Looking for a job in aquaculture? Perhaps you are a skilled biologist, hatchery technician or fish farmer? These are all careers available in Alaska, now.
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Alaska is one of the primary regions for aquaculture in the United States.
Salmon is the most recognizable portion of Alaska’s aquaculture industry, as well as the most valuable. Bristol Bay, Prince William Sound and all of Southeast Alaska are three of the primary salmon-producing regions.
Fish farms and hatcheries are the backbone of the aquaculture industry. Positions such as aquaculturists, fish technicians and breeding managers are common jobs in this area. These personnel monitor and ensure the health and quality of a specific species. Therefore, for career-oriented positions, a scientific background is necessary to understand and manage the respective operation. These positions require a person comfortable in performing duties in both indoor and outdoor settings. Median salaries average around US $50,000 accompanied by medical benefits and paid vacation.
As aquaculture is essentially dealing with the growth of biological organisms, the need for a fish biologist is critical throughout the industry. The biologist is an important expert in all aspects on aquaculture, from understanding and managing the growth of aquatic species in hatcheries and farms to communicating the impact those operations will have on local surroundings. Biologists are often relied upon to study wild or manmade fishery systems and analytically relay his/her finding through many different methods. Sampling surveys, water quality determinations, environmental impact studies and fishery operation inspections are just a few responsibilities a biologist partakes in.
Salaries generally start around US$40,000 for applicants immediately out of school or those with very little experience. Salaries often extend to US$70,000 with greater amounts of pertinent experience and demonstrated abilities.
If you’re simply looking for seasonal work, then start contacting Alaska’s aquaculture associations beginning in January. They frequently hire college students to help with a variety of tasks. Pay often starts at minimum wage (Alaska’s is $7.75 as of Jan. 2010) plus time-and-a-half for overtime worked. In remote locations room and board is frequently included.
Read more about these exciting aquaculture career opportunities in Alaska at http://www.alaska-summer-jobs.com/other_alaska_fishing_jobs.htm