Hatchery Maintenance Specialist - Maintenance Mechanic 3 - Two Openings - Permanent - *03740-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lacey, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $5,117.00 - $5,929.00 Monthly
Deadline Jul 17, 2024


Capital & Asset Management Program (CAMP)
Lacey, Washington - Thurston County 

Please note one (1) of the vacancies has been filled.  This recruitment has been re-opened to increase the applicant pool.  If you applied previously, your application is still under review and consideration and you do not need to re-apply. 

Support a team of construction professionals who specialize in the construction, installation, and maintenance of critical hatchery production and infrastructure components. 

Provide expert level experience in the operation of heavy equipment, while broadening specific construction knowledge and skills of hatchery operations and production.  

Showcase your skills in fabrication, welding, carpentry, commercial plumbing, and more. 

Work closely with our maintenance team, contributing to the preservation and perpetuation of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while also enjoying sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities. 

Become part of a dynamic crew working towards fulfilling agency goals and hatchery production targets.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself supporting WDFW’s mission by ensuring the success of fish production from incubation to release, providing for recreational and commercial fishing opportunities.

With your experience, you will transport and operate heavy equipment, transport gravel and soils in dump trucks, conduct basic carpentry, commercial plumbing, light fabrication, and welding.

These are opportunities to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, sketches, and specifications.

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Our Hatchery Maintenance Specialist, 

Performs Heavy Equipment Operation: 

  • Operate construction and earth moving equipment such as, but not limited to excavators of various sizes, wheel loaders more than 80 net flywheel horsepower, rubber-tired loader/backhoe combination 51 net flywheel horsepower or more, AWD Telehandler (off-road forklift). 
  • Read and interpret permits to navigate regulations for in water work.
  • Operate laser levels to determine, correct, or maintain grade/elevations.
  • Perform all safety inspections on equipment to ensure safe operational order. 
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled and/or required.
  • Ensure heavy equipment is safely and securely stored. 


  • Installs, maintains, and repairs of valves, control gates and various types of supply pipe, such as PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), steel, and ductile iron.  
  • Installs water towers, formalin systems, fish rearing ponds and domestic water systems. 
  • Performs inspections of water mains, fixtures, and valves to determine need for maintenance and repair.  

Truck Driving: 

  • Operate trucks and trailers of all types and sizes to transport materials, equipment.
  • Operates vehicles rated at 80,000 Gross Combined Weight (GCW) or more, including semi-tractor/trailer equipment.
  • Directs or participates in loading and unloading equipment, material, or supplies. 
  • Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspection of vehicles and trailers to ensure safe operational order and report maintenance or repair issues.


  • Weld and makes repairs to various metal structures. 
  • Operates a variety of fabrication shop equipment such as oxyacetylene and arc welders, hand or electric pipe threaders, grinding wheels, buffers and drill presses.  
  • Assists with the fabrication of concrete forms.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    • Duties are performed at construction sites in the Hatcheries and Wildlife areas and on occasion in an office setting. 
    • Hazards include working on rough terrain, riverbanks, slippery slopes, and other surfaces, confined and difficult to reach spaces, and in all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or snow. 
    • Bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, and frequently lifting 50 pounds when loading and unloading trucks or moving materials around project site. 
    • Operate motor vehicles in hazardous weather conditions such as snow and ice while on mountain passes, highways, and roads (both paved and unpaved). 
  • Schedule:   
    • Work is performed 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday. 
    • Work overtime as needed/requested.  This may include overnight stays and evening and weekend work.
  • Travel Requirements:   
    • Travel required 70-90% depending on the season.
  • Tools and Equipment:   
    • Basic hand tools, power tools such as drills, roto hammers, cut off saws, circular saws, metal band saws, welders, cutting torch, chainsaws, concrete cut-off (hot saw) and/or powered motors, automotive equipment, and trailers.
  • Customer Interactions:          
    • Frequent interactions varying between Federal, Local, Inter-Agency, and Intra-Agency customers and vendors.



  • Four (4) years of general work experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction or repair work or completion of a recognized apprenticeship in a skilled mechanic trade.
  • Three (3) years of experience operating heavy equipment, such as excavators, dozers, and backhoes.

Ability to: 

  • Read and interpret blueprints, sketches and verbal instruction and order parts, materials, and equipment.
  • Operate heavy construction equipment in safe and skillful manner. 
  • Make adjustments and repairs to equipment. 
  • Follow oral and written instructions, keep simple records, and work to grade.

Knowledge of: 

  • Rules of safe operation of equipment. 
  • State motor vehicle laws. 
  • Materials used in servicing and maintaining heavy equipment. 
  • Rules governing operation of state vehicles. 
  • Methods, tools, and materials used in servicing and maintaining heavy equipment. 


  • Possession of a valid driver’s license recognized by the state of Washington and acceptable driving record.
  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement with current Medical Examiner’s Certificate.


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  • Working experience in the installation and repair of industrial plumbing components.
  • Boom Truck Qualification.

Supplemental Information:

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

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

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


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


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 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.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


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 kaila.daudt@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line must 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.


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

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at kaila.daudt@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line must 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. 

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.  

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format please contact Jayme Chase by phone 360-902-2278 or email JaymeChase@dfw.wa.gov,  or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

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