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Fish Hatchery Technician – Washougal Hatchery – Career Seasonal – *02340-24

Salary: $2,805.00 – $3,700.00 Monthly
Location: Clark County – Washougal, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Season Length: 7 Months – March 25 – October 31
Job Number: 2024-02340
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 02/20/2024
Closing Date:  03/03/2024 11:59 PM Pacific




Fish Program – Hatchery Division 
Washougal, Washington – Clark County 

Anticipated Season: 7 Months 
March 25 – October 31

Support WDFW with the conservation and protection of native fish populations while providing sustainable recreational and commercial fishing experiences.


Provide hands on expertise and assistance to help reach and achieve program production goals at the Washougal Hatchery. 

A WDFW employee wearing a blue rubber glove holding onto a Chinook Fry. Chinook is very small and is golden in color with brown spots.
 Chinook Fry – Photo Credit: WDFW 

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself feeding fish according to pond populations and weight samples. 

This is an opportunity to assist in identifying all targeted and non-targeted species, gender, stock origin and condition of maturity when trapping and spawning adults.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).





Our Fish Hatchery Technician, 

Performs adult fish handling, fish feeding, pond cleaning, picking out and removing sick and or morbid fish and eggs: 
  • Empty fish feed into buckets to feed fish.  
  • Utilize dip nets, suction hose, and/or egg pickers for removing morbid fish and eggs from a healthy population.
  • Help assist with loading juvenile salmon and steelhead into a marking trailer for clipping. 

Conducts grounds and equipment maintenance and repair:

  • Cleaning adult handling area, intakes and bar racks, adult fish traps and weirs, hatchery buildings, bathrooms, and vehicles.  
  • Operate lawn mower, leaf blower, weed eater, pickup truck, various pumps, and power/hand tools.  
  • Servicing hatchery equipment and making minor repairs.

Samples fish and eggs: 

  • Weighing and counting salmon and/or steelhead eggs or fish to determine the size.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    1. Outside in all weather conditions, typically working outside about 250 days a year. 
    2. Repetitively lifting 44 lbs. of fish feed daily and occasionally lifting salt blocks and salt bags weighing 50 lbs.   
    3. Use of respirator and other personal protective equipment (PPE) while working with various chemicals used at facility. 
    4. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
    5. Perform strenuous physical activities, follow instructions, and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, and use sound judgment.
  • Schedule:   
    1. Wednesday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., schedule will vary based on workload needs. 
    2. Some perform 10 days on 4 days off, adjusted by workload.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Travel as needed to meet work demands.
  • Tools and Equipment:   
    1. 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 engines, computers, and software.
  • Customer Interactions: 
    1. Communicate effectively with public and volunteers. Employee will interact with small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis.      





  • Graduation from high school or General Educational Development (GED). 


  • Valid driver’s license. 



In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

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


Supplemental Information


Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. 


Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.


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:


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 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.


These positions are 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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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 must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in



To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
  • Subject line must 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. 


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.

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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.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  

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