TVWA is currently looking for a Chinook Sampling Field Technician.


The Tanana River produces over 20% of the Chinook salmon in the entire Yukon River (including Canada). Two of the tributaries to the Tanana River, the Chena and Salcha Rivers, are among the top Chinook salmon producing streams for the Yukon River. This project is focused on the Chena River and its tributaries. The Field Tech will conduct habitat sampling as well as sampling for juvenile Chinook salmon and other anadromous fish in Chena River tributaries not protected by the Alaska Anadromous Fish Act.

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Duties include: Traveling to remote locations within the Chena watershed. Conduct water quality testing. Sample and document the presence of anadromous fish (Chinook, chum, coho, etc.) and habitat parameters of sampled water bodies. Compile and maintain data for reports. Conduct inventory and monitoring effort that adhere to ADF&G requirements and the Services investigation plan.  Nominate qualifying waters for protection under the Anadromous Fish Act. Using the ADF&G Anadromous Waters Catalog Nomination Guidelines. Review guidelines and investigation plan with appropriate TVWA members and ADF&G local biologist.

This is a contract position. Payment is between $7,500 - $9,500 depending on experience.

Part time / seasonal – 20 to 30 hours a week / June 1st to October 15, 2018


Work requires climbing up and down uneven rocky terrain. Can include getting into and out of rivers, in remote or semi remote locations. Often carries supplies up to 30 pounds.  Requires manual dexterity sufficient to handle fish, and minnow traps. Visual acuity to read computerized documents and paper files.



1.      Knowledge and experience in fisheries field work, to include using fish traps, electro-fishing for study or measurement, and conducting census from land, boats and/or aircraft.

2.      Knowledge and experience in assembling basic information on fish and wildlife populations such as habitat use, sex and age structure, seasonal moment and harvest characteristics, collecting data on fish to include food sources, predators, and human disturbances, and making preliminary assessments of facts such as habitat preference and population dynamics.

3.      Knowledge and experience in conducting field studies, data collection, GPS mapping, and recording, compiling and arranging data from biological studies including photographs and video.

4.      Experience in searching and extracting data from publications, and preparing collected data into reports. Familiar with the anadromous waters catalog. 

5.      Computer experience to include Microsoft office applications Word, Excel, ArcGIS, Basecamp (training provided), email.

6.      Ability to speak clearly and concisely, understand and follow oral and written instructions; and establish and maintain effective working relationship with partners, staff and the public.

7.      Valid Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation or a clean driving record in order to be placed on our car insurance to facilitate work away from the usual place of business.


How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to

This position is open until filled. We look forward to hearing from you!