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Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Hatchery Manager job opening




This position, as are all positions with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, is Indian Preference in Hiring, in accordance with P.L. 93-638.


TITLE:                      Hatchery Manager

STATUS:                   Permanent, Full Time Exempt

LOCATION:             Natural Resource Department, Arlington, WA

SALARY:                  $63,805 annually

REPORTS TO:         Director of Natural Resources

OPENS:                     Friday, January 13, 2017

CLOSES:                   Monday, February 6, 2017 or until filled




The Hatchery Manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe is responsible for all aspects of daily hatchery operations and fish culture activities for the Tribe’s two hatchery facilities.  These facilities include conservation and enhancement programs for Stillaguamish summer Chinook, fall Coho and fall Chum, and a captive brood program for fall Chinook.  Total hatchery releases are approximately 500,000 smolts per year.


The position entails a broad range of responsibilities, including but not limited to; oversight of all life stages for in-river broodstocking efforts through both seining and passive trapping, fish transport, spawning, incubating, rearing, tagging and release.


The position is responsible for sampling protocols, data collection, tabulation and entry of hatchery records into department database, quality assurance of data, and producing required reports.


The position has supervisory responsibility over a current staff of three, with the potential for future growth.  This includes conducting performance evaluations, approving timesheets, travel requests and training.
This position will work with the Enhancement Biologist and the Director of Natural Resources to develop and adhere to an annual budget and annual grant proposals. The position also will provide input regarding staff scheduling, activities and efficiencies relative to the successful completion of hatchery undertakings, including the development, updating and implementing of safety guidelines, policies and procedures.  Along with the rest of the Natural Resources Department, this position works to protect and enhance the Tribe’s treaty protected rights.






  • Fish Culture: Ensure that program fish are well cared for, as would befit a hatchery program with a quality reputation. Collect and spawn adult returners for broodstock for the Tribe’s conservation hatchery programs. Rear offspring from fertilized egg to brood release, including laying and picking eggs, feeding juveniles, monitoring brood fish health in coordination with Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) staff, administration of pond treatments as needed, cleaning fish rearing structures, and monitor and maintain water intake and filtration.  Professionally engage in co-manager coordination with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Whitehorse Ponds facility.  Confer with Enhancement Biologist and other fishery personnel to obtain data concerning fish habits, food, and environmental requirements.
  • Mass Marking: Coordinate with NWIFC to implant juveniles with coded-wire tags and clip adipose fins for certain species, with retention sampling post marking. Also, coordinate and perform coded wire tag sampling and dissection, and fish scale collection on all adult broodstock. Confer with Harvest Fisheries Biologist and other fishery personnel for recovery procedures, department data requirements and brood release reporting.
  • Personnel Management: Supervise hatchery technicians and ensure all hatchery activities are being completed on time and within budget. This position serves as a role model and mentor to hatchery technicians. This means setting a positive, professional example, and sharing knowledge and experience to ensure an efficient and effective team. Perform typical personnel management activities such as performance evaluations, disciplinary actions if needed, approval of timesheets, travel and training requests, and developing work schedules including covering weekends and holidays.  All personnel management activities will be performed in partnership with the Director of Natural Resources.
  • Data Management: Ensure that all hatchery staff are recording and maintaining quality data on fish handling, health and maintenance, including entry into a Microsoft Access database. Perform data entry efficiently and accurately, with attention to detail on entered data against original copy, with ability to ensure accurate, controlled data. Execute data standards and procedures to ensure legally defensible data. Develop in-house operations forms, sampling project data sheets and procedures, and assist in developing department database interface as required.  Confer with Natural Resources Database Manager for data standards and procedures.
  • Fiscal Management: This position is responsible for ensuring their project expenditures do not exceed budget. It is also responsible for informing the annual department budget and annual grant proposals for capital expenditures and facility improvements.  This position is also responsible for obtaining the equipment and supplies necessary to complete assigned projects as per the Tribe’s procurement policy.
  • Facility Management: Monitors water flow and quality parameters; takes water samples and readings; maintains proper water flow and rearing environments; responds to alarms; monitors and maintains facility support systems; actively identifies safety hazards and takes action or recommends remedies as appropriate. Maintains, constructs, and performs minor repairs to ponds and walkways, fish feeders, egg trays, and screens. Maintains and repairs hatchery buildings, hatchery equipment, lawn mowers, power tools, roads, and trails. Assist with the maintenance of the hatchery facilities and grounds. Performs maintenance work, and operates equipment and the use of small hand tools.
  • Project Management: This position is responsible for scoping and designing assigned projects, and for ensuring the successful execution. Projects will include construction of capital improvements, hatchery facility repairs, etc.
  • Policies and Procedures: Determines, administers, and executes policies relating to safety, administration, standards of hatchery operations, and facility maintenance. Responsible for the development, implementation and updating of all policies and procedures related to the hatchery program.
  • Public Relations: Meets the public, maintains public relations, answers questions, and conducts hatchery tours for school groups. Responds to/answers questions from visitors or outside entities in a polite professional manner.
  • Administrative duties.
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of treaty fishing rights including compliance with U.S. vs. Washington, Civil 9213, and subsequent orders. Basic knowledge of the Stillaguamish Tribe and its Natural Resources programs.
  • Knowledge of the life history and specialized needs of Pacific Northwest salmonids.
  • Experience in fish culture and hatchery operations. Mass marking experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques for collecting scientifically credible data related to fish hatchery management.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor staff.
  • Knowledge of the use of specialized equipment specific to fish hatchery work (fork lifts, tilt bed trucks etc.) and ability to improvise solutions related to malfunctioning and/or faulty equipment.
  • Must be able to organize time, solve problems and carry out duties with a minimum of supervision and work cooperatively with other staff.
  • Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office suite (including Word, Excel and Outlook) and use of the internet. Experience with Microsoft Access preferred.
  • Skill in operating and maintaining fish hatchery equipment (such as filters and pumps), small handheld power tools, farm equipment (such as tractors and mowers), and hatchery vehicles.
  • Knowledge and ability in basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical preferred.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks, including lifting and carrying supplies and materials up to 65 pounds and working in inclement weather conditions.
  • Required to work irregular hours including some weekends and holidays, and ability to adjust to changing schedules. Position will include rotating weekend and holiday shifts.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and on call situations within 30 minutes. This position should reside in, or be willing to relocate to, the Arlington or Granite Falls area to ensure appropriate response time.  There is no onsite housing provided.
  • Ability to represent the Tribe professionally when interacting with the public, Tribal members, other Tribal technical staff and other agency personnel.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing and ability to write narrative reports in a clear and succinct manner.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude, strong work ethic with great attention to detail, and a strong interest in natural resource management.




