ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT
Managing today for Wildlife tomorrow
FISH CULTURIST 2
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIVISION / AQUATICS WILDLIFE BRANCH / PHOENIX BASED
FLSA EXEMPT / SALARY GRADE 18 ($31,110 - $55,762)
REQUISITION #41436 / CLOSE DATE: 10/10/2018
The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona's fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the Department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles.
Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; State lottery revenues; donations on State income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. Department policy is set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Governor. For more information, please visit our website at www.azgfd.gov.
The mission of the Arizona Game & Fish Department is to conserve Arizona's diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations. It is our vision to be the national conservation leader supporting the continuation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Arizona's most trusted, respected and credible source for wildlife conservation products, services and information.
This position provides support to any of the six Department's hatcheries and the Community Fishing Program. The ideal candidate must be willing to travel and expend indeterminate periods of time providing support at any of the six Department's hatcheries.
This position feeds and cares for live fish. Cleans rearing tanks and raceways; adjusts water flows; removes dead fish; and checks water quality within the hatchery. Captures, loads, transports and stocks live fish into lakes, streams, and reservoirs.
Transports, inspects, prepares and cares for live fish eggs; removes dead eggs; treats with therapeutic chemicals as necessary; maintains water flow and keeps detailed working records. Gathers, compiles, and analyzes fish culture data, size/weight of fish, fish condition and water quality data. Makes computer entries and produces hatchery reports and stocking reports.
Communicates with the public, community groups, supervisors, and vendors about department business and issues. Maintains hatchery buildings, grounds, and support systems; performs minor maintenance on vehicles and equipment. Operates vehicles for hatchery operations (ATV's, tractor grader, bobcat, dump truck, stocking trucks, fork lift, etc), pick up hatchery supplies, and assists other hatcheries as necessary.
Maintains hatchery security; checks for visitors after hours; ensures that visitors comply with rules; reports to supervisors, law enforcement and emergency units if necessary. Participates in department functions that may involve travel and overnight stays. Designs and fabricates specialty tools/equipment and additions or modifications to hatchery equipment.
Builds and/or repairs screens, crowders, and segregation boxes. Promotes a safe and productive work environment as well as a quality experience for visitors to the hatchery. Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The candidate will have knowledge of/in: cultured trout behavior; biology; propagation and transportation techniques; trout diseases and treatment methods. The ideal candidate will be skilled in techniques of daily care including, feeding, cleaning, inventory tracking and record keeping.
The candidate will have the abilities for maintaining and repairing hatchery facilities and equipment. The ideal candidate will have the knowledge of computer software such as (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Google Docs and Google Sheets). The ideal candidate will have the ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities, excellent writing skills.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and one year of fish hatchery experience; OR two years of experience equivalent to a Fish Culturist I.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency's ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid, state-issued commercial driver's license appropriate to the assignment with air brakes and tanker endorsement (must be obtained within 6 months of appointment). Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
Sick Leave with accumulation benefits
10 paid holidays
Participation in the nationally recognized Arizona State Retirement System
Superior health care options
Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
Many more benefit programs are available
For more information on the benefits available to State of Arizona employees, including plan descriptions, wait periods and cost, please visit www.benefitoptions.az.gov.
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is an equal opportunity, reasonable accommodations employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need to request an accommodation in the employment process or would like to receive this document in an alternative format, please contact our office at (623) 236-7326 or TTY 1-800-367-8939, prior to the closing date of the job in which you are interested. We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.
State Of Arizona