Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

  • Fish Production Scientist II

    Job Location US-WA-Auburn
    # of Openings
    Job Status
    USD $72,552.00/Yr.
    Regular Full-Time
    Pay Grade

    This position involves working closely with the FPAD to achieve hatchery program goals, and to manage all aspects of salmon hatchery operations, facility compliance, project development and personnel supervision.


    1. Oversee the management of hatchery properties, facilities, housing, and equipment.

    2. Manage by scheduling, coordinating and monitoring the work of hatchery staff.

    3. Delegate effectively, ensuring employees understand and operate within the Tribe’s policies and division and program guidelines.

    4. Oversee and participate in all aspects of  fish culture activities to include the following:
        a. Handle salmonid brood stock including trapping, sorting, maturation assessment and condition, collecting research/pathology samples, and measuring spawning success.
        b. Set-up incubation and rearing areas with appropriate equipment, plan movement of eggs from spawning to incubation. Plan movement of fry and fingerlings throughout rearing to release. Provide and maintain daily water quality and flow logs.
        c. Maintain hygienic conditions for the salmon, move and handle fish to optimize growth conditions.
        d. Accurately tune feeding practices using appropriate diets, monitor fish growth and development.
        e. Observe fish for stress diseases and/or parasites, and treat fish as prescribed by Veterinarian.
        f. Inventory, coordinate tagging and marking, for release of fish as determined by approved production plans, HGMP, and the Salmonid Disease Control Policy.

    5. Assist in writing protocols and develop strict methods to assure safe and efficient hatchery operation. Including contingency plans for emergencies and biosecurity protocols for fish culture.

    6. Oversee water system management. Respond to alarms. Monitor and assure that water resources are used efficiently and that regular maintenance is performed on all hatchery facility components.

    7. Assure compliance with water quality discharge permit requirements (NPDES).

    8. Coordinate the collection of daily records and input those records into the hatchery database. Prepare and edit weekly and seasonal reports. Keep daily hatchery logs.

    9. Manage the disposition of gametes and eyed eggs for exchanges with other facilities.

    10. Coordinate with the FPAD to develop plans to maximize production and satisfy Tribal objectives and help to implement those plans.

    11. Participate in conducting annual performance appraisals in coordination with the FPAD, facilitating employees’ career development and cross-training opportunities, helping to document and maintain current personnel achievement certifications.

    12. Document expenditures and purchases, maintaining on-going inventories of supplies and equipment required for operations.

    13. Investigate new culture technologies and collaborate with other professionals in the Fisheries Division in developing short- and long-term plans to meet program enhancement goals.

    14. Participate in new facility design and construction.

    15. Represent the Fish Production Program in daily business, with Tribal officials and managers, at meetings, seminars and conferences.

    16. Serve as a fish culture resource to staff and others in fish production and enhancement employees.

    17. Foster the Tribe’s commitment to community service and the well-being of its members by participating in cultural events and engaging hatchery staff.



    Master’s degree in biology, fisheries biology, fisheries science, or directly related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum of or supplemented by 4 semester hours (6 quarter hours) of upper level (500 or higher) in fisheries or aquatic science courses in subjects such as genetics, physiology; ecology; resource management, restoration; aquaculture, fisheries acoustics; limnology, river ecology, fish husbandry, microbiology, nutrition, and 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of research design, statistics and/or biometrics (course numbers 400 or higher) AND 2 years of experience working at a fish hatchery in supervisory role


    Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Biology, Fisheries Science, or directly related field from an accredited college or university with at least 34 upper level semester hours (51 quarter hours) in aquatic biology subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, shellfish biology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, aquaculture and upper level courses in probability and statistics AND 5 years of experience working in a hatchery environment in a supervisory role.


    Special Requirement: Transcripts are required from applicants selected for interview as part of the application process.


    Skill in:

    • Strong organizational and communication skills.
    • Strong leadership and mentoring skills
    • Strong technical writing skills.
    • Strong computer skills.
    • Organizational and problem solving skills.
    • Managing the work of diverse support staff and conflict resolution.
    • Defining data needs and collecting appropriate information, compiling that information for use by other fisheries professionals.
    • Applying administrative guidelines to work situations.
    • Basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring skills and small motor and pump repair.
    • Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office suite, Excel, data entry and analysis, probability and statistics.

    Knowledge of:

    • Tribal Treaty Rights.
    • Fish hatchery management practices and production.
    • Hallmark signs of fish stress, fish disease recognition and treatment, and fish health management.
    • Anadromous Pacific salmonid biology, culture, nutrition and physiology.
    • Water testing, chemistry of aquatic environments and fish toxicology.
    • Purchase order tracking and staying within a budget.
    • Fish transportation, fish passage and fish rescue techniques pertaining to changing surface water conditions or low flows.
    • Methods of biological testing design, data collection, statistical analysis and making sound conclusions
    • Ability to work independently and lead a team to accomplish daily goals.
    • Hatchery facility modernization.
    • Current literature, trends and developments in fish culture.


    Ability to:

    • Be willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays and provide 24 hour on-call support as situations arise with regard to the health and safety of the staff and fish.
    • Maintain confidentiality.
    • Must be able to work in close quarters with staff, organizing time to complete duties and solve problems.
    • Translate technical information into clear communication for non-technical staff.
    • Develop and conduct biological studies, analyze, evaluate, organize and effectively present orally and write reports.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with local, state and federal agencies.
    • Coordinate several activities at once.
    • Travel occasionally to attend meetings, seminars and conferences.


    The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this class. Work is performed outdoors and in an office setting. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear; and occasionally climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.

    Licenses or Certifications Required

    Current and valid Washington State driver’s license and First Aid/CPR/AED certification required.


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