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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than March 7, 2016. Questions can be emailed to same address.