Ocean Career: Senior Field Research Coordinator at NOAA Auke Bay Laboratories

We are recruiting a Senior Field Research Coordinator for a federal contract we are bidding in support of ongoing fisheries research at NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC)’s Auke Bay Laboratory (ABL). This position is full time, located at the AFSC’s Auke Creek field station in Juneau, AK, with limited trips to the remote Little Port Walter Marine Research Station (LPW). The position is set to begin in April 2021 for one year.

The Senior Field Research Coordinator will support AFSC ABL with coordinating and conducting sampling, tagging, spawning and processing fish, husbandry support for aquaculture research, data collection, data entry, data analysis, and project reporting.

Our ideal candidate would be someone with experience in salmon husbandry techniques, R statistical packages, data entry, experience working on small boats and in remote Alaska areas. Ability to lift up to 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 in salmon scale collection, preservation, and digitization
      • 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 Auke Creek 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 Auke Creek and Sashin Creek
      • Participate and lead field personnel in all cleaning, assembly, disassembly, and dissemination of all related elements to research projects, includes data, samples, supplies and equipment
    • Data Analysis and Summarization including:
      • Assist in data entry into spreadsheets and databases, analysis of data using R statistical package, and literature review
      • Shall assist in preparation of reports and manuscripts related to climate change, genetics, growth, condition, migration, and survival of salmonids and other commercially important species


      • Bachelor’s degree or higher with emphasis in fisheries, aquaculture, genetics, biology, natural science, or mathematics
      • 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 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
      • Due to the physical nature of fieldwork the candidate must be able to lift and move items up to 20kg without assistance

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Only qualified applicants with a bachelor’s degree and the requisite experience, including prior work in remote areas for extended hours under adverse conditions, need to apply. If interested, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above and why you would be the best candidate for the job.

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