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Saltwater Inc.

  • 733 N Street, Sitka, AK

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Alaska Field Fisheries Researcher

What We Believe

Do work that matters.

We believe that our mission – to collect and provide high-quality information – is vital to the health of our oceans and fisheries.

Think big. Start small. Do it now.

To make a difference, we need to think big. Then start small – experimenting, investigating, testing. And do it now. That’s how things get done.

Be Creative. And be practical.

We strive to find new, better, more efficient ways to get things done. And while it’s sometimes tempting to go for the flashy approach, we always try to let practical lead.

Try harder.

For us, there is no “good enough.” Our clients and observers depend on us to be there 24/7 to solve problems and provide the highest quality information in the most efficient way possible.

Learn from everyone.

We get to work with all kinds of people – fishermen, observers, research scientists, data analysts, software developers, fishery managers, marine technicians, and accountants. We’ve learned that they all have important knowledge and ideas to share.

Work should be challenging, meaningful, and fun.

Our work is full of big challenges and interesting people. We love what we do and the people we work with. The combination makes our work rewarding and enjoyable.


min experience

salary range

$1 - $10 / day

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

At Saltwater Inc., we believe that high-quality data is vital to the health of our fisheries and oceans: our mission is to provide that data. Saltwater is a small, innovative company. We are recruiting two Field Fisheries Researchers for a federal contract we are bidding on in support of ongoing fisheries research at the Little Port Walter Marine Research Station (LPWRS). One position starts on June 3 and the second position on July 8 and both last until September 30, 2022, in addition to future summer work.

If you are looking for exciting, fulfilling, remote Alaska fisheries summer work, this may be the ideal job for you. The LPWRS is based on Baranof Island, only accessible by floatplane or boat. This position will support the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) Auke Bay Laboratories (ABL) by coordinating and conducting sampling, tagging, spawning, processing fish, husbandry support for aquaculture research, data collection, entry, and analysis, and project reporting.

Our ideal candidate would be someone with experience in salmon husbandry techniques, R (ARCS only) statistical packages, data entry into databases, power tool experience, and experience working on small boats and in remote Alaska areas. In addition, the ability to lift 44lbs without assistance and maintain a positive attitude despite adverse working conditions is a must.


  • Serve as Senior Coordinator for Fieldwork which includes work on vessel surveys and research field stations. The contractor shall:
    • Coordinate and assist in fish collection, sampling, coded wire tagging, and spawning activities
    • Coordinate and assist with fish husbandry work including maintenance of equipment
    • Coordinate and assist in daily and weekly environmental data collection
  • Coordinate and participate in all staging and de-staging of fieldwork including:
    • Coordinate and participate in installation, conversion, and removal of NOAA’s research salmon weirs on and Sashin Creek over the course of the work season
    • Coordinate and participate in maintenance required for safe, daily operation of NOAA’s research salmon weirs on Sashin Creek
    • Coordinate and assist in all cleaning, assembly, disassembly, and dissemination of all related elements to research projects, including data, samples, supplies and equipment
  • Data Analysis and Summarization including:
    • Assist in data entry into spreadsheets and databases, and literature review
    • Shall assist in the preparation of reports and manuscripts related to climate change on genetics, growth, condition, migration, and survival of salmonids and other commercially important species
    • Provide a written report on all data collected, all data entry and analyses, and locations of data files.



Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree or higher with emphasis in fisheries, aquaculture, genetics, biology, natural science
  • Three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education and experience. A higher education degree in science may be substituted for experience
  • Experience in salmon husbandry techniques
  • Experience in using R (ARCS) statistical packages
  • Experience entering data into data bases
  • Experience working in remote Alaska areas for extended hours in adverse environmental conditions, including experience working on or operating powered small boats in Alaska waters
  • Experience safely operating power tools necessary for field work
  • Ability to lift and move items up to 44 lbs. without assistance

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