Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (In-Training) - Ringold Springs Hatchery - Permanent - *10153-21

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 11:45pm


Mesa, WA
United States

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Mesa, Washington


Are you passionate about the conservation of salmon and their natural habitats? Looking to make a positive impact in the future of these aquatic species? If so, apply to become a Fish Hatchery Specialist!

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.  

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,

The optimal applicants set an exemplary example, have a positive can-do attitude, are eager to work hard and have excellent fish husbandry skills. 

Picture yourself performing scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at Ringold Springs Hatchery and trap sites, rearing anadromous and non-anadromous species of fish.

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.

This is an opportunity to perform sound fish culture practices and make sound fish culture decisions to meet WDFW program goals. 


Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 2, 

  • Calculates and feeds fish according to pond populations and weight samples - adjusts feed size and amount fed as needed. 
  • Monitors fish behavior/health, egg and fish production and disinfects and enumerates eggs. 
  • Identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution. 
  • Cleans ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems to maintain fish health. 
  • Identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling.
  • Records data and is able to identify multiple marks by sight, UV lights or mechanical devices. 
  • Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples, and plants. 
  • 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. 
  • Collects adult mortality and fills out correct head tags for brood stock and enters data into hatchery documents and fish books. 
  • Identifies all targeted and non-targeted species, gender, stock origin and condition of maturity when trapping and spawning adults. 
  • Fertilizes eggs with sperm, according to pre-determined ratios using established spawning protocols and Hatchery Genetic Management Plan (HGMP) requirements.
  • Supervises and instructs temporary employees and volunteers in the absence of leadership.
  • Surpluses and distributes adult carcasses to contract buyer based on condition. 
  • Tracks temperature units (TU’s) and monitors heath stacks to adjust TU’s, including tracking thermal marks. 
  • Receives eggs and samples and distributes them into rearing vessels at correct loadings as well as ponds fry according to proper TU’s.
  • Incubates eggs using vertical trays and magnums. 
  • Accurately fills out and submits agency forms such as fish transfer tickets, hatchery invoice forms and other relevant forms.
  • 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/round hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment. 
  • Operate fork-lifts, tractors, yard maintenance equipment, fish pumps and common power tools.


Work Setting, including hazards:    

Work is performed outside in all weather conditions; and in an office environment when the work requires it.


Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and can vary greatly at different times of the year depending on the work schedule and weather conditions. 
Standby maybe required with responsibilities of overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day – while on standby this position will work ten days and be off 4.
Working with and around the flora and fauna of the area.

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, passenger vehicles, adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, CWT identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine, computers and software.

Customer Interactions:

Effectively communicating with the public, volunteers, small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis.


Perform strenuous physical activities, follow instructions, and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgment, and assist in training entry level employees.


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, biology, or a closely allied field.


Three (3) years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology 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.

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. 




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




Three (3) 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.




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.


Required job knowledge of:

  • Basic fish culture techniques and rearing procedures.
  • Water dynamics (e.g., flows, flow patterns, availability, temperature, dissolved oxygen, etc.).
  • Basic math (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).
  • Computer knowledge; basic understanding of spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Calibration of specialized instruments (e.g., scales, dissolved oxygen meters, flow meters, and pressure gauges).
  • Safe and proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment.
  • Troubleshoot on-site mechanical malfunctions.
  • Troubleshooting small engine repairs.
  • Understanding and applying of safety regulations.

Required skills:

Assisting in training entry level employees.



A valid driver’s license.
A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) may be required for some positions.
A valid Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License.
This position may require standby if assigned.


Experience with weed control.

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 and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
A current resume. 
Three professional references. 


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 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

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:

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.


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 skill in living WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect. (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.


These positions are 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).


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

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



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

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
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


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


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.   Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  

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If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or

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Salary: $3,144.00 - $4,083.00 Monthly

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
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The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
New Year's Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents' Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans' Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.
Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.

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