Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - Lakewood Hatchery - Non-Permanent

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, September 19, 2021, 11:45pm


Lakewood, WA
United States

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Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Fish Hatchery Specialist to work alongside a diverse team to support salmon conservation while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington.


Lakewood, Washington 


Anticipated Appointment Length:
3 Months - September 15th, 2021 – December 15th, 2021

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently operates 75 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead. 

Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century, beginning with a facility on the Kalama River in 1895.  

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself performing scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at Lakewood Hatchery and trap sites, rearing anadromous (fish that spend most of their adult lives at sea, but return to fresh water to spawn) and non-anadromous species of fish.

This is an opportunity to perform sound fish culture practices that help meet WDFW program goals.  

The optimal applicants have a positive can-do attitude, are eager to work hard, and enjoy interacting with the public.

We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.

Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 2, 
-Monitors fish behavior/health, egg and fish production, and disinfects and enumerates eggs. 
-Identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution. 
-Identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling.
-Cleans ponds and raceways, troughs and incubator systems to maintain fish health. 
-Collects fish tissue and fluid samples for Fish Health Specialists without contaminating samples.
-Picks eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments. 
-Collects adult fish by hook and line, seining, and volunteer or non-volunteer fish trap.
-Monitors water quality parameters using dissolved oxygen meters in order to maintain proper carrying capacity of rearing units.
-Loads truck according to safe hauling densities, utilizes proper oxygen levels, and monitors fish during transport.
-Scans fish for various tags using coded wire tag wands and other tag associated equipment. 
-Accurately completes data entry, record keeping and reporting. 
-Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment.  


Work Setting, including hazards: 
-Work includes performing strenuous physical activities and is performed indoors and outdoors in variable conditions - including adverse weather.

-Typically, Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
-Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.
-Standby duties are currently assigned - standby entails the employee being responsible for overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day after the regular 8-hour shift is complete. While on standby this position will work ten days on and be off 4 days.

-All applicants applying for this position should understand that standby is a requirement for all positions in the Fish Hatchery Specialist series.  
-Management may determine it is necessary to assign it in order to accomplish the goals and objectives of the agency and as necessary to protect the resources of the agency and if assigned, it will be a requirement of the position.

-Housing is not provided for this position.

Travel Requirements: 
-Travel may be required in order to accomplish agency goals. 

Tools and Equipment: 
-Power and hand tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, transport trucks, and passenger vehicles. 
-Adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engines, computers, and software.

Customer Interactions: 
-Communicate effectively with the public and volunteers - interact with small community groups and individuals on a regular basis.


-An Associate’s degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field. 


-Three (3) years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely allied field.

-Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school.
Please Note: Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education.

-Valid Driver’s License 

-Two or four year degree in Fisheries or a closely associated field.