Department of Fish and Wildlife


$13.09 - $15.53

Final Filing Date: 1/28/2019

Job Description and Duties

The incumbents’ primary duties will involve working on the Modoc Plateau of NE California conducting point count bird surveys, deploying and retrieving recorders of bird vocalizations, and downloading electronic data to a computer. Additional work will include conducting surveys of vegetation and habitat, making appropriate contact with landowners and land managers, and entering data. Incumbents will be expected to communicate regularly with a lead person about status of sample plot visitation and will be responsible for planning and tracking survey visits using maps and spreadsheets.   


You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Incumbents will be expected to safely perform fieldwork in rugged terrain and extreme weather conditions, including driving 4-wheel-drive vehicles, hiking, and camping overnight at remote locations, while maintaining positive relationships with co-workers.


Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$13.09 - $15.53
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Sacramento County
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Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. Join us and begin a meaningful new career. 

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Special Requirements

Either: equivalent to completion of two years of college with a minimum of 10 semester hours in biological sciences; or one year experience in surveying, studying, or evaluating bird or wildlife populations, habitats, or data.


Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 1/28/2019

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Biogeographic Data Branch – VegCAMP applications
1700 9th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Biogeographic Data Branch – VegCAMP applications
1700 9th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other - COVER LETTER
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Background in wildlife biology, zoology, and/or ecology (esp. ornithology and vegetation ecology).
  • Experience with wildlife monitoring and surveying methods and techniques.
  • Basic GIS skills and familiarity with ArcGIS.
  • Experience with wildlife and biological data entry in spreadsheets and databases.
  • Attention to detail, good focus, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability and willingness to be away from home for up to a week, camping in remote areas. Willingness to work in inclement weather, and in terrains that support native wildlife and biting insects.
  • Physical capability and endurance to conduct fieldwork in remote settings and under inclement weather conditions, including the ability to hike off trails across steep, rough terrain.
  • Proficiency navigating with maps and a handheld global positioning system.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • 4-wheel drive experience preferred.
  • Successful teamwork experience doing fieldwork.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Todd Keeler-Wolf
(916) 324-6857

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
(916) 653-9089
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Filing Instructions

How To Apply:

Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCarrer Account at or; mail or hand deliver a standard State Application Form (Std. Form 678), along with a cover letter, resume, three references, and college transcript (unofficial OK) to the postal mail or email below.  Housing may be available.  See for more information about the Branch.  Indicate Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid - 565-037-0835-905 & RPA# BDB 18-047 through 049 on your application.


Emailed applications will not be accepted.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail