State of Washington Classified Job Specification
FISH HATCHERY SPECIALIST 1
Performs a variety of technical fish culture duties and maintenance of facilities in a fish hatchery.
This is an in-training class designed to provide guidance and experience. Upon completion of the fish culture training program, within the prescribed time limits, positions will advance to the Fish Hatchery Specialist 2.
Learns to perform fish marking techniques for identification and recovery of species; learns to identify, sort and process marked broodfish; complile and record data for biological analysis;
Learns to administer the correct dose of drugs and anesthetics to fish by injection or immersion and to calibrate, clean, and sterilize inoculation equipment; learn to calculate, apply, monitor, evaluate, and record therapeutant levels to control pathogens;
Learns to identify and sort for spawning individual adult fish according to species, gender, condition of maturity, or other defined characteristics; learns to remove and collect eggs and sperm to ensure viable, uncontaminated gametes and genetic variability;
Learns to identify and remove weak or dead eggs, and shock eggs; learns to influence the rate of development of eggs and fry by temperature manipulation of water; learns to apply thermal marks for otolith differentiation; learns to sterilize groups of eggs with heated water; learn to acclimate eggs to new water source temperature regime;
Learns to calculate daily feed requirements, feeding frequency, and delivery rates based on species, densities, fish size, temperature, flows, turbidity, dissolved oxygen levels, and fish health and desired growth rates;
Learns to monitor fish behavior and record mortalities, examine mortalities for clinical signs of fish pathogens, monitor water quality and rearing environments, and notify supervisor and fish health specialist when abnormalities occur;
Learns to collect, monitor, and record weather and water quality parameters which include temperatures, flow, turbidity, dissolved oxygen/total gas, pH, total suspended solids (TSS), and settleable solids (SS); monitor, adjust, and maintain water treatment systems;
Learns to liberate various sizes and species of fish to the waters of the state, using airplane, backpack, barge, horseback, truck, forced release, and volitional release methods; learns to operate vehicles equipped with fish tanks of various sizes in compliance with state and federal laws; maintains a valid Commercial Driver’s License, as needed;
Learns to make scheduled and emergency repairs to structures such as buildings, docks, rearing vessels, and net pens; learn to operate, monitor, maintain, and repair mechanical or electrical systems for chemical delivery, domestic and hatchery water supplies, power and lights, feed delivery, filters and hatchery intakes, sewage, and ventilation; learns to operate, inspect, adjust, maintain, and repair pumps and pump motors, gas and diesel generators, small engines, fork lifts, compressors, crowders, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and heating systems;
Learns to operate, monitor, and respond to all alarms that provide security and protection;
Wears and uses employee safety equipment as directed; learns to inspect, clean, and repair employee safety equipment; learns to test employee safety equipment and record respirator cartridge use and results of respirator tests;
Learns to collect, compile, and store data on a variety of activities pertaining to fish rearing;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: fish species and gender identification, fish culture methods and techniques, math, scientific terminology and techniques, mechanical equipment repair; methods, equipment, and supplies used in maintenance of hatchery structures and grounds.
Ability to: successfully complete agency supervised training program, work out of doors in all weather conditions, perform strenuous physical activities, perform basic mechanical tasks using power and hand tools, follow instructions and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgment.
Some positions may require a valid driver’s license, and/or a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Associate degree in fisheries technology or closely related field.
Three years of education towards a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or closely related field.
Successful completion of a fish culture program from a vocational school.
Three years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the required education.
Class Specification History
New class consolidates (formerly 92592 Fish Hatchery Specialist 1; 4760 Fish Hatchery Technician II ) Adopted May 11, 2007 Effective July 1 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017; 30 to 32.