Fish Culturist - Transport

Application Period: 
11/9/2018 to 11/16/2018
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 for the position of Fish Culturist -Transport. This announcement will be used to fill current opening at the Nampa Fish Hatchery only.

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.
  • Determines appropriate loading of fish in rearing and transport vessels.
  • Loads, transports and plants fish.
  • Operates a manual transmission tractor-trailer transport and/or 10-wheel truck with a 2-axle pull trailer on back-country roads and mountainous terrain and highways.
  • Maintains auxiliary equipment including pressurized gas cylinders and electric generator systems used in truck transport.
  • Prepares maintenance reports.
  • Maintains records and contributes to reports documenting hatchery activities and maintenance, fish diseases and treatments, and production studies.
  • Conducts hatchery tours and explains operations.
  • 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:

  • The incumbent, 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 are required. Some positions may require travel away from home.

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 and/or maintenance reports
  • Experience operating large tankers and tractor-trailer transports with manual transmission
  • Experience loading and transporting live fish
  • Fish Culturist - Transport positions throughout the state require an incumbent to possess a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Tank Vehicle Endorsements at time of application. For positions requiring a CDL, incumbents must pass a pre-employment controlled substance screening test. The incumbent will be 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 in this position.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • 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 66 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)