Fish Culturist

Focus Area: Wildlife
Institution Name: Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Location: Statewide
Application Opening Date: 12/5/2017
Application Deadline: 1/10/2018
Job Start Date:
Compensation: $3,454.00 - $4,318.00 Monthly




Entry level position responsible for the production and care of all fish life stages at a fish hatchery for the sports fishing and native fisheries restoration stocking programs in Wyoming, as well as maintaining the equipment, rearing units, dwellings and grounds of the station.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.


  • Entry level position responsible for producing fish for sports fishing program and native fish restoration.
  • Position responsibilities include fish egg care and shipment, feeding and thinning fish, cleaning fish rearing facilities, fish distribution to other fish culture stations or stocking sites, and assist in captive and wild spawning operations outside of the facility.
  • Utilize and improve fish culture techniques to spawn, propagate, and distribute quality fish to meet statewide needs.
  • Operate various distribution units including a 300-gallon pickup tank, 650-gallon tank truck, large single and tandem axle diesel tank trucks, and assist with statewide distribution as needed.
  • Assist in facility and equipment maintenance and upkeep.
  • Participates in daily facility maintenance, including buildings, grounds, and rearing units.
  • Facility responsibilities are 24 hrs/day on a rotational basis including water supply monitoring and managing water enhancement equipment.
  • Live on-site to monitor and protect facility and wildlife resource, often outside traditional business hours.
  • Keep accurate daily records, preparing monthly reports, and assists in station planning as delegated.
  • Assists in calculation and application of chemicals for bio-security management, fish disease prevention, and treatment.
  • Maintain good public relations not only concerning fish but on a variety of Department-wide topics.
  • Conducts tours and interacts with the public, both on and off assigned work station.
  • Assists other Game and Fish work units, which may require travel and stay away from home unit overnight.
  • Attend meetings, seminars, and various training to keep up with department and fish culture issues and technology.
  • Keep abreast of Department and State policies and procedures.
  • Supervises limited time contract position occasionally.




Preference may be given to those with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology PLUS one year of professional work experience in fish culture or related field in fisheries.

**Agency requires that the successful candidate have a valid driver's license and be able to obtain Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL). 



  • Knowledge of proper fish culture techniques in spawning, egg handling, fish rearing, fish stocking and brood stock management.
  • Knowledge of fish biology, fish physiology, and water chemistry parameters.
  • Knowledge of State statutes, Department regulations and policies, and fiscal procedures.




Bachelor's Degree (typically in Fish or Wildlife Biology)





0-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Fish or Wildlife Biology)




Education & Experience Substitution:

3-5 years of progressive work experience (typically in Fish or Wildlife Biology)


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Required to have a valid driver's license.






  • Required to live at a fish culture facility and be available 24 hours a day on work rotation.
  • Ability to work in cold and wet conditions in and around water.
  • Ability to lift fifty pounds.
  • Ability to respond to facility requirements at any time, day or night.
  • Once CDL is obtained, Department of Transportation medical exam is required to be maintained for employment.


  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Housing is provided as a condition of employment for the benefit of the state in order to protect the facility and the fish being reared.
  • Location to be determined.
  • Interviews will tentatively be held in Cheyenne the end of January.



040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Fish Division

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The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

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Dept. of Admin. & Information-Human Resource Div.
2001 Capitol Ave. Emerson Bldg. Rm 127
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Fax: (307) 777-6562

Class Code #FWFC08
Job # 07407

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.

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Geiser, Jessica

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