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Fish Hatchery Technician - Non-permanent *01539-20

State of Washington Olympia, WA
  • Posted: February 11, 2020
  • Full-Time
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Fish Hatchery Technician
There is one 6-month Non-permanent Fish Hatchery Technician position in the Fish Program, Hatchery Division.  The duty station is the Eells Springs Hatchery, located at 7570 W. Eells Hill Road, Shelton, WA. 98584.   Assist in daily Hatchery operations
Tasks include:
Feeds fish according to ponds population s 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
Collects adult fish by hook and line, seining, and volunteer or non-volunteer fish trap.
Assist in identifying all targeted and non-targeted species, gender, stock origin and condition of maturity when trapping and spawning adults.
Fertilizes eggs with sperm, according to pre-determined ratios using established spawning protocols and HGMP requirements.
Assist in receiving eggs and samples and distributes them into rearing vessels at correct loadings as well as ponds fry according to proper TU's.
Incubates eggs using a variety of vessels including, shallow troughs, magnums, isolation buckets, upwelling incubators and vertical trays.
Assists in loading fish for transport using a variety of methods such as: electric fish pumps, brail and crane.
Monitors rearing units for signs of predation and ensures rearing areas are secure.
Understands correct safety protocols for all hazardous chemicals/drugs used for all treatments and chemical storage/handling, (i.e., formalin, peroxide, anesthetics, paint thinner, gas/diesel, potassium, and other chemicals).
Assist in scanning fish for various tags using coded wire tag wands, pit tag detectors, and other tag associated equipment.
Recordkeeping and Reporting
Tasks include:
Proficient use of computers and software in order to perform various aspects of hatchery work.
Record daily fed, mortalities in rearing units, water temperatures and other hatchery related data.
Reports changes in fish behavior and rearing environments to supervisors.
Operation and Maintenance of Facility and Equipment
Tasks include:
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 residence to preserve a clean and safe working environment as directed.
Applies herbicides or controlled burning for weed control as directed
Maintain road access to hatchery by plowing, grading, and snow blowers.
Service and maintain small gas engines and hatchery related equipment or structures.
Wears and uses employee safely equipment as directed including, inspecting, cleaning, and repairing employee's safety equipment; testing employee safety equipment, recording respirator cartridge use and result of respirators tests.
Understands confined space regulations and hazards.
Maintain required safety training through agency training platforms (LMS).
Understands facility safety hazards.
Tasks include:
Responds to questions from visitors from the facility and conducts organized tours.
Interacts with the public in a polite, professional manner.
Communicates closely with supervisors and coworkers regarding hatchery operations and infrastructure.
Other duties and assigned
Tasks include:
Work alone on station and at remote sites need to be able to make sound decisions
Travels to other hatcheries to assist with heavy work loads
Pest control (rodent, cats, dogs, ants, wasps, birds) in a humane, non-lethal manner.  Done in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Working Conditions: The work schedule is 8-4:30 Monday thru Friday, depending on time of year; includes days, nights, weekends, and holidays as needed. Working outside in adverse weather conditions and perform strenuous physical activities.   This position requires a valid driver's license. 
Special Note:  All applicants considering applying for this position should understand and consider that standby is a requirement for all positions in the Fish Hatchery Specialist series.  Management may determine it is necessary to assign it in order to accomplish the goals and objectives of the agency and as necessary to protect the resources of the agency and if assigned, it will be a requirement of the position.
This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife 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 & Wildlife Professionals. (WAFWP)Graduation from high school or GED.  Preferred work experience in a hatchery setting.
Knowledge and Abilities Desired:
  1. Basic fish culture techniques; rearing procedures.
  2. Basic computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Outlook and Excel software.
  3. Water dynamics (e.g. flows, flow patterns, availability, temperature, etc)
  4. Calibration of specialized instruments (e.g. scales, Dissolved Oxygen meters)
  5. Basic math skills; calculate and understand quantities and proportions
  6. The ability to lift up to 50 lbs out of doors in all weather conditions and perform strenuous physical activities.
  7. Safe and proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment.
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.
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State of Washington


Olympia, WA
98504 USA

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