Assistant Hatchery Division Manager; Department of Fish and Wildlife

Job Title: 
Assistant Hatchery Division Manager
Job Location: 
Multiple Locations - Western Washington
Full-Time - Permanent
$70,502.40 - $93,468.00/ year

Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency's mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations.  Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors.  WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.  WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at


Assistant Hatchery Division Manager (WMS2)


We are recruiting to fill one Assistant Hatchery Division Manager within the Fish Program's Hatcheries Division, duty location is usually in the NRB at 1111 Washington Street, SE, Olympia, WA 98501 but duty station can be negotiated if selected for the position.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews held as qualified applications are identified, this position may be filled and the recruitment closed. Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible.

The WDFW Hatcheries Division operates 80 hatchery facilities to produce over 168 million salmon, steelhead, trout, and warmwater fish for commercial and recreational fisheries or species conservation and recovery requirements based upon the Agency mandate (RCW 77.04.012). The Division is also responsible for implementation of the Fish and Wildlife Commission's Hatchery and Fishery Reform policy (C-3619). The Assistant Hatchery Division Manager reports directly to the Hatchery Division manager who reports directly to the Director of Fish Program. 
The Hatcheries System biennial budget controlled totals $64M, and supports 275 FTEs.
The Hatchery Division also includes the central office administration, mass marking and coded-wire tag operations, hatchery reform, hatchery capital and maintenance projects.

Capital Budget Development, Project, Maintenance and Emergency Management

  • Responsible for the division's capital and maintenance project budgets.
  • Assesses Fish Program priorities and budget development for all capital projects and tracks progress through budget cycles.
  • Provides peer and constructability review of Department Architect/Engineer and In-House design projects prior to public works contracting to ensure quality and consistency of designs.
  • Develops strategic long-term plans for state hatchery facilities, including, operating protocols, procedure manuals, annual management plans, and compliance monitoring.
  • Responsible for ensuring facilities are compliant with safety requirements and implements recommendations for improvements.
  • Develops and monitors the statewide Hydraulic Project Approvals (HPAs) for the Hatchery Division.
  • Writes and submits annual Hatchery Maintenance HPA report.

Serves as the assistant to the Hatchery Division Manager

  • Prepares biennial and supplemental decision packages to meet strategic priorities.
  • Prepares bill analysis and fiscal notes for proposed legislation and respond to legislative requests for policy and budgetary information.
  • Assists the Division Manager in development and presentation of Hatchery Division policy issues to the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
  • Assess hatchery budgets statewide to determine needed resources, identify funding gaps, prioritize expenditures and identify funding strategies.
  • Assist with preparing and managing Divisional budgets within a biennium, providing sound fiscal management for the Division that demonstrates transparency and accountability, and providing high-quality, reliably accurate products on a consistent basis.

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.

A minimum of five years of progressively higher responsible management experience in the area of natural resources. Well-developed communication skills (written and oral) are required. An in-depth understanding of WDFW fish hatchery operations, state-tribal fish production agreements, hatchery data and database management, leadership and supervisory skills.
Knowledge of principles of project management for building construction; principles and practices of engineering and architecture  related to design and construction  of buildings; fundamentals  of electrical and structural engineering; administrative  procedures and systems relating to capital projects and supervisory principles and practices.

Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.

  • Two (2) years of experience in project or construction management.
  • Working knowledge of the scientific principles of hatchery reform and salmon recovery.
  • Working knowledge of federal ESA processes including Section 10, Section 7, and Section 9 - 4(d) coverage.
  • Working knowledge of US v Washington and its associated sub proceedings, as well as US v Oregon court case related to artificial production planning and agreements.
  • Working knowledge of hatchery facility infrastructure and operation.
  • Working knowledge of budget development and management, legislative processes and agency policies and communication skills.
  • Experience in making oral presentations to and facilitating technical work groups.

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
  • A current resume
  • Three professional references

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions may lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at

Veteran Preference Notice
To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam [at]
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (Example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

Military Spouse Preference Notice
To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (Example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

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