Employment Opportunities

The Downeast Salmon Federation is hiring for the positions listed below:




REPORTS TO: Executive Director


LEVEL/GRADE: Full-time; Exempt




The Membership, Communications and Development Assistant (MCDA) supports the overall administrative, membership, development, marketing and communication needs of the organization. The MCDA will work closely with most staff and must be an adaptable team player. 


Based from our Columbia Falls office, the MCDA position’s primary duties include: management of the membership system. Management of DSF’s website and its content, the events calendar, and social media. The MCDA is also responsible for the production of the semi-annual newsletter. The position supports the Executive Director, Associate Director, the Membership & Development Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Office Manager.  The individual will be responsible for and work with the Office Manager regarding administration, state and federal compliance requirements, policy and procedure documentation, DSF education and outreach (event planning and support, displays, visitor tours, etc.), camp reservations, various information technology needs, and other duties as assigned.  


The individual must be able to multi-task and prioritize their work independently and be proficient in Microsoft Office, databases, websites, social media and graphic design.  




  • Member of administrative/financial team composed of the Executive Director, Associate Director, Office Manager, Bookkeeper and Membership & Development Committee

  • Supports the Office Manager with regard to administration, special projects, and events

  • Manages the membership, volunteer, and donor NEON software database, including data entry, event and member tracking, donor contact follow up tracking system, member communication, and report production

  • Formats and coordinates the semi-annual newsletter and mailing

  • Provides fundraising and event support including research, reports, mailings, events, Constant Contact communications and overall organizing

  • Proficient in all of the latest technological communications mediums

  • Maintains, monitors and improves website to support evolving programs and priorities

  • Manages state charitable solicitation licensing applications and renewals

  • Maintains organizational policies, procedures, and related recordkeeping

  • Supports coordination and guest support for DSF camps

  • Organizes visitor displays, printed materials, library, maps, and press




REPORTS TO: Executive Director


LEVEL/GRADE: Full-time; Exempt



The Fisheries Biologist conducts field-based population and habitat surveys to support DSF’s conservation mission. The Fisheries Biologist liaises with stakeholders to elicit valuable information, manages field data collection, and performs data entry and analysis. This position engages citizen scientists and provide public trainings for fish monitoring programs. The Fisheries Biologist represents DSF at stakeholder meetings and maintains professional working relationships with the Alewife Harvesters of Maine, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, The Nature Conservancy, MDMR and other partners and the public. The Fisheries Biologist supports organizational fundraising and grant writing.  



  • Organizes regular meetings and provides support to funding partners and other stakeholders to provide progress reports and to evaluate the ongoing focus of the program services and scope of work 

  • Conduct first-tier reconnaissance on diadromous fish populations to establish critical baselines

  • Conduct surveys of sea-run fish, organize and train citizen scientists, track and manage the collected data

  • Install and monitor cameras, fish counters, PIT arrays, other instruments and methods to monitor fish

  • Maintain knowledge of current field data collection methodologies, and establish and implement project-specific approaches

  • Provide restoration support, including technical and/or funding assistance to enhance fishway efficiency, barrier removal, and improve habitat

  • Recruits and coordinates fisheries monitoring volunteers

  • Develop workshop materials to discuss project results with local citizens and school groups

  • Maintain working relationships with fishermen, tribal partners, landowners, partners, and other stakeholders to collect information to aid fieldwork and our historical understanding of the fisheries

  • Strengthen organizational relationships with stakeholders and community members

  • Support communities in developing sustainable fish harvesting plans

  • Conduct public outreach via citizen scientist training and other avenues as appropriate, including managing DSF’s mobile smoker 

  • Establish baselines and coordinate data collection and subsequent surveys, or develop the necessary protocol, to support development of regional restoration plans for sea-run fishes (i.e. alewife, blueback herring, rainbow smelt, sea lamprey, sea run brook trout, tomcod, sturgeon species, American Shad, and American eel) to guide habitat conservation and fish passage

  • Aquire appropriate state and federal permits for monitoring activities

  • Maintain productive relationships with selectmen and other elected officials relevant to public policy

  • Conduct outreach in areas with prioritized habitat, for potential fish passage projects with municipalities, fisheries agencies, landowners and harvesters, to protect, enhance or re-start promising blocked fish runs.

  • Monitor specific diadromous fish populations, resources permitting, including by priority: alewifes, blueback herring, rainbow smelt, lamprey, sea run brook trout, tom cod and American eel.

  • Manage seasonal support staff


Qualified applicants please submit resume, cover letter, and three references to Greg@mainesalmonrivers.org

Positions are open until filled.

Only candidates DSF interviews will be notified.