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Cushman Fish Facility Technician

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Join Tacoma Power as a Fish Facility Technician (Classification: Natural Resources Field Technician) at our Hoodsport, WA office and experience the thrill of bridging the gap between nature and information. As a vital member of our team, you'll provide support for natural resources management requirements associated with operation of Tacoma Power’s Cushman Hydroelectric Projects. Your contributions will directly impact the preservation and sustainable management of Tacoma Power’s invaluable resources. 


Tacoma Power is accepting applications for a Natural Resources Technician I to perform?day-to-day duties and tasks associated with the operation of an upstream adult fish collector at Cushman No. 2 Dam, a downstream juvenile fish collector at Cushman No. 1 Dam, and two fish hatcheries in the North Fork Skokomish.?This is a permanent, non-represented, full-time position. 
Responsibilities include: 

Daily care of juvenile salmonids in modern hatchery facilities 

Operation of downstream passage facilities. 

Operation of upstream passage facilities. 

Transportation of live fish of all life stages. 

Fish passage study implementation. 

Riverine habitat survey work. 

This position requires field work, often during adverse weather conditions, while operating 4-wheel drive pick-ups, off-road vehicles, and boats; walking and cross-country hiking over rugged terrain; performing arduous duties such as heavy lifting, using various hand tools and operating power equipment; and collecting data using various methods of measurement and documentation. 
This position also requires working indoors using various computer programs, attending meetings, coordinating daily routines with other work groups, and periodic positive interactions with the public. 




Minimum Education*
High School Diploma or GED with coursework in biology or environmental science
Minimum Experience*
2 years

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education 


Desired Experience: 

Experience with MS Office Suite, SharePoint, SQL, Tableau (or other data visualization tools), and Snowflake 

  • Facility operation experience


Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
First Aid and CPR certification within the first 6 months of employment
Washington State Driver's License



Knowledge & Skills


Sound judgment in carrying out job duties. 

Effective oral and written communication skills. 

Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy. 

Ability to plan and conduct work with minimum supervision. 

Driving on forest roads in adverse weather conditions. 

Operating powered boats. 

Operating power tools  

Ability to accurately collect, record, and manage field data. 

Knowledge of current techniques of raising pacific salmon in modern fish facilities 

Juvenile and adult fish identification 


Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.  

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town. 

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire scored. Candidates who obtain a passing score will be ranked on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. 

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information.  In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted before the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on the closing date