Salary: $2,635.00 – $3,480.00 Monthly
Location: Clallam County – Sequim, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-05278
Closing: 4/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Sequim, Washington – Clallam County
Anticipated Appointment Length: 3 Months
April 3, 2023 – June 30, 2023

Are you interested in learning about the work performed at a hatchery? Perform scientific, technical, and related maintenance duties at hatchery facilities, trap sites, and acclimation ponds within the complex. Provide sustainable fish and wildlife recreational opportunities in the state of Washington by supporting conservation!

With your experience, you will assist with the operation of two remote acclimation ponds. 

The optimal applicant leads by example, has a positive can-do attitude, is eager to work hard, and has excellent fish husbandry skills.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, and look forward to working with other staff to meet WDFW program goals, answer questions from visitors, and lead tours of the hatchery facilities.

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 Technician,

  • Feeds fish according to pond populations and weight samples. Adjust feed size and amount fed as directed.
  • Monitors egg and fish production and disinfects and enumerates eggs.
  • Assists in identifying, sorting, and sampling species for spawning and adult distribution.
  • Cleans ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems to maintain fish health.
  • Identifies marked adults and collects tags/marks for bio sampling.
  • Assists in inventorying and grading fish populations, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants.
  • Picks eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments.
  • Maintains proper water flow and rearing environments as directed.
  • Actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate.
  • Performs maintenance duties in and around hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment as directed.
  • Applies herbicides or controlled burning for weed control as directed.
  • Maintains road access to residences, hatchery by plowing, grading, and snow blowers.
  • Reports changes in fish behavior and rearing environments to supervisors.
  • Responds to questions from visitors to the facility and conducts organized tours.
  • Travels to other hatcheries to assist with heavy workloads.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:   
    1. Walking, climbing, lifting, and carrying or moving 50 pounds is frequent.  Outdoor work in all weather conditions; extreme heat, freezing cold, rain, wind, snow, walk on river must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations, through trees/brush. Applying pesticides and working around hazardous chemicals/drugs.
    2. Approximately 10% of work is performed in an office environment. Office hazards include working under fluorescent light, repetitively entering data into computer, looking at computer monitor for long periods of time, sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Schedule:   
    1. Typical work schedule is 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, 10 days on/4 days off but can vary depending on workload and weather conditions. 
    2. May occasionally require travel and work more than 40 hours per week to meet seasonal workload demands throughout the complex as needed. 
    3. Standby duties are assigned to this position. When on standby, the employee must respond within 30 minutes. 
    4. A portion of the standby duties will be in a travel trailer at a remote acclimation site
    5. Schedule may include days, nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Travel as needed within complex to meet work demands.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. Table saw, miter saw, skill saw, chainsaw, reciprocating saw, drills, weed eater, lawn mowers, Tractor, leaf blower, hand powered sprayers, gas & electric pumps, welders, pressure washer, generators, hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, hand saws, pruners, shovels, rakes.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Communicate effectively with public and volunteers.
    2. Employee will interact with small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis.


  • GED or High School diploma.


  • Valid driver’s license


  • Six (6) months of experience working at a fish hatchery.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.   You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process.  Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work.  Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. 

To Apply
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. 

For more information and to apply:

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