Hatchery Specialists 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 candidate selected for this position must establish residence within a 25 minute response time to the Wells Hatchery.
This position is subject to a one-year probationary period.
- 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 and rainbow 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.
- Support the District's mission and value statements in the performance of job duties.
- Work respectfully and cooperatively with 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.
- Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District.
- Other duties as assigned.
Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions between this position, employees, customers, and other members of the public, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent, on-site attendance while working independently and with others.
- Knowledge of fish culture is required
- Competent in spreadsheet and database usage
- Good verbal communication skills
- Good organizational and time management skills
- Experience in using SCADA or similar systems is preferred
Education and Experience:
An Associate's Degree in Fisheries and/or Aquaculture is required. A Bachelor's Degree in fisheries, wildlife management or other similar natural resources field is preferred but not required. A combination of education and hatchery related work experience may be considered for candidates without an Associate's Degree.
Safety: Demonstrates that safety is the top priority when performing any job duty or task; prioritizes personal safety and the safety of co-workers and the public.
Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Productivity: Is able to demonstrate completion of assigned tasks through work product and documentation. This will include evidence that clearly shows work was completed on time and with above average quality.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual respect with all co-workers.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts when redirected and develops methods to achieve results and remain accountable
Professionalism: Interact daily with others in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical and professional differences
Must possess or obtain and maintain:
- Candidates with a Class B CDL Driver's License with tanker and air brake endorsements are preferred.
- A valid driver's license and proof of good driving record is required for this position (will be verified upon job offer). Out-of-state candidates must acquire a Washington State driver's license within 30 days of employment.
- Must be capable of working in a hatchery environment with exposure to outdoor weather, wet conditions and temperature extremes.
- Must be able to walk on uneven terrain, climb ladders and stairwells, and adapt to noisy conditions.
- Must have a full range of hearing and sight for personal safety.
- Must have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly during a workday.
Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Douglas County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.