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Senior Fish Culturist

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FWFC09-12629-Senior Fish Culturist-Statewide

SALARY:$4,053.11 - $5,223.09 Monthly
CLOSING DATE:04/24/20 11:59 PM


Assist hatchery superintendent with all phases of hatchery operation and management activities; which include care of all fish life stages from spawning broodstocks, incubating and processing eggs, and rearing fish to meet fish culture allocations and stocking requests for Wyoming's aquatic resource management; maintaining broodstock and hatchery rearing units, buildings, residences, and grounds; supervise fish culturists and temporary (permanent and temporary) position activities as delegated; and acting supervisor of hatchery during the absence of hatchery superintendent. 

Human Resource Contact: 307-777-4507

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Participates in operational planning, including budgeting, long term goals, and educational programs.
  • Performs daily fish culture functions involving egg handling, fish rearing, and fish distribution.
  • Maintains hatchery buildings, grounds, roads, fences, and a wider variety of equipment with emphasis on water enhancement equipment.
  • Evaluates and assists in the development of production schedules and incubator allocations for production and brood recruitment egg lots.
  • Maintains other various records and complete reports as specified by the Department, State, and other federal agencies as needed; includes month reports, feed orders, effluent discharge permit reports, etc.
  • Advises on fish scheduling, egg requests, and truck scheduling.
  • Monitors fish health and growth.
  • Determines feeding rates, flow rates, and rearing densities.
  • Calculates and administers chemical treatments as defined by Department policy and federal regulations.
  • Evaluates current methods and experiments with new fish culture techniques.
  • Solicits bids, submit purchase requisitions, makes purchases, and processes invoices for payment.
  • Follows all fiscal procedures and accurately complete all necessary forms.
  • Provides guidance and maintains workflow.
  • Attends meetings and training sessions to stay current on fish culture techniques, computer technology, Department policy, and Department issues statewide.
  • Makes contacts with schools, local media, and the general public.
  • Gives tours of hatchery and broods stock facilities.
  • Assists in the planning, direction, and supervision of subordinate fish culturist positions and contract employees.
  • Assists with records and provides recommendations on production capacities and incubator management.
  • Plans, directs and supervises the work of others as delegated.


Preference will be given to those with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology,
Preference will be given to those with two years of professional work experience in wildlife or fish resource management, research or habitat development.
Preference will be given to those with a master's degree in wildlife management, biology, zoology, ichthyology, range management.

**Must have a valid driver's license. 


  • Knowledge of broodstock management techniques, fish genetics, and scientific methods for analyzing and developing a long-range plan for a captive broodstock.
  • Knowledge of fish health; monitoring for fish disease and application of therapeutics in compliance with Department and federal regulations.
  • Knowledge in proper fish culture techniques in spawning, egg handling, fish rearing, and fish stocking.
  • Skills in understanding, sampling, and evaluating fish rearing parameters to effectively manage fish lots to maximize health, growth, and quality.
  • Skills in completing Department reports and using required soft wares and applications.
  • Skills in operating and maintaining vehicles, equipment, and small tools.


Bachelor's Degree (typically in Fish or Wildlife Biology)

0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in Fish or Wildlife Biology) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Fish Culturist


Education & Experience Substitution:
4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in Fish or Wildlife Biology) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Fish Culturist
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


  • Required to live at a fish culture facility and be available 24 hours a day on work rotation.
  • Able to work in cold, wet conditions in and around water.
  • Able to lift fifty pounds.


  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Location: Ten Sleep, WY and other statewide facilities as available.
  • Successful applicants for employment must pass a background check prior to appointment.

040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Fish Division

Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

A complete listing of the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure can be viewed at
See Human Resource Contact Information
in the General Description Section
Statewide, WY 82002

Fax: (307) 777-6562

Class Code #FWFC09
Job # 12629

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.