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Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 In-training
There is one (1) permanent Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 – In-Training position in the Fish Program, Hatchery Division. The duty station is the Fallert Creek Hatchery located at 1404 Kalama River Road, Kalama, WA. 98625.
At some 2 employee facilities, the FHS2 will be more assertive. The FHS2 is not recognized as a lead worker, at facilities without a Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 (FHS4) or Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 (FHS3) on site, the FHS2 is required to handle all day-to-day duties. Those responsibilities could include working with engineers, Maintenance Division, biologist, volunteers, student's, community service workers, requiring supervision and visitors. Other duties could include tracking employee attendance like Kelly Services (fin clippers) during Mass Marking and CWT operations.
Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 (FHS1): Performs a variety of technical and scientific fish culture duties, performs hatchery related maintenance and participates in an agency supervised fish culture training program. Upon satisfactory completion of the 12-month in-training plan will you will be automatically be promoted to a Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 and serve a 6-month trail service before becoming permanent.
Calculates and feeds fish according to pond populations and weight samples. Adjust feed size and amount fed as needed.
Monitors fish behavior and health
Monitors egg and fish production and disinfects and enumerates eggs.
Administers therapeutics, calculates and administers drugs as prescribed.
Identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution.
Cleans ponds and raceways, trough, and incubator systems to maintain fish health.
Identifies marked adults and collect tags/marks for bio sampling
Records data and is able to identify multiple marks by sight, UV lights or mechanical devices.
Collects fish tissue and fluid samples for Fish Health Specialist without contaminating samples.
Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants.
Picks eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments.
Collect adult fish hook and line, seining, and volunteer ore non-volunteer fish trap.
Determines proper number of adults needed to meet program goals using fecundity based on egg size and species fertilized.
Collect adult mortality and fill out correct head tags for blood stock and enter data into hatchery documents and fish books.
Identify all targeted and non-targeted species, gender stock origin and condition of maturity when trapping and spawning adults.
Conducts remote trapping and spawning operations, including transport of equipment and gametes.
Fertilizes eggs with sperm, according to pre-determined ratios using established spawning protocols and HGMP requirements.
Supervise and instruct temporary employees and volunteers in the absence of leadership
Performs air spawning at hatchery and remote locations.
Surpluses and distributes adult carcasses to conduct buyer based on condition.
Tracks temperature units (TU's) and monitors chillers to adjust TU's, including tracking thermal marks.
Calibrate formalin systems based on flows
Receive eggs and samples and distributes them into rearing vessels at correct loadings as well as pond fry according to proper TU's.
Create triploid fish via protocol guidelines.
Incubates eggs using a variety of vessels including shallow troughs, isolation buckets, upwelling incubators and vertical trays.
Performs KD calculations on fry in order to predict when to start fish on feed.
Analyzes condition factor (K) regularly to monitor fish health.
Order feed and medicated feed for hatcheries and fish co-op projects and tracks inventory.
Monitor dissolved oxygen levels when in order to maintain proper carrying capacity of rearing units.
Loads fish for transport using a variety of methods such as: electric fish pump, brail and crane.
Liberates fish via trucks, helicopters and boats.
Navigates routes to planting sites using GPS and/or maps.
Operates commercial transport vehicles. Ensure vehicle is in working order by performing pre-trip inspections and report needed repairs.
Loads truck according to safe hauling densities, utilizes proper oxygen levels and monitors fish during transport.
Monitors destination lake temperature, depths, pathway to lake, access during low water events, and direct planting of trout into lakes and tempers the water in the tank if necessary.
Actively works to maintain/use facility wide biosecurity and ensures volunteers and members of the public follow the biosecurity guidelines.
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).
Monitor surface water influent sources for contaminates from chemical spills and high nitrogen levels suspended in water when necessary.
Completes and submits additional facility specific water quality sampling as needed, i.e. ammonia, nitrites, and other parameters and adjusts fish culture practices to accommodate for seasonal and stochastic changes in environmental conditions.
Monitors stream or river bank erosion and reports the damage or property loss.
Requires a detailed knowledge of biological principals, hydrology, and fish ecology.
Scan Fish for various tags using coded wire wands, pit tag detectors, and other tag associated equipment.
Monitors water quality parameters using dissolved oxygen meters (calibrates when needed) and chemicals such as Hach kits in order to ensure a safe rearing environment.
Performs fish inoculations, medical or chemical treatments as prescribed by the Fish Health Specialist.
Contacts Fish Health when fish are showing signs of disease or illness and works closely with them in treating and diagnosing illness.
