Conservation Hatchery Internship

  • Student Conservation Association
  • Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery Complex, Orland, ME, United States
  • Feb 04, 2018
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Intern will learn all aspects of rearing endangered Atlantic salmon from seven listed populations at a conservation hatchery.  Activities include: electrofishing to collect juvenile Atlantic salmon, releasing juvenile and adult Atlantic salmon, transporting adult Atlantic salmon from a trapping facility to the the hatchery, collecting biological samples for disease screening and genetic characterization, feeding juvenile and adult broodstock, monitoring growth of future broodstock, maintaining automated feeders, tagging juveniles, and spawning adult Atlantic salmon.

Interns will also perform regular maintenance activities at the hatchery which include, but are not limited to: regular cleaning of rearing units, tanks and pools, rearing unit repairs, pressure washing rearing areas, grounds maintenance, cleaning and maintenance of public use areas and bathhouses, and other general maintenance as required.

  • Location DescriptionCraig Brook National Fish Hatchery is located in the rural, coastal area of Maine. The facility is comprised of several buildings for water treatment, fish rearing, offices and public use areas on 135 acres. The facility is located between two lakes which provide opportunities for boating and fishing in their leisure time. In addition, there are many miles of trails nearby for hiking and biking.
  • Training ProvidedDefensive Driving, First Aid and CPR, New Employee Safety Orientation, Lyme Disease Awareness, and on-the-job training as required.
  • Educational/Recreational OpportunitiesCraig Brook NFH is the premier Atlantic salmon hatchery operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The opportunities to learn about Atlantic salmon, conservation efforts and cold-water fish culture are unparalleled.
  • Handicap Accessible? Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected: Biology degree major or professional experience
Forestry degree major or professional experience
Resource Management: degree major or professional experience
Backpacking: some experience
GPS competent without supervision
Hand Tools competent without supervision
Working with Animals: some experience

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