Job Title: Permanent Hatchery Complex Manager (WMS 02) *07303-17
Opening Date/Time: Tue. 08/08/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 08/22/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $4,706.00 – $6,362.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Location: Chelan County – Other, 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

LOCATION:                  24621 SR97, Pateros, WA

The Complex Manager (CM) supervises and directs all aspects of fish production within the hatchery complex for the purpose of achieving conservation and/or fishery enhancement/management objectives.  This responsibility includes the management of several fish hatcheries that have very diverse infrastructure that must be kept mechanically sound and operated safely. This Complex Manager position is located in Region 2 (Wells Hatchery Complex).

This position requires that the incumbent be willing and able to implement agency and Fish Program policies as they relate to hatchery operations (e.g. mitigation agreements, U.S. v. Oregon fish production agreement, HGMPs, surplus fish disposals, safety policies, agency housing, personnel collective bargaining agreements, etc.). This position provides input and recommendations as requested by senior level Fish Program staff relating to hatchery policy development for operations, personnel actions (initiate recruitment to fill vacant staff position, initiate disciplinary actions, etc.), and tribal co-management negotiations dealing with fish production.

  • Supervise and administratively oversee operations at  Wells, Methow, Omak, and Similkameen Hatcheries Division staff under CM supervisory responsibility include:  2 – Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 (direct reports),  4 – Fish Hatchery Specialist 3, 7 – Fish Hatchery Specialist 2,  2 – Fish Hatchery Specialist 1,  and  at least 5 – Non-permanent Fish Hatchery Technician.
  • This position is responsible for identifying all staffing needs for the Complex, developing recruitment announcements for review and approval by RFPM and Olympia Fish Program leads, coordinating with WDFW Human Resources staff on position recruitment announcements, reviewing/evaluating position candidates, and forwarding candidate recommendations to the RFPM for final Program Appointing Authority approval to hire.
  • Collaborates on hatchery reform/conservation strategy development and implementation.
  • Directs and coordinates all fish culture activities within the hatchery complex to meet program/production goals as outlined in the Hatchery Genetic Management Plans, the Future Brood Document (FBD), and other relevant production planning documents.
  • Develop and manage the budget for all facilities within the Complex.
  • Negotiates annual operations and maintenance contracts as appropriate.
  • Ensures annual employee evaluations within the hatchery complex are completed within the hatchery complex in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Coordinate and interact internally with staff from Fish Program (Science, Fish Management, Hatcheries), Director’s Office, and Region for strategic work planning that reflects an understanding and consideration for key issues and needs of constituents to meet emerging trends.
  • Develop and prioritize hatchery maintenance requests, including statements of work for routine and non-routine projects.  In coordination with RFPM, WDFW Engineering , and/or PUD staff, develops capitol project proposals for the Wells Complex, for Program consideration, that address core infrastructure needs within the Complex.
  • Work closely with the Regional Program Manager and Hatchery Division Manager to ensure consistent implementation of WDFW policies and procedures across the Complex.
  • Works closely with various entities including : other WDFW regional hatchery complex managers, RFPMs, various regional and agency biologist, Aquatic Animal Health Veterinarians, WFDW fiscal contracts personnel, and regional entities such as Douglas PUD, Chelan County PUD, Yakima Nation, Colville Confederated Tribes, Department of Natural Resources, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to complete assigned duties, projects and assignments.
  • Develops methods to encourage continual attention to a safe and productive work environment.

Working Conditions:
Office setting with occassional outdoor facilitation of hatchery operations.  Position is overtime exempt.  Incumbent expected to schedule their time within a typical 40 hour work week (e.g. 8am-5pm daily).

However, incumbent expected to adjust schedule and work additional hours as needed to meet Fish Program demands and deadlines.  Requires frequent contact with staff from local area, state, federal and tribal agencies.  Routinely interacts with members of the public, both professional and private citizens.  Position requires frequent travel.  Travel includes traveling between complex facilities, and occassionally to Olympia and Regional Offices. Travel to facilities within the hatchery complex is routine and may occur during inclement weather conditions.  An agency vehicle is required for travel needs.

