Job Title: Non-permanent Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 *06852-17
Opening Date/Time: Mon. 07/31/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 08/13/17 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $2,595.00 – $3,353.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Location: Snohomish County – Arlington, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations.  Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors.  WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.  WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.  Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

This is an 8-month non-permanent Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 in the Fish Program, Hatchery Division. The duty station is 17619 316th NE, Arlington, WA 98223.  Anticipated start date is October 2, 2017.

Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (FHS2): Performs a variety of technical and scientific fish culture duties, performs hatchery related maintenance, and participates in an agency supervised fish culture training program.

Fish Culture (Specialist 2’s are expected to actively learn fish culture practices); Feeds fish their calculated daily ration; monitors fish behavior, health, egg and fish production; calculates and administers drugs as prescribed; identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution; cleans ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems, identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling and records data; collects fish tissue and fluid samples; performs fish inventories, splits, marking trailer inventories, weight samples, releases and plants fish.

Recordkeeping and Reporting; Enters data into forms and spreadsheets (e.g. fish mortality, feed sheets, feed inventory, and chemical usage); accurately fills out agency forms such as fish transfer tickets, hatchery invoice tickets, etc. Submits complete and accurate forms required. Assist in developing in-house forms as required.

Operation and Maintenance of Facility; Monitors water flow and quality parameters; takes water samples and readings (e.g. dissolved gases, suspended settleable solids, and other parameters as required) maintains proper water flow and rearing environments; responds to alarms; monitors and maintains facility support systems; actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate.

Operation and Maintenance of Equipment; Organizes and maintains hatchery tools, equipment, and grounds; identifies and communicates safety concerns (management to staff and staff to management), uses tools and equipment properly and safely.

Public Contact and Communications; Responds to/answers questions from visitors or outside entities in a polite professional manner. Conducts organized tours; identifies the best way to respond with difficult-to-answer questions or when information is not readily obtainable.

Working Conditions
Due to the remoteness of this position working hours can very accordingly to what is happening at the facility on any particular day and staffing levels. Normal working hours are 8 hour per day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Occasion weekend work is required.   Travel may be required for short periods to accomplish agency goals and required training.  Employee will interact with small community group and individual constituents on a regular basis who visit the hatchery grounds to answer questions and give tours.

Typically the employee will be working outside about 250 days a year and usually based on the remoteness of the facility will be working by themselves for about half of the time.  This employee will be required to work in all sorts of weather conditions whether ot be rain, snow, or shine.  Due to the sometimes strenuous nature of this Fish Hatchery Specialist position the employee will be required to lift at least 50lbs for a undisclosed amount of time throughout the day.  Employee will also be required to work and walk in and out of wet, dirty, and slippery conditions.

Employee will work with hand tools, lawn care equipment. tractors, small and large fish transportation trucks, passenger vehicles, computers and software, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators and other small engine powered equipment.   For this particular position standby is not assigned at this time but may be required to fill in when a permanent staff is on leave.  When permanent staff levels are low this position will move to a 10 day on 4 days off schedule and be assigned standby duties.  This position requires a valid driver’s license.  Standby has been assigned and there is no housing available to facilitate the standby requirement.  

However, all applicants considering applying for this position should understand and consider that standby is a requirement for all positions in the Fish Hatchery Specialist series. Management may determine it is necessary to assign it in order to accomplish the goals and objectives of the agency and as necessary to protect the resources of the agency and if assigned, it will be a requirement of the position.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP), which contains a “union security” provision. This means that, as a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

Graduation from High School or GED.   Preferred work experience in a hatchery setting.

Knowledge and Abilities Desired:
1. Basic computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Outlook and Excel software.
2. Basic fish culture techniques; rearing procedures
3. Water dynamics ( e.g. flows, flow patterns, availability, temperature, etc)
4. Calibration of specialized instruments (e.g. scales, Dissolved Oxygen meters)
5. Basic math; calculate and understand quantities and proportions
6. Ability to work out of doors in all weather conditions and perform strenuous physical activities.
7. Safe and proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment.

 Supplemental Information:
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.
Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at  Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.