.

  •  Field work that could be included but not limited: trail work, electrofishing, fin clipping,
    fall parr stocking and possible redd counting. These tasks take place regardless of
    weather conditions.

  • The work schedule is flexible and not a typical 9 to 5. Work begins at 7am everyday 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, rotating every other
    evening with the other seasonal. We also work holidays and weekends, seasonals rotate
    weekends and holidays.


A college degree in biological sciences is preferred, but not required, for the candidate. 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,
a passion for fish and aquaculture 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 split shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
This can include being available to assist with hatchery alarms when required. The candidate
must have reliable transportation to get to DSF’s East Machias facility.

The candidate should be comfortable with talking to groups of all ages and sizes. The candidate
should have good writing skills and operating knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.


This is an hourly position at $14.50/hour. Holiday pay 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 Hatchery
Manager Mitch Monini. mitch@mainesalmonrivers.org