Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (In-Training) - Cowlitz Trout Hatchery

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, September 2, 2021, 11:30pm

Address:

Toledo, WA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

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.  

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Fish Hatchery Specialist to help support summer-run and winter-run steelhead conservation while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington.

We are recruiting to hire at the Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 or 2 level, and we will train a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 up to the Fish Hatchery Specialist 2.

Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary range will be as follows:

Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 - $2864.00 - $3701.00  

Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - $3144.00 - $4083.00

With that in mind, 

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

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 dissolved oxygen levels 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, pit tag detectors, and other tag associated equipment. 
-Accurately completes data entry, record keeping and reporting. 
-Performs standby which requires responding to alarms and taking appropriate action to preserve facility programs, tests alarms, and reports failures to agency personnel.
-Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment. 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Work Setting, including hazards: 

-Work is performed outdoors in all-weather conditions and in the office when the work requires it. 

Schedule: 

-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.
-This position may require standby - 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 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.
-Operating equipment such as tractors, forklifts, and UTV’s in a safe and competent manner.

Customer Interactions: 

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

QUALIFICATIONS:

This Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (In-Training) series provides mentoring and career development opportunities for candidates with limited hatchery and fish culture experience. 

Candidates will be hired as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 or 2, dependent on skills and experience.

Required Qualifications for the Fish Hatchery Specialist 1:

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

OR

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

OR

-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.

Required Qualifications for the Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (Goal Class):

-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 related field AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.

OR 

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

For all of the above:
 

Certifications/Licenses: 

-Must Maintain a Valid Driver’s License.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-Two or four year degree in Fisheries or a closely associated field. 
-Currently holds a forklift certification or can obtain within six months of hire.
-Currently holds a valid First Aid/CPR certification or can obtain within six months of hire.
-A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) may be required for some positions.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. 

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

-A Cover Letter 

IMPORTANT NOTES:  

On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

JOIN THE WDFW TEAM:

Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skills in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),   Vacation, Sick, and other Leave, 11 Paid Holidays per year, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,   Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.

UNION – WAFHP:

This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Hatchery Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP).

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VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE:

To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: 

To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.  
Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.

As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and are encouraged to apply. 

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