Job Posting: Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid

$16.07 - $19.07 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 3/29/2023

Job Description and Duties

Are you looking to be a part of a dynamic team that manages and assesses California's inland trout resources? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Fisheries Branch is seeking 6 motivated individuals to work as Scientific Aids on the Heritage and Wild Trout Program's statewide field crew. This position is based out of the West Sacramento Field Station and provides the opportunity to travel throughout the state surveying California's wild trout resources. This position requires outstanding initiative, a firm background in fisheries biology, and an ability to work as part of a team in remote locations for extended periods of time.

Successful candidates will perform field-based fisheries assessments of wild and threatened trout populations. Survey techniques include: drought impact assessment, fire impact assessment, electrofishing, snorkeling, angling, collection of scales and genetic tissue, gill netting, collection of benthic macroinvertebrates, and creel census.

Candidates must possess a strong ability to collect and accurately record field data, follow protocols, identify freshwater fish species, operate and maintain survey equipment, exercise safety while in the field, and maintain a professional and personable demeanor.

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

Working Conditions

• Travel to and from West Sacramento and field locations including driving on unpaved roads and hiking in the back country.
• Field work is strenuous and physically demanding, requires heavy lifting (50+ pounds) for extended periods, and working in adverse weather conditions.
• Field surveys will require travel to remote backcountry locations including hiking in mountainous terrain. Overnight accommodations may include tents, hotels, or travel trailers.
• Working on weekends and holidays may be required.
• Staff may be required to wear personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks, while performing tasks due to COVID-19 and/or fire safety protocols.
• Field surveys will require working in swift water including swimming, wading and boating (jet boats, kayaks, and pontoon boats). Cold water conditions may require the use of wetsuits.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid
$16.07 - $19.07
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Yolo 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.

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Special Requirements

• Must possess good communication skills and be able to get along well with others while working in small groups for extended periods of time.
• Ability to interact with the public and maintain a high level of professional integrity.

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.

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: 3/29/2023

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: Fisheries Branch - Tracy Mano
1010 Riverside Parkway
West Sacramento, CA 95605

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 -

    Resumes will be reviewed in addition to the STD 678 for employment history. Resumes must include the complete to and from dates (MM/DD/YYYY) and hours worked per week.
    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.

  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) see instructions and questions below

  • Other -

    Cover Letter

    Applicant must also include a 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:
• College coursework and/or experience in fisheries biology.
• Career interests in fisheries management.
• Enthusiasm for monitoring fish populations in remote locations.
• Experience fishing.
• Experience towing and maneuvering trailers.
• Ability to follow established sampling protocol and accurately collect and record field data.
• Ability to identify CA freshwater fish species and/or utilize fish keys for identification.
• Ability to conduct field-based surveys in a safe manner.
• Ability to hike and backpack for extended periods in remote locations.
• Ability to swim and wade in streams and rivers, often in swift water.


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:
Farhat Bajjaliya
(916) 215-5330

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) 902-9211
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.

Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) questions below

SOQ must be no more than 1 page total, size 12 point Arial font. Please answer the following questions:

Describe your experience with collecting field data and following standardized biological field protocols.

Successful applicants will be hiking and camping in remote back country locations for up to 8 days at a time. Please describe how your personal and/or professional experience has prepared you for this position.

Filing Instructions

This Job Control was previously advertised.  If you already submitted an application, you do not need to re-apply.

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 - 565-033-0835-905 and E-FB 22-054 to 059   JC-354894  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