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 up to 65,000 catchable rainbow trout.
Individuals will be responsible for completing all daily operational chores and projects at the McCall fish hatchery which includes: feeding and monitoring fish, cleaning tanks and ponds, removing mortality, fish stocking, grounds and equipment maintenance, and various other duties.
Individual must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid state issued driver’s license. They should also have prior aquaculture or fisheries experience and/or be enrolled in an institute of higher learning program with emphasis on fisheries or biology but this is not mandatory. Individuals must have strong communication and record keeping skills and be able to work independently or in a group setting. Individuals must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and stand and work in cold water for up to 8 hours per shift.