$3,616.00 – $4,738.00 Monthly
Grant County – Other, WA
Job Type
Agency Internal Promotional – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
6/16/2021 11:59 PM Pacific



WDFW Hatcheries Division

Similkameen Ponds

2098 Highway 7

Oroville, WA 98844




The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently operates 87 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead.   Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself assisting the Operations Manager and Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 while leading a crew during the day-to-day facility operations.

This is an opportunity to assist in accomplishing the production program goals by contributing to the sport, tribal and commercial fisheries in Washington State.

The optimal candidate is a leader who takes pride in their work, uses sound judgment, and can work collaboratively.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated skills representing WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, and respect.

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Spawning and egg collection


Fish Culture 

Tasks include:  

  • Carries out sound fish culture practices to meet program goals.
  • Identifies and communicates opportunities to improve fish culture practices.
  • Projects and monitors fish growth and feed requirements.
  • Actively seeks to learn new fish culture practices.
  • Administers and calculates medication levels prescribed to treat fish illness.
  • Monitors egg and fish production
  • Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants. Monitors fish behavior and health. Calculates amount of therapeutic drug to be administered when prescribed.
  • Collects adult salmonids by netting, and snagging.
  • Leads crew members in feeding, cleaning, and transferring fish, determines the proper rearing densities for ponding and planting fish.
  • Plan and coordinate rearing densities, intra- and inter- facility transfers of fish, and releases to meet short- and long- range program goals.
  • Consult with Fish Health Specialist to design and implement the protocols for drug treatments, record and report the results.
  • Supervises the disposition of non-viable and surplus eggs, organizes the transfer of eggs.
  • Directs the distribution of carcasses to contract vendors or agency approved entities.
  • Collects genetic samples (Opercula punches, dorsal ray samples) for genetic population analysis.
  • Calculates number of adults (Brood) needed using fecundity and mortality data to achieve egg take goals.
  • Utilizes CO2, MS-222, clove oil, electro anesthesia, and electro narcosis to temporarily sedate fish for sampling, sorting, and spawning.
  • Conducts live, lethal, air and matrix spawning operations.
  • Determines which mature male and female Natural Origin Brood fish are needed to spawn to ensure that minimum integration rates are achieved into the hatchery populations.
  • Determines which mature males will be included in a cryogenic program; supervises cryogenic activities (HSRG)
  • Cryogenically freezes Steelhead sperm to insure a minimum integration of Natural Origin Brood (Wild Steelhead) into future spawning populations. (HSRG)
  • Collect various types of biological and environmental samples such as fish tissue, fish scales, ovarian fluid, water, and feed for transport to laboratories; sample preparation includes dissection, vacuum filtration, and aseptic technique.
  • Coordinates on-station and off-site fish planting activities.
  • Independently implements on site biological research projects to collect genetic samples, trains lower level staff in proper procedures in research protocols, as well as provides input into design changes driven by findings at the facility.

Crew Leader

Tasks Include:

  • Carries out assignments as a working leader.
  • Monitors projects/activities to ensure completion in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that the staff is productive and well informed on activities.
  • The lead responsible for safety rule compliance, training, documentation and ensures hazards are addressed.
  • Serves as a leader and role model for staff, temporary workers, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrates, instructs, and trains others in methods on how to complete tasks.
  • Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement.
  • Resolves issues and problems as they arise and responds to change.
  • Plans daily and cyclic hatchery work schedules.
  • Ensures that employees are trained in and in compliance of LMS safety issues.
  • Ensures staff maintains records.
  • Trains staff in Fish books and Share point data bases.
  • Reviews and interprets the Future Brood Document.
  • Communicates changes needed in FBD to the Operations manager and FHS-4
  • Assess employee skills and knowledge and provide training as needed.
  • Works with Federal, State, Tribal, and Co-op’s in the planning of fish transfer and releases.
  • Agency liaison and project manager of the contracted crews during fish marking programs.
  • Participates in the development of exams, interviewing and selecting employees for temporary and permanent positions.
  • Acts as a supervisor coordinating workers during complicated adult spawning and surplus activities.
  • Develop Facility Operations Manual, schedule monthly maintenance and ensure compliance with the Ops Manual.

