To assist hatchery management with daily operations to include fish culture duties related to hatching, rearing and stocking/distribution of brook, brown and rainbow trout.
Maintaining accurate hatchery records. Performing maintenance and landscaping work with the use of small hand tools and equipment.
Providing technical assistance and guidance to less tenured technicians.
Assisting with maintenance of grounds and facilities to ensure safe and secure 24/7 operation.
Incumbent should possess knowledge of aquaculture techniques, preferably trout culture, fish health issues and hatchery operations.
Thorough knowledge of stocking and transportation of warm and cold water species.
Knowledge of building construction and maintenance techniques to include electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.
Skilled in the use of relevant tools and equipment to include manual and power tools, fish feeders, mowers, tractors, stocking truck and lab equipment.
Skilled in the use of PC and Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel and Access.
Skilled in the collection and recording of physical, chemical and biological data.
Ability to construct, maintain and repair hatchery equipment and facilities.
Ability to perform manual labor to include moderate to heavy lifting in excess of 40 pounds.
Ability to work in varying indoor, outdoor, wet and dry climates.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to include diverse stakeholders , agency staff and constituents and to effectively manage relationships with the public at large and in small groups situations.
Ability to interpret and analyze data to include calculating complex mathematical problems related to water flows, volume and disease treatments.
Ability to develop and track budgets and prepare monthly reports on fish lot performance, facility conditions and budgetary expenditures as required.
Ability to comprehend, interpret and communicate scientific and regulatory FDA, EPA and DEQ documents, advising fisheries technicians and agency management of the ramifications and implications.
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
Must possess, or be eligible for a valid Virginia driver’s license with a Class “B”
with tank endorsement within six months of hire date.
Additional related experience in fisheries and wildlife management with emphasis in trout culture is a plus.
Any combination of additional education from an accredited college or university in a related field may substitute for some of the required experience.
Bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Biological Sciences or a related field.