Record Keeping and Reporting
Proficient use of computers and software in order to perform various aspects of hatchery work, including: data entry, record keeping reporting (both within and outside of the agency).
Accurately fills out and submits agency forms such as fish transfer tickets, hatchery invoice forms, and other relevant forms.
Assist or develops forms or spreadsheets for more efficient record keeping.
Performs water quality analysis and discharge monitoring reports (DMR) as required by the Department of Ecology to maintain hatchery discharge permits (NPDES).
Create programs to calculate desired growth rates through yearly rearing cycles (Projection sheets) that monitor fish sizes using samples and feed conversions.
Maintains purchasing card account, ledger of hatchery expenses, and completes order payment forms for vendor payments.
Compile, catalogue and store historic records at facility.
Surplus state equipment following agency guidelines.
Operation and Maintenance of Facility and Equipment
Maintains proper water flow and rearing environments
Performs standby which requires responding to alarms and taking appropriate action to preserve facility programs, test alarms and reports failures to agency personnel.
Monitors and maintains facility support systems i.e. diesel generators, domestic and ozone water treatment plants, alarm panels and other support systems.
Actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate.
Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery equipment and residence to preserve a clean and safe working environment.
Applies herbicide or controlled burning for weed control.
Maintain hatchery housing; i.e., build/maintain fences, plumbing and minor electrical repairs.
Maintain road access to residences, hatchery by plowing/grading, and snow blowers.
Operate fork lifts, tractors, yard maintenance equipment, fish pumps and common power tools.
Design/fabricate needed hatchery equipment such as fish racks, weirs, intake screens, fish transfer equipment, adult fish gates, etc., using metal, aluminum plastic and wood.
Designs and builds chemical delivery systems for egg and fish treatments.
Active member of facility design team.
Service and maintain small gas engines and hatchery related equipment.
Wears and uses employee safety equipment as directed including inspecting, cleaning, and repairing employee's safety equipment; testing employee safety equipment, recording respirator cartridge use and results of respirator tests.
Regularly inspects and tests facility safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, AED's, etc.
Accurately interprets MSDS sheets in order to determine chemical composition as necessary and maintains an updated file.
May serve on safety committees or serve as a safety officer and complete regular safety reports through safety meetings. Identifies safety concerns or problems and offers solutions.
Understands confined space regulations and hazards.
Maintain required safety training through agency training platforms (LMS).
Understands safety hazards at the facility.
Responds to questions from visitors to the facility and conducts organized tours.
Interacts with the public in a polite, professional manner.
Attend school presentations and /or career fairs, sportsmen shows, county fairs and give lectures at schools and local organizations, and supervises participants in fish derbies.
Communicates with inter agency staff or outside entities doth verbally and in writing as needed regarding hatchery infrastructure or facility programs, i.e., local Public Utility Districts, co-managers and others.
Communicates closely with supervisors and coworkers regarding hatchery operations and infrastructure.
Other duties as assigned
Work alone on station and be able to make sound decisions
Pursues continuing education, training and attend meetings as required
Travels to other hatcheries to assist with heavy work loads
Performs Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 duties in their absence and makes sure hatchery runs smoothly.
Teaches new Fish Hatchery Technician's, FHS2's, FHS3's the hatchery infrastructure and programs in order to help them succeed.
Pesticide application card and 40 credits of certification training every 5 years, forklift certification, respirator training, CPR training and CDL may be required.
Provide technical support to fish cooperative.
Pest control (rodents, cats, dogs, wasps, birds) in a humane, non-lethal manner. Done in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Workweek is Saturday – Friday, 8-5. The work hours can vary greatly at different time of the year depending on the work schedule and weather conditions. This position may require standby, the employee is responsible for overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day. While on standby this position will work ten days on 4 days off. Travel may be required in order to accomplish agency goals.
Communicate effectively with public and volunteers. Employee will interact with small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis. Perform strenuous physical activities, follow instructions and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgement, and assist in training entry level employees.
Perform mechanical tasks using power and hand tools. Employee will work with hand & power tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instructions, transport trucks, passenger vehicles, adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, CWT identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine, computers and software. This position requires a valid driver's license. (If selected for an interview, you may be asked to furnish your license and driving record.)
This position is on station and standby is assigned.
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 covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP), which contains a "union security" provision.
Associate's degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field and one year of experience. OR Three years of education towards a Bachelor's degree in fisheries or closely allied field. OR Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school. OR Three years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education. Preferred work experience in a hatchery setting.
To 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 (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.
Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.
Veteran Preference Notice
To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:
Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (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 (Example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov
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. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities 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.