Job Posting: Veterinarian (General)

Department of Food & Agriculture

Veterinarian (General)

$6,196.00 - $9,318.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Effective July 1, 2020, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for up to 16 hours per month of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020).

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES) outreach and engagement plan to:Ensure local government emergency managers know how to activate and request CARES resources during an emergency and know how CARES activation works at all levels of government.

  •  Ensure livestock and pet owners in the state receive messaging on how to prepare to evacuate their animals during natural disasters and other emergencies and understand how they will receive notification on how to shelter in place when directed.

  • Educate poultry and livestock owners particularly at the rural-urban interface through continual education on disease prevention, control and preparedness to natural disasters and foreign animal outbreaks.

  •  Serve as a Community Liaison for non-media communications to producers, local government, and other partners in high risk areas for preparedness outreach and during animal disease outbreaks or animal related emergencies.

  •  Develop CARES and FAD outreach materials, social media and web content, handouts, articles, reports, and other documents as part of the EPRS community outreach program.

  • Identify critical gaps in emergency planning and assist in the development of highly complex new and evolving scientific strategies for animal emergency response and ensure integration and implementation of new strategies into the CARES program.

  • Support CARES Training Program implementation of training for county personnel, NGOs staff, and other external stakeholders on emergency preparedness and response during natural disaster events involving animals.

  • Collaborate with AHB personnel to develop and update emergency plans, standard operating procedures, guidance documents, and policies; ensure updates are incorporated annually.

  • Develop outreach and training material in support of the CDFA mission, ensuring the key stakeholder audience is adequately considered.

  • Develop educational videos, outreach materials, and website content for EPRS programs.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.


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

Working Conditions

The incumbent performs duties indoors and outdoors and may occasionally work under difficult conditions. The incumbent must follow CDFA, Division, and Branch employee health and safety policies.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFA's Telework Policy.

Indoor activities may include:

• Operating a computer with various software programs, including e-mail and word processing.

• Entering information into a computer database.

• Operating an office and cellular telephone, fax, calculator, and copier.

• Operating various filing drawers and bins.

• Processing paperwork and samples.

Outdoor activities may include:

• Inspecting livestock at farms, ranches, and sale yards or other livestock facilities.

• Taking samples from livestock at farms, ranches, and sale yards or other livestock facilities.

• Frequent travel by State vehicle or other modes of transportation to various locations in the district.

• Occasional travel to other areas of the State for assignments, exercises, or meetings.

• Travel for extensive periods may be required during an emergency response; including nights, weekends, and holidays. During emergency response periods, duties may require working long shifts at hours other than the normal work hours.

The incumbent may encounter:

• Confrontational, unfriendly, or irate people.

• Quickly moving heavy gates.

• Stampeding livestock.

• Crowded milking parlors.

• Heavy machinery.

• Extremes in dusty conditions, temperature, and wind.

• High levels of noise.

• Various unpleasant odors.


Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Veterinarian (General)
$6,196.00 - $8,093.00 A
$6,500.00 - $8,472.00 B
$7,139.00 - $9,318.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Reporting to the Supervising Veterinarian, the Veterinarian (General) serves as a subject matter expert in animal shelter management during natural disasters and is a critical member of the EPRS-CARES (California Animal Response Emergency System) Program. The incumbent will serve as a technical expert developing and planning for emergency responses, working effectively and quickly in responding to animal health and welfare emergencies and food safety emergencies. The incumbent will also serve as a Community Liaison to plan, organize, and carry out outreach and education focused on livestock disease prevention, surveillance, and mitigation; animal care issues; food safety; and disease preparedness, response, and recovery from statewide disasters impacting animal health and welfare. The incumbent will act as an expert or lead during animal related emergencies.


Special Requirements

This position requires a valid California Driver License.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

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 Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-238650
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-238650
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-238650
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Degree/Diploma
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.


Please see the California Department of Human Resources website at: for further information on state employee's benefits.

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Donald Leidolf
(916) 900-5305

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 7/2019 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance. 

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.


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