Job Overview


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This is a TEMPORARY position not-to-exceed 1 year and will be located at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery in Orofino, ID.  Extension of this appointment beyond the initial 1 year period will not be authorized. 

This position serves as an Animal Caretaker performing fish culturing work which involves breeding, rearing, and/or growing fish.  This position requires primarily physical labor to rear hatchery fish.


This position will perform tasks related to caring for eggs, fry, and fish throughout the rearing and distribution cycle.  Major duties include:

  • Feeding, sorting, collecting, counting, measuring, weighing, and/or tagging fish.
  • Monitoring the appearance and behavior of fish for changes indicate of illness, disease, or stress.
  • Catching and handling fish, maintaining control and transferring them from one location to another.
  • Marking live fish for identification by clipping fins and coding them with wire tags using clippers, scissors and tagging equipment.
  • Operating fish culture equipment which regulates water quantity and quality.
  • Performing a variety of maintenance tasks associated with fish rearing such as cleaning and disinfecting cages, pens, troughs, ponds, tanks, or raceways.
  • Performing minor maintenance tasks in support of hatchery operations using simple hand tools and power equipment, such as picking up trash, emptying trash cans, mowing grass, and washing vehicles and checking fluid levels.
  • Loading and unloading materials, equipment, or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.