Hatchery Technician

Recruitment #200625-UNCL-13



Application Instructions:

Must apply online.

Contact the Human Resource Office with questions: (405) 521-4640.

Current full time employees of the department must submit a Letter of Application to the Human Resource Office. 

Please attach a copy of your college transcript to your application; your application will not be considered without an attached transcript
(Mailed or faxed copies are not accepted)

Applications will be reviewed and the best qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a background check and a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use before appointment. Appointment to this position will be contingent upon a negative drug test result.

Must be a U. S. Citizen or Alien authorized to work in the United States. 

A list of current openings can be found on the Department website at www.wildlifedepartment.com


At the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) we are guided by our passion for wildlife, wild spaces and the women and men who love the outdoors.  It is our mission to manage and protect fish and wildlife, along with their habitats, while also growing our community of hunters and anglers, partnering with those who love the outdoors, and fostering stewardship with those who care for the land.

We are proud to work in one of the nation’s top five states for recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. ODWC is renowned for being a top place to work in the state, and we are seeking people who share our love for the outdoors, our high degree of professionalism and our passion for serving our customers.

Working at ODWC provides the opportunity to participate in a fun and rewarding environment among some of the nation’s best biologists, game wardens, outdoor educators and administrative professionals. People in our ranks are making a real difference in conserving our state’s natural resources and outdoor traditions. We hope you will consider joining our team.

ODWC offers excellent state benefits with a generous benefit allowance and longevity payments. We match your 5% payroll deducted contribution to the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with 6% that increases to 8%, 10%, and 12% at 5, 10, and 15 years of experience, respectively. You will accrue 15 days annual leave and 10 days sick leave per year as well as 11 paid state holidays yearly.

Position:  Hatchery Technician

Division:  Fisheries

Location:   Byron Fish Hatchery, Burlington, Alfalfa County, OK - location of domicile must be approved by supervisor

Salary:  $35,568.00 Yearly*
*Salary commensurate with experience and education

Summary of Essential Job Duties
Under the supervision of a Hatchery Manager and / or Assistant Hatchery Manager, will provide manual and technical assistance to ensure efficient and successful culture of various species and number of fish.  Assist in brood stock collections and management, spawning, incubating, and hatching of eggs.  Feed and maintain fingerlings, and transfer and distribute various sizes and species of fish.  Requires handling and application of chemicals for proper maintenance of pond conditions (temperature, dissolved oxygen levels, ph. levels, plankton population levels, etc.), to help guard against parasite and disease problems, and provide pest and weed control.  Other duties include maintaining buildings and grounds and equipment in good condition and working order.  Collect, prepare and submit accurate data and reports on all phases of work.  Perform other duties as required by the Supervisor.  Work will occasionally require periods away from residence. 

Knowledge and Skills Required
• Must have knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of fish and wildlife management.
• Understanding of basic farming operations and equipment use and basic supervision principles.
• Must have skills in exercising good judgement in analyzing situations and making decisions.
• Lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds for a distance of 100 yards.
• Ability to push/pull a minimum of 50 pounds to hook up trailers, load boats, and various other equipment.
• Walk and job over rough terrain for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to swim.
• Work alone in remote areas.
• Endure various extremes of outdoor weather conditions.
• Work extended hours, weekends, and stay overnight out of town.
• Handle wild animals in live and dead condition, including field dressing wild game.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships, work independently, and be professional and courteous with the public and other agencies.
• Communicate clearly and effectively in public speaking situations and be able to express oneself clearly and concisely in writing.
• Operate and use small and hand held equipment and supplies. 
• Use personal computer and various office equipment.
• Operate and use field traps, survey gear, and lab equipment.
• Conduct day/night audio and visual surveys.

Job Duties:
Perform general hatchery maintenance work which includes equipment maintenance and minor repair, maintenance of grounds, pond repair, painting, minor road repair, the operation of simple farm machinery.

General fish culture duties which include feeding fish, fertilizing ponds, pond preparation, harvesting and moving fish, water quality analysis and collection and processing of accurate data.

May be assigned the responsibility of both in-state and out-of-state travel utilizing the fish transport units.

May be required to work at other stations as assigned.

Must be able to operate and maintain machinery, tools, instruments, or other equipment such as:  tractors and attachments, trucks, mowers, hoes, axes, rakes, picks, shovels, etc., seines and nets, carpenter tools, electric welders, pumps, various shop tools, water quality sensing equipment and p.c.


Minimum 2 years college to include course work in Aquatic Resource Management or closely related field. Four years experience in a Fisheries Conservation Technician position may substitute for education requirements. Applicant must attach a copy of transcript or documents showing two (2) years college training in fisheries management or closely related field.

One year related experience is required. A total of five years’ experience is required in lieu of education requirement.  A completed Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management or related field may substitute for the experience requirement.

Knowledge and Skills:
Must have knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of fish and wildlife management.  Understand basic farming operations and equipment use and basic supervision principles.  Must have skills in exercising good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions.  Be proficient in use of computers and various software applications.  Have knowledge and competence in use of small hand tools and carpentry tools.

The Department will make all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, terminations, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on grounds of age, race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or other factors which cannot be lawfully used as the basis for an employment decision.


Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript to their application submissionNo additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.

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