Fish Hatchery Technician – Goldendale Hatchery – Non-Permanent – *00921-23

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Klickitat County – Goldendale, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$2,635.00 - $3,480.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT FISH HATCHERY TECHNICIAN WDFW HATCHERIES DIVISION GOLDENDALE HATCHERY Goldendale, Washington – Klickitat County Anticipated Appointment Length: 4.5 Months February 16, 2023 – June 30, 2023 Are you interested in learning about the work performed at a hatchery?   Perform scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at the hatchery, rearing anadromous and non-anadromous species of fish. Provide sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington by supporting conservation! With your experience, you will perform scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties, and assist with rearing fish. The optimal applicant leads by example, has a positive can-do attitude, is eager to work hard, and has excellent fish husbandry skills. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, and look forward to working with other staff to meet WDFW program goals, answer questions from visitors, and lead tours of the hatchery facilities. 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 Technician, Feeds fish according to pond populations and weight samples. Adjust feed size and amount fed as directed. Monitors egg and fish production and disinfects and enumerates eggs. Assists in identifying, sorting, and sampling 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. Assists in inventorying and grading fish populations, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants. Picks eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments. Maintains proper water flow and rearing environments as directed. Actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate. Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment as directed. Applies herbicides or controlled burning for weed control as directed. Maintains road access to residences, hatchery by plowing, grading, and snow blowers. Reports changes in fish behavior and rearing environments to supervisors. Responds to questions from visitors to the facility and conducts organized tours. Travels to other hatcheries to assist with heavy workloads. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards:     Outside in all weather conditions. Office when the work requires it. Hazards include wet, slick, and uneven work surfaces around bodies of water. Working around heavy equipment ie. Tanker trucks and tractors. Heavy lifting or moving of over 40lbs. Work areas exposed to direct sun, hot and cold work areas. Perform strenuous physical activities, follow instructions and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgment, and assist in training entry level employees. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule:    Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30.  Some perform 10 days on 4 days off, adjusted by workload. Travel Requirements:  Travel as needed to meet work demands. Tools and Equipment:  Perform mechanical tasks using power and hand tools. Employee will work with hand & power tools, lawn care equipment, egg picking machines, passenger vehicles, CWT identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine, computers, and software. Customer Interactions: Communicate effectively with public and volunteers. Employee will interact with small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis. 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 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, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. UNION - WAFHP: This position is 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). VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following: Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran) Include your name as it appears on your application in  MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE:  To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following: Notify us of your military spouse status by email at   Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS) Include your name as it appears on your application in Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 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.   Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or
Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: GED or High School diploma.   License: Valid driver’s license.    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Six (6) months of experience working at a fish hatchery.
Contact Person
Cheri Weld
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