Job Posting: Swine and Small Ruminant Programs Lead

Department of Food & Agriculture

Swine and Small Ruminant Programs Lead

$8,817.00 - $10,994.00 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.

The hiring unit has established the following internal cut-off dates for this Job Control:

  • August 31, 2023
  • September 29, 2023
  • October 31, 2023
  • November 30, 2023
  • December 29, 2023
  • January 31, 2024

Applications will be reviewed after each date listed above, and selections can be made. However, the Job Control will remain open until the vacancy is filled.
 If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.

Under general direction of the AHB Research Scientist Supervisor II, the Veterinarian Specialist (VS) General plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs activities related to administrative, animal health, food safety, emergency management or other special programs and functions. The VS (General) will lead Swine and Small Ruminant disease control programs in California and will coordinate and provide technical recommendations on Swine and Small Ruminant activities related to reportable exotic diseases, as well as endemic diseases that are of importance to Swine and Small Ruminant and human health. The incumbent will develop or approve resources and procedures pertaining to Swine and Small Ruminant disease investigations and monitoring as well as coordinate with local, university, state, and federal staff working with California’s Swine and Small Ruminant population.

The duties of this position include but are not limited to:

• Plan, organize, and coordinate activities that are associated with administering laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the Branch’s Swine and Small Ruminant programs

• Review, analyze and provide written analysis/recommendations and revisions for all proposed legislation, regulations and policies affecting the Swine and Small Ruminant industries and functions as indicated by national and local needs

• Participate in national strategic planning meetings to develop and modify national Swine and Small Ruminant health programs, including attend and provide Department representation on the National Committee for Swine and Small Ruminants.

• Serve as a subject matter expert for Swine and Small Ruminant diseases or health problem areas in the State

• Oversee cooperative statewide Swine health programs including Swine and Small Ruminant brucellosis (SB), Pseudorabies (PRV), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), and African Swine Fever (ASF) and Small Ruminant health programs such as Scrapie.

• Act as liaison for Swine and Small Ruminant disease reporting between the AHB and the Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) system

• Act as a liaison and coordinator of the Swine and Small Ruminant health advisory task force to advise the department on Swine and Small Ruminant disease control programs

• Coordinate with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SB, PRV, CSF, ASF and Scrapie epidemiologists to ensure the appropriate testing of samples and effective exchange of information

• Design, analyze, present, and publish scientific Swine and Small Ruminant field research in cooperation with university, state, and federal partners

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 the duties of this position both indoors and outdoors. The duties are primarily conducted indoors, the cubicle is equipped with a built-in modular desk, office chair, a computer with various software programs, a telephone and voice mail and accommodations for adequate filing space.

Travel (including nights, weekends, and holidays) for extended periods may be required for meetings and events as well as during an emergency response. Travel on short notice may be required upon activation for emergency response. During emergency response periods, duties may require working long shifts at hours other than the normal work hours.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFAs Telework Policy. Any employee who is teleworking must adhere to all telework policies and procedures.

The incumbent must follow CDFA, Division, and Branch employee health and safety policies.

Indoor activities may include:

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

• Entering information in a computer database

• Operating an office or cellular phone, fax, calculator, and copier

Outdoor activities may include:

• Working in livestock facilities at various locations including saleyards

• Inspecting livestock at farms, ranches, and saleyards or other livestock facilities

• Taking samples from livestock at farms, ranches, saleyards, or other livestock facilities

The incumbent may encounter:

• Confrontational, unfriendly, or irate individuals

• Quickly moving heavy gates

• Stampeding livestock

This position regularly involves close contact with:

• Pigs and small ruminants of various sizes and temperament

• Knives, needles, and other instruments

Depending on the task, the incumbent must be able to spend significant amounts of time:

• Moving, sitting, or bending

• Typing or working on a computer

The incumbent must be able to:

• Move or transport up to 25 pounds

• Drive long distances (up to 8 hours) to reach destinations

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Swine and Small Ruminant Programs Lead
$8,817.00 - $10,994.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

As part of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Animal Health and Food Safety Services (AHFSS) Division, The Animal Health Branch (AHB) functions as California’s organized, professional veterinary medical unit to protect public health, animal agriculture, and the economy from catastrophic animal diseases and other related health and agricultural problems. AHB addresses livestock diseases and issues that require statewide coordinated resources; implements programs that protect public health and animal agriculture; and ensures the availability, affordability, and wholesomeness of food.

Special Requirements

License or Other Requirements: Incumbent must possess a current, valid license issued by the California Veterinary Medical Board. Applicants who do not possess a valid license may be appointed if eligible to take the next scheduled California State Board Examination or the Reciprocity Examination. The required California license must be obtained within 12 months of the date of appointment. The incumbent must possess a valid California driver’s license subject to driving record approval.

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-386350
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-386350
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-386350
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • 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.


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.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Angelina Mwaniki
(916) 900-5002

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:
Office of Civil Rights
(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 12/2021 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