Salary: $2,805.00 – $3,700.00 Monthly
Location: Grant County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Closing Date: 9/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Fish Program – Grant County
Anticipated Appointment Length: 3 months
 October 2, 2023 – December 29, 2023 

Have a look at this opportunity to learn the ropes of fish hatchery processes and contribute to our success during the busy spawning season!

See yourself, assisting the team in monitoring eggs and fish production, sorting species for spawning, working in the incubation room, and loading fry into the rearing vessel. 

This is a short-term opportunity, to learn-by-doing basic fish hatchery duties at the Priest Rapids fish hatchery facility during peak workloads.

In this dynamic role, your focus will be on all-things fish culture, ranging from identifying species for spawning to helping with incubation room operations.

We are seeking candidates, who model WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Here’s a look at some of the things you will be doing: 

Fish Culture: 

  • Assist in identifying, sorting, and sampling species for spawning and adult distribution.
  • Assist in inventorying and grading fish populations, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants. 
  • Pick eggs loss by hand or using equipment and incubates for facility programs or shipments.
  • Assist in identifying all targeted and non-targeted species, gender, stock origin and condition of maturity when trapping and spawning adults.
  • Fertilize eggs using established spawning protocols and HGMP requirements.
  • Clean ponds and raceways, troughs, and incubator systems to maintain fish health.

Operations and Maintenance of Facilities: 

  • Maintain proper water flow and rearing environments as directed.
  • Actively identify safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies.
  • Perform maintenance duties in and around hatchery and residences to preserve a clean and safe working environment as directed.

Record Keeping, Reporting and Communications:

  • Record daily fed, mortalities in rearing units, water temperatures and other hatchery related data.
  • Report changes in fish behavior and rearing environments to supervisors.
  • Communicate closely with supervisors and coworkers regarding hatchery operations and infrastructure.
  • Conduct organized tours and answers questions from visitors to the facility.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Operate vehicles and equipment in all weather conditions.
    • Lift up to 44 pounds for items such as fish or feed bags, multiple times a day.
    • Perform strenuous physical activities and standing for long periods of time, kneeling, bending, squatting, sitting, crawling on hands and knees, climbing, working in confined spaces, and sometimes dusty or very hot environments, and working in and around and over water with waders on. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with some staff rotation to working 10 days on 4 days off to include weekends, adjusted by workload.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel to other hatcheries to assist with heavy work loads.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Perform mechanical tasks using power and hand tools, lawn care equipment, egg picking machines, passenger vehicles, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine, computers and software.  
  • Customer Interactions:
    • General interaction with the public.


  • Graduation from high school or GED


  • Valid Driver’s license.


  • Six (6) months prior work experience in a hatchery setting. 

Application Information 
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:

  • Three professional references. 
  • Resume

For more information and to apply:

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