Fisheries Hatchery Technician II

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #207
Monday, January 11, 2021
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:   January 25, 2021 @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Department:   Fisheries
Reports To:   Hatchery Manager

Hours:            40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time
Salary:          DOQ + Benefits*

*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Position Summary: 
Responsible for feeding and rearing juvenile salmonids and providing overall care and maintenance to the hatchery.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Feeds and rears juvenile salmonids at six remote site acclimation ponds and the fish hatchery.  Scatters food over surface of water by hand or activates blower that automatically scatters food over water to feed fish.

  2. Assists Hatchery Manager in all aspects of fish culture.

  3. Participates in stream surveys counting type of fish and quantity; traps spawning fish and recovers tags; participates in sample fishing.

  4. Participates in operating and maintaining the Tribal Fish Hatchery; strips eggs and milt from fish to fertilize eggs; transfers fry to rearing ponds; feeds fry; stocks streams and ponds.

  5. Performs a variety of maintenance functions at the hatchery; builds baffles for raceways and egg screens; moves fish pen anchors; picks up, stretches out and stores nets. 

  6. Operates various hand and power tools and equipment to make minor repairs to hatchery equipment.

  7. Turns valves and places baffles in troughs to adjust volume, depth, velocity and temperature of water.

  8. Sorts fish according to size, coloring and species and transfers fingerlings to rearing ponds or tanks, using buckets or tank truck.

  9. Drains and cleans ponds and troughs, using brushes, chemicals and water.

  10. Participates in the promotion of fisheries enhancement in the Tribe’s usual and customary fishing areas.

  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High School Diploma/GED; or 2 years of experience working at a fish hatchery/fishery or a related field; or a satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience on a year for year basis resulting in a total of two years of fisheries experience/education and/or training.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State Driver’s License.  Driver’s License must not contain any restrictions that would prevent an employee from operating a GSA vehicle or complying with the Tribe’s Vehicle Policy.

Ability to qualify for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. 

  2. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. 

  3. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. 

  4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. 

  2. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. 

  3. The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.

  4. Requires travel using employee’s own transportation or GSA vehicles.


    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.  

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law


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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA