Based in Anchorage, and in collaboration with our Juneau Satellite Office, our Anchorage staff work in an area that stretches from the Copper River Delta east of Cordova, north to the Alaska Range, and west through central and western Alaska, including the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Bristol Bay, and Aleutian Islands.
This area is home to seven federally endangered and threatened species, a wealth of wild, native fish including all five of Alaska’s Pacific salmon species, bald eagles and countless migratory birds, and marine mammals including sea otters and walrus. Some of the services we provide to the communities we serve within this geography include technical assistance, funding, and conservation capacity and guidance.
Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation
We work towards a connected network of lands and waters in Alaska that support diverse, self-sustaining populations of wild, native fish, and other aquatic species that exhibit their natural variability in abundance, genetics, and life history.
We work to reduce or eliminate threats to endangered and threatened species, marine mammals, migratory birds, and other wildlife through habitat and ecosystem conservation and restoration, endangered and threatened species recovery activities, increasing our understanding of life history and threats, assessing and mitigating the impacts of contaminants, and minimizing impacts of human development.
Each year, we hire numerous seasonal Biological Science Technicians to work on a variety of fisheries-related studies. Appointments are generally three to six months and hourly wages typically range from ~$15-21 plus a cost of living allowance depending on duty location. Technicians perform field work at various locations throughout the state, including remote areas in the Alaskan bush. Travel to field camps includes small aircrafts and boats. These positions are for the adventurous as harsh weather, an abundance of biting insects, and remote living conditions can be challenging. However, this rare opportunity to work with relatively intact assemblages of native fish species, while surrounded by abundant wildlife and pristine wilderness, will more than compensate the tolerant individual!
The application period for biological science technician positions (series-0404) is typically announced for approximately a two week between November and December annually at http://www.usajobs.gov.
If you have questions or interest about working for a specific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Alaska, please contact:
You may also qualify for our Pathways, Directorate Fellows, and Career Discovery Internship Programs depending on your current academic enrollment status.