$82,860.00 Annually
Multiple Locations – Western Washington, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number

Operations and Hatchery Reform Manager-WMS-2


Fish Hatcheries Division- Region 6

*Duty Stations- Montesano, Olympia, or Port Angeles, WA

This job is posted continuously and will remain open until a selection is made.   Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. First review of applications will be June 11th, 2021. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made.

For more than a century, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries have produced fish for harvest. Today, hatcheries provide the foundation for the state’s popular recreational fisheries and the many jobs that depend on them.

All things Fish! You believe in the proper management of hatchery fish resources as you understand its impact now and for the future.

With that in mind, 

You work to ensure that the facilities used to meet these production goals are maintained and operated in a sound, efficient, and safe manner that not only provides a safe work environment for employees it also protects property assets.

This position must be willing and able to direct emerging situations regarding threats to fish resources, infrastructure, staff and activities that impact the work unit. Proactive management is necessary.

Here is an opportunity,

To collaborate with multiple funding entities in complex and, at times, difficult negotiations regarding funding resources (contract development and budget tracking) and/or fish production actions.  This also requires being able to manage property that belongs to other entities.

In this complex role,

You will oversee and manage the water rights at each facility and have a significant amount of control and oversight assuring that the water rights are managed and protected consistent with regulations outlined by the Department of Ecology.

With your understanding and experience,

You will be responsible for managing the state’s live fish resources that range from trout production for planting into local area lakes to salmon and steelhead programs that in some cases are used for wild stock recovery.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork,

Setting a positive example to follow with respectful interactions towards all.

Decision Making responsibilities,

This position has significant purchasing authority and demonstrates responsible use of fiscal resources, evaluating alternatives and weighing the benefits based on

  1. The state’s economic condition
  2.  The program/facility needs.

The incumbent responds to difficult, stressful, or sensitive interpersonal situations in ways that reduce or minimize potential conflict and maintains good working relationships among internal and external customers.

This position has a significant authority to make management decisions on how the complex will be staffed and utilize existing employees for the most efficient use of the resources.

Promotes and approves training/education opportunities for staff to maintain and improve applicable job skills/abilities, and advancement opportunities.


Operations and Hatchery Reform Manager provides,

Leadership and Supervision:  Ensure that staff understands and meets goals and expectations and accepts responsibility for results.  Possess and utilize the necessary functional and behavioral competencies to prepare hatchery complex staff to meet current and future opportunities.  Promote cohesive, cooperative teamwork within operational guidelines.

Supervise and administratively oversee operations at the Bingham Creek, Skookumchuck, George Adams, McKernan, Hoodsport, Eells Springs, Dungeness, Hurd Creek, and Elwha Hatcheries.

Coordinate and interact internally with staff from Fish Program (Science, Fish Management, Hatcheries), Director’s Office, and Region for strategic work planning that reflects an understanding and consideration for key issues and needs of constituents to meet emerging trends.

Directs and coordinates all fish culture activities within the hatchery complex to meet program/production goals as outlined in Hatchery Genetic Management Plans, the Future Brood Document (FBD), and other relevant documents.

Budget Management:  Ensure that budget proposals are accurate and with costs fully documented before presenting to Fish Program or funding entities.  All complex facilities are operated within adopted budget allotments.

Long-term, Strategic Planning:  Develop strategic plans that reflect understanding/consideration for key issues and needs of constituents and the agency.  The RFPM is kept well informed of emerging trends and future needs.   Plans are proactively developed to meet emerging trends with needs, issues, and recommendations clearly documented in writing for future reference.

Internal and External Constituent Communications:  Ensure that affected parties are kept informed about agency and Fish Program goals and activities.  The needs, concerns, and perspectives of key constituents are understood and considered in decision making and planning.

Managing Production of the Complex:  Ensures that brood documents are understood, modified as required, and complied with.   Staff takes ownership for production goals and is able to accurately communicate with the public regarding facility goals and activities.  The complex meets its expected contribution to achieving agency performance measures.

Operational and Administrative Compliance:  Ensures that facilities operate in compliance with all permits, policies, and procedures.   Facility structures meet all current and long-term operational needs.  Operational rules, policies, and procedures are formulated and maintained to reflect the needs and realities of the facilities.  Facilities are mechanically sound, safely operated, and aesthetically maintained within budget and other constraints.  The employee working environment is safe and safety policies and remedial safety recommendations are implemented.


Work Setting, including hazards: Office setting with rare outdoor facilitation of hatchery operations. Travel to and from other facilities within the complex is routine and may occur during inclement weather conditions.

*Remote work is currently available for these positions as we follow the Governors return to work protocol. When return to work is allowed, this position will  initially be required to work at the duty station in  either Olympia, Montesano or Port Angeles, WA.. Flexible remote work options will be considered after successful completion of the probationary period.

Schedule (i.e., hours and days): Position is overtime exempt. Incumbent expected to schedule their time within a typical 40-hour work week (e.g. 8am-5pm daily).

Travel Requirements: Position requires frequent travel. Travel includes traveling between complex facilities, and occasionally to Olympia and Regional Offices.

Tools and Equipment: A laptop computer and cell phone are essential for maintaining communications and linkage of information within the agency.   An agency vehicle is required for travel needs.

Customer Relations: Requires frequent contact with staff from local, state, federal and tribal agencies. Routinely interacts with members of the public, both professionals and private citizens.


Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.

A bachelor’s degree in fish biology, fish culture or related field.


5 years of experience at an advanced senior level in: 

•        Fish culture practices
•        Fish health diagnosis, treatment, and management practices
•        Salmonid fish culture practices
•        Department policies and procedures

 Including a minimum of 2 years of experience in the following: 

•        Professional Supervisory experience.

•        Working with diverse operation budgets and budget management

•        Negotiating hatchery budgets.

•        Maintaining working relationships with Federal, Tribal and /or other agencies

•        Knowledge and use of federal, state, and tribal regulations.

•        Proficiency with computers and software including Word, Excel.


Equivalent professional experience may substitute year for year for education requirement as long as that experience is in fish biology, fish culture or related field.


  • Advanced training in fish culture from an accredited institution or university
  • Advanced training in fish health from an accredited institution or university
  • Five or more years’ experience in salmonid culture
  • Two or more years of experience working with diverse operation budgets and budget management
  • Experience developing contracts
  • Experience negotiating hatchery budgets
  • Experience maintaining working relationships with Federal, Tribal, and/or other agencies
  • Proficiency with computers and software including Word, Excel, and CAPS, Fishbooks (WDFW)
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and tribal regulations
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:

  • cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • 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.  Many of our staff are currently working from home; 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. (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.

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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.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and are encouraged to apply. 

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