Want to work for a forward-thinking fish and wildlife agency to help shape the field of fish culture and fisheries management in New England and beyond? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking applications for a Fish Culture Operations Manager at its Montpelier, Vermont headquarters to oversee Vermont’s fish culture program which includes five fish culture stations as well as a fish health laboratory. This position provides general oversight and administration of all fish culture and fish health activities for the Department.
- Develop and implement long term plans of fish production, fish health, and strategic initiatives for the fish culture section.
- Provide guidance and oversight of fish culture and fish health activities to meet established goals in a timely manner.
- Assess procedures and practices for all phases of fish production.
- Work with external stakeholders (private fish hatcheries, cooperative nurseries, local sporting organizations, etc.) to develop and reach shared goals and objectives.
- Directly supervise five fish culture station supervisors and two fish health biologists, as well as indirectly supervising many fish culturists and seasonal workers.
- Oversee the supply, maintenance, and cost accounting for the fish culture section and assist in budget preparation.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with other fish culture professionals in regional and national committees, teams, and workgroups to accomplish large-scale conservation work that extends beyond political boundaries.
- Conduct and guide public outreach on fish culture topics as well as other key Department initiatives.
- Serve as an Agency or Department representative upon request at official functions or meetings.
- Participate in Department and Agency technical and managerial teams.
- Perform general administrative tasks such as applying for and maintaining environmental permits (including NPDES discharge), contracting, grant writing / reporting, and supervisory duties.
Work is accomplished primarily in an office setting but requires travel to fish culture stations and the fish health laboratory. This work requires a high degree of independence and is performed under the general supervision of the Fisheries Division Director.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Considerable knowledge of fishery science, principles and practices.
- Considerable knowledge of fish culture principles and techniques.
- Familiarity with fish physiology, pathology, and genetics.
- Considerable knowledge of applicable laboratory (pathological and water chemical) techniques.
- Considerable knowledge of life histories and reproductive habits of important fish species.
- Ability to conduct research and management investigations, evaluate findings and prepare reports of results.
- Ability to communicate effectively with associates both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.