Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - Two Non-Permanent - Cedar River Hatchery - 07430-21

State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Washington, Iowa, US
Jul 23, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
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Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - Two Non-Permanent - Cedar River Hatchery - *07430-21 | Work that Matters page has loaded.
Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 - Two Non-Permanent - Cedar River Hatchery - *07430-21
STANDBY DUTIES ARE CURRENTLY ASSIGNED HOUSING IS NOT PROVIDED Salary listed does not include the 5% premium pay granted to all King County employees.
Anticipated Appointment Lengths: 4 Months - August 30th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021 5 Months - August 30th, 2021 - January 31st, 2022

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently operates 75 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead.

Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century, beginning with a facility on the Kalama River in 1895.

We are seeking two highly motivated and experienced Fish Hatchery Specialist 2's to work alongside a diverse team to support salmon conservation while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington.

*Chinook Spawning - Photo Credit: Larry Franks

With that in mind,

Picture yourself performing scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at Cedar River Hatchery and trap sites, rearing anadromous (fish that spend most of their adult lives at sea, but return to fresh water to spawn) and non-anadromous species of fish.

These are opportunities to perform sound fish culture practices and make sound fish culture decisions to meet WDFW program goals.

The optimal applicants lead by example, have a positive can-do attitude, are eager to work hard and have excellent fish husbandry skills.

We are seeking candidates who respect and value the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.

*Chum Spawning - Photo Credit: Rachel Blomker

Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 2,
  • Monitors fish behavior/health, egg and fish production and disinfects and enumerates eggs.
  • Identifies, sorts, and samples species for spawning and adult distribution.
  • Identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling.
  • Collects fish tissue and fluid samples for Fish Health Specialists without contaminating samples
  • Picks eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments.
  • Collects adult fish by volunteer or non-volunteer fish trap.
  • Monitors water quality parameters using dissolved oxygen meters (calibrates when needed) in order to insure a safe rearing environment.
  • Loads truck according to safe hauling densities, utilizes proper oxygen levels and monitors fish during transport.
  • Accurately completes data entry, record keeping and reporting.
  • Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and at the weir to preserve a clean and safe working environment.
  • Operates fork-lifts, tractors, yard maintenance equipment, fish pumps and common power tools.

  • Work Setting, including hazards:
  • The hatchery is Seattle Public Utility (SPU) owned facility and is located on SPU property within the Cedar River Watershed which requires personal security screen approval for access.
  • Work includes performing strenuous physical activities and is performed indoors and outdoors in variable conditions - including adverse weather.
  • The weir located at the temporary adult trap requires wading in strong currents - work also includes operating large trucks during the day and night for fish release events.
  • Schedule:
  • Typically, Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.
  • Standby duties are currently assigned - standby entails the employee being responsible for overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day after the regular 8-hour shift is complete. While on standby this position will work ten days on and be off 4 days.
  • Standby:
  • All applicants applying for this position should understand 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.
  • Housing:
  • Housing is not provided for these positions.
  • Travel Requirements:
  • Travel will be required in order to accomplish agency goals.
  • Tools and Equipment:
  • Power and hand tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, transport trucks, and passenger vehicles.
  • Adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engines, computers, and software.
  • Customer Interactions:
  • Communicate effectively/respectfully with SPU staff, the public and volunteers - interact with small community groups and individuals on a regular basis.

  • One (1) year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 AND successful completion of agency supervised training program.

  • An Associate's degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.

  • Three (3) years of education towards a Bachelor's degree in fisheries or closely allied field AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.

  • Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school AND one (1) year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.

Please Note: Three (3) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education.

  • A valid driver's license is required.

  • Two or four year degree in Fisheries or a closely associated field.
Supplemental Information
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully 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 (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume.
  • Three professional references.


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:

The Department of Fish and Wildlife's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington 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. We value demonstrated skills in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave, 11 Paid Holidays per year, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Hatchery Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP).

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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at .
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As part of WDFW's efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and are encouraged to apply.

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