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Hatchery Reform and Operations Manager (WMS02) *03864-20

State of Washington Olympia ,WA
  • Posted: May 02, 2020
  • Full-Time

   Full-Time/Permanent Operations and Hatchery Reform Manager 
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently operates 87 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead. There are also 51 tribal hatcheries and 12 federal hatcheries that produce salmon and steelhead for harvest.   Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century, beginning with a facility on the Kalama River in 1895.  Since then, state hatcheries have since become an important part of the state's economy, producing millions of fish for harvest by recreational and commercial fishers.  Tagging studies indicate that more than 75% of the salmon caught in Puget Sound originate from hatcheries. The same is true of 90% of the salmon caught in the Columbia River and 88% of the steelhead caught statewide.  Fish hatcheries also have become an important tool in restoring and conserving the state's wild, naturally-spawning salmon and steelhead populations. At some facilities, eggs from wild fish are incubated, reared as fry, then released as smolts to maximize juvenile survival rates.   Others hold and breed wild fish through their lifespan to ensure the perpetuation of critically low populations. 
  Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be held as qualified applicants are identified, the position may be filled and the recruitment closed.  Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible.  The first review will be May 11, 2020. 
This recruitment is for one (1) full-time permanent Region 4 Hatchery Reform and Operations Manager in the Fish Program, Hatchery Division.  The duty station for this position is the La Connor Office, 111 Sherman Street, La Connor, WA.

The Operations and Hatchery Reform Manager supervises and directs all aspects of fish production within the complex(es) of responsibility for the purpose of achieving conservation and fishery enhancement/management objectives.  This responsibility includes the management of a number of fish hatcheries that may have diverse infrastructures that must be kept mechanically sound and operated safely.  This position is located in Region 4 Fish Program.  

  •  Leads the implementation of identified and approved hatchery values and leadership principles 
  • Leads the implementation of hatchery reform through:
    • Developing broodstock management plans with tribes, fish management staff, and hatchery staff
    • Identifying capital improvements and maintenance needs necessary for safety, proper operation of the hatchery, broodstock management and environmental compliance
    • Annually reports (or more often as needed) to the Regional Program Manager on progress in meeting broodstock management standards within the positions assigned responsibilities
    • Collaborating on development of additional Hatchery Reform elements and conservation strategies
    • Implements recovery programs for identified Critical Stocks 
  • Serves as the point of contact for tribes and staff for all future brood document issues including the review and change process 
  • Ensures expenditures for facilities within the positions assigned responsibilities do not exceed allotments
    • Negotiate annual operations and maintenance contracts as appropriate.  
  • Ensures hatchery programs are managed consistent with Endangered Species Act permits, best business practices, and water quality permits and standards
    • Ensures that all federal and state reporting requirements and subsequent deadlines are met.  
  • Recommends hiring and ensures hiring process is completed consistent with agency policies
    • With WDFW Human Resources staff, develops position recruitment announcements, reviewing/evaluating position candidates, and forwarding candidate recommendations to the Regional Program Manager for final Program Appointing Authority approval to hire.
    • Ensures annual employee evaluations within the hatchery complex are completed in an accurate and timely manner.  
  • Promotes safety and ensures hatcheries are operated consistent with safety and health standards
    • Develops methods to encourage continual attention to a safe and productive work environment.  
  • Supervise and administratively oversee operations at the Kendall Creek, Bellingham, Lake Whatcom, Samish, Baker Lake, Barnaby Slough, Marblemount, Whitehorse, Arlington, Wallace, and Reiter hatcheries,and the Sunset Falls fishway facility. Hatchery Staff under supervisor responsibility include:5 - HS4's, 9 - HS3's, 14 - HS2's, 5 - FHT's.  
  • This position is responsible for identifying all staffing needs for the facilities within their assigned responsibilities, developing recruitment announcements for review and approval by RFPM and Olympia Fish Program leads,  
  • Directs and coordinates all fish culture activities within the hatchery complex to meet program/production goals as outlined in Hatchery Genetic Management Plans, the Future Brood Document (FBD), and other relevant documents.
  •  Coordinate and interact internally with staff from Fish Program (Science, Fish Management, Hatcheries), Director's Office, and Region for strategic work planning that reflects an understanding and consideration for key issues and needs of constituents to meet emerging trends. 
  • Works with Fish Hatchery Volunteer Groups to assure Agreements are in place and that activities are in accordance with WDFW policies.

Working Conditions :
Position is overtime exempt. Incumbent expected to schedule their time within a typical 40 hour work week (e.g. 8am-5pm daily).  Office setting with rare outdoor facilitation of hatchery operations. Travel to and from other facilities within the complex is routine and may occur during inclement weather conditions.  Position requires frequent travel.   Requires frequent contact with staff from local, state, federal and tribal agencies. Routinely interacts with members of the public, both professionals and private citizens.    A laptop computer and cell phone are essential for maintaining communications and linkage of information within the agency.  An agency vehicle is required for business related travel needs.

 A degree in fish biology, fish culture or other applicable program OR 5 years of experience at an advanced senior level in:
  • fish culture practices
  • fish health diagnosis, treatment and management practices
  • salmonid fish culture practices
  • Department policies and procedures
Including a minimum of 2 years of experience in the following:
  • Supervising hatchery staff
  • Working with diverse operation budgets and budget management
  • Negotiating hatchery budgets
  • Maintaining working relationships with Federal, Tribal and /or other agencies
  • Knowledge and use of federal, state and tribal regulations.
  • Proficiency with computers and software including Word, Excel, and CAPS, Fishbooks (WDFW)
Preferred/Desired Experience and Competencies.
  • Advanced training in fish culture from an accredited institution or university
  • Advanced training in fish health from an accredited institution or university
  • Five or more years experience in salmonid culture
  • Two or more years of experience working with diverse operation budgets and budget management
  • Experience developing contracts
  • Experience negotiating hatchery budgets
  • Experience maintaining working relationships with Federal, Tribal, and/or other agencies
  • Proficiency with computers and software including Word, Excel, and CAPS, Fishbooks (WDFW)
  • Knowledge of federal, state and tribal regulations
  1. Leadership and Supervision:  Ensure that staff understands and meets goals and expectations, and accepts responsibility for results.  Possess and utilize the necessary functional and behavioral competencies to prepare hatchery complex staff to meet current and future opportunities.  Promote cohesive, cooperative teamwork within operational guidelines.
  2. Budget Management:  Ensure that budget proposals are accurate and with costs fully documented before presenting to Fish Program or funding entities.  All complex facilities are operated within adopted budget allotments.
  3. Long-term, Strategic Planning:  Develop strategic plans that reflect understanding/consideration for key issues and needs of constituents and the agency.  The RFPM is kept well informed of emerging trends and future needs.  Plans are proactively developed to meet emerging trends with needs, issues, and recommendations clearly documented in writing for future reference.
  4. Internal and External Constituent Communications:  Ensure that affected parties are kept informed about agency and Fish Program goals and activities.  The needs, concerns, and perspectives of key constituents are understood and considered in decision making and planning.
  5. Managing Production of the Complex:  Ensures that brood documents are understood, modified as required, and complied with.  Staff takes ownership for production goals and is able to accurately communicate with the public regarding facility goals and activities.  The complex meets its expected contribution to achieving agency performance measures.
  6. Operatio...

State of Washington


Olympia, WA
98504 USA

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