Salary: $3,734.00 – $4,892.00 Monthly
Location: Grays Harbor County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2022-18088




Hatcheries Division
Humptulips, Washington – Grays Harbor County 



Are you a fish hatchery specialist passionate about protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish, wildlife and their habitats? Are you passionate about providing a sustainable future for the conservation of salmon species? If so, then this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! 

As a Fish Hatchery Specialist, you’ll assist in leading a crew in the rearing of Chinook, Coho, Summer and Winter Steelhead, as well as Rainbow Trout, that contribute to the sport, tribal and commercial fisheries in the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) serves Washington’s citizens by protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable and wildlife related recreational and commercial opportunities.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself, playing a key role in the WDFW’s mission to serve Washington’s citizens by leading a crew during day-to-day facility operations and accomplishing production programs contributing to the sport, tribal and commercial fisheries in Washington State.

This is an opportunity to combine your leadership abilities and fisheries knowledge into one dynamic role.

The optimal applicants love being outdoors and interacting with others but can also work independently to complete assigned tasks.

Our Lead Fish Hatchery Specialists – 

Perform Fish Culture Duties:

  • Carries out assignments as a working leader.
  • Identifies and communicates opportunities to improve fish culture practices.
  • Projects and monitors fish growth and feed requirements.
  • Monitors egg and fish production.
  • Performs fish inventories, splits, grading, marking trailer inventories, weight samples and plants
  • Plans and coordinates rearing densities, intra-and inter-facility transfers of fish, and releases to meet short-and long-range program goals.

Lead a crew of Hatchery Specialists:

  • Carries out assignments as a working leader
  • Monitors projects/activities to ensure completion in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate, instruct, or train others in methods, procedures and how to complete tasks.
  • Plans daily and cyclic hatchery work schedules.
  • Reviews and interprets the Future Brood Document.

Facility Maintenance and Operation:

  • Ensures that working components of the fish hatchery are kept in good condition (i.e. pumps & motors, vehicles, alarms, generators, flashlights).
  • Ensures timely repairs to facility and infrastructure often requiring the ability to metal weld, cut and drill.
  • Actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    1. 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 independently about half the time. 
    2. This employee will be required to work in all sorts of weather conditions whether it is raining, snowing, sunny, dark, cold, or hot. 
    3. At times the Fish Hatchery Specialist 3 position will be required to repetitively lift or move large fish, nets, and feed weighing 50 lbs or more. 
    4. Perform strenuous physical activities, follow instructions, and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgment, and assist in training entry level employees. 
    5. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:
    1. Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    2. Work hours can vary depending on schedule and weather conditions. 
  • Standby:  
    • Standby duties are not 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. While on standby this position will work ten (10) days on and be off four (4) days.
    • Standby is a requirement for all positions in the Fish Hatchery Specialist series.  
    • Management may determine it is necessary to assign standby 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:
    1. Travel may be required for short periods to accomplish agency goals and required training, or to attend meetings.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    1. Power tools, hand tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, transport trucks, passenger vehicles, adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine, computers, and software.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Employee will interact with small community groups and individual constituents on a regular basis who visit the hatchery to answer questions and give tours.

Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.

One year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 and successful completion of agency supervised training.


An associate degree in fisheries technology or closely allied field and one year of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.


Three years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely allied field and one year experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.


  • A Valid Driver’s License is required.


  • Two or Four-year degree in Fisheries or closely related field.


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.

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 letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 

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IMPORTANT NOTES: 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:

JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: 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.

UNION – WAFHP: 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 should 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 should 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. For further information, please contact us at

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.

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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