Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist FisheriesWorking Title: Hatchery Specialist
- Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers
- Date Posted : 07/22/2022
- Closing Date : 08/11/2022
- Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Department of Natural Resources
- Division/Unit : Fish and Wildlife
- Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift
- Days of Work : Monday - Friday
- Travel Required : No
- Salary Range: $22.15 - $32.13/hourly; $46,249 - $67,087/annually
- Job Class Option : Hatchery
- Classified Status : Classified
- Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
- FLSA Status : Exempt - Professional
- Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/)
This position will be responsible for assisting with the operation and maintenance at Peterson Hatchery. This position also assists with hauling and stocking trout, and informing and educating the public about trout hatcheries.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Participate in fish culture and stocking so that proper fish culture methods are used and production and stocking goals are met in a timely, efficient manner.
- Perform water quality monitoring as directed. Perform water sampling in accordance with the NPDES/SDS permit and manure management regulations as set forth by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).
- Maintain facilities, equipment, and grounds so that a safe, efficient and attractive work environment is preserved, and so that equipment repairs and replacement are minimized.
- Complete required administrative duties. Inform and educate stakeholders about hatchery operations. Complete required training by specified deadlines. Keep informed about and follow all applicable regulations and policies.
Bachelor's Degree in aquaculture, fisheries management, aquatic biology or closely related area.
Experience in basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, metal working applications, and power tool operation.
Human relations skills to provide direction and develop staff, demonstrate team and consensus building skills, and maintain good working relationships with hatcheries and other internal and external partners.
Project management skills/experience sufficient to maintain a positive working environment and timely completion of work/projects.
Working knowledge of raising and stocking salmonids in intensive management systems.
Knowledge of fish health management, waste water management and fish nutrition.
Written and oral communication skills sufficient to inform the public of fish culture programs and to communicate effectively with other staff.
Ability to work in adverse weather and environmental conditions.
Computer skills including knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and word processing sufficient to create and write reports and access data.
Basic knowledge of heavy equipment (mid-size tractors) and UTV operation.
Position requires a Class B license with a tanker and air brake endorsement, passing a pre-employment drug screen and participation in the DNR ongoing random screening program. Employees who are required to retain this license will be included in the DNR Drug and Alcohol Plan. This will require the employee to be pre-employment drug tested and be included in a random drug and alcohol testing program. Preferred Qualifications
Professional level coldwater hatchery experience.
Technical experience in coldwater fish propagation in a natural resources organization.
Technical experience in fish management and/or fish propagation.
Completion of USFWS short courses or equivalent in fish health and coldwater fish culture.
Lead work skills/experience.
Experience with data management, statistical analysis, and report preparation.Physical Requirements
Requires regular lifting articles of 50-pounds and occasional lifting of items up to 100-pounds. Frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time.Additional Requirements
This position requires an unrestricted Class B Driver's License with a tanker and air brake endorsement. The selected applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen. Employees who are required to retain this license will be included in a random drug and alcohol testing program.
It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components: Criminal history check
Motor Vehicle Record
Employment Reference checks
SEMA4 Record check
Drug and alcohol testing