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Natural Resources, Department of

Fish Culture Technician  

Job Announcement Code(s): 17-00842

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Fish Culture Technician

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $16.61 per hour (annually $34,548.80) plus excellent benefits. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees will be set according to applicable provisions of the State Compensation Plan. A 12-month probationary period may be required. This position is in pay schedule/range 06-13.
Susan Schwarm, Human Resources Specialist, 608-267-7432,
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Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:
Please submit required application, resume and cover letter by deadline of 11:59 p.m., CST on 4/24/2017.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an interesting and very rewarding opportunity for two openings as a full time Fish Culture Technicians. If you enjoy "all things fish," are detailed orientated and have great customer service skills, this is an excellent opportunity! You will serve as a fish culturist and help fish lead healthier and more productive lives.You will be contributing to stocking millions of fish into WI waters. This important work is done by monitoring and maintaining fish health and observing behavior, cleaning tanks, taking measurements such as water temperature and bacteria levels and maintaining detailed records, repairing equipment, and  and giving tours of the facility.   
The DNR is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing its natural resources. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depends on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive and diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community.  Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding, meaningful work!

Location information: The current two openings are located at: The Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery, Adell, WI - primarily cold water fish at this location.  Important note: The WI DNR expects additional openings for this role within the next 6 to 12 months.  Apply NOW if you have any interest!  This recruitment will be used to fill Fisheries Technicians -Advanced (Fish Culture Technician) opportunities, as they may occur throughout the state, for at least the next six months.  Again, apply NOW (select "statewide" opportunity in your application, if you want to be considered for each and every opening as they occur throughout the state).

Position Summary:   The Fish Culture Technician performs fish culturist duties with cold water fish species at the Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery. Other locations may work with cool and/or cold water fish. The position is responsible for fish culture, monitoring fish health and addressing diseases, maintaining and repairing equipment and facilities, monitoring the water and other environmental factors that affect the fish production. This role will maintain detailed records and enter into various computer systems for analysis. The technician provides excellent customer service throughout the day and also provides community outreach and education to the public. As needed, will act as the lead worker in the absence of the supervisor, assist in loading and distributing fish and respond to after hour calls to address fish or hatchery emergencies.

We encourage you to review the full position description by clicking here

Special Notes:   

Employment will require a background check. Also, these positions will spend up to 70% of their time doing physical work involving standing or movement. Ability to exert 50-100 lbs. DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States, and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire. 

The working hours are 40 hours per week. Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The position will work weekends approximately once a month, rotating with other staff. Hours may change based on departmental needs due to peaks in work load.


Minimally qualified applicants will have experience, training or education in ALL of the following:
•Knowledge or experience with cold and/or cool water fish culture and fish health
•Experience with personal computer software (Microsoft Office Suite), primarily Excel, but will use Word, Access, Outlook for detailed record keeping and communications
•Knowledge or experience with basic water chemistry and protocol for testing

Note:  Preferred applicants will also have experience with biosecurity plans and/or public outreach/educational services. Please ensure your resume and cover letter clearly describes and provides examples of the above listed background.

Well-qualified applicants will have experience in the following:
•Communications (verbal and written) skills
•Strong interpersonal/team building skills
•Customer service skills

Special Requirements
1. Valid WI drivers license and the ability to obtain (within 6 months of employment) and maintain a Class B – Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), endorsement – N (tank vehicles) and certified for air brakes.
2. Ability to obtain (within  6 months of employment) and maintain an aquatic pesticide applicators licenses.

How To Apply:   

Create an account, see green “Log In” button at the top of the main WiscJobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account:
•Log in, view job 17-00842
•Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to create customized your cover letter & resume 
•Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen
•Complete the job application and “Continue”
•Complete the Job Preferences screen and “Continue”
•Attach your cover letter and resume when indicated (both are required)
•Read and follow the Application Instructions Page and then insert your name on page 2 of the instructions
•Click “Save and Finalize” to submit your application, cover letter and resume  

To be considered for this position applicants must complete the online process.  Application materials will not be accepted if received in an email, as a hard copy or a fax.  If you are unable to complete the materials or have any questions, please contact or 608-267-7432.
Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Therefore, it is critical to adequately describe how you meet the minimally required qualifications shown above. Failure to submit a resume AND cover letter will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for the position. 

Current permanent classified state employees outside of the DNR, or former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.

For more information about the application and selection process visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on WISC.JOBS.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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