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HEADQUARTERS:   East Wenatchee

JOB STATUS:           On-Call, Seasonal

FLSA:                       Non-Exempt

CLOSING DATE:      Open Until Filled, First Review Date 4/15/2024

JOB NUMBER:        2419

The fish counting team consists of three seasonal Fish Counters (full-time hours with benefits) and one or two seasonal On-Call Fish Counters. For highly reliable, strong performing on-call employees, there is potential for promotion to the benefited position in subsequent years, dependent on turnover in the department.

The successful incumbent for this position will be hired at the hourly rate of $25.44.

Position Summary:

The On-Call Fish Counter will work under the supervision of the Wells Project Superintendent or designee to replace regular seasonal fish counters as needed through the fish counting season, which is generally from May to November. Fish counting will be performed using video display monitors that record individual fish passing through the fish ladders at Wells Dam. Hourly and daily totals must be compiled for reporting purposes. This position is seasonal (May-October).

A typical On-Call Fish Counter schedule will be a full week of on-the-job training in May, on-call with limited hours through May and June, full-time hours in July, and limited on-call hours August to October, dependent on the fish runs.

Essential Functions:

  • Use video monitoring equipment to accurately identify various species of migrating fish.
  • 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.
  • Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District.

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.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

This job requires a willingness to work irregular hours on an intermittent basis.

 Education and Experience:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Prior fish counting experience or fish identification education will be given special consideration.

Competency Requirements:

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.


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.

Physical Requirements:

  • Good hand/eye coordination and finger dexterity
  • Ability to sit for up to eight hours per day with intermittent breaks throughout the day
  • Ability to focus and maintain attention to detail

Background screening

In accordance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Douglas County Public Utility District #1 conducts post-offer background screening of personnel who have access to the District’s critical physical and/or cyber assets.