The SCA intern will be part of the Ouray National Fish Hatchery, Randlett Unit’s crew. Duties will include but not limited to all aspects of fish husbandry, spawning, feeding, cleaning, harvesting, counting, sorting, grading, PIT tagging and stocking razorback suckers and bonytail chub. These are Federally listed Endangered fish. The intern will need to become familiar with basic pond and tank culture techniques, water quality parameters and identify sick or distressed fish so as to identify potential problems and real problems and be able to relate these concerns to members of the hatchery crew. Some general building and grounds maintenance will also be required.
- Location Description
The hatchery is located on the Ouray NWR approximately 35 miles southwest of Vernal Utah. Fish from the hatchery are stocked into the Green River and back waters from Split Mountain to the town of Green River Utah.
- Training Provided
Safety training, job hazard assessments (JHAs) on all systems at the hatchery. Training on fish hauling equipment, water quality assessments including oxygen, pH, ammonia, nitrite and hardness. Fish health assessments including identification of parasites
- Educational/Recreational Opportunities
Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant in this part of Utah with hiking, camping, river rafting, fishing, bird watching etc. Educational opportunities for fish culture at the hatchery are abundant with pond, tank and water reuse systems in use.