Job Posting: Human-Wildlife Conflict Scientist

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Human-Wildlife Conflict Scientist

$4,145.00 - $7,926