Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - Sol Duc Hatchery - Non-Permanent

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 11:45pm

Address:

Beaver, WA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

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.  

FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT - FISH HATCHERY SPECIALIST 2 
WDFW HATCHERIES DIVISION 
SOL DUC HATCHERY
Beaver, Washington 

STANDBY DUTIES MAY BE ASSIGNED
HOUSING IS NOT PROVIDED

Anticipated Appointment Length:
10 Months – September 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

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 hatchery facilities, 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 and egg and fish production.
-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.
-Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples, and plants.
-Accurately completes data entry, record keeping and reporting. 
-Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery to preserve a clean and safe working environment. 
-Responds to questions from visitors to the facility and interacts with the public in a polite and professional manner.

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

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

Schedule: 
-Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
-Standby duties may be 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.

Standby:        
-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: 
-Housing is not provided for this position.

Travel Requirements: 
-Travel may be required in order to accomplish agency goals as well as to attend meetings, classes, and/or conferences.

Tools and Equipment: 
-Power and hand tools, adult fish pumps, dissolved oxygen meters, planting trucks, and other fish cultural tools.

Customer Interactions: 
-Communicate effectively with co-managers and other government agencies as well as the public on a regular basis.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

One (1) year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 AND successful completion of agency supervised training program. 

OR 

An Associate’s degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. 

OR 

Two (2) years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely allied field AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.

OR 

Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. 
 
Please Note: Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education.

Certifications/Licenses: 
-Valid Driver’s License

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
-Basic fish culture techniques and rearing procedures.
-Water dynamics (flows, flow patterns, availability, temperature, etc.).
-Computer knowledge - basic understanding of spreadsheets and word processing.
-Calibration of specialized instruments (scales, dissolved oxygen meters).
-Safe and proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment.