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Title:  Fish Culture Specialist V

Application Deadline Date:  02/12/2023
Req ID:  46057
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Salisbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


This position manages all aspects of the Salisbury Fish Culture Station, which is the home to most of the Vermont salmonid broodstock programs. The Salisbury Fish Culture Station is located near Middlebury, Vermont. The facility operates on well water and carries approximately 50,000 pounds of coldwater fish annually as well as producing up to 5 million trout eggs annually for in-state use. This facility rears brook, brown, lake and rainbow trout, as well as steelhead, for broodstock management and stocking public waters throughout Vermont.  
This position is responsible for the oversight of all facility operations, administration, meeting regulatory requirements, fish production objectives, fish health and biosecurity needs, and public outreach. This position is also responsible for personnel supervision of three permanent employees. 
This successful applicant would be required to live in on-site housing. Weekend assignments can be expected as well as occasional holiday coverage. The successful applicant would be expected to provide emergency off-hours coverage and be compensated through a 20% guaranteed overtime payment provision. Additionally, the successful applicant must obtain a pesticide applicators license and CPR certification within six month of hire.  

Who May Apply

This position, Fish Culture Specialist V (Job Requisition #46057), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
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Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily at a fish culture station both indoors and outdoors in all seasons, but with some travel for stocking or other fish transport purposes. A valid Vermont driver's license is required. An incumbent may be the only employee on duty for certain shifts and must be on call at all times for emergencies. Significant physical labor is involved in performance of fish culture and related duties under varying climatic conditions. A person in this position may be required to live in Department provided housing.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in fish culture, fisheries science or a closely related field AND three (3) years at an advanced technical level in the propagation and culture of food or game fish, one (1) year supervisory experience or one (1) year as Vermont Fish Culture Specialist III.

Note: Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree on a six months for a semester basis.

Special Requirements

A person in this position may be required to live in Department provided housing.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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