The position will be located at the Aquatic Research and Conservation Center in Cornville, Arizona. Duties will include assisting staff with caring for and propagating endangered fish, feeding adult and larval fish, hatching brine shrimp, cleaning tanks and ponds, adjusting water flows, removing and examining dead fish and checking water quality. Assists with maintaining hatchery facilities, communicates with the community, vendors and supervisors regarding the hatchery facility and research projects. Assists with the development of new hatchery facilities and operates Department vehicles to transport fish and employees and to acquire necessary supplies. Participates in hatchery and Department functions that may involve overnight stays or camping. Maintains hatchery security for the public as well as other animal predators and will assist with capturing, harvesting, sorting, measuring, tagging, transporting, and stocking threatened and endangered fish into approved waters across the state of Arizona. Performs other duties as assigned.
The candidate must have knowledge of: fish biology, physiology and behavior in an intensive culture hatchery setting, basic chemistry, fish pathology, parasitology, and medication/treatment, aquaculture techniques in raceway, pond, and circular tank settings, and basic trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and the tools and equipment used in basic trade.
The candidate will be skilled in: using detailed application techniques for medications and chemicals, identifying symptoms of disease/parasites in fish, applying public relations and problem-solving techniques.
The candidate must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and written, maintain interpersonal relationships, organize, operate and maintain personal computer and software. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, working varied hours in an isolated hatchery environment. The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or closely related field OR have two years of fish research or fish hatchery experience.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions. Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).