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Animal Caretaker (Fisheries)

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Department Of The Interior Anderson , CA 96007

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is part of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery as an Animal Caretaker you will perform a variety of fish culturist activities with a specific production cycle which includes the release of fish and a down period. The "down" time provides for activities such as preparation of the retention ponds and egg incubation rooms, cleaning and repairing tanks and raceways, repair and preparation of bird netting, getting the spawning room up and running, dropping the fish ladder etc.

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Physical Demands: This position requires regular and recurring heavy physical effort involving frequent lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying fish, supplies, and materials varying weights, sizes, and shapes up to 75 pounds, and occasionally between 80-100 pounds is required. The work involves standing in place or stooping for extended periods of time and frequent immersion of hands in cold water. Manual dexterity and quick reflexes are required for handling live fish.

Work Environment: Work is performed both outdoor and indoor. Outdoor work is performed in varying weather conditions and temperatures with exposure to wet and slippery surfaces, strong and unpleasant odors, drafts, loud noise, dust, and dirt. Muscle strain, cuts, scrapes, and bruises are likely. Incumbent is subject to greater possibility of injury while handling large fish coming out from under the anesthetic at unforeseen moments in enclosed and constrained confines area where the ability to move fast and decisively is critical.

Hatchery Alarm Response: You are required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned. Alarm must be responded to timely in order to ensure Hatchery specimens remain viable.

As an Animal Caretaker (Fisheries), you will perform fish culture work which involves breeding, rearing, and/or growing Chinook salmon and steelhead at a fish hatchery, deciding what care is required or following special instructions, and performing various other duties in support of the program. You will be actively involved in the entire production cycle of the hatchery from egg care, after-hatching, raising and feeding of fry, to rearing and release of smolts, and subsequent harvesting of new eggs to continue the cycle. Major duties include:

    • Caring for broodstock fish, spawning, eggs, fry and feeding fish throughout the rearing cycle;
    • Monitoring the appearance and behavior of fish for changes indicative of disease, discontent, or environmental distress, and remedying or reporting the problem;
    • Recording, computing and summarizing data on fish, such as size, weight, age, sex, mortalities and quantities and formula of food fed;
    • Maintaining equipment and fish culture facilities, including cleaning tanks, raceway, and ponds.
    • During spawning and incubation processes, measuring chemicals, monitoring water flows, monitoring adult fish behavior, culling dead fish and recording appropriate data. Operating spawning and anesthetic hoists, applying and monitoring anesthetic levels;
    • Performing activities related to preservation and fertilization of eggs, including care, feeding and incubation; feeding fish, including monitoring and adjusting feed cycles.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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  • Job family (Series)
    5048 Animal Caretaking

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation

  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required

  • Incumbent is required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned. Alarm must be responded to timely in order to ensure Hatchery specimens remain viable.

  • Work requires working evenings, weekends and holidays.


By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation.

Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the position and the Assessment Questionnaire in order to be rated qualified for consideration. To be qualified candidates must meet any screen out element(s) listed at an "acceptable" level, and must achieve an average rating of at least "acceptable" on all of the elements. Only education, training, or experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.

To qualify for this position, you must be able to follow routine schedules and work methods to care for hatchery fish, such as catching and handling fish with nets or hands; providing regular/scheduled feed; recognizing obvious changes to fish appearance and activity; and keeping records of fish data such as size, weight, sex, and age. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have experience performing these duties.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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