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Employment Opportunities

The Downeast Salmon Federation is hiring!


Part Time Peter Gray Parr Project Seasonal Technician

Closing Date: March 3rd, 2023

Start Date: May


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

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.

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.

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.

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


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