Fish/Shellfish Culturist

Science + fish + wilderness = your dream job.

education requirements

HS Diploma

expected salary range

$21K to $58K

training area


Performs general labor, site repair, collection of eggs, care of young fish or shellfish, then releasing them into the water. Work is hands-on and performed outdoors. Many hatcheries are in beautiful, remote locations, so you would likely be living the romanticized, off-grid Alaska lifestyle. This is a great entry-level position and offers significant opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience valuable to achieving advanced fisheries positions.

Here’s what you need:

  • High school diploma required
  • Postsecondary education recommended

Here’s where you get it:

UAS AAS Fisheries TechnologyStatewideAASLive and some courses async2 yrs
UAS Fisheries Technology Certificate – Alaska Salmon CultureStatewideCertLive and some courses async1 yr
Alaska Salmon Enhancement Occupational EndorsementSitka – VirtualO.E.e-learningN/A
Fisheries Management Occupational EndorsementSitka – VirtualO.E.e-learningN/A

Page header: Fishery Culturist photo courtesy of State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game