Fish Culturist

Transylvania County, North Carolina Full Time $32,703-$51,904

Job Details

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission ( ) is seeking applicants for a Wildlife Conservation Technician I (working title: "Fish Culturist") for our Inland Fisheries Division.

This position conducts production work in the rearing of fish and the maintenance of a Coldwater fish culture station. Employees perform a variety of duties throughout the fish production cycle including the spawning, production, and stocking of various fish species. Position assists in the propagation, care, and stocking of fish species in numbers sufficient to meet fisheries management goals toward enhancement of fishing opportunities for the general public. Assist in maintaining facilities in an endeavor to maximize efficiency of propagation, care, stocking and effluent management. Perform various duties necessary for the operation and maintenance of a fish culture station. Technical assignments include spawning fish, care of fish and eggs, dispensing feed and medication to fish, check raceways and ponds for signs of fish disease and stress, prepare fish for distribution and transport fish, maintain reports and records as required, assist in production related activities, assist in giving tours to visitors, responsible for maintenance of buildings, and upkeep of treatment systems, grounds, and hatchery equipment. Work also includes the maintenance of buildings, grounds, and the equipment at the hatchery site. Duties may include serving as a lead worker of a two-person crew engaged in fish stocking and maintenance activities. Attentiveness to water quality, dissolved oxygen, fish health and nutrition is required in all phases of the production cycle. Employees also prepare routine reports and interact with the public frequently. Work is performed under close supervision for critical production procedures and under general supervision and review for routine and repetitive activities. Perform other duties as assigned.
A normal Monday-Friday 8am-5pm schedule is associated with this position, though night work, overnight travel and weekend work may be required on occasion. Individual in this position must be willing to work rotating weekends and Holidays. Position will be based out of the Bobby N. Setzer Hatchery in Pisgah Forest, NC (Transylvania County).


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Individual in this position should have a working knowledge of aquaculture techniques. Applicants should have the ability to operate and maintain equipment used at a fish hatchery (farm tractor, fish feeder, mowers, stocking truck, lab equipment, manual and power tools) and periodically engage in heavy physical work. Ability to collect and record physical, chemical and biological data is also required. The position requires the ability to construct, maintain, and repair hatchery equipment, buildings, and other facilities.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fisheries Management or Construction Management from an appropriately accredited institution, and two years of experience which has included the management of wildlife or fisheries resources or the operation of heavy equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license is required within 90 days of hire. This position works primarily outdoors, in all kinds of weather conditions. Position will be performing some manual labor in lifting medium to heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds on a daily basis. Employee is required to wear a State approved uniform and certain safety equipment as well as follow established safety regulations and procedures. Candidate must present proof of a valid NC Driver's License and proof of an acceptable driving record.

MANAGEMENT PREFERENCES: Management prefers applicants with at least three years' experience in fisheries or wildlife management, or field biology experience. Preference also given to applicants with experience or coursework in fish culture.

BENEFITS: North Carolina State government employees enjoy many benefits including a retirement pension plan, 401K/457 membership, Paid Vacation, Sick and Holiday Leave, State Health Plan and various other benefits.
Salary will be based on budget, education, experience and equity. Benefits information can be found on the NC OSHR website at:

Contact Information

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Bob Schultz, Recruitment Specialist


All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the new NEOGOV Online Job Application System located on the Office of State Human Resources "Work for NC" website ( ) for the State of North Carolina.


Post Date: 7/11/2019 12:08:31 PM
Closing Date: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM