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FACES OF CONSERVATION


Charles ‘Chuck’ Hamstreet, Biological Science Technician, Mid-Columbia River Fish and Widlife Conservation Office
Chuck Hamstreet displaying a late season Chinook

Working for 40 years with a federal conservation agency, or any employer, for that matter --is nearly unheard of in today’s hyper-mobile work environment. It’s a huge accomplishment, and one that merits a great deal of respect both for the acquired institutional knowledge it represents and the loyalty to the organization it conveys.

Charles “Chuck” Hamstreet has earned that respect from his colleagues. As a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee who’s been with the agency since Gerald Ford was President, working for the Service is much more than a job; it’s a calling.

Hamstreet is currently one of three Biological Science Technicians in the Mid-Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office’s Hatchery Evaluation Branch. It’s a position that supports three central Washington National Fish Hatcheries and requires having an eclectic skillset. The job entails: sampling returning adult spring and summer Chinook, collecting genetic tissue, entering sampling data, dissecting and decoding recovered coded-wire tags, and determining from scale samples not only how old the fish are, but also whether or not they originated from hatchery or wild stocks.

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Charles Hamstreet

Years with the Service
40
What He Does
Chuck samples returning adult spring and summer Chinook, collecting genetic tissue, entering sampling data, dissecting and decoding recovered coded-wire tags, and determining from scale samples not only how old the fish are, but also whether or not they originated from hatchery or wild stocks.
Quotable Quote

“You need to have passion in the field of work you want to pursue."

Last Updated: April 12, 2017
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