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Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 - Chilkat Lake Salmon Weir

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 located in Haines! 

** The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply. **


What you will be doing:

This permanent seasonal Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 position serves as the crew leader for the Chilkat Lake Salmon Stock Assessment Project. Duties include installing, maintaining, and removing the Chilkat Lake salmon weir, identifying and enumerating salmon escapement with a Dual-frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON) system operated in conjunction with a standard picket weir. Performing daily beach seine events to capture and collect biological information (age, sex, and length data) from adult sockeye salmon.

Our organization, mission and culture:
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and wellbeing are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.

The mission of the Division of Commercial Fisheries is to manage subsistence, commercial, and personal use fisheries in the interest of the economy and general wellbeing of the citizens of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle, and subject to allocations through public regulatory processes. The Division’s core service is to ensure the conservation of natural stocks of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants based on scientifically sound assessments.

This position contributes to the department’s missions and goals by providing critical information to the Area Management Biologist for in-season management of the Lynn Canal (District 15) commercial drift gillnet fisheries. Additionally, this position provides information for estimating annual sockeye salmon escapement to Chilkat Lake, harvest information, age composition for run reconstruction and stock status assessment.

The benefits of joining our team:
The Chilkat Lake salmon stock assessment project crew is part of a small team of dedicated and hardworking professionals working out of the beautiful town of Haines, Alaska. While living at a remote field camp on Chilkat Lake, this position provides a unique opportunity to further develop skill sets for identifying and handling live salmon, maintaining a salmon enumeration weir, and interpreting and processing DIDSON sonar data to estimate sockeye salmon to Chilkat Lake.

The working environment you can expect:
The Chilkat salmon weir/sonar project is located a half mile downstream of Chilkat Lake and ~20 miles northwest of the city of Haines. The project site is remote and is accessed by driving the Haines Highway to the Tsirku River boat launch, then taking a jet boat to camp. Daily work involves capturing sockeye salmon with a beach seine for the collection of biological data (age, sex, and length), and reading and interpreting DIDSON (sonar) files to enumerate sockeye and coho salmon passage through a weir.

Who we are looking for:

  • Experience working with fish counting systems such as weirs, sonars, etc., as well as identifying, enumerating, and handling live salmon to collect biological data (age, sex, length).
  • Experience operating a jet-powered river skiff in shallow, fast-moving water, as well as outboard knowledge, maintenance, and troubleshooting outboards.
  • Experience operating user-configurable sonar (DIDSON) and other complex electronic equipment in addition to software and databases for data entry.
  • Experience working in remote field camps for long periods and ability to troubleshoot project equipment.
  • Experience working effectively as part of a team in a supervisory role or leadership skills.

To view the general description and example of duties please go to the following link: 

Special Note: 

  • Valid Driver's license required.
  • This position is expected to be staffed 4.5 months annually from May 20 through mid-October.
  • The work environment is remote and exposure to wild animals, insects, and inclement weather is frequent.
  • Transportation, housing, and food are supplied by the department while on duty in the field. Housing in the field consists of your own private wall tent for sleeping and a shared cabin for cooking and for analyzing DIDSON sonar data files.
  • Requires the ability to effectively work in a team with one other crew member in a remote setting for long periods of time, and occasionally interact with Chilkat Lake residents.
  • Requires the ability to handle firearms effectively and use them for bear or moose defense.
  • Travel to town is allowed for scheduled days off, however housing and food are not provided while in town during scheduled days off.


Minimum Qualifications

High school graduation or the equivalent.
Six months experience at the developmental level of fish and wildlife technician or aide. With the State of Alaska, this experience is equivalent to Fish and Wildlife Technician 2.
One year of technical laboratory and/or field experience involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection; as a commercial fisher, guide, or trapper; or a subsistence hunter or fisher.
An additional six months of work experience involving fish, wildlife, outdoor manual labor, or in a laboratory may substitute for the high school graduation or equivalent.
Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife, or habitat protection may substitute for a maximum of two years of technical laboratory or field experience, involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection.
Special Requirements:
Work may involve exposure to animals, insects, inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals. Housing may consist of bunkhouses, vessels, or wall tents. Positions are seasonal or temporary.
Special Note:
"High school diploma equivalent" means one of the following: 1) a GED (general educational development); 2) completion of any basic adult education course equivalent to 480 class hours (16 weeks at 30 course hours per week); 3) acceptance in full standing by an accredited college or university; or 4) highest grade of school completed plus an amount of paid or volunteer experience that totals 12 years.
Fields of study comparable to fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection include aquaculture, biology, ichthyology, microbiology, ornithology, and zoology.

Additional Required Information


A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.



Documents requested at time of application:

  • A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), if being used to meet the minimum qualifications. 

Documents requested at time of interview, if selected:

  • A list of three (3) professional references with current daytime phone numbers.
  • A copy of your two (2) most current Performance Evaluations, OR two (2) Letters of Recommendations if performance evaluations are not if available; and
  • Copies of any current firearm, first aid/CPR, wildlife safety training, swift water rescue training, or other relevant certifications.

To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.  

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. 



If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.



This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.



This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position. 


A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim. 


If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.



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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:  

Shelby Flemming

Phone: (907) 766-3124