This position directly supervises staff, including department technicians, while working at the Tribes hatchery facilities.  Currently this position directly supervises three staff in two facilities with the assistance and oversight of the Director of Natural Resources.




Graduation from an accredited 2 year college with an Associate degree focusing on natural resource management (or related field) AND 5 years of related fisheries experience, at least 2 years in a hatchery environment and at least 2 years supervising personnel.


Additional education may substitute year-for-year for experience.


Valid Washington State driver’s license.



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.


  • Frequently involves lifting and carrying up to 65 pounds.
  • Frequently involves kneeling, bending, squatting, sitting, crawling on hands and knees, climbing, working in confined spaces, and sometimes dusty or very hot environments, working in and around and over water with waders on, use of a respirator and other forms of PPE, handle chemicals for therapeutic fish treatments and herbicides appropriately and accordance with labels.
  • This position requires the ability to work and/or operate vehicles and equipment in all weather conditions.
  • Constantly requires the ability to give and receive detailed information through written and verbal communication.
  • Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas of important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Constantly requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm.
  • Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Constantly requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.
  • Frequently requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time.
  • Frequently requires ascending or descending stairs or ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Frequently requires excellent balance and comfort with heights.
  • Frequently requires raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally.
  • Frequently requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Frequently requires crouching.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Normally does not exceed 40 hours per week unless emergency conditions exist, where the ability to work long hours or through the night may be required.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is subject to outside environmental conditions and to wet and/or humid conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate but can vary significantly.


Working hours are normally an 8-hour-day, 5 days per week with rotating weekend shifts, but can vary according to the needs of the program and resource.



Local travel is frequently required.  Travel outside of the state is infrequently required.




  • Complete Tribal Employment application located online at
  • Cover letter explaining your qualifications and experience relevant to the functions of this position.
  • Personal resume identifying your qualifications and experiences relevant to the functions of this position.


Submit completed application packet to one of the following:

3322 236th ST NE Arlington, WA 98223

Fax # 360 653 9121



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