Fish Culture Specialist – FWP

Job Type(s): Programs / Services
Salary: $20.64
Deadline: September 22, 2019 12:00 am
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Please remember to attach the required documents (ANSWERS TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS) listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on September 22, 2019. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information:
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).
A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.Must have common sense and good observation skills. Must be patient, polite, and accommodate the public. Must be flexible and adaptable to new and unique situations. Must be able to communicate clearly. Must be willing and able to work in extreme conditions, flexible hours, and extensive trips of a week or longer.

This hatchery is located next to the largest visited state park in the state of Montana and provides public outreach to visitors, school groups, and private entities is a vital role of this position.

State housing is provided at the hatchery and employee is required to live there. Employee will perform fish and water supply protection duty after hours and work weekends and holidays in rotation with other employees living in state housing. This typically results in working one weekend out of every three weekends.

Job Duties:

Duties include daily fish culture activities for cold water species (trout). Collect, receive, disinfect, enumerate, chemically treat, and incubate fish eggs. Monitor and estimate hatching and swim-up survival. Perform tasks associated with feeding up to 10 different lots of fish (feeding, monitoring feed intake and waste, and adjusting feeding rates). Provides a non-stressful rearing environment (cleaning, monitoring and adjusting flows, and monitoring gas levels). Observes, reports, and alleviates fish health problems (recognizes signs and symptoms, identifies probable pathogens through necropsy, calculates and administers therapeutic treatments). Maintains the proper carrying capacity of rearing units (samples, transfers, inventories fish lots). Evaluates fish culture techniques by researching scientific publications, attending workshops, and conducting experiments. Loads fish into trucks utilizing several types of inventory methods, operates 2 types of delivery trucks (1-ton 4×4, and two Class B diesels rated over 26,000 GVW), monitors fish health in route, making adjustments as necessary, and releases fish into various waters throughout the state. Operates other unique hatchery equipment (gas meters, microscope, fish loader, pumps, graders, forklift). Must perform fish and water supply protection duty in rotation with other employees living on-site.

Performs unique and skilled maintenance and repair of hatchery equipment, trucks, buildings, and grounds to keep facility in excellent operational and visually aesthetic condition.

Assist supervisor with data collection, entering information on forms and/or computer. Helps with bill payments. May be assigned as acting supervisor when supervisor is away for extended periods.

Performs tasks outside of Giant Springs Trout Hatchery such as taking ovarian fluid samples, working at other hatcheries (helping with spawning or stocking), spawning wild brood stocks, and performing various public relation activities (tours, kids fishing day, presentations, school activities).


Minimum Qualifications:

Incumbent must possess a basic knowledge of fish biology and fish culture. Must have good speaking and writing skills, and good computer skills with ability to use Microsoft Office software. Must have good math skills, including use of statistics and algebra. Must be able to handle the physical demands of the job (capable of lifting and carrying 50lb objects numerous times on a daily basis, flexible hours, extensive trips, working outdoors in all kinds of weather). Must possess basic trade skills in repair and maintenance or have the ability to learn them without extensive training. Must be able to work without constant supervision.

Incumbent must possess, or acquire within six weeks from first day of work, a Montana commercial driver license with tanker and air brake endorsements, and a DOT medical examiner’s certificate.

The knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position are typically acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree in Fish Biology, Fish Culture, Aquaculture, or a closely related field, and 1-2 years of job-related work experience.


Application Requirements:

In addition to a completed State of Montana employment application please submit, in a separate document no longer than one page, answers to the Supplemental Questions below.

The information you provide in your answers will be used by the selection committee in combination with your education and experience to determine which applicants will move forward in the selection process. Your answers will be viewed apart from your application materials; therefore, it is important to be specific in regard to names of employers, dates, job duties, etc. if requested. It is important that your answers are concise, thorough and relevant. The committee cannot make assumptions based solely on your other application materials when reviewing this supplement.

 Supplemental Questions:
1. Describe your experience and coursework in Fish Culture/Fisheries or a related field.

2. Describe in detail your vocational skills & equipment used that will be useful in this job.