STATE HOUSING AND UTILITIES ARE PROVIDED TO EMPLOYEES AT PAGE SPRINGS HATCHERY.
Description of Duties: This position will be responsiblefor performing entry level fish hatchery work which includes feeding and caring for live fish. Responsibilities include interpreting feed charts, learning how to treat with therapeutic chemicals, performing general hatchery work such as cleaning rearing units, adjusting water flows, cleaning ponds, identifying fish pathogens and diseases and removing and examining dead fish.
Major duties include:
● Gather, compile and analyze fish culture data, size/weight of fish, fish condition and water quality data
● Enter data on computer and communicates with the public, community groups, supervisors and vendors about hatchery business and issues
● Assist with maintenance of hatchery buildings, grounds and support systems
● Perform minor maintenance on vehicles and equipment and operates vehicles for hatchery operations (ATV’s, stocking trucks, fork lift, etc)
● Maintain hatchery security and check for visitors after hours
● Learn about fish diseases and parasites, diagnose process and appropriate treatment methods
● Learn how to design and fabricate specialty tools/equipment and additions or modifications to hatchery equipment
● Promote a safe and productive work environment as well as promote a quality experience for visitors to the hatchery
● Capture, harvest, sort, load, process, tag, transport and stock live fish into approved waters across the State of Arizona
● Assist with eggs, fry and fingerling care at Sterling Springs Hatchery and extensive culture of fish at Bubbling Ponds Hatchery
● Performs other duties as assigned
The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Wildlife Science or a closely related field from an accredited College or University.
The candidate will have knowledge of/in: cultured trout behavior; biology; propagation and transportation techniques; trout diseases and treatment methods. The ideal candidate will be skilled in techniques of daily care including feeding, cleaning, inventory tracking and record keeping. The candidate will have the abilities for maintaining and repairing hatchery facilities and equipment. The preferred candidate will have a strong ability to problem solve,
possess excellent verbal communication skills, possess aquaculture knowledge, maintenance knowledge, knowledge of basic or specialized tools and equipment.
Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid, state-issued commercial driver’s license (Class A) appropriate to the assignment with air brakes and tanker endorsement (must be obtained within 6 months of appointment).