Fish Culturist

  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • King and Queen County, VA, United States
  • Mar 14, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Water Quality

Job Description

Job Description

To assist hatchery management staffs with daily operations, to include fish culture duties related to hatching, rearing and stocking/distribution of any and all species/strains/varieties of freshwater organisms, primarily warm- and cool-water fish; maintaining accurate hatchery records, and providing technical assistance and guidance to seasonal technicians; and assisting with maintenance and appearance/upkeep of grounds and facilities to ensure efficient, safe and secure 24/7 operation.

Minimum Qualifications

Possess knowledge of husbandry techniques and operations; knowledge of operation and maintenance of farm-type vehicles, equipment and tools, light and medium trucks, and buildings, using hand and power tools; perform semi-skilled tasks in variety of trades/utilities; operate variety of lab and power equipment. Able to use PC and Microsoft Office software, specifically Work, Excel, and Access. Ability to collect and record physical, chemical and biological data and use to make standard culture decisions (e.g., minor design changes in propagation practices; calculation of feed/growth rates; diagnosis and implementation of disease therapies). Ability to perform manual labor to include moderate to heavy lifting in excess of 70 pounds; ability to work in varying indoor, outdoor, wet and dry climates. Ability to interact effectively with coworkers, supervisor and the public. May be responsible for providing guidance to a small number of seasonal employees in day-to-day tasks. Ability to solve minor problems related to the care of fish and/or equipment that arise while performing a full range of job duties. Ability to communicate ideas clearly and an ability to fabricate some equipment are important. High school diploma or GED, with experience in husbandry and/or fisheries and wildlife management. Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Any combination of additional education from trade schools, college, university, etc., in related fields. Degree in aquaculture, biological science or a related field, with experience in husbandry, fisheries, or aquaculture. Certified in mechanical/utility trades desirable. Pesticide applicator certificate and first aid/CPR/AED certification.

Job Close Date: 03/27/2017

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