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Fish Culturist II (2) Positions (Sturgeon)

Company: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Location: Toppenish
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Announcement #2022-241Issue Date:09-13-22Closing Date:09-19-22Fish Culturist II (2) Positions Fisheries Resource Management (FRM) Department of Natural ResourcesHourly Wage: $15.43-$17.71/Regular/Full-TimeLocation: Toppenish (Sturgeon)Performs a variety of technical task associated with managing valuable fish stocks at the Marion Drain Sturgeon Hatchery, spawning, incubation and rearing facility located near Toppenish, WA. The incumbent support to the hatchery manager in the collection and spawning of brood stock, incubation and egg handling, administering treatments, biological sampling, feeding, marking, fish transport and release. Hatchery maintenance duties are a key responsibility of this position and include cleaning ponds, filters and screens and maintaining pumps and small enginesExamples of Work Performed:

  • Assist in collecting natural origin sturgeon brood stock on the main stem Columbia that at times requires handling and manipulation of very large fish weighing several hundred pounds.
  • Transport fish to and from the river and ensure proper environmental conditions are maintained during transport.
  • Administer hormone treatments to encourage egg release.
  • Perform surgeries to determine sex, egg condition, and perform microscopic examinations of fish.
  • Examine fish to detect disease and administer prescribed treatments as needed.
  • Remove eggs from fish, weigh and sort eggs and attend to eggs and fry in incubators. Set proper water flows and monitor egg development and fish growth.
  • Operate an eyeing or egg taking station as a sub-unit of the hatchery.
  • Transfer fry from incubators to ponds, prepare food and feed fish. Net and mark sub-yearling fish before trucking to the various release sites on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
  • Monitor fish health; examine fish for disease symptoms, parasites and nutritional disorders.
  • Administer prescribed treatments and maintain treatment records.
  • Maintain fish propagation records such as pond loss, weight and size gains, medication, diets and water temperature.
  • Clean ponds, troughs, trays, screens and racks; mend nets and traps.
  • Performs facilities and grounds maintenance including mowing lawns, repairing and painting building and equipment.
  • Operate various mechanical equipment such as pumps, grinders, power mowers, forklift and light automotive equipment.
  • Monitor water levels and implement feeding schedules and support senior fish culturists in fish liberation activities.
  • Maintain activity logs and prepare periodic reports of activities. Perform record keeping including daily mortalities, feed, pond daily checks and pumps.
  • Take water samples and monitor dissolved gasses, suspend dissolved solids, temperature and PH levels.
  • Treat hatchery water as needed to ensure water quality.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of pumps and power equipment to include mowers, forklifts, chainsaws, string trimmers, front loader, backhoe, snowmobiles, four wheelers and snowplows.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of various species of fish; common fish diseases and usual treatment habits of fish; care and propagation of fish; methods, equipment and supplies used in maintenance of buildings and grounds.
    • Ability to work variable hours, long days, early mornings, holidays and weekends as the work dictates.
    • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Ability to work in close proximity to cold, deep or fast moving water.
    • Ability to us chemicals with limited exposure to treat fish or disinfection of fish handling equipment to prevent or control fish diseases. Minimum Requirements:
      • High school diploma or equivalent.
      • Two years fish Hatchery experience as a Fish Culturist I or Fish Technician I.
      • Required to pass pre-employment drug test.
      • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License with the ability to obtain a Yakama Nation Tribal Driving Permit.
      • Enrolled Yakama Preference, but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
      • Must be able to obtain a CDL in order to operate the fish liberation tank truck.

Keywords: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Yakima , Fish Culturist II (2) Positions (Sturgeon), Other , Toppenish, Washington

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