Physical Operation and Maintenance of Facility 

Tasks Include: 

  • Ensures that working components of the fish hatchery are kept in good condition (i.e. pumps & motors, vehicles, alarms, generators, flashlights)
  • Identifies and communicates ways to improve the physical plant operation.
  • Actively identifies safety hazards and acts or recommends remedies as appropriate.
  • Ensures timely repairs to facility and infrastructure often requiring the ability to metal weld, cut and drill.
  • Maintains the grounds in appearance and upkeep during seasonal events, requiring the ability to operate lawn mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, pressure washers, forklifts, tractors, generators, and carpentry power tools.
  • Maintains facility bio security measures.
  • Monitors water quality, quality rearing environments.
  • Coordinates and implements annual set up and tear down of remote acclimation sites.
  • Manipulates incubation water temperatures during otolith marking and egg hatch timing.
  • Assist in the design or redesign of hatchery facilities.
  • Management in the operation of fish traps and ladders.
  • Leads discussion with facilities staff to develop recommendations for improving efficiencies.
  • Orders tools and supplies to meet facility needs.


Tasks Include: 

  • Keeps supervisor and management well-informed on production issues that may lead to fish health concerns or program shortfalls.
  • Disseminates information from management and supervisor in a positive light that leads to compliance and team building.
  • Serves as a conduit for safety concerns (management to staff and staff to management)
  • Represents the agency professionally and communicates effectively.
  • Communicates with outside entities to implement agency-approved projects, as the facility subject matter expert.
  • Communicates with Inter-agency employees such as District Biologists and other fish program staff regarding programs or logistics.
  • Public communications, contact and outreach (visitors, scheduled educational tours, local festivals, volunteers and local school presentations)
  • Builds spread sheets to help properly communicate and enumerate hatchery programs and stocks of fish reared.
  • Coordinates with constituent groups and volunteers to achieve agency mission (e.g. artificial production and nutrient enhancement)
  • As the facility subject matter expert, Coordinates with CAMP (Web Works) for maintenance and repairs.
  • Communicates with Fish Health Pathologists and Epidemiologists to ensure appropriate fish culture activities.
  • Represents the agency professionally during visitor tours, and public forums, affectively communicating potentially sensitive policy issues.
  • Performs outreach and education duties through community presentations and the preparation of materials for educational purposes on the hatchery operations and species information.

Data Collection, Entry, Reporting, and Budgeting 

Tasks Include: 

  • Collects data required by the program, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
  • Maintains a facility filing system that is well organized and user-friendly.
  • Ensures that staff are well informed on where and how to collect and record data.
  • Leads others in accurately collecting and recording data.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in use of personal computers and various applications.
  • Accurate, professional, and timely expenditures tracking.
  • Oversees others at the facility in collecting, compiling, and reporting all pertinent data.
  • Organizes and maintains budget tracking system for all hatchery expenditures.
  • Assist the FHS4 with annual budget setting process including fish feed, utilities, and supplies.
  • Monitors Fast track reporting to ensure accurate spending within the master index.
  • Submits web work reports for facility maintenance.
  • Helps the FHS4 write, Reports, and submits annual hazardous chemical inventory to the DOE, county, and emergency responders.
  • Helps the FHS4 write, review and implement HGMP’s necessary to maintain NOAA approval to operate the hatchery and release fish.
  • Reports water quality and usage to the Department of Ecology

 Other Duties as assigned 

  • Duties might include DMR’s, safety secretary, or other weekly/monthly responsibilities.
  • Assists in all aspects of interviewing temporary employees, i.e. writing questions, reference checks, interviewing and making recommendations.
  • Participates in technical committees, as the facility expert, when necessary.
  • May be required to drive large trucks, and/or Pesticide Applicator License.
  • Standby


Work Setting, including hazards: 

  • Outside in all weather conditions.
  • Typically, the employee in this position will be working outside about 250 days a year and usually based on the remoteness of the facility will be working by himself or herself about half the time.
  • This employee will be required to work in all sorts of weather conditions whether it is raining, snowing, sunny, dark, cold or hot.
  • At times the Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 position will be required to repetitively lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Perform strenuous physical activities.
  • Follow instructions and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgment, and assist in training entry level employees.


  • Typically, Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • The work hours can vary greatly for this position at different times of year depending on the work schedule and weather conditions.
  • This position may require standby which means the employee is responsible for overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day. (When on standby this position will require the employee to work ten days on and be off 4 days).


  • Standby duties are currently assigned.
  • 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 standby 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.


  • There is on-site housing for this position.

Travel Requirements: 

  • Travel may be required for short periods of time to accomplish agency goals and required trainings.

Tools & Equipment: 

  • Perform mechanical tasks using 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:          

  • Communicate effectively with the public and volunteers.
  • On a regular basis, interact with small community groups and individuals who visit the hatchery to answer questions and give tours.


  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Some positions may require a valid Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License and a valid Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License.
  • One year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 2.


  • 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.


  • Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school and two years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.   


  • Four years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the Bachelor degree.


  • 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 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 skill in living WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect.

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