Volunteer Assistant Hatchery Manager Needed

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Every year Mossom Creek Hatchery works with local volunteers to raise salmon and support BC’s wild salmon runs.  This important work has been ongoing for 41 years and has contributed to the re-establishment of healthy runs of coho, chum and pink salmon to the Burrard Inlet area.

Be a part of our volunteer team!

We are currently looking for a volunteer that would like to fill the role of Assistant Hatchery Manager. This is a part time role that requires 3-6 hours of work per week and would be suited for anyone with availability in the mornings or weekends that can assist our current Hatchery Manager, Neil Laffra, in managing ongoing hatchery operations. No previous experience is needed.

The Assistant Hatchery Manager will act as a backup to the Hatchery Manager, and will train in all aspects of managing the hatchery including brood stock collection, egg takes, equipment operation and maintenance, egg incubation and caring for alevins and fry.

Interested persons should provide a letter stating your interest, previous experience (if any) and why you’d like this role.

Time commitment: Year-round. Hours vary but would typically require 3-6 hours per week depending on the season. Typically more work is required around the time we are collecting broodstock in the fall and incubating eggs in the winter months.

What will the Assistant Hatchery Manager learn to do?
– Learn how a volunteer run community hatchery operates
– Learn how to start-up and maintain equipment
– Learn about the 3 species of salmon we rear, Pink, Chum and Coho
– Learn about and conduct the egg take and fertilization process.
– Learn about and maintain biosecurity protocol for the facility.
– Assist with weekly and season maintenance activities.
– Assist with the care and feeding of fish and helping our daily feeder volunteers as needed.
– Assist with fish length and weight sampling including started fish health calculations.
– Assist with taking water quality measurements.
– Learn about aquaculture in the context of the Salmon Enhancement Program through Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
– Assist with release of  fry in local creeks, including Mossom Creek.
– Act as the backup for the Hatchery Manager once trained.

Please email us at info@mossomcreek.org if you are interested in the fun and rewarding position!

If you haven’t visited Mossom Creek before, please join us any Sunday for our Salmon Sunday drop-in. The hatchery and education centre is open from 11 am – 1:30 pm to visitors. Directions can be found here.


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