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City of Tacoma WA Trout Hatchery Biologist in Mossyrock, Washington

Position Description

This 8-year term position serves as the owner representative and fish husbandry expert overseeing the modernization of the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery, as well as support fish facility operations thereafter. This position is responsible for identifying fish husbandry practices, equipment and infrastructure which will result in the Trout Hatchery being capable of meeting its performance standards with low cost, flexibility and resiliency. This position will document and maintain criteria to inform facility design, construction and program implementation.

Effective communicator, successful negotiator and program promotors are key attributes of this position. This position coordinates with Tacoma Natural Resources and hatchery contractors (WDFW), reviews designs/plans, oversees construction, conducts project overviews/updates and training. This position delivers clear communication and expectations from Natural Resources to Tacoma hydro, engineering and contracted construction and hatchery operations staff. Importantly, this position provides oversight and communication necessary for a project of this scope to be successful.

Job Duties:

  • Identify and advocate for proven cost effective fish husbandry practices, equipment and infrastructure that will improve attainment of the Trout Hatchery’s objectives
  • Manage, create and maintain the Design Basis Memo and fish husbandry plan during the construction phases for the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery remodel
  • Communicate, negotiate and manage our husbandry contractors’ (WDFW) operational and design criteria, operations during construction and commissioning of newly constructed components over several years of construction
  • Review design plans (including prints, schematics and diagrams) and construction activities to ensure plans/deliverables meet owner’s husbandry criteria and expectations
  • Conduct project updates and overviews to Natural Resources, Fisheries Tech Committee (FTC), WDFW, other regulatory agencies
  • Manage the creation of O&M manual as components are commissioned
  • Facilitate training and smooth transition of operations into new facility upgrades
  • Monitor hatchery remodel and blueprints
  • Develop Operation and Maintenance manuals or similar documents
  • Some travel required to CTH and Tacoma Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science, forestry, resource management, archaeology or other science related to area of specialty AND ten years of professional-level experience in fisheries or related environmental programs

Master's degree is preferred and may be substituted for two years of experience

LICENSING, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: Valid Washington State Driver License at time of application with maintenance thereafter Complete First Aid and CPR certification within six-months of appointment with maintenance thereafter

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of fish husbandry methods (i.e., biosecurity, egg incubation, feed training, juvenile rearing, and smoltification management)
  • Excellent communication skills and effective presenter/group speaker and report writer
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills
  • Proficient in use of MS Office products: PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, Word
  • Excellent writing, organization and time management skills
  • Knowledge in modern aquatic disease identification and prevention
  • Develop methods of data collection and interpret results for fish husbandry program
  • Conduct work, implement procedures and operate equipment consistent with job duties as it applies to fisheries
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with employees, the general public, city, county, state and federal agencies
  • Plan and organize work that meets schedules and time lines Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

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Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

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Apply Interested individuals should **apply online and attach **a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

Salary: $94,203.20 - $120,806.40 Annually

Location: Mossyrock, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Power

Job Number: 2094-20

Closing: Continuous

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400