Welcome To The Seymour Salmonid Society

Seymour Salmonid Society is a non-profit organization that operates the Seymour River Fish Hatchery and Education Centre. We enhance salmon populations and encourage proper management of fisheries in the Seymour River. Our mission is to educate the public about the value of the Seymour River and the salmonids it supports as a resource for everyone living in British Columbia.

Seymour Salmonid Society Job Opportunity

Position Title: Volunteer Coordinator / Full-time Permanent (40hr/wk)

Job Description:

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Manage volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Coordinate, train and supervise volunteers
  • Prepare and submit funding applications and year end reports
  • Promote Society membership
  • Manage Society memberships, maintain membership database, issue tax receipts
  • Organizing and attending public events
  • Maintain website
  • Produce quarterly newsletter
  • Assist with fish production under the supervision of the Assistant Hatchery Manager when required

*Note: this is not a complete list of Volunteer Coordinator responsibilities

Qualifications: Valid B.C. Driver’s License, intermediate to advanced computer literacy, good communication skills, physically fit for field work, able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, must be available to work weekends, use of a vehicle an asset

Interested candidates please email or mail cover letter and resume to:

Seymour Salmonid Society Manager:

Brian Smith (please put Volunteer Coordinator in the subject line)



Seymour Salmonid Society

P.O. Box 52221

North Vancouver, BC

V7J 3V5

*We would like to fill this position as soon as possible.  We thank all candidates for applying, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


On December 7, 2014, a rock fall estimated at 50,000 cubic meters, impacted the Seymour River, at a location at the upstream end of the lower canyon. The debris field from this slide raised the water level in the river some 10 meters creating a partial or full block to upstream migrating salmon. The upper Seymour River, above the rock fall, contains the large majority of the productive salmon habitat in the watershed, and therefore there are justified concerns about the health of the Seymour River salmon run in coming years, if migration past the rock fall is not successful.


Photo Credit Michal Koziura

 Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working in partnership with the Seymour Salmonid  Society, Metro Vancouver, Squamish Nation, Tsleil Waututh Nation and North Van District,  to attempt an emergency rescue effort to capture returning salmon in the lower Seymour  River. If these efforts are successful, these salmon will be placed in transport tanks and  transported to the Seymour River Hatchery with some released directly into the upper  Seymour River, above the slide and below the dam.

The emergency capture program was challenged to locate a suitable trapping location in the  lower Seymour River that both contains a suitable holding and netting pool, coupled with  good river bank access for manually transporting captured salmon up to truck and trailer  transport tanks. After a visual inspection of the lower river from the canyon down to  tidewater, the best location identified to operate the rescue trapping program is just adjacent and downstream of the access road into Seymour River Park, immediately downstream of the Seymour Parkway Bridge.


Photo Credit Michal Koziura

The capture traps include large nets anchored into the Seymour River, operating from April– December 2015, water level dependant. All 2015 in-river work installing and adjusting the trap nets is done with hand labour and does not require heavy machinery access this season, future work might include a heavy excavator digging a deeper holding pool, near the bank, along with a riverbank ramp at the ultimate trap site, depending on what is learned this year.

  Vehicle access in close proximity to the river bank near the capture site is necessary, given that all trap materials and captured salmon must be moved by hand from and to transport vehicles.  Aside from daily inspection of the river traps, captured salmon will be moved by field crews to the transport tanks daily depending on capture success in the river trap.

Photo Credit Brian Har

Photo Credit Brian Har