Fish Culturist 3 - Grade 15

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This title exists in Environmental Conservation, Dept of and has approximately 12 positions.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

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Salary Information for Fish Culturist Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Fish Culturist Trainee 1 08 $39,215 $48,294
Fish Culturist Trainee 2 09 $41,399 $50,884
Fish Culturist 1 11 $46,306 $56,743
Fish Culturist 2 13 $51,857 $63,169
Fish Culturist 3 15 $55,152 $70,317
Fish Culturist 4 17 $61,516 $78,307
Fish Culturist 5 23 $84,156 $106,454
Fish Culturist 6 25 $93,530 $117,875

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

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Job Duties

As a Fish Culturist 3, you would supervise Fish Culturists levels 1 and 2; serve as either assistant manager at a large hatchery or manager at a medium sized hatchery. Plan and supervise maintenance schedules for grounds, buildings, equipment and fish culture facilities; coordinate construction activities when necessary, perform administrative tasks including personnel and labor relations issues, employee recruitment, selection, and evaluation of employees; prepare purchase requisitions; evaluate data and prepare reports using valid scientific procedures; plan and coordinate wild fish egg takes. As manager, plan and direct the annual work program for the hatchery; plan and oversee implementation of the hatchery fish cultural program; coordinate public outreach (such as visitor tours and/or Trout in the Classroom); coordinate fish health management plan; and compile and prepare hatchery budget requests to support annual operating costs including equipment and temporary service needs. Work with regional fisheries managers and biologists to determine stocking dates and locations. Coordinate volunteer stocking efforts with sportsmen organizations and the general public. Provide on-site oversight for hatchery rehabilitation and improvement projects. As an assistant manager at a large sized hatchery perform administrative tasks including personnel and labor relations issues, employee recruitment, selection and evaluation of employees, and may plan and coordinate wild fish egg takes. As a Fish Culturist 3, you may be required to live on-site in state owned housing.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

For qualified employees of New York State: On or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and have had 3 months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Fish Culturist 2 or Fish Culturist 1.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. Job postings on StateJobsNY will contain the most up-to-date qualifications.

How to Apply

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Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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