Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 – Soos Creek Hatchery – Non-Permanent; Auburn, WA

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Auburn, Washington
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$3,144.00 - $4,083.00 Monthly
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT FISH HATCHERY SPECIALIST 2 WDFW HATCHERIES DIVISION SOOS CREEK HATCHERY Auburn, Washington STANDBY DUTIES ARE ASSIGNED HOUSING IS PROVIDED Anticipated Appointment Length: 9.5 Months – September 16th, 2021 – June 30th, 2022 Please Note: Salary listed does not include the 5% premium pay granted to all King County employees. In addition to the base salary, this position is eligible for 5% premium pay for positions located in King County. Are you a lover of the outdoors and looking to make a positive impact on the conservation of fish and wildlife? We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Fish Hatchery Specialist to work alongside a diverse team to support salmon conservation while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently operates 75 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead. Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century, beginning with a facility on the Kalama River in 1895. With that in mind, Picture yourself performing scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at Soos Creek Hatchery, rearing anadromous (fish that spend most of their adult lives at sea, but return to fresh water to spawn) and non-anadromous species of fish. This is an opportunity to perform sound fish culture practices that help meet WDFW program goals. The optimal applicants have a positive can-do attitude, are eager to work hard, and enjoy interacting with the public. 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. Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 2, -Calculates and feeds fish according to pond populations and weight samples, adjusting feed size and amount fed as needed. -Monitors fish behavior/health, egg and fish production, and disinfects and enumerates eggs. -Identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution. -Cleans ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems to maintain fish health. -Collects fish tissue and fluid samples for Fish Health Specialists without contaminating samples. -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. -Supervises and instructs temporary employees and volunteers in the absence of leadership. -Monitors surface water influent sources for contaminates from chemical spills and high nitrogen levels suspended in water. -Loads trucks according to safe hauling densities, utilizes proper oxygen levels and monitors fish during transport. -Scans fish for various tags using coded wire tag wands, pit tag detectors, and other tag associated equipment. -Accurately completes data entry, record keeping and reporting. -Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and at the weir to preserve a clean and safe working environment. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: -Work includes performing strenuous physical activities and is mostly conducted outdoors in all-weather conditions. Schedule: -Typically, Monday – Wednesday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. -Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules. -Standby duties are currently 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 is complete. While on standby this position will work ten days on and be off 4 days. Standby: -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 it 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 provided for this position. Travel Requirements: -Travel may be required in order to accomplish agency goals. Tools and Equipment: -Power and hand tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, transport trucks, and passenger vehicles. -Adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engines, computers, and software. Customer Interactions: -Communicate effectively with the public and volunteers - interact with small community groups and individuals on a regular basis.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 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 Three (3) 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. Please Note: Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education. Certifications/Licenses: -Valid Driver’s License. -Forklift certification, respirator, and CPR training required within 6 months of hire. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Two or four year degree in Fisheries or a closely associated field.
Contact Person
Kyle Lodge
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