The 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.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. The 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.
Feeds fish their calculated daily ration; monitors fish behavior, health, egg and fish production; calculates and administers drugs as prescribed; identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution; cleans ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems, identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling and records data; collects fish tissue and fluid samples; performs fish inventories, splits, marking trailer inventories, weight samples, releases and plants fish.
Operation and Maintenance of Facility
Monitors water flow and quality parameters; takes water samples and readings (e.g. dissolved gases, suspended settleable solids, and other parameters as required) maintains proper water flow and rearing environments; responds to alarms; monitors and maintains facility support systems; actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate.
Operation and Maintenance of Equipment
Drives a planting truck to and from planting sites. Organizes and maintains hatchery tools, equipment, and grounds; identifies and communicates safety concerns (management to staff and staff to management), uses tools and equipment properly and safely.
Recordkeeping and Reporting
Enters data into forms and spreadsheets (e.g. fish mortality, feed sheets, feed inventory, and chemical usage); accurately fills out agency forms such as fish transfer tickets, hatchery invoice tickets, etc. Submits complete and accurate forms required. Assist in developing in-house forms as required.
Public Contact and Communications; Responds to/answers questions from visitors or outside entities in a polite professional manner. Conducts organized tours; identifies the best way to respond with difficult-to-answer questions or when information is not readily obtainable.
Schedule for this position is 10 days on 4 days off. The first 7 days of each 10-day period standby is required, and depending on the time of year; includes days, nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Ability to lift 50 lbs, work out doors in all weather conditions and perform strenuous physical activities. This position requires a valid driver's license. Standby has been assigned and there is no housing is available to facilitate the standby requirement. The response time for this hatchery is 20-minutes maximum and must be able to respond to an alarm within that timeframe.
All applicants considering applying for this position should understand and consider 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.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals ( WAFHP), which contains a "union security" provision. This means that, as a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status
One year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specilaist 1 and successful completion of agency supervised training program. Associate's degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field and 1 year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery, OR Three years of education towards a Bachelor's degree in fisheries or closely allied field and one year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. OR Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school and one year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. OR Three years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education. Preferred work experience in a hatchery setting.
Knowledge and Abilities Desired:
1. Basic computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Outlook and Excel software.
2. Basic fish culture techniques; rearing procedures
3. Water dynamics ( e.g. flows, flow patterns, availability, temperature, etc)
4. Calibration of specialized instruments (e.g. scales, Dissolved Oxygen meters)
5. Basic math; calculate and understand quantities and proportions
6. Ability to work out of doors in all weather conditions and perform strenuous physical activities.
7. Safe and proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment.