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Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 - Permanent *01351-20

State of Washington Olympia, WA
  • Posted: February 10, 2020
  • Full-Time

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Fish Hatchery Specialist 3
There is currently permanent Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 position in the Fish Program-Hatchery Division.  The duty station is the Forks Creek Hatchery this position is located at 1986 State Route 6, Raymond, WA.   Fish Culture
Tasks include:
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
Actively seeks to learn new fish culture practices.
Administers and calculates medication levels prescribed to treat fish illness.
Monitors egg and fish production
Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants.
Monitors fish behavior and health.  Calculates amount of therapeutic drug to be administered when prescribed.
Collect adult salmonids by netting, snorkeling, and snagging.
Lead crew members in feeding, cleaning, and transferring fish, determines the proper rearing densities for ponding and planting fish.
Plan and coordinate rearing densities, intra-and inter- facility transfers of fish, and releases meet to short- and long - range program goals.
Consults 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.
Leads crew members in feeding, cleaning, and transferring fish, determines the proper rearing densities for ponding and planting fish.
Consult with Fish Health to design and implement the protocol for drug treatments, record and report the results.
Collect genetics samples (Opercula punches, dorsal ray samples) for genetic population analysis.
Calculates number of adults (Brood) needed using fecundity and mortality data to achieve egg take goals.
Utilizes C02, MS-222, clove oil, electro anesthesia, and electro narcosis to temporarily sedate fish for sampling, sorting, and spawning.
Conducts live, lethal, air and matrix spawning operations.
Determines which mature male and female Natural Origin Brood (Salmon, Steelhead) are needed to spawn to insure that minimum integration rates achieved into the hatchery populations.
Determine which males will be included in a cryogenic program; supervises cryogenic activities (HSRG).
Cryogenically freezes Steelhead sperm to ensure that minimum integration of Natural Origin Brood (Wild Steelhead) into future spawning populations. (HSRG)
Collect various types of biological and environmental samples such as fish tissue, fish scales, ovarian fluid, water and feed for transport to laboratories; sample preparation includes dissection, vacuum filtration, and aseptic technique.
Coordinates on-station and off-station fish planting activities.
Independently implements on site biological research projects to collect genetic samples, trains lower level staff in proper procedures in research protocols, as well as provides input into design changes driven by findings at the facility.
Crew Leader
Tasks include:
Carries out assignments as a lead worker
Monitors projects/activities to ensure completion in a timely manner.
Ensures that the staff is productive and well informed on activities.
The lead responsible for safety rule compliance, training, documentation and ensures hazards are addressed.
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.
Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement
Resolves issues and problems as they arise and responds to change
Plan daily and cyclic hatchery work schedules
Ensure that employees are trained in and in compliance of LMS safety issues.
Ensures staff maintains records.
Trains staff in Fish Books and Share point data bases.
Reviews and interprets the Future Brood Document.
Communicates changes needed in FBD to the Operations manager and FHS-4
Assess employee skills and knowledge and provide training as needed.
Works with Federal, State, Tribal, and Co-op's in the planning of fish transfer and releases.
Agency liaison and project manager of the contracted crews during fish marking programs.
Participates in the development of exams; interviewing and selecting employees for temporary and permanent positions.
Act as a supervisor coordinating workers during complicated adult spawning and surplus activities.
Develop Facility Operations Manual, schedule monthly maintenance and ensure compliance with the Ops Manual.
Physical Operation and Maintenance of Facility
Tasks include:
 Ensures that working components of the fish hatchery are kept on good condition (i.e., pumps, motors, vehicles, alarms, generators, flashlights).
Identifies and communicates ways to improve the physical plant operation.
Actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate.
Ensure timely repairs to facility and infrastructure often requiring the ability to metal weld, cut and drill.
Maintains the grounds in appearance and upkeep during seasonal events, requiring the ability to operate lawn mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, pressure washers, forklifts, tractors, generators, and carpentry power tools.
Maintain facility bio security measures
Monitors water quality, quality rearing environments
Coordinates and implements annual setup and tear down of remote acclimation sites.
Manipulates incubation water temperatures during otolith marking and egg hatch timing.
Assist in the design of hatchery facilities.
Management in the operation of the fish traps and ladders
Lead discussion with facilities staff to develop recommendations for improving efficiencies.
Orders tool and supplies to meet facility needs.
Tasks include:
Keeps supervisor and management well-informed on production issues that may lead to fish health concerns or program shortfalls.
Disseminates information from management and supervisor in a positive light that leads to compliance and team building.
Serves as a conduit for safety concerns (management to staff and staff to management)
Represents the agency professionally and communicates effectively.
Communicates with outside entities to implement agency-approved projects, as the facility subject matter expert.
Communicates with inter-agency employees such as District Biologist and other fish program staff regarding programs or logistics.
Public communications, contact and outreach (visitors, schedule educational tours, local festival, volunteers and local school presentations).
Builds spread sheets to help properly communicate and enumerate hatchery programs and stocks of fish reared.
Coordinates with constituent groups and volunteers to achieve agency mission (e.g., artificial production and nutrient enhancement).  
As the facility subject matter expert, Coordinates with CAMP (Web Works) for maintenance and repairs.
Communicates with Fish Health Pathologists and Epidemiologists to ensure appropriate fish culture activities.
Represents the agency professionally during visitor tours, and public forums, affectively communicating potentially sensitive policy issues.
Performs outreach and education duties through community presentations an...

State of Washington


Olympia, WA
98504 USA

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