This position will oversee the direction and implementation for the salmonid production program at Lanesboro State Fish Hatchery, supervise employees, administer the budget and business operations of the hatchery, direct maintenance of the hatchery facilities, grounds and equipment, and coordinate the statewide distribution and stocking of trout produced at this hatchery.
This is a full-time position that is required to work occasional weekends and holidays. The position incumbent will be required to live in a three bedroom, two bath residence located on site at the hatchery upon completion of construction. If needed, we will work with the successful candidate to secure reasonable housing until construction is completed.
Core Activities include:
-Direct and assist with fish culture operations at Lanesboro hatchery so that production quotas for the State's coldwater stocking program are safely met with good quality, disease free fish.
-Supervise employees to perform assigned job duties safely and effectively, and administer personnel transactions at Lanesboro Hatchery.
-Managing the business administration and office operations at Lanesboro Hatchery so that cost accounting activity requirements are met, reports and requisitions are completed, and accounts payable are paid in a satisfactory and timely manner.
-Directing maintenance, development, and upkeep of the Lanesboro Hatchery facility. Ensure that equipment and operations are well maintained, and that hatchery grounds are kept neat and orderly.
-Coordinate employee training, serve on various hatchery and/or statewide committees, and conduct an effective public relations and education program to inform the public of coldwater hatchery operations and their role in the DNR's Coldwater Management Program.
-Maintain accountability for safety performance and workplace behaviors so that employees will exemplify the use of safety practices and maintain accountability for employee safety performance to reduce injuries and equipment damage, and demonstrate and maintain accountability for employee adherence to the agency's Culture of Respect workplace behaviors.
-Bachelor's Degree in aquaculture, fisheries management, aquatic biology, or closely associated area.
-Three years of professional coldwater hatchery experience including propagating, raising and stocking coldwater fish in intensive management systems.
-Lead worker experience and training that incorporates coaching and conflict resolution skills sufficient to effectively discipline, train, and educate others.
-Experience with fish health management, waste water management and fish nutrition including implementing hatchery biosecurity, recognizing and appropriately responding to signs of disease, compliance with water quality permitting, and nutritional management.
-Knowledge of broodstock management to ensure genetic integrity of brood line.
-Human relations skills to direct and develop staff, manage performance, facilitate team and consensus building and maintain good working relationships with hatcheries and other internal and external partners.
-Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to communicate effectively with other staff and inform the public of fish culture programs.
-Experience with hatchery budget management and preparing annual hatchery work plans.
-Ability to oversee facilities projects as a liaison to the contractor or professional services staff.
-Computer skills with databases, spreadsheets, and word processing sufficient to create and write reports and access data.
-Master's Degree in aquaculture, fisheries management, aquatic biology or closely associated area.
-Demonstrated team building and consensus building skills.
-Experience in facility design sufficient to review engineering specifications and ability to read blueprints.
-Completion of USFWS short courses or equivalent in fish health and coldwater fish culture.
-Requires occasionally lifting articles of 50-pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time.
-This position requires an unrestricted Class B Driver's License with a tanker endorsement and a clear driving record, or the ability to obtain a Class B CDL with a tanker endorsement within 6 months of starting the position.
It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that those offered employment submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:
- Criminal history check
- Motor Vehicle Record
- Employment Reference checks
- SEMA4 Record check