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State of Minnesota Hatchery Specialist - NR Specialist Fisheries in Altura, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position will be responsible for various aspects of coldwater salmonid production such as egg and fish husbandry, trout stocking, public education, and facility maintenance, under supervision from the Hatchery Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor. This position will also provide direction to staff, submit monthly and annual reports, collaborate on fish culture related expenditures, and participate in general administrative related tasks.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assist with fish culture operations at Crystal Springs Hatchery so that production quotas for the State's coldwater stocking program are met with good quality, pathogen free fish.
  • Feeding fish and cleaning rearing units.
  • Preforming monthly record keeping duties to manage fish production and facility maintenance.
  • Monitor biosecurity disinfection sites to enhance a pathogen free work place.
  • Participate in and understand site NPDES requirements and accurate record keeping.
  • Monitor and record water quality parameters. Adjust and incorporate water conditions, treatments, and equipment so that fish stocks are kept healthy and stress free.
  • Research and develop techniques to better site operations and fish production.
  • Participate in statewide fish stocking including the operation of a class B fish stocking truck.
  • Assist in site maintenance, mowing and brush removal, snow removal, and tractor operation.
  • Exemplify safety in all areas of work. Communicate safety concerns to staff.
  • Keep up to date on DNR procedures, polices, and training. Encourage safety within the workplace, serve on various hatchery and statewide committees, become engaged in public relations and education programs to inform the public of coldwater hatchery operations and their role in the DNR's Coldwater Management Program.
  • Participate in revolving weekend work schedule, occasional extended hour travel, and overnight stays.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree inaquaculture, fisheries management, aquatic biology or closely related area.

Experience in basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, metal working applications, and power tool operation.

Human relations skills to provide direction and develop staff, demonstrate team and consensus building skills, and maintain good working relationships with hatcheries and other internal and external partners.

Project management skills/experience sufficient to maintain a positive working environment and timely completion of work/projects.

Knowledge of fish health management, waste water management and fish nutrition.

Written and oral communication skills sufficient to inform the public of fish culture programs and to communicate effectively with other staff.

Ability to work in adverse weather and environmental conditions.

Computer skills including knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and word processing sufficient to create and write reports and access data.

Basic knowledge of heavy equipment (mid-size tractors) and UTV operation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional level coldwater hatchery experience.

Technical experience in coldwater fish propagation in a natural resources organization.

Technical experience in fish management and/or fish propagation.

Completion of USFWS short courses or equivalent in fish health and coldwater fish culture.

Lead work skills/experience.

Experience with data management, statistical analysis, and report preparation.

Class B Driver's License (CDL) with tanker endorsement.

Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program.

Physical Requirements

Requires regular lifting articles of 50-pounds and occasional lifting of items up to 100-pounds. Frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class B Driver's License with a tanker endorsement or the ability to obtain one within the first 6 months of employement with a clear driving record.

The selected applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen. Employees who are required to retain this license will be included in a random drug and alcohol testing program.

It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  1. Criminal history check
  2. Motor Vehicle Record
  3. Employment Reference checks
  4. SEMA4 Record check
  5. Drug and alcohol testing

Application Details

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page and submit an application and resume that clearly describes your experience in the areas listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Elyse Anderson at elyse.anderson@state.mn.us or fax to 651-296-6494 by the job posting close date.


If you have questions about the position, contact Luke Jadwin at luke.jadwin@state.mn.us or 507-796-8003.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the DNR’s Human Resources office to request an accommodation by: E-mail: ADA.DNR@state.mn.us or by calling Jill Westberry, Title 1 ADA Coordinator at 651-259-5326; or using MN Relay 711.

Job Title: Hatchery Specialist - NR Specialist Fisheries

Location: Altura

Job ID: 43325

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 01/14/2021

Closing Date: 02/03/2021

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department Natural Resources

Hiring Agency: Department Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Fish and Wildlife / Fish-R3 Cryst SprngHatch Staff

Work Shift: Day Shift

Work Hours: Day Shift

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $21.08 - $30.59/hourly; $44,015 - $63,871/annually

Job Class Option: Hatchery

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist Fisheries

Working Title: Hatchery Specialist