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. Selected candidate must establish residence within a 20 minute response time to the Wells Hatchery.
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 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
- 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
- Operate District vehicles which may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location
- Employees with a Commercial Driver's License must participate in DOT alcohol and drug testing, including marijuana, in compliance with FMCSA regulations
- Other duties may be assigned
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- 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
- 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.
Required 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
Applicants must be capable of working in 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. Applicant must have full auditory and visual capability in order to allow the applicant to safely work in a fish production environment. Must have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly during a work day.
In addition to a salary commensurate with experience, 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, a personal leave account, deferred compensation plan, and membership in the Washington State 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. Successful applicants will be subject to a post-offer pre-employment drug screening and criminal background check. A final offer of employment will be conditioned upon the results of these tests. There is a one-year probationary period associated with this position.
This position is open until filled. First resume review is scheduled for July 15, 2019.