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, and assisting with maintenance of grounds and facilities to ensure safe and secure 24/7 operation.
The 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 fish 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 feeder, mowers, stocking truck, and lab equipment.
Knowledgeable in the use of PC and Microsoft Office software, specifically Word, Excel, and Access. Skilled in the collection and recording of physical, chemical, and biological data. Demonstrated ability to construct, maintain, and repair hatchery equipment and facilities. Demonstrated 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. The ability to communicate with diverse staff and stakeholders effectively orally and in writing. The ability to effectively manage relationships with the public-at-large and in small-group situations.
The ability to interpret and analyze data, calculate 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, and advising fisheries technicians and agency management of the ramifications and implications.
High School Diploma or GED or equivalent is required. Must possess, or be eligible for a valid Virginia driver’s license.
Bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Biological Sciences or a related field, at least 6 months experience in fisheries and wildlife management with an emphasis in trout culture.
Current CDL, Class B Driver’s License with tank endorsement or must be obtained within six months of hire date if required.