Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (In Training) – Naselle Hatchery – Permanent – *13389-22 : Pacific County – Naselle, WA

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Pacific County – Naselle, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$2,957.00 - $4,216.00 Monthly
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH HATCHERY SPECIALIST 2 (IN-TRAINING) NASELLE HATCHERY Fish Program - Hatcheries Division Naselle, Washington - Pacific County STANDBY DUTIES NOT CURRENLTY ASSIGNED HOUSING IS NOT PROVIDED We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Fish Hatchery Specialist to work alongside a diverse team to support salmon, steelhead, and trout conservation while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington. We are recruiting to hire at the Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 or 2 level, and we will train a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 up to the Fish Hatchery Specialist 2. Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary range will be as follows: Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 - $2,957.00 - $3,821.00 Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - $3,246.00 - $4,216.00 With that in mind, Picture yourself performing scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at the Naselle Hatchery, rearing anadromous (fish born in freshwater who spend most of their lives in saltwater and return to freshwater to spawn) and non-anadromous species of fish. This is an opportunity to perform sound fish culture practices and make sound fish culture decisions to meet WDFW program goals. The optimal applicants lead by example, have a positive can-do attitude, are eager to work hard, and have excellent fish husbandry skills. We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW. Duties Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 2, Performs Fish Culture: Calculates and feeds fish according to pond populations and weight samples - adjust feed size and amount fed as needed. Monitors fish behavior and health and monitors egg and fish production and disinfects/enumerates eggs. Administers therapeutics, calculates, and administers drugs as prescribed. Identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution. Cleans ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems to maintain fish health. Identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling. Records data and is able to identify multiple marks by sight, UV lights or mechanical devices. Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants. Picks eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments. Collects adult fish by hook and line, seining, and volunteer or non-volunteer fish trap. Record Keeping and Reporting: Accurately fills out and submits agency forms such as fish transfer tickets, hatchery invoice forms and other relevant forms. Performs water quality analysis and discharge monitoring reports (DMR) as required by the Department of Ecology to maintain hatchery discharge permits (NPDES). Operation and Maintenance of Facility and Equipment: Maintains proper water flow and rearing environments. Monitors and maintains facility support systems i.e., diesel generators, domestic and ozone water treatment plants, alarm panels and other support systems. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed outside in all weather conditions – it includes performing strenuous physical activities, following instructions, completing assigned tasks, gathering/compiling data, using sound judgment, and assisting in training entry level employees. Schedule: Typically, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Monday – Friday – the work hours can vary greatly at different times of the year depending on the work schedule and weather conditions. Standby: Standby duties may be assigned - standby entails the employee being responsible for overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day after the regular 8-hour shift. While on standby this position will work ten (10) days on and be off four (4) days. All applicants applying for this position should understand that standby is a requirement for all positions in the Fish Hatchery Specialist series. Management may determine it is necessary to assign standby 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. Housing: Housing is not provided for this position. Travel Requirements: Travel may be required in order to accomplish agency goals. Tools and Equipment: Hand & power tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, transport trucks, passenger vehicles, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engines, computers, and software. Customer Interactions: Communicate effectively with public and volunteers - interact with small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis.
This Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (In-Training) series provides mentoring and career development opportunities for candidates with limited hatchery and fish culture experience. Candidates will be hired as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 or 2, dependent on skills and experience. Upon satisfactory completion of the 12-month in-training plan, the selected candidate will automatically be promoted to a Fish Hatchery Specialist 2. Required Qualifications for the Fish Hatchery Specialist 1: Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education. Or An Associate’s degree in fisheries technology, biology, or a closely allied field. Or Three (3) years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology or a closely allied field. Or Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school. Required Qualifications for the Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (Goal Class): Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education. Or One (1) year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 And successful completion of agency supervised training program. Or An Associate’s degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field And one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. Or Two (2) years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely allied field And one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. Or Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school And one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. Certifications/Licenses: Valid driver’s license is required. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: Forklift certification must be completed within three (3) months of hire. A valid Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License may be required, and recertification of this license is required during a 5-year period. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two (2) or four (4) year degree in Fisheries or a closely associated field. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. Supplemental Information Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application: A current resume. Three professional references. IMPORTANT NOTES: The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW! The Washington 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. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. UNION - WAFHP: These positions are in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Hatchery Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP). 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For further information, please contact us at As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. 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