Please note:

In response to increases in COVID-19 cases, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is implementing COVID-19 testing of all unvaccinated state employees working on site as an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing or wearing a face covering must provide evidence of vaccination.


Department of Fish and Wildlife


$15.68 - $18.60 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 11/30/2021

Job Description and Duties

Perform field-based fisheries assessments to monitor the status of fish and amphibian populations including electrofishing, snorkeling, angling, gill netting, and creel census; conduct habitat assessments to document streamflow, water quality, habitat type, substrate, stream length, canopy cover, fish cover types, temperature, gradient, etc; perform field-based restoration activities; collect and record field data following established protocols; manage and maintain specialized field equipment.

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

Working Conditions

Office will be located in Los Alamitos. Ability to conduct biological resource work in the field; travel throughout the state; and work at odd or irregular hours. Ability to use a personal computer and keyboard at least several hours a day, sitting most of the time, which may involve walking or standing for brief periods to access files, references, and other program materials. Attend meetings and internal and external training. In addition to working with regional staff, interact with headquarters staff and members of the public via e-mail, telephone and through virtual meetings. Possession of valid CA driver’s license. Ability to drive for up to 8 hours. Ability to work outdoors for up to week-long trips in variable weather conditions, operate 4WD vehicles, wade in streams, and walk over uneven outdoor terrain carrying a 40 lb. backpack for up to 6 hours. Backpacking and remote camping may be required on occasion. Occasional overnight travel to reach some project locations may be required.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$15.68 - $18.60
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Work Location:
Orange County
Job Type:
Non-Tenured, Intermittent

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.


California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  As such, The Department of Fish and Wildlife values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians.  CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission. 


Join us and begin a meaningful new career.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

• Either I: Education - Two years of college with 10 semester units in biology or other natural resource related studies OR II: one year experience in surveying, studying, or evaluating fish or wildlife populations;
• Ability to read and speak English at a level required for successful job performance;
• Ability to swim 50 yards and stay afloat at least five minutes;
• Willingness to work irregular hours including nights, weekends and holidays;
• Possession of a valid California driver’s license, with a clean driving record
• Lift 40 lbs.

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: 11/30/2021

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: Personnel Department
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other -

    Driver’s License Information

    Please provide the following Driver's License (DL) information on a separate piece of paper.  Name as stated on license, issuing state, DL number, class, and expiration.  

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:
• Familiarity with fisheries management, aquatic ecology, and fish survey techniques
• Word processing, technical writing, and data entry skills
• Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
• Good organizational skills and ability to keep accurate records
• Self-motivated with the ability to interact positively with the public


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
John O'Brien
(562) 342-7152

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

Due to the recent impact of the COVID-19 and for the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the mailing address indicated on the announcement.


It is recommended that Application Packages be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at or; send certified mail a standard State Application Form (Std. Form 678), and a copy of college transcripts (if required).

Indicate Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid - 565-541-0835-905 and E-R5 IF 21-011   JC-278229  on your application.


Applications that do not follow the Filing Instructions – list the Position & RPA Numbers (submit transcripts and driver’s license information, if applicable) may not be considered.  Only apply for one Job Control (JC) per application.




This advertisement may be used to fill additional vacancies for this JC.

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