Aquatic Ecology Internships in Alaska

We are a small non-profit research organization (studying fish, fish habitat and water quality) based in Talkeetna, AK. We are looking for two Aquatic Ecology Interns to help with our research program.

Position:  Aquatic Ecology Intern

Duration:  May through September.  Position is full time (40 hours/week). Work days may include

Saturdays and Sundays.

Location:  Talkeetna, Alaska

Description of Organization:  The Aquatic Restoration and Research Institute (ARRI) is a non‐profit

corporation located in Talkeetna, Alaska. ARRI conducts water quality and fish habitat research funded

by state and federal agencies. Current projects include investigating fish use and water quality in glacial

rivers; the investigation of the influence of stream temperatures on salmonid production; the effects of

stormwater on fish habitat and water quality; juvenile salmon distribution and growth rates; stream

habitat classification and fish habitat relationships; and the evaluation of the proposed Susitna‐Watana

Hydroelectric project.

ARRI opened the Susitna Salmon Center in 2014 to increase public awareness of freshwater ecosystems

and to encourage individual actions that lead to habitat conservation. The center contains aquarium

exhibits of local freshwater fish. . The Susitna Salmon Center provides information on research results,

informs the public about the importance of land use decisions, and provides information linking human

actions to the loss of fish habitat.

Duties:  Under the direction of a field supervisor, assist in the collection, recording and processing of

water quality and fish habitat data. Activities include sampling for juvenile salmon using minnow traps,

identifying fish species and obtaining weight and length measures; calibrating and deploying

temperature data loggers; measuring basic water chemistry; collecting water samples for nutrient

analyses; obtain measures of stream discharge, slopes, substrate, and channel morphometry; and

macroinvertebrate sample collection, sorting and identification. Help organize, calibrate, and maintain

field sampling equipment. Traveling by 4WD truck, boat and/or 4‐wheeler will be typical.  Interns will

have the opportunity to work on most, if not all, on‐going projects.

Assist in the development of educational materials and displays. Create and maintain aquaria of juvenile

Pacific salmon and resident fish. Lead “river walks” to educate visitors about Alaska fish and fish habitat.

Occasionally assist Susitna Salmon Center staff with everyday operations.

Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Aquatic Ecology, Fish Biology, Environmental Science or closely

related field. Some knowledge of field sampling methods a plus.  A significant amount of time will be

spent walking and bushwhacking up small streams with abundant wildlife. Interns must be in reasonable

physical condition and have some degree of tolerance for these conditions.

Compensation: Starting at $9.75/hr.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, transcripts and list of references to

no later than March 7, 2016. Questions can be emailed to same address.

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