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Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 - Chilkoot Lake Weir

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

What you will be doing:

This permanent seasonal Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 position serves as the crew leader of a 3-member crew on the Chilkoot Lake weir adult salmon stock assessment project. Primary duties include performing project and camp installation, maintenance, and removal, and identifying, handling, sampling, and enumerating migration of adult salmon passing through the fish weir. 

Our organization, mission and culture:
The Division of Commercial Fisheries strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount, and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's mission is to manage, protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of Alaska. The primary goals are to ensure that Alaska's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their habitats are conserved and managed on the sustained yield principle, and the use and development of these resources are in the best interest of the economy and well-being of the people of the state. 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 well-being of the citizens of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle, and subject to allocations through public regulatory processes.

The benefits of joining our team:
This position is an excellent opportunity to join the dedicated and hardworking team of professionals of Haines working to maintain healthy populations of some of the largest salmon runs in Southeast Alaska. The incumbent will play a crucial role in the management of our salmon resources through ensuring the collection of high-quality data that will steer in-season management decisions of the local Haines subsistence, personal use, and commercial drift gillnet fisheries. Join the State of Alaska for a career with the Department of Fish and Game with health insurance and benefits, and experience working hands-on with the salmon runs of the Northern Lynn Canal while working in close proximity to the wildlife that depend on them.

The working environment you can expect:
The Chilkoot weir is within the Chilkoot State Park approximately 10 miles northeast of town in the center of a one mile stretch of river between Lutak Inlet and Chilkoot Lake. The daily work environment is dynamic with the majority of time spent outside on the salmon weir and nights spent on site in the dry cabin overlooking the weir. This position provides support for bear monitoring and collaborates with State Park rangers to keep bears, and crew safe.

Who we are looking for:

  • Experience with field work, specifically working at a weir or other fish counting system
  • Experience identifying, capturing, and handling salmonids
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work and withstand inclement weather
  • Experience living and working independently in remote settings for long periods under minimal supervision
  • Experience working and living in bear country with knowledge of wildlife safety and ability to operate firearms
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working effectively as part of a diverse team in a supervisory or leadership role

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

Special Note:

  • Valid Driver's license is required.
  • Exposure to wild animals, insects, inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals may occur. 
  • Ability to effectively handle firearms is required. 
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. and perform physically demanding work for extended periods of time is required. 
  • Housing may consist of bunkhouses, dry cabins, vessels, or wall tents. 
  • Positions are seasonal or temporary. 

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 contact information (phone number and email address).
  • A copy of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations OR two (2) letters of recommendation if performance evaluations are not available.
  • Copies of any current certifications that may be relevant to this position.

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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Contact Information

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

Shelby Flemming

Fishery Biologist 2

Phone: (907) 766-3124

Fax: (907) 766-2189