General Information: Hatchery Specialists will work at the direction of the Hatchery Supervisor to complete all aspects of fish production and rearing at the District's fish hatcheries. Duties associated with this position include broodstock collection, holding and spawning, incubation, larval and juvenile fish production and general fish husbandry including cleaning, feeding and application of treatments, quantification of growth and survival, conversion rates, marking and planting. The Hatchery Specialist reports to the Hatchery Supervisor.
Essential Job Functions:
- Participate in fish culture activities including feeding, cleaning, grading, collecting, counting, treating, marking and planting various anadromous and resident cold-water fish species including: spring Chinook, summer/fall Chinook, Coho, steelhead, white sturgeon, rainbow trout, kokanee and Lahontan cutthroat trout
- Participate in hatchery maintenance for routine and non-routine projects, including coordinating with other District departments, as necessary
- Ability to work in a stand-by status at assigned times in order to respond to hatchery needs after hours and on weekends
- Ability to wear a respirator and pass a respirator fit test
- Work respectfully and cooperatively with a diverse groups of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace
- Ensure compliance with all District policies
- Adhere to the District's Safety Policy and Procedures
- Employees with a Commercial Driver's License must participate in DOT alcohol and drug testing, including marijuana, in compliance with FMCSA regulations
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of fish culture is required
- Good verbal communication skills
- Good organizational and time management skills
- Ability to communicate in a respectful and cooperative manner with diverse groups of people
- Physical capability of working in a hatchery environment with exposure to outdoor weather, wet conditions and temperature extremes
- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly during a work day
- Valid Washington State Driver License and evidence of good driving record. Candidates with a Class B CDL Driver's License with tanker and air brake endorsements are preferred.
- Current First Aid/CPR Card
Required Education and Experience:
Associate's Degree in Fisheries and/or Aquaculture is highly desired. A combination of education and experience may be considered for candidates without an Associate's Degree. A high school degree or a GED equivalent is required.
Preferred Years of Experience:
Salmonid Culture – two or more years
The Hatchery Specialist may be provided hatchery housing as part of their total compensation package. Details will be discussed during interviews.
In addition to compensation, employees of Douglas County PUD enjoy the following benefits: two medical insurance plan options, vision insurance, dental insurance, health reimbursement account, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, 8 paid holidays per year plus 3 floating holidays, personal leave, deferred compensation plan, and membership in the PERS pension plan.
This is an administrative position and is therefore NOT subject to any of the conditions contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement other than those benefits which apply to all employees. There is a one-year probationary period associated with this position.