Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $185/day
Deadline: Mar 01, 2023

The Sitka Sound Science Center is searching for Field Crew Leaders for a summer fishery field project. This work involves daily sampling of chum salmon in several streams in Southeast Alaska. Team members will conduct remote stream work under a variety of conditions including rain, heat, bugs, bears, and more. Crew members will sample adult chum salmon for otoliths, tissue samples, and scales.

Crew members will spend time outdoors and in remote areas under challenging conditions. This includes working in rain, with bears and bugs, and limited time off. Shared housing, food stipend, and transportation during the project is provided.

The Science Center is passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for students, researchers, and staff. We believe every member of our staff and visitor to our facility enriches our diversity by sharing a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover solutions. We encourage you to pursue your interests, develop your potential, and bring your full self to work. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and those with local knowledge to apply.

Fishery Field Crew Leader
Crew leaders will be expected to conduct all aspects of sample collection in addition to coordination and planning duties. This includes tagging live salmon, conducting population counts, collecting samples, organizing the field crew, determining daily schedules, daily reporting, and more. Successful candidates will have experience working in remote areas, a willingness to learn, and have supervisory experience. You should also be comfortable around firearms and familiar with bear safety. Each field crew leader will supervise up to 4 technicians. Organization and communication are central to this position. Crew leaders will coordinate daily stream surveys to ensure quality data collection.

A variety of educational backgrounds are welcome to apply, preference is given to backgrounds in biology (or a related field) or local knowledge of Southeast Alaska. Ideal applicants will value input from others, be detail oriented, and have experience working in remote areas. Period of employment is approximately from July 10th – September 1st, 2023.

The Sitka Sound Science Center is a non-profit dedicated to scientific research and education relevant to our community, region, and state. SSSC strives to create a supportive and fun work environment in a unique part of the world.

Please send a resume, cover letter and two professional references to Alex McCarrel at