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.
Typical duties and responsibilities include all tasks associated with rearing Chinook salmon and trout including but not limited to; feeding, cleaning, stocking, monitoring, and observing fish behavior. Individual will be responsible for data collection and management of returning adult Chinook salmon as well as resident trout stocking. Multifaceted data parameters will need to be collected requiring the selected individual to be a quick learner who is able to multi task and quickly adapt to rapidly changing quotas.
Individuals must be at least 18 years of age and should be graduated from or enrolled in a fisheries or related biological AS or BS program at an accredited university and/or have prior experience in aquaculture. Individuals must be proficient in Microsoft excel. The individual must also be capable of paying very close attention to detail, be meticulous at data collection, and be capable of working independently and as part of a team. Individuals need to be able to positively interact with the public and 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. A valid state issued driver’s license will be required for employment.