Fish Technician

Recruitment #210120-UNCL-01



Application Instructions:

Must apply online.

Contact the Human Resource Office with questions: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, (405) 521-4640.

Full time employees must submit a Letter of Application to the Human Resource Office. 

Please attach a transcript to your application; your application will not be considered without an attached transcript

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

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:  Fish Technician – Streams Emphasis

Division:  Fisheries

Location:  Porter Office, Muskogee County, OK – location of domicile must be approved by supervisor.

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

Under the supervision of a Biologist, Hatchery Manager or Regional Supervisor, the Fisheries Technician supplies technical assistance in accurate gathering, recording, programming and statistically analyzing data pertaining to fisheries research, culture and/or management.  Operate, maintain, repair and construct various types of sampling data analysis equipment and fish culture equipment.

Conduct fish population surveys for research and/or management purposes using various sampling gear.

Perform 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.

Perform general fish culture duties which include feeding fish, fertilizing ponds, pond preparation and seeding, harvesting and moving fish. 

Use routine laboratory procedures to analyze field and hatchery collections. 

Apply fish culture techniques in transporting and stocking fish.

Maintain all field, laboratory and office equipment in good operating condition. 

Maintain and constructs various types of equipment.

Assist supervisor in analysis and interpretation of data. 

Assist in planning projects, budgets, schedules, etc.  Prepare weekly, monthly or annual reports as required.

Disseminate technical information on a variety of topics through newspapers, radio, television, speaking engagements, instructional clinics, etc. as assigned.

Requires reasonable expertise in using various machinery, tools, and equipment including fisheries sampling equipment, fish hauling equipment, water quality sampling equipment, laboratory equipment, hand and power tools, farm equipment and personal computers.

May be required to perform additional duties as assigned.

Must have the ability to:
• Operate boats, motor vehicles, lawn mowers, tractors, and ATVs with various attachments.
• Operate and use firearms, cutting torch, and welding equipment.
• 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 jog 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.


Education:  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. 

Experience:  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 with an emphasis in Aquatic Resource Management or related field may substitute for the experience requirement.

Knowledge and Skills: Training or experience in mechanical skills and technical writing is preferred.  May be required to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  Must be skilled in interpersonal relations and maintain good working relationships with fellow employees and the public.

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.