DSF – Help Wanted – Hatchery Technician

Hiring Announcement
Downeast Salmon Federation
Hatchery Technician


The Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is a nonprofit based in Downeast Maine. DSF is involved in a wide variety of conservation work that ranges from Atlantic salmon restoration, to diadromous fish research, to land conservation and restoration. As the Hatchery Technician you will be an integral part of an organization striving to make a difference in one of the most unique environments in the United States. Downeast Maine is full of wild and rugged places. We have forests, rivers, wildlife, lakes, fish, and bold, rocky coasts. Eagles and ospreys fly and nest right outside our offices and in the spring we can see river herring, smelt, eels, and lamprey journeying upriver to spawn. To learn more about DSF please browse our website (www.mainesalmonrivers.org) and our social media resources (Facebook, Instagram, etc.).

The Hatchery Technician is part of the team that operates our endangered Atlantic salmon hatcheries in East Machias and Columbia Falls, Maine. This is a full time, seasonal position mid-April (start date is negotiable) through November. There is a possibility of year-round, part-time employment with DSF, contingent on funding.


As the Hatchery Technician, you will:

  • Support the successful operation of two Atlantic salmon hatcheries
    • Daily husbandry of the fish;
    • Seasonal hatchery tasks such, fin clipping, stocking, etc.;
    • Maintaining specialized hatchery systems (pumps, oxygen, etc.);
  • Required to be on call, which includes night and weekend work;
  • Be available to work non-standard work days (i.e. split days – working in the morning and evening with some time off in the afternoon);
  • Conduct or support hatchery tours and school programs;
  • Help maintain the hatchery facilities (i.e. hatchery maintenance, grounds keeping)


Preferably the candidate for this position would have, or is working towards, a four year college degree in biological sciences or related field. Applicable work experience could substitute for a college degree. Valuable experience (paid or unpaid) would include work in fish hatcheries, experience handling salmonids, working indoors and outdoors in a variety of conditions. Ability to work independently and part of larger group is expected. The candidate should be able to lift 50 lbs. and be willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays, including being on-call for hatchery alarms. The candidate should be comfortable and/or have experience talking to large groups of all ages, as outreach and environmental education programs are an integral part of DSF’s mission. The candidate should have good writing skills and operating knowledge computer programs (word, excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs).

The candidate must have reliable transportation. Due to the nature of operating salmon hatcheries the candidate will have to live in close proximity to the Peter Gray Hatchery for prompt response to hatchery alarms.


This position is paid hourly at $14/hour.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter, and references to zach@mainesalmonrivers.org.

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