A temporary position (999 hours) is located at the Meade Fish Hatchery and is directly supervised by Jason Vajnar, Hatchery Manager. The position will be from March through August or when hours are completed.
The incumbent will be involved with all culture phases required for the production of assigned fish species. Job duties include but not limited to: assisting the manager and/or biologist in the daily care and rearing of a variety of fish species that will be stocked into Kansas’ waters. Duties can include spawning of adult fish, feeding, measuring growth, observing behavior of juvenile fish, daily cleaning of rearing units, and collecting forage for use as fish food. Daily data collection is also required. Assist with harvest and distribution of species as requested by fisheries management, answer questions and give tours to public as needed. Majority of the duties will include assisting the biologist with on-going intensive walleye research project. This includes incubating eggs, larviculture, and advanced fingerling production in a Recirculating Aquaculture System. In addition, a large proportion of duties will include grounds, buildings, and vehicle maintenance, as well as assisting the biologist on other special projects. Weekend and night duties will be required on a rotational basis.
Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license; must be a minimum of 18 years of age; able to work alone, with the public, in all conditions; on weekends, nights, and evenings as required; able to withstand physically demanding work, including lifting and carrying 50 lbs., bending, or hauling; work with minimal supervision and be able to communicate effectively with co-workers, demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail; follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers. Familiarity with operation of power tools, hand tools, tractors, mowers, and heavy trucks preferred. Preference will be given to those graduated or currently enrolled in a natural resource degree, or those having a keen interest in a biological, conservation, or environmental science program. As a condition of employment, the employee is required to live on-site in apartment style housing.