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Biologist - East Fork Hatchery

Date Posted:  Nov 22, 2021
Requisition ID:  285101

Montgomery, IN, US, 47558


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About East Fork Hatchery:

East Fork Hatchery is the newest cool and warm water hatchery to be constructed in Indiana since the 1940s. The hatchery takes its name from the nearby East Fork of the White River. The hatchery covers about 80 acres and contains 29 earthen ponds ranging from ½ to 6 acres in size.  One of the unique characteristics of the East Fork Hatchery is that this facility was originally designed to be able to experiment with, and respond to, the various fish culture options that were emerging during the construction of this hatchery.  For this reason, there are various aquaculture methods used on this property, including internal and external raceway systems, as well as a variety of pond configurations.



The starting salary for this position is $35,568.

About the Job:

This position provides support to the operation and management of East Fork State Fish Hatchery and is critical to accomplish the goals set forth by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources. This position is responsible for technical assistance to complete fish production involving wild brooodstock spawning, captive broodstock spawning, all warmwater/coolwater/ or coldwater fish production, serve as a fish health coordinator and contact for statewide fish disease testing and quality assessment of stocked fish, prepare production reports and other technical data records for hatchery performance, assists with training, instructing and directing intermittents and must be capable of operating and managing the hatchery in the absence of a hatchery manager or assistant manager.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Responsible for development of fish production plans.
  • Coordinates and provides oversight of fish spawning; establishes pond production and/or tank culture schedules and feeding programs.
  • Completes or reviews fish feed, fertilizer and chemical orders.
  • Coordinates fish disease diagnostic testing for all southern fish hatcheries.
  • Oversees fish quality assessment programs for southern hatcheries.
  • Assists with the maintenance and repair of hatchery buildings and grounds as necessary.
  • Monitors for water quality and fish disease problems.
  • Participates in 24 hour on call monitoring of hatchery.
  • Ensures compliance with fish drug programs, aquatic herbicide program, and NPDES requirements.
  • Assists with related activities such as recruitment and retention programs, fish hatchery tours, State Fair or other hatchery activities as necessary.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree within Fisheries, or closely-related aquatic science field from an accredited college or university.
  • Must be able to obtain a Pesticide Applicator License and NPDES license.
  • Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license; must have excellent oral & written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize variable workloads and multiple projects.
  • Ability to use computers, have working knowledge of word processors, spreadsheets and databases, and competent to navigate the internet.
  • Basic understanding of blueprints and engineering diagrams related to hatchery systems.
  • A working knowledge of carpentry, electrical and plumbing techniques related to hatchery operations.
  • Required to work with weights up to and above 50 pounds and work in adverse weather conditions.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Knowledge of botany, ecology, biology, zoology and phytogeography;
  • Basic knowledge of taxonomy in ichthyology, physiology, invertebrate zoology and/or microbiology;
  • Practical knowledge of legal guidelines as they apply to performance of duties;
  • Ability to interpret technical material in books, manuals and journals; write and/or edit scientific documents;
  • Ability to conduct investigations, surveys and collection of data;
  • Ability to analyze samples in the office and the field using various types of equipment and procedures;
  • Ability to interpret data and apply interpretations.
  • Ability to operate and maintain equipment.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.


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