Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
61030 05 ST J2 C 715-29 05/29/2015
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JOB CODE: 61030

SERIES NATURE OF WORK: The Fish Culturist job series describes work in the operation of a fish culture station.

DEFINITION: This is supervisory and advanced technical work at a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission fish culture station.

An employee in this job supervises employees engaged in the care and propagation of fish and the operation and maintenance of a fish culture station. Work includes supervision of fish culturists and related employees performing fish culture tasks such as spawning, grading, and sorting fish, and maintenance tasks such as making repairs to buildings, grounds, and equipment. Work also includes operating stocking trucks to transport fish to stocking locations based on operational needs. Assignments are received in the form of general instructions and are performed with considerable independence of action. Work is reviewed in process and upon completion by a Fish Culture Station Manager or technical supervisor for the results obtained.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (NOTE: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples.):

• Supervises employees engaged in the care and propagation of fish and in the operation and maintenance of a fish culture station.

• Participates in spawning fish, grading and sorting fish, trap netting brood fish, operating power watercraft, and transporting fish to stocking locations.

• Compiles data relating to fish culture activities and prepares reports.

• Prescribes treatment for identifiable bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases.

• Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

• Employees in this job may participate in the performance of their subordinates’ work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the technical methods and procedures used in fish culture.

• Knowledge of the techniques for netting, sorting, grading, and weighing fish.

• Knowledge of the life habits and requirements of Pennsylvania sport fishes.

• Knowledge of common fish bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases and method of identification and treatment.

• Knowledge of the operation of specialized hatchery equipment such as aerators, fish graders, and feeding equipment.

• Skill in the handling of fish to minimize injury and mortality.

• Ability to read and interpret written material.

• Ability to keep records and prepare reports of fish culture activities.

• Ability to perform mathematical computations.

• Ability to operate motor vehicles for fish stocking operations.

• Ability to operate power watercraft.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities):

• One year of experience as a Fish Culturist 2;


• Two years of technical experience in the propagation and care of food or game fish;


• An equivalent combination of experience and training.


• All positions require possession of an active Class B Commercial Driver’s License.