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Position Announcement

Salmon Field Biologist

Date Issued: February 3, 2020

We are seeking a field technician to assist in a study of sockeye salmon migration in the Copper River, Alaska led by Prince William Sound Science Center and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Position responsibilities include: 1) capturing, handling, and radio-tagging adult sockeye, 2) surveying spawning grounds for detections and recovery of radio-tagged fish, 3) lethal and non-lethal sampling (including measures of fat using a microwave sensor and gill tissue extraction and preservation) of sockeye salmon spawners throughout the watershed, and 4) laboratory processing (including otolith removal and tissue grinding and preservation).

Individuals need to have extensive experience working independently and in remote locations.  Successful candidates will have a very strong work ethic and be a reliable communicator and problem solver.  Preference will be given to those with experience working in rivers and trailering and operating small skiffs, adept at capturing and handling fish, and experienced in laboratory work.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Time will be split between Cordova and Glennallen, Alaska.

Term of employment will extend from July into September (approximately 2 months).  Pay rate will be $12-17/hr, depending on experience (up to 40 hours/week), and room/board will be covered.

Please send letter and CV/resume to Pete Rand ( with header: Copper River Salmon Technician Application.

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2020

Position Announcement

Fisheries Sonar Technicians

Date Issued: January 7, 2020

Duties: Operate and maintain a pair of imaging sonars at a remote field site, maintain and facilitate data telemetry, and enumerate fish passage.

Term: 6 weeks: approximately 5 weeks in the field and 1 week of mobilzation/demobilization. The positions will begin on or about April 30th.

Responsibilities and Qualifications: The technicians will be responsible for the deployment, maintenance and operation of two imaging sonar systems (Tritech Gemini 720is), related data logging computers and hardware for networking and telemetry. The sonars will be deployed at a temporary remote field site (boat access only) on the Copper River Delta near the confluence of the Clear Martin River and the Copper River (60° 22.231’N, 144° 54.124’W). Technicians will be required to live at the remote field site in a tent-based camp for the duration of the active monitoring phase (approximately five weeks).

Candidates should be capable of working and living in remote locations under physically challenging conditions including cold, rain, wind, and in proximity to large mammals (brown bears and moose). Applicants must be able to occasionally lift 60 lbs. Candidates should be familiar with the use and operation of sonars for fisheries applications, and proficient in the use of small boats. Knowledge of computer networking is also preferred. Bear safety training/experience will be an asset, and a bear-safety refresher will be provided. Successful candidates will have previous firearm safety training experience and will be comfortable safely carrying and operating a firearm.

Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States for any U.S. employer.

Salary and benefits: Salary is dependent on experience and is competitive with state and federal technician salary scales. Unemployment insurance and workers compensation are included.

Application Process: To be considered, please submit a résumé and the names of three references with their contact information via email to Rob Campbell, Prince William Sound Science Center,

Review of applications will begin February 24, 2020. Positions are open until filled. PWSSC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, or mental or physical disability

Full position announcement available for download as a PDF here.

Position Announcement

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Date Issued: Oct. 15, 2019

Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate—Fisheries Ecology

Location: Cordova, Alaska

Position Description: The Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC; is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. PWSSC desires applicants who are interested in and capable of building a successful program of research over time by seeking funding from a variety of sources. The successful candidate, after demonstrating exceptional scholarship through a record of publication, collaboration, and grant seeking, will ideally be invited to transform the role into that of a full-time Principal Investigator.

The successful applicant will join the Herring Research and Monitoring (HRM) team and work in partnership with supervisor Dr. Mary Anne Bishop. The Herring Research and Monitoring program is a long-term research effort studying Pacific herring in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The long-term goal of the program is to improve predictive models of herring stocks through research and monitoring. The program is funded by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and coordinated by the Prince William Sound Science Center. The program has completed five years of research that focused on overwintering success of age-0 herring, and is three years into a second, five- year phase with a focus on the connection between herring and environmental conditions. The applicant will work on the Pacific herring migration study that uses acoustic telemetry to clarify the annual migration cycle of Prince William Sound adult herring, as well as other projects and proposals. The successful applicant must be willing to go to sea at least twice a year for 6-12 d research cruises in PWS.

Review of applications begins: 1 November 2019. The position is open until filled.

Full position announcement available for download as a PDF here.