The McCall Fish Hatchery is responsible for releasing 1 million juvenile Summer Chinook salmon annually into the South Fork of the Salmon River near Warm Lake. These fish are released to mitigate for the salmon population reduction incurred from the construction of the 4 dams on the Lower Snake River. Adult salmon that return from the Pacific Ocean are trapped, held, and spawned each summer at the trap site which is also near Warm Lake. After spawning, the eggs are transported to the McCall Fish Hatchery where they are reared for 18 months and then transported and released back into the South Fork of the Salmon River again near Warm Lake in order to perpetuate the specie and the fishery. There is also a resident trout program at the McCall Fish Hatchery which is responsible for aircraft stocking over 130 mountain lakes annually with 4 species of trout and annual stocking of area family fish waters with 65,000 catchable rainbow trout.
Individuals will be responsible for all daily duties which help to ensure the proper and efficient operation of the South Fork Salmon adult salmon trap near Warm Lake. These duties include but are not limited to: processing trapped adult salmon, monitoring fish behavior in holding ponds, intense monitoring of river and weather conditions, cleaning fish tanks and ponds, building, grounds, and light equipment maintenance, giving facility tours to interested parties, and assisting regional biologists with monitoring and evaluation activities. Individuals selected for this position will be required to work remotely for 10 day stints at the Warm Lake site and then off for 4 days. A generous per diem is provided. Individuals need to be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Individuals must also be able to stand and work in cold water for up to 8 hours per shift.
Individuals must be at least 18 years of age and should be enrolled in a fisheries or a biological AS or BS program at an accredited university and/or have prior experience in aquaculture however prior experience or relevant education is not mandatory. A valid state issued driver’s license will be required for employment.