New Job Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 - Chelan Fish Hatchery - Permanent - *00619-23 In Washington

Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 - Chelan Fish Hatchery - Permanent - *00619-23
Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 - Chelan Fish Hatchery - Permanent - *00619-23

Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 - Chelan Fish Hatchery - Permanent - *00619-23

Company : State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Washington

Full Description



Chelan Fish Hatchery
Chelan, Washington – Chelan County



The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's stated mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. See the work WDFW is doing to plan for the future of fish and wildlife conservation in Washington.

This position will manage and supervise all staff at the Chelan PUD, Chelan State, Chelan Falls and Similkameen Hatcheries within the Eastbank Complex.

Hatcheries have operated in Washington State for more than a century, beginning with a facility on the Kalama River in 1895. WDFW currently operates 87 hatchery facilities, the majority dedicated to producing salmon and/or steelhead.

Chelan Hatchery – Photo Credit: WDFW Employee

This is an opportunity
to supervise and mentor technical and professional level staff in order to support an effective, motivated team.

In this dynamic role
, you will assist with developing pro-active approaches to ensure best fish health available with fish health and hatchery staff.

The optimal applicant
understands how facility production contributes to harvest and/or conservation.

We are seeking a candidate
who will support the WDFW mission of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities through habitat protection and enhancement activities.


Chelan Hatchery pool – Photo Credit: WDFW Employee

Our Fish Hatchery Specialist 4,

  • Carries out personnel actions, e.g.: recruitment, hire recommendations, evaluations, corrective actions.
  • Ensures that expectations are adhered to.
  • Coordinates operations of assigned facilities.
  • Responds to workload demands by coordinating staffing across hatchery facilities. Ensures that workload demands are met within their assigned facility as well as other facilities within their region through coordination between the supervisors of those facilities.
  • Manages personnel issues relating to staff conflicts, absenteeism, performance issues, etc. for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
  • Develops and implements staff training and development plans to provide cross training of employees, specific job-related training, and other approaches to provide opportunities for staff flexibility and development.
  • Mentors, collaborates, and communicates with Hatchery Specialist 3. Trains subordinates in higher level duties to prepare them for promotions and in the absence of the hatchery manager things will operate smoothly.
  • Meets with fish health specialist to ensure production quality.
  • Communicates with hatchery staff the emerging fish health issues.
  • Ensures that policies and/or guidelines such as HEAT, HGMP, and HSRG are followed.
  • Communicates with inter-agency programs and external entities such as Tribal co-managers, Local Co-Operators, NOAA, USFWS.
  • Develop budgets and spending plans which identify routine and future financial needs of facility, program, and agency.
  • Responsible for accurate and timely expenditure tracking.
  • Independently adjusts spending patterns to meet allotments and changing needs.
  • Communicates budget status and needs to staff and supervisor.
  • Trains and ensures staff compliance with policy, procedure, laws, rules, regulations, i.e. HSRG, HGMP, DOE, L&I, SARA Title 2, DOT, Co-Managers, NOAA, USFW as it pertains to facility production and operation.
  • As the ranking on-site Agency employee, responsible for resolving issues and problems as they arise. Communicates and coordinates with agency personnel and outside entities as needed to resolve issues.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Outside in all weather conditions and around water, whether it is raining, snowing, sunny, dark, cold, or hot.
    • Employee may be required to operate 25-foot Boston Whaler.
    • At times the Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 position will be required to repetitively lift or move at least 50 lbs. Follow instructions and complete assigned tasks, gather and compile data, use sound judgment, and train employees.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • The work hours can vary greatly for this position at different time of the year depending on the work schedule and weather conditions.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel may be required for short periods of time to accomplish agency goals and required training, or to attend meetings.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Perform mechanical tasks using power and hand tools.
    • Employee will work with hand and power tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments, small and large fish transport trucks, passenger vehicles, adult fish pumps, adult fish counters, CWT identification equipment, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine powered equipment, computers, and software.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Position requires interaction with co-managers and constituents almost daily.
    • At times, communicates with media outlets.
  • Standby:
    • Standby duties are not currently assigned.
    • This position may require standby which means the employee is responsible for overseeing the facility for the remaining 16 hours of the day. When on standby, this position will require the employee to work ten days and be off 4.
  • Housing:
    • Housing is not provided for this position.



  • One (1) year of experience as a Fish Hatchery Specialist 3


  • Associate degree in fisheries technology, biology, or closely allied field and three (3) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology or closely allied field and three (3) years of experience performing fish culture duties in a hatchery.
    • Four (4) years of experience performing a variety of fish culture duties in a hatchery will substitute for the Bachelor’s degree.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Two- or four-year degree in Fisheries or closely associated field.
  • Experience managing multi-species rearing programs, managing multiple personnel on site and at remote facilities.
  • Ability to make sound judgments with little information or time to analyze.
  • Experience managing and building budgets and contracts.

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.


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).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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

Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at [email protected].

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.

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or
[email protected] .


Follow us on social media:

LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram