General Information: The Fish Health and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for all veterinarian, fish health, biosecurity, and monitoring and evaluation activities conducted at the District's hatcheries. The Fish Health and Evaluation Specialist will be in charge of fish health screening, pathogen management, the issuance of prescriptions, when needed, and will direct hatchery staff in the correct application of medications. The Fish Health and Evaluation Specialist will also direct the District's research efforts focused on finding suitable replacements for formalin, reducing dependence on medicated feed, addressing issues of bacterial resistance, tracking and managing outbreaks at District hatcheries and establishing strict biosecurity protocols and procedures for each program. This position will also function as the liaison with the District's monitoring and evaluation team on in-hatchery monitoring activities and data management toward ensuring that research into the interaction of hatchery and wild fish at and upstream of Wells Dam (Methow, Okanogan and Columbia rivers) is conducted in a rigorous manner consistent with the requirements of the Hatchery Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. This position will report directly to the Natural Resources Supervisor and will work closely and cooperatively with the Hatchery Supervisors at the Wells and Methow Fish hatcheries toward ensuring the safety and well-being of the fish on station. The goal of all of the hatchery programs is the achievement of fish enhancement and conservation goals contained within the Wells Habitat Conservation Plan, Aquatic Settlement Agreement and Off-License Settlement Agreement, and hatchery Interlocal cooperative agreements with Chelan and Grant PUDs.
Essential Job Functions:
- Diagnose, coordinate and direct the application of prescribed medications intended to prevent, reduce or eradicate pathogens from within the hatchery environment
- Author, administer and train hatchery staff on proper biosecurity protocols unique to each facility and fish program
- Develop and efficiently manage an annual fish health and research budget
- Oversee the maintenance of accurate and detailed records and reports related to fish health and evaluation activities
- Coordinate and oversee the fish health program with the hatchery monitoring and evaluation program
- Work respectfully and cooperatively with diverse groups of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with license in good standing in Washington State, or the ability to obtain a license within 30-days of employment
- Expertise in conducting necropsies and collecting diagnostic samples from fish, fish tissue and hatchery effluent
- Extensive knowledge of fish pathogens known to cause disease and that are known to occur in cold water fishes found in inland Washington State
- Knowledge of fish pathology/biology/ecology coupled with an applied understanding of statistical and analytical principles commonly used in animal husbandry
- Ability to communicate in a respectful and cooperative manner with diverse groups of people
- Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
- Knowledge and proficiency in the utilization of computer software programs (MSWord, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, etc.)
- Strong organizational skills
- Physical capability of working in a hatchery environment with exposure to outdoor weather, wet conditions and temperature extremes
- A valid Washington State driver's license and an acceptable driving record
Required Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with at least one year of experience in the care and treatment of cold-water fish or other similar aquatic organisms.
The Fish Health and Evaluation Specialist may be provided housing onsite, if desired, as part of their total compensation package. Details will be discussed during interviews.
In addition to compensation, employees of Douglas County PUD enjoy the following benefits: two medical insurance plan options, vision insurance, dental insurance, health reimbursement account, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, 8 paid holidays per year plus 3 floating holidays, personal leave, deferred compensation plan, and membership in the PERS pension plan.
This is an administrative position and is therefore NOT subject to any of the conditions contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement other than those benefits which apply to all employees. There is a one-year probationary period associated with this position.