A knowledge and proficiency of:

  • Salmonid fish culture practices
  • Fish health diagnosis, treatment and management practices
  • Departmental policies and procedures
  • Effective supervision, budget management, negotiation skills, and communications (internal/external; written and verbal)
  • Computer use and software

The ability to:

  • Understand WDFW, USFWS, and U.S. v. Oregon production requirements and administrative processes
  • Understand the relationships between state, local, and federal funding
  • Manage successful hatchery operations and maintenance
  • Successfully interact with a diverse base of stakeholders, co-managers, and the general public
  • Represent the hatchery program and WDFW in public venues
  • Rapidly implement departmental policies and procedures, and local and federal required administrative procedures
  • Provide leadership to hatchery staff
  • Implement and interpret changes related to labor collective bargaining agreements
  • Implement salmon recovery plans, and authorized HRSG related recommendations as they pertain to hatchery production.

Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.

  • Advanced training in fish culture from an accredited institution or university.
  • Advanced training in fish health from an accredited institution or university
  • Five or more years experience in salmonid culture
  • Two or more years experience supervising hatchery staff
  • Two or more years of experience working with diverse operation budgets and budget management
  • Experience developing contracts
  • Experience negotiating hatchery budgets
  • Experience maintaining working relationships with Federal, Tribal, and/or other agencies
  • Proficiency with computers and software including Word, Excel, CAPS, and FishBooks (WDFW).
  • Knowledge of federal, state and tribal regulations.


  1. Leadership and Supervision:  Ensure that staff understands and meet goals and expectations, and accepts responsibility for results.  Possess and utilize the necessary functional and behavioral competencies to prepare hatchery complex staff to meet current and future opportunities. Ensures that staff understand and have a well defined training and employee development plan. Promote cohesive, cooperative teamwork within operational guidelines.
  2. Budget Management:  Ensure that budget proposals are accurate with costs fully documented before presenting to Fish Program or funding entities.  Ensures that all complex facilities are operated within adopted budget allotments.
  3. Contract development: Develops , negotiates , monitors and maintains contracts and interagency agreements.  Actively participates in neogotiations to meet agency interest monitors execution of applicable contract(s) to ensure staff is fulfilling requirements and activities are conducted within budget constraints.
  4. Long-term, Strategic Planning:  Proactively develop strategic hatchery plans that reflect understanding/consideration for key issues, emerging trends and the needs of constituents and the agency. The RFPM is kept well informed of emerging trends and future needs. Plans are developed with needs, issues, and recommendations clearly documented in writing for future reference.
  5. Internal and External Constituent Communications:  Ensure that affected parties are kept informed about agency and Fish Program goals and activities. The needs, concerns, and perspectives of key constituents are understood and considered in decision-making and planning.
  6. Managing Production of the Complex: Ensures that: a) brood documents are understood, modified as required, and complied with; b) staff takes ownership for production goals and is able to accurately communicate with the public regarding facility goals and activities; and c) the complex meets its expected contribution to achieving agency performance measures.
  7. Operational and Administrative Compliance: Ensures that facilities operate in compliance with all permits, policies, and procedures.  Facility structures meet all current and long-term operational needs. Operational  policies, and procedures are formulated and maintained to reflect the needs and realities of the facilities. Facilities are mechanically sound, safely operated, and aesthetically maintained within budget and other constraints. Ensures the employee working environment is safe and all agency safety policies and preventative safety requirements are implemented.
  8. Judgment:  Display balance thinking that combines weighing pros and cons using analysis, wisdom, and experience.
  9. Relationship building: Build constructive working relationship characterization by cooperation and mutual regard.  Acts as a positive influence on the other; positively impacts morale.
  10. Communications effectiveness:  Convey clear, timely, persuasive messages the positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
  11. Tact and diplomacy: Respond to difficult, stressful, or sensitive interpersonal situations in ways the reduce or minimize potential conflict, and maintains a good working relationships among internal and external customers.
  12. Results oriented and initiative:  Focus on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them.
 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:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (see above, a generic cover letter will not be accepted).  Provide a response for each item, including experience, education, licenses, management knowledge and technical knowledge, skills and competencies 1-12, separately.  Describe how your work experience, completed training, and other accomplishments demonstrate that you have the competency. 

A current resume (please make it succinct)

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.
Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.