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4 Aug 2021

Temporary Fish Hatchery Technician – Fish Program – Non-Permanent – *08202-21

Lodgek1289 – Posted by Lodgek1289 Mesa, Washington, United States

Job Description

Fish Hatchery Technician - Fish Program - Non-Permanent - *08202-21 description image

FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT  

FISH HATCHERY TECHNICIAN 

 

WDFW HATCHERIES DIVISION 

RINGOLD SPRINGS HATCHERY

Mesa, Washington

Anticipated Appointment Length:
3 Months – September 27, 2021 – December 31, 2021

 

You love working outdoors providing important environmental work sorting and spawning adult salmon and steelhead. 

 Become part of a dynamic and diverse team of Fish Hatchery Technicians that support the mission by performing scientific, technical, and related maintenance at hatchery facilities. 

 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently operates 75 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead. 

Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century, beginning with a facility on the Kalama River in 1895.

Man in a gray jacket and gray pants with a green hat on standing in a shallow river emptying a bucket of juvenile steelhead into the river

 *Releasing Juvenile Steelhead – Photo Credit: Danny Warren  

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself assisting in hatchery incubation activities such as enumerating fish eggs, shocking and picking eyed eggs.

In this dynamic role, you will provide sound fish culture practices and assist in identifying, sorting, and sampling species for spawning and adult distribution.

The optimal applicants have a professional and courteous attitude and enjoy working together with a team and interacting with the public.

We are seeking candidates who respect and value the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.

Two large steelhead fish swimming side by side together underwater

Steelhead – Photo Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Our Fish Hatchery Technicians, 

  • Sort and spawn adult anadromous species to include salmon and steelhead.
  • Assist hatchery incubation activities such as enumerating fish eggs.
  • Feed juvenile salmonids and other species.
  • Operate high pressure pumps and clean ponds, intakes, tanks, troughs, and egg trays.
  • Assist hatchery staff with grounds maintenance at the facility including mowing, weed eating, trimming trees and bushes, road maintenance, net mending, garbage clean-up, janitorial duties, and equipment maintenance and repairs.

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work and/or operate vehicles and equipment in all weather conditions, lift up to 50 pounds, and stand for long periods of time, kneeling, bending, squatting, sitting, crawling on hands and knees, climbing, working in confined spaces, and sometimes dusty or very hot environments, working in and around and over water with waders on, use of a respirator and other forms of personal protection equipment (PPE), may handle chemicals for therapeutic fish treatments and herbicides appropriately and accordance with labels under direct supervision. Demonstrate safe handling and storage of flammable fuel oils, compressed gases, lubricants, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Schedule:
    • Working hours are normally an 8-hour-day, 5 days per week but can vary according to the needs of the program and resource.
    • Normally does not exceed 40 hours per week unless emergency conditions exist.
    • Some holidays required.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Varies based on needs of the program. Less than 5%.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Occasionally service, repair and safely operate various forms of hatchery equipment to include ATV’s, UTV’s, tractors, trailers, skid steers, backhoes, spray equipment, lawn mowers, hatchery vehicles, pumps, chillers, water heaters, generators and other rented or borrowed equipment at this facility.
    • Basic knowledge or general understanding of electrical, plumbing, welding, and construction. It is desirable to have some basic knowledge of various types of power and hand tools, their applications and demonstrate safe use.
  • Customer Interactions: 
    • This position requires the ability to work closely with complex staff, constituent groups, anglers, other agencies and intra agency staff; these include area and district biologists and fish health staff, USFWS and public utilities as well as tribal and other federal, county, state entities and vendors in a professional manner.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or GED.

Certifications/Licenses: 

  • A valid driver’s license is required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Basic fish culture techniques, rearing procedures, and the ability to identify adult salmonids.
  • Ability to service, repair and operate safely various forms of hatchery equipment to include ATV’s, UTV’s, tractors, trailers, skid steers, backhoes, spray equipment, lawn mowers, hatchery vehicles, pumps, chillers, water heaters, generators and other rented or borrowed equipment at this facility.
  • Basic knowledge or general understanding of electrical, plumbing, welding, and construction.
  • Basic knowledge of various types of power and hand tools, their applications and demonstrate safe use.
  • Water dynamics (ex. flows, flow patterns, availability, temperature, etc.).
  • Basic math skills (add/subtract/multiply/divide) and the ability to calculate and understand quantities and proportions.
  • Computer knowledge – basic understanding of spreadsheets and word processing).
  • Calibration of specialized instruments (ex. scales, Dissolved Oxygen meters).
  • Safe and proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of available resources and guides needed to help complete forms and documents correctly.
  • Applicable agency policies and procedures.
  • Safety regulations.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. 

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • Three professional references. 

IMPORTANT NOTES:  

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

JOIN THE WDFW TEAM:

Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skills in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),   Vacation, Sick, and other Leave, 11 Paid Holidays per year, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,   Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.

UNION – WAFHP:

This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Hatchery 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 Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP).

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VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE:

To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: 

To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.

 As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and are encouraged to apply. 

 Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

*(Images shown are Pre-COVID, WDFW Staff follow current COVID Safety Protocol including the use of face masks).

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