Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 - Voights Creek Hatchery - Permanent - *10834-21

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 11:45pm


Orting, WA
United States

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Orting, Washington


Are you a naturalist fervent about protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats? Are you looking to provide a sustainable future for the conservation of salmon species? If so, apply to become a Fish Hatchery Specialist!


As our Fish Hatchery Specialist, you will lead a crew in the production of Chinook and Coho Salmon that contribute to the sport, tribal and commercial fisheries in the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. 

With that in mind, 

This is an opportunity to perform sound fish culture practices and making sound fish culture decisions to meet WDFW program goals. 

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

Picture yourself being responsible for the day-to-day operations at Voights Creek Hatchery.

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


Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 3, 

Identifies and communicates opportunities to improve fish culture practices with crew and supervisor. 
Projects and monitors fish growth and feed requirements. 
Monitors fish health and behavior. 
Actively seeks to learn new fish culture practices. 
Calculates and administers chemical treatments as needed for fish health. 
Reports fish culture activities in a timely, accurate, and professional manner.
Monitors egg and fish production. 
Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples, and fish plants/releases. 
Leads crew in feeding, cleaning, ponding, transferring, planting, and releasing fish. 
Ensures that working components of the fish hatchery are kept in good condition (pumps, motors, vehicles, alarms, generators, and flashlights).
Leads others at the facility in collecting, compiling, and reporting all pertinent data required by the program, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.



Work Setting, including hazards: 

Work is outdoors in variable conditions - including adverse weather and in remote locations.  
Work includes performing strenuous physical activities and repetitive lifting at least 50 lbs.


Typically, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
The work hours can vary greatly for this position at different times of the year depending on the work schedule and weather conditions.
Stand-by may be required for this position.

Travel Requirements: 

Travel may be required for short periods of time to accomplish agency goals and required training, or to attend meetings.

Tools and Equipment: 

Power and hand tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments.
Small and large fish transport trucks, passenger vehicles, adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, CWT identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine powered equipment, computers, and software.

Customer Interactions: 

Communicating effectively with co-managers and constituents daily – occasional interactions with media outlets.



One (1) year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 2. 




An Associate’s degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field AND Two (2) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. 




Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school AND Two (2) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery. 




A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely allied field.


Please Note: Four (4) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the Bachelor’s degree.


Job knowledge and experience with:

Fish Culture techniques.
Water dynamics, i.e., fish requirements for; DO levels, water chemistry, temperature, turbidity.
Basic mathematics.
Computer knowledge of Word, Excel, and other applications.
Proper calibration and operation of measuring instruments.




A valid driver’s license 



Knowledge of hatchery forms; application and use of key forms; proper procedures, etc.
Currently hold forklift certification or ability to obtain certification within one year of employment.

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. 


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

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).


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to

Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
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To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
Include your name as it appears on your application in


Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at


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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Salary: $3,616.00 - $4,738.00 Monthly

More than Just a Paycheck! Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
 Read about our benefits: The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
 Retirement and Deferred Compensation State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. 
Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
 HOLIDAYDATE New Year's DayJanuary 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthdayThird Monday in January Presidents' DayThird Monday in February Memorial DayLast Monday in May Independence DayJuly 4 Labor DayFirst Monday in September Veterans' DayNovember 11 Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas DayDecember 25 Personal HolidayEmployee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130


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