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Natural Resources, Department of

Fish Hatchery Supervisor 

Job Announcement Code(s): 18-03495

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Fish Hatchery Supervisor

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $56,160.00 and $60,320.00 annually ($27.00 - $29.00 per hour). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. Current State employees applying as a transfer applicant will require DPM approval for pay on transfer increases. Please contact the HR Specialist for more information. This position is in Pay Schedule/Range 81-03.
Rebecca Rupnow, HR Specialist 608-261-6447 or
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Deadline to Apply:
Applications must be complete and finalized before 11:59PM CST on the deadline date. Once you finalize, you cannot make changes to your application.
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is recruiting for a Fish Hatchery Supervisor.  The position will supervise the Osceola and St. Croix Fish Hatcheries and will work back and forth at both locations.  For general information about the selection process, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions tab.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community by participating in fund raisers for charities. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Additionally, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions.

Position Summary:   

This position functions as the supervisor of the Fish Culture program staff at the St. Croix and Osceola Hatcheries under the general guidance of the Northwest Hatchery Group Leader.  Supervisor responsibilities include the supervision and coordination of the fish rearing activities, budgets, and supervision of 4 to 6 staff including Limited Term Employees (LTEs). 

Responsibilities include overseeing safety programs, assigned fish production, and collection and processing of brood fish. This position is responsible for coordinating facility and fish production related equipment maintenance and developing hatchery enhancement projects; developing, submitting and tracking budgets; making purchases in support of fish rearing; facilitating spawning activities; maintenance and safety in the work unit; scheduling and facilitating rearing and egg collection initiatives; and facilitating building and grounds maintenance.

To view the complete position description, click here.

Special Notes:   

Work hours will vary slightly based on demand.  General work hours will be Monday through Friday 7:45a.m.- 4:30p.m. with weekend schedule flexibility.

A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Class Designation B, endorsement N and certified for air brakes is required within 6 months of employment.

A valid State of Wisconsin driver's license is required upon/throughout employment. 

There is potential for the successful candidate to rent housing at one of the hatchery locations.

The successful candidate for this position will be required to pass a criminal background check prior to appointment.

Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check. 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 by completing the required I-9 form upon hire..


Required Qualifications for the position include: 

Knowledge of coldwater or coolwater fish culture (including life history, fish health, fish production ,and aquaculture diseases).

Leadership experience including project management or coordination, team lead, and experience with review and monitoring the work of two or more people on a regular or temporary basis.

In addition to the Required Qualifications, Preferred Qualifications include:

Direct supervisory experience.

How To Apply:   

If you have not already done so, create an account by clicking the green “Log In” button at the top of the main Wisc.Jobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account:

Log in and view Job Announcement 1803495.
Click "Preview Assessment" and follow the instructions to customize your job narrative cover letter & resume to the qualifications of this position.
Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen.
Review your job application, make any necessary updates and then click “Continue”.
Complete the Job Preferences screen and then click “Continue”.
Attach your job narrative cover letter and resume when prompted.
Read the Instructions page and then answer the question that follows.
Click “Save and Finalize Assessment” to submit your application.

Your cover letter and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job.

For instructions on developing your resume and cover letter and what should be included in these materials, click here.

You will be sent an automatic e-mail confirming that the application process has been completed. We will also correspond via e-mail for assessment results and potentially interviews.

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.


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