Salary: $3,144.00 – $4,083.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Closing: 9/19/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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Anticipated Appointment Length:
3 Months – September 15th, 2021 – December 15th, 2021

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.
  • Cleans ponds and raceways, troughs and incubator systems to maintain fish health. 
  • 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 hook and line, seining, and volunteer or non-volunteer fish trap.
  • Monitors water quality parameters using dissolved oxygen meters in order to maintain proper carrying capacity of rearing units.
  • Loads truck according to safe hauling densities, utilizes proper oxygen levels, and monitors fish during transport.
  • Scans fish for various tags using coded wire tag wands and other tag associated equipment. 
  • Accurately completes data entry, record keeping and reporting. 
  • Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment.  


  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
    • Work includes performing strenuous physical activities and is performed indoors and outdoors in variable conditions – including adverse weather.
  • 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 this position.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    • Travel may 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 with the public and volunteers – interact with small community groups and individuals on a regular basis.


  • An Associate’s degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field. 


  • Three (3) years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely allied field.


  • Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school.

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


  • Valid Driver’s License 


  • 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 letters 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)

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.