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City of Tacoma WA Cushman Fish Facility Technician in Hoodsport, Washington

Cushman Fish Facility Technician


$28.93 - $40.73 Hourly


Hoodsport, WA

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6/20/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

Check out what the team is up to, and what they have to offer!

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 p rovide 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:

  • E xperience 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.


I nterested 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

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Do you have a high school diploma or GED with coursework in biology or environmental science?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have 2 years of experience in the Natural Resources Field, or supplemental years of education? *Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

  • Yes

  • No


    Responses to supplemental questions must be original content created by the applicant using their own words. The use of online tools or resources to create responses, such as Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT, etc.), Google, Bing, etc., or plagiarism in any form, is considered cheating and falsification of the application. I understand that any form of cheating or falsification will disqualify my application for further consideration.

  • Yes

  • No



    Questions #5-7 are the experience and training test that will be used to establish the eligibility list. These questions will be scored by subject matter experts who will not have access to any of your application materials, and will provide scores based solely upon your answers to the questions. Your answers must stand on their own merit. DO NOT RESPOND WITH "SEE RESUME" in lieu of answering this question, as raters will not have access to your resume or application and this will result in a score of 0 points and you will fail the test. Your score on the experience and training test will ONLY reflect your response to the questions asked.

Please indicate "Yes" that you have read and understand the instructions for questions #5-7.

  • Yes

  • No


    Describe your experience rearing Pacific salmonids.


    In your previous work experiences, have you been involved in the handling and transport of juvenile or adult salmon? Please provide details on the species, age, purpose, and method of transportation.


    Describe your experience interacting with the public in a professional setting.


    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe an experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


    Please tell us how you learned about this job opening.

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  • Union job posting

  • City of Tacoma employee

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  • Word of mouth

  • LinkedIn

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  • Indeed

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    Please provide specific information regarding how you learned about this job opening. Thank you, your feedback will be used to evaluate our success reaching the public and refine our methods for future job postings.

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City of Tacoma


Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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