Fish Culturist

Application Period: 
6/13/2018 to 6/27/2018
Employment Type: 
Permanent - Full Time
$15.53+ per hour DOE, Plus Competitive Benefits!

About the position

The Department of Fish and Game is currently recruiting to fill statewide openings for the position of Fish Culturist.

To learn more about Department of Fish and Games' various hatcheries throughout the state, please click here.


  • Spawns fish and monitors development of eggs and fry
  • Calculates growth gains
  • Implements feeding schedules required for specified growth rates
  • Cleans tanks and raceways
  • Observes fish behavior for signs of stress or disease
  • Implements water and feed treatments and prophylactic measures
  • Grades and sorts fish, tracks hatchery inventory of various species and sizes of fish, removes and enumerates daily fish mortality
  • Loads, transports and plants fish
  • Maintains records and contributes to reports documenting hatchery activities, fish diseases and treatments, and production studies
  • Conducts hatchery tours and explains operation
  • Assists in maintenance and minor repairs of hatchery equipment, vehicles, and buildings
  • May act as a crew leader and direct activities of temporary staff

General Information:

  • Incumbents, with or without reasonable accommodations, must be capable of lifting and carrying 50+lbs. Work includes repetitive handling and feeding of fish, climbing on and off fish transport trucks, and standing and working in cold water for up to eight hours per shift. These positions require working with toxic chemicals and around heavy dust, high voltage, loud noises, and slippery surfaces. Work is conducted in all weather conditions. Irregular work schedules are frequent; weekend, holiday, and evening work is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of aquaculture and ichthyology and the growing and maintaining of fish
  • Some knowledge of report writing involving scientific or biological data and terms
  • Experience: communicating orally in one-to-one and group situations; entering and retrieving data, preparing statistical reports and/or maintenance reports
  • Some Fish Culturist positions throughout the state require an incumbent to possess a Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or be willing to obtain one within the six-month probationary period (see question #11 on the examination). Once a CDL is obtained, the employee is required to participate in the Department's drug/alcohol testing program and comply with all of its provisions through their duration of employment with the agency

Desirable Qualification:

  • Perform minor maintenance work on small engines, pumps or vehicles; use hand, power, or mechanical tools
How to Apply

There is an exam to determine an applicant's eligibility. You will receive a score based on your responses to the checklist and the information that you provide to support your responses. All responses must be supported in the work history, resume, and/or education portion of your application. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. A higher rating may be obtained based on the extent of your education and experience, so take your time to provide a detailed and complete answer to each question. It is very important that the information you provide clearly supports your responses. A minimum rating of 63 is needed to pass this examination. Examination results will be available online when the review process is completed.

Please apply online and take the qualifying examination at the URL listed below.

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference.
Rachel Byington
(208) 334-3773
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)