Job Posting: Stewardship Veterinarian

Department of Food & Agriculture

Stewardship Veterinarian

$6,669.00 - $10,513.00 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:

  • October 3 and October 20, 2023
  • November 3 and 17, 2023
  • December 1, 15 and 29, 2023
  • January 26, 2024 and February 23, 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.

What is the position?

This entry-level position is suitable for new graduates and veterinarians transitioning from clinical practice with a strong interest in public health, as well as those already established in regulatory practice or academia. As a Veterinarian (General), you will assist with the development of antimicrobial stewardship guidelines and best management practices for California livestock, conduct in-person and/or virtual presentations to livestock producers and licensed veterinarians, and serve as a key member of the stewardship unit within the Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) branch. Due to the high-profile nature of AUS, you must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to think on your feet while using tact and good judgment, strong analytical skills, and the ability to develop and foster good working relationships.

1. What do we offer?

• A starting salary that currently ranges from $6,669.00 - $10,513.00 per month with regular merit-based increases possible, dependent on starting level.

• A benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; a CalPERS pension; opportunities to create retirement savings through a 401(k) and 457 plan; and the opportunity to receive health insurance in retirement.

2. What will you do?

• Assist with development, implementation, and evaluation of outreach, education, and communication efforts, including in-person and/or virtual talks and social media messaging. Make recommendations to the Research Scientist Supervisor II and Veterinarian Specialist on promoting effective strategies for outreach and education.

• Plan, organize, and coordinate Stewardship-related events for California livestock producers and provide technical assistance to local veterinarians.

• Work with the California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, industry stakeholders, and other federal and State agencies to develop antimicrobial stewardship resource materials.
• Research scientific literature related to antimicrobial use, resistance, and stewardship and identify knowledge gaps and/or opportunities for further programmatic study.

• Review, apply, and enforce laws, regulations, and policies of the Department and of various local, State, and Federal government agencies.

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

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

Working Conditions

Where will you work?

Although most work will occur in an office environment or at home, you may, on occasion, work outdoors on farms, feedlots, and/or in other animal industry facilities and be exposed to unpleasant odors associated with livestock animals.

Additionally, a combination of overnight travel and/or virtual attendance is required to accomplish the duties previously noted, as you will conduct presentations, participate in meetings, and attend conferences in both virtual and in-person formats.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Stewardship Veterinarian
$6,669.00 - $8,710.00 A
$6,996.00 - $9,118.00 B
$7,684.00 - $10,029.00 C
$8,448.00 - $10,513.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Who are we?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) branch is leading the way to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs, and you will help us develop the nation’s first comprehensive, model veterinary antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance program for livestock. We are a statewide program intended to promote actions that will slow the development of resistant bacteria associated with livestock and poultry that have adverse public and animal health impacts. We gather data and develop studies related to medically important antimicrobial sales and usage, livestock management practices, and trends in antibiotic resistance associated with farm animals and animal products. Additionally, we work with subject matter experts to develop antimicrobial stewardship tools and best animal management practices that mitigate the development of antimicrobial resistance while maintaining health and welfare outcomes.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

Statement of qualifications:

Using a total 300 words or less, please address the following question:

Please describe your interest in this Veterinarian General position and what skills or abilities do you hope to bring to the Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship team?

Possession of a valid driver’s license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles and a valid license issued by the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) for the State of California to practice as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. [Applicants who do not yet possess a valid California DVM license but who are in the process of obtaining a license to practice Veterinary Medicine in California may be appointed but must secure the required license within 12 months of the date of appointment.]

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-393529
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-393529
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-393529
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.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the “Special Requirements” section.

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:

What are desirable skills and interests that would make you a successful candidate?

• Keen interest in public health and disease prevention

• Ability to think critically about the scientific process, research findings, and apply resources to support clinical practice

• Creativity and out-of-the box thinking

• Desire to engage with researchers, producers, and other agriculture-related areas

• Detail-oriented and able to work closely with the internal team as well as external stakeholders/collaborators


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:
Fernando Valenzuela
(916) 576-0205

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