General Information: The Wells Hatchery Supervisor will supervise and direct all aspects of fish production within the Wells Hatchery for the purpose of achieving the District's conservation and/or fishery enhancement/management objectives. The Hatchery Supervisor will be in charge of allocation of employees and will provide input and recommendations relating to hatchery policy development for operations and personnel actions. This position will be responsible for ensuring compliance with various mitigation agreements including the Wells Anadromous Fish Agreement and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Off-License Settlement Agreement, the Wells Aquatic Settlement Agreement and the Inter-Local Cooperative Agreement with Grant PUD. The Wells Hatchery Supervisor will report directly to the Natural Resources Supervisor. This position will also work cooperatively with the Hatchery Supervisor at the Methow Fish Hatchery toward achieving the District's fish production and hatchery conservation goals.
Essential Job Functions:
- Supervise and administratively oversee and coordinate all aspects of fish husbandry at the fish hatchery in a safe and efficient manner
- Manage hatchery employees including participation in the hiring process, training, scheduling, supervising and evaluating work performance
- Work respectfully and cooperatively with diverse groups of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace
- Develop and efficiently manage an annual fish hatchery and rearing budget
- Lead and/or oversee the maintenance of accurate and detailed records and reports related to hatchery activities including, but not limited to, tank raceway inventories, fish condition and size
- Direct and coordinate fish rearing activities including, but not limited to, feeding, cleaning, grading, collecting, treating, marking and planting various salmonid and non-salmonid fish species
- Ensure compliance with all District policies
- Apply for and ensure that federal and state reporting and permitting requirements are followed/met
- Develop and prioritize hatchery maintenance for routine and non-routine projects, coordinating with other District departments as necessary
- Work closely with various federal, state and tribal agencies
- Participate in development and enforcement of applicable Safety Policy and Procedures
- Ability to wear a respirator and pass a respirator fit test
- Ability to work in a stand-by status at assigned times in order to respond to hatchery needs after-hours and on weekends
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- A strong scientific background and experience in fish husbandry
- Knowledge of fisheries biology/ecology coupled with an applied understanding of statistical and analytical principles commonly used in fisheries management
- Ability to communicate in a respectful and cooperative manner with diverse groups of people
- Technical knowledge of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and other related environmental regulations including federal, state and local natural resource laws and policies
- Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
- Knowledge and proficiency in the utilization of computer software programs (MSWord, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, etc.)
- Strong organizational skills
- Demonstrated ability of concurrently meeting multiple fish programs goals in terms of fish health quality, quantities and size
- Physical capability of working in a hatchery environment with exposure to outdoor weather, wet conditions and temperature extremes
- A valid Washington State driver's license and an acceptable driving record
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's of Science degree in fish husbandry/culture or closely related science degree is preferred. A combination of education and experience may be considered for candidates without a Bachelor's of Science degree.
Preferred Years of Experience:
Salmonid culture - seven or more years
Supervising hatchery employees - five or more years
Working with diverse operation budgets and budget management – three or more years
The Wells Hatchery Supervisor 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.