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Looking for jobs in the fisheries field? Here are some links to job sites in the West that might help! If you have any job openings you would like to have posted, send the position information (title, agency/location, description, salary, deadlines, and contact information) to Brittany Jenewein at btjenewein [at]

Current Opportunities

Title: Jellyfish Aquaculture Internship
Agency: Marine Science and Technology Centre (MaST)
Location: Des Moines, WA
Salary: Unpaid
Application deadline: Applications reviewed monthly

Internships at the MaST Center are geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable hands-on experience in the field. Candidates should have a strong career interest in aquaculture or marine biology. All applicants should be organized, selfmotivated and have excellent people skills. Please note, this is an unpaid internship. NO SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE NECESSARY; ALL TRAINING PROVIDED.

During the six-month internship, you will learn aquaculture techniques, aquarium maintenance, water chemistry, veterinary duties, tank engineering, and planktonic marine biology. The internship will focus on two species of jellies (Aurelia labiata and Phacellophora camtschatica) through their entire life cycle.

See the full internship description here: Jellyfish Aquaculture Internship.

Title: Director of Stock Monitoring
Agency: Pacific Salmon Commission
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Salary: $69,332 – $92,094 annually
Application deadline: February 20, 2017


The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), an international organization responsible for transboundary salmon fisheries management in Canada and the United States, is seeking a Director of Stock Monitoring for its office in Vancouver, BC. This position will be in the Fisheries Management Division, focusing on Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon.

Under the direction of the Chief Biologist, the incumbent will be responsible for administration and management of the PSC Stock Monitoring program. This generally entails (1) processing, analysis, and interpretation of test fishing and hydroacoustics data collected for Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon management, (2) engaging and negotiating with contracted fishermen, buyers, and other service providers, (3) presenting technical information to international groups of fishermen, scientists, and policy analysts,
and (4) managing a small technical staff and associated program budgets. In executing their duties, the incumbent will liaise regularly with personnel from federal, provincial, state, First Nation, and U.S. tribal agencies on sensitive and technically complex issues.

See full details here: DirectorofStockMonitoring

Or on the website:

Title: 2017 NPAFC Internship Program
Agency: North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Salary: $2,500 monthly stipend (up to 6 month term)
Application deadline: March 16, 2017


The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) invites citizens from its member countries (Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and USA) to apply for the NPAFC Internship Program. One intern will be accepted upon approval of the Commission. The intern will work at the NPAFC Secretariat office in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The intern will gain experience and knowledge in operations of the NPAFC and will have the opportunity to test their interest in international governmental organizations, management, fisheries, biology, ecology, and fisheries enforcement. The intern will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and/or his designate. In general, the intern will assist in a variety of tasks, including:
• plan, develop, and complete an individual project in communication, scientific, or administrative areas,
• prepare information for and provide support to special projects,
• assist organizing and editing various NPAFC publications,
• coordinate international cooperative programs and assist Secretariat activities

See full details here: 2017 NPAFC Internship Program Poster

or at the website:

Title: Biology Instructor
Agency: Highline College
Location: Des Moines, WA
Salary: $50,500 – $60,500 Annually
Application deadline: February 17, 2017


TEACHING: Teach courses in animal biology and dependent on the appointee’s expertise, additional courses in introductory cell biology, human anatomy and physiology, and/or microbiology (teaching assignments may include evening/weekend, on-line, hybrid and off-campus sections); advise students in college success strategies, mastery of course content, and developing/monitoring their academic and career plans.

SERVICE: Engage in department, division and college initiatives; participate ins shared governance; promote the college’s values and perform other contracted duties (for example, advising and community outreach) as required.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Maintain competence in teaching and the discipline through professional development.

See more details and apply here:

Title: Fisheries Technician III
Agency: Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Location: Usk, WA
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Application deadline: Open until filled (posted 11 Jan 2017)


The incumbent of this position will work under the direction of the Fisheries Technician IV+ as a journey-level technician with a high level of independence. Duties will include assisting fisheries technicians, biologists, and program managers in data collection and data entry, and conducting fisheries conservation and management protection, monitoring, and enhancement actions.

The Fisheries Technician III will complete diverse work elements including collection of biological data and habitat conditions using established scientific principles and techniques that will guide resource management. Incumbent will assist conservation programs/projects such as fence building, planting vegetation, distributing fish, operating and maintaining equipment, gill netting, trapping, piscicide application, and electrofishing (boat and backpack).

This position is a permanent seasonal or temporary position where the incumbent will likely be required to work long, unusual hours, weekends, and occasionally holidays. This work is primarily performed outdoors and requires lifting, pulling, and hauling in all kinds of weather conditions on variable terrain. The Fisheries Technician III will also provide support to other projects and departments as needed.

See full details here: 2017 Fish Tech III Announcement

Apply on the website here:

Title:  Ecological Field Staff
Agency: National Ecological Observatory Network
Location: Various w/in USA and Puerto Rico
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Application deadline: Open until filled (posted 24 Jan 2017)


The National Ecological Observatory Network tracks ecological change over time at a continental scale, and is now recruiting field staff for the 2017 season.  Temporary staff will carry out a diverse suite of ecological monitoring protocols, including vegetation surveys, biomass measurements, small mammal trapping, invertebrate collections (ticks, beetles, and mosquitoes), and stream sampling efforts.  These efforts will be based out of field offices in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.  Please visit for these and other opportunities with the National Ecological Observatory Network.

Title:  Research Assistant (potential for MSc)
Agency: University of Victoria
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Application deadline: February 10, 2017


Seeking a Research Assistant with the potential to become a Master’s student to study juvenile salmon ecology in marsh habitats of the Fraser River estuary, BC. The successful applicant will join the field project team in late February / early March and will apply to the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria in spring 2017 for a MSc. position to be supervised by Dr. Julia Baum.  The project is a partnership between Dr. Baum and David Scott and Misty MacDuffee of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Field work will be conducted based out of Ladner Harbour with potential for local accommodation. This project is funded by the Pacific Salmon Foundation as part of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.

Estuaries connect marine and freshwater environments for anadromous Pacific salmon, providing important habitats during a crucial transition period for juveniles where feeding opportunities are abundant and the risk of predation is relatively low. Growth during estuarine residence may be an important factor influencing survival to maturity for some species, as size at ocean entry is known to be a key determinant of early marine survival. Juvenile salmon originating from throughout the Fraser system migrate through the estuary each year, but little is known about timing and habitat preferences of different populations.

This project is a continuation of efforts initiated in 2016, and will include repeat sampling of our established sites, with additional sampling added to answer new questions. In 2017, the project will focus on juvenile salmon use of marsh habitats, including initiating a sampling protocol conducted in 1978 to create a historical comparison.

Interested applicants should hold a BSc degree in Biology or related field, and meet or exceed the admission requirements for UVic’s Biology Graduate program. Familiarity with coastal ecology and local species, field experience, and prior research experience are strong assets. Applicants must be competitive for future awards and grants: please read the Baum Lab’s letter to prospective students before applying.

Please send a brief statement outlining your research interests, a copy of your unofficial transcripts, and a detailed CV to David Scott ( and Misty MacDuffee ( Applications will be evaluated as they are received.

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