Sitka Sound Science Center Hatchery Internship:

The SSSC internship will provide an unparalleled hands-on work experience for a motivated, knowledgeable and flexible student familiar with fisheries issues.

This internship will include work experience in one of Alaska’s first working salmon hatcheries, one with a long tradition of training students in aquaculture and fishery biology.


Sitka Sound Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to marine and terrestrial scientific research and science education. Located in Sitka, Alaska, the Science Center occupies the old laboratories and science classrooms of Sheldon Jackson College which began in 1890 as a trade school for Alaska Natives, but shut its doors in 2007. The Sheldon Jackson Hatchery and the Molly Ahlgren Aquarium are operated by the Science Center and both educate thousands of visitors each summer. The Hatchery is linked with University of Alaska to provide fisheries technology training. The Hatchery contributes to the enhancement of the common stock fishery and conducts research projects associated with fisheries and aquaculture.

The intern will assist with all aspects of hatchery operations including fish culture, field data & specimen collection, research, cleaning, facility maintenance, and guiding visitors through the facility.

The ideal candidate will be: knowledgeable in basic fishery biology and fish physiology, familiar with aquaculture and have an enthusiasm for on-the-job-training. The candidate will be flexible, able to work independently as well as in small groups, learn quickly, curious about new ideas, and able to work in wet and rainy outdoor conditions.

Sitka is in the heart of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. Accessible only by ferry and airplane, Sitka has only 21 miles of road and is not connected to the mainland. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in the form of hiking, kayaking, boating, hunting and fishing.

For more information: Lon Garrison @ 907.747. 8878