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Fish Culture Specialist

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Please remember to attach the answers to the supplemental questions and a transcript (may be unofficial) as listed in this announcement. The supplemental questions will be found after the Minimum Qualification section of this posting. 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 August 21, 2018. Please apply through the State of Montana Career site.
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 50 lb. objects numerous times on a daily basis, and working outdoors in all kinds of weather). Must possess basic vocational skills in repair and maintenance or have the ability to learn them without extensive training. Must be able to work without constant supervision. Must process, or get within six weeks from first day of work, a Montana commercial drivers license with tanker and air brake endorsements, and a DOT medical examiner's certificate.
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 and organize thoughts. Must be willing to accept extreme working conditions, flexible hours, and extensive trips of a week or longer.
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.
Big Springs Trout Hatchery is Montana's largest coldwater production fish hatchery, raising trout and salmon which are stocked in various ponds and lakes throughout Montana from April through October. The hatchery is located 7 miles southeast of Lewistown in central Montana in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. For more information about the hatchery contact Jim Drissell, hatchery manager, at 406-538-5588 or visit the website https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/landsMgmt/siteDetail.action?lmsId=39753636.
Lewistown has a population of about 6,000. For more information about Lewistown and the surrounding area, visit their website http://enjoylewistown.com
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.
Job Duties
Duties include daily fish culture activities for cold water species (trout & salmon). Collect, receive, disinfect, enurmerate, chemically treat, and incubate fish eggs. Monitor and estimate hatching and swimup survival. Perform tasks associated with feeding up to 25 different lots of fish (feeding, monitoring feed intake and waste, and adjusting feeding rates). Provide 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 five types of delivery trucks (3/4 ton 4x4, 1 ? ton 4x4, and three Class B diesels rated over 26,000 GVW), monitors fish health enroute 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). If living in state hatchery housing, must perform fish and water supply protection duty in rotation with other employees living on-station.
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.
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 50 lb 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.
Must have common sense and good observation skills. Must be patient, polite, and accomodate the public. Must be flexible and adaptable to new and unique situations. Must be able to communicate clearly and organize thoughts. Must be willing to accept extreme working conditions, flexible hours, and extensive trips of a week or longer.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a a bachelor's degree in Biology, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Environmental Sciences, Zoology, Wildlife, or associated field and at least 1 year of job-related experience. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
This position may require a Montana Commercial Drivers License Type 2 Class B and the ability to safely and effectively drive and operate combination vehicles over 26,000 lbs G.V.W. This license also requires an initial drug and alcohol test and then random drug testing to maintain the CDL.
Supplemental Questions
The information you provide on this application supplement 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 responses will be viewed apart from your application materials; therefore, it is important to be specific in regards 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.
Describe your experience raising different species and/or strains of trout/salmon. Explain similarities and/or differences in fish culture practices used for each species/strain.
Describe your experience with any fish hatchery related equipment and/or techniques that you have used.
Describe any vocational skills you have that might be used for maintaining hatchery facilities (such as carpentry, welding, electrical, plumbing, etc.).



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