Position Announcements

Assistant Crew Leader & Field Technicians

Positions: Assistant Crew Leader (3 positions) & Field
Technicians (8 positions)

Location: Cordova, AK

: Variable – Some positions start
about July 15, others about August 1

: No later than September 30,
2014, some positions earlier

Application Deadline: March 30, 2014

: Assistant Crew Leader:
Bachelors degree or higher in Fisheries Science or related field; Field
technicians: High school diploma, but Undergraduate students in Fisheries
Science preferred. 

The Prince William Sound Science Center is leading a project to collect samples
under a contract with the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game for the agency's
investigation of the interactions and impacts between hatchery and wild salmon
(pink and chum) in Prince William Sound. These positions will report to the
Project Leader for salmon stream sampling in Prince William Sound. All crew
members will receive bear safety and other field safety training. These
positions will participate in sampling salmon carcasses for otoliths and, in
some cases, DNA tissues, and will map locations of redds, all according to
specific, pre-designed field protocols. The crew leaders and technicians will
live aboard a contracted research vessel (no more than two people to a
bunkroom) or in a remote camp for the months of July, August and September, depending
on the position, with only periodic, very brief visits back to Cordova for
re-supply. All meals will be provided while at sea or in camps. This physically
challenging stream work will occur in difficult weather conditions in very
remote areas, requiring hiking difficult terrain and crossing streams while
carrying equipment. Long work hours will be required.


Skills/qualifications for all positions

 Extreme attention to
detail, both for executing research and in collecting data

 Good written and oral
communication skills

 Experience successfully
working with others

 Capable of working in
remote locations under physically demanding conditions

 Interest in working

 Able to commit to entire
project period

 Able to live aboard a
research vessel or in a remote camp for an extended period of time

 Able to collect
biological samples with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

 Great attitude and
willingness to work overtime

Exemplify safe operations at all times while in the field


Specific Duties and Responsibilities


Crew Leader

 Lead a small field crew
to collect accurate data according to prescribed research methods

 Ensure safe operations at
all time while in the field

 Assist with crew training

 Respond to all directions
from Crew Leader, Project Leader, Project Manager, and PWSSC President

 Track and coordinate
shipping of samples to laboratories

 Coordinate supplies
necessary to sustain the field research

 Upload field data to
primary database on regular basis

Serve as key communication point between project and charter vessel operators

Additional responsibilities as necessary


Field Technicians

 Ability to work under
described conditions

 Great attention to detail

 Willingness to carry out
instructions from crew leader and/or assistant crew leader

 Ability
to start at the beginning of July and work through Sept. 28


and benefits:
crew leader = $23 per hour; Field technician = $17 per hour, all dependent on
experience. Includes unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and overtime


to Apply
: Send detailed resume or CV
with at least three professional references as soon as possible to Jonathan
Frick, PWSSC Executive Assistant, at jfrick@pwssc.org. The subject line should
read “Hatchery-Wild Project” and should list which position(s) you are interested
in being considered for. You may indicate interest in more than one position.