Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 – Sunset Falls Fish Collection Facility – Permanent – *02626-23 – Sultan Washington, Snohomish County

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Sultan, Washington - Snohomish County
Job Category
Full time Positions
$3,734.00 - $5,013.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH HATCHERY SPECIALIST 3 (FHS3) SUNSET FALLS COLLECTION FACILITY Fish Program - Hatchery Division Sultan, Washington - Snohomish County STANDBY DUTIES ARE NOT CURRENTLY ASSIGNED HOUSING IS NOT PROVIDED Assist the Operations Manager and Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 in leading a crew during day-to-day facility operations at Sunset Falls and Wallace River Hatchery. Lead a diverse team in support of salmon, steelhead, and trout conservation while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington! With that in mind, Picture yourself independently implementing on site biological research projects to collect genetic samples and provide input into design changes driven by findings at the facility. In this dynamic role you will lead crew members in feeding, cleaning, and transferring fish, while determining the proper rearing densities for ponding and planting fish. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork you will serve as a leader and role model for staff, temporary workers, and volunteers. 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 WDFW. Duties: Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 3, Fish Culture and Data collection at Wallace River Hatchery, Reiter Ponds, Sunset Falls and Snohomish Basin: -Carries out sound fish culture practices to meet program goals. Identifies and communicates opportunities to improve fish culture practices. -Projects and monitors fish growth and feed requirements. -Administers and calculates medication levels prescribed to treat fish illness. -Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants. -Calculates amount of therapeutic drug to be administered when prescribed. -Collects adult salmonids by netting, snorkeling, and snagging. -Plan and coordinate rearing densities, intra- and inter- facility transfers of fish, and releases to meet short- and long- range program goals. -Consult with Fish Health Specialist to design and implement the protocols for drug treatments, record and report the results. -Supervises the disposition of non-viable and surplus eggs, organizes the transfer of eggs - directs the distribution of carcasses to contract vendors or agency approved entities. -Collects genetic samples (Opercula punches, Dorsal ray samples) for genetic population analysis. -Physical Operation and Maintenance of facility upkeep at Wallace River Hatchery, Reiter Ponds, and Sunset Falls: -Ensures that working components of the fish hatchery are kept in good condition (i.e., pumps & motors, vehicles, alarms, generators, flashlights). -Identifies and communicates ways to improve the physical plant operation. -Operate, maintain, and adjust water intake structures to ensure the fish way are functioning correctly as the river levels change. Crew Leader at Wallace River Hatchery, Reiter Ponds, and Sunset Falls: -Carries out assignments as a working leader - serves as a leader and role model for staff, temporary workers, and volunteers. -Demonstrates, instructs, and trains others in methods on how to complete tasks. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: -Outside in all weather conditions, typically will be working outside about 250 days a year and usually based on the remoteness of the facility will be working by alone about half the time. -Will be required to repetitively/frequently lift at least 50 lbs. in the form of feed bags, salt, buckets of water and brood nets full of fish during spawning and perform strenuous physical activities. -Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: -8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. -The work hours can vary greatly for this position at different time 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 for short periods of time to accomplish agency goals and required training. Tools and Equipment: -Hand and power tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, small and large fish 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 engine powered equipment, computers, and software. Customer Interactions: -Communicate effectively with public and volunteers.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: -One (1) year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 2. OR -Associate’s degree in fisheries technology, biology or closely allied field AND Two (2) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. OR -Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology, or closely allied field AND Two (2) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. OR -Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school AND Two (2) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. Please Note: Four (4) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the Bachelor’s degree. Certifications/Licenses: -Valid Driver’s License. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: -Some positions require a valid Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License. -Some positions require standby with a response time of 15-30 minutes. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Two (2) or four (4) year degree in Fisheries or closely associated field. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as 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 before you will be allowed to 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 cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted). -A current resume. -Three professional references. IMPORTANT NOTE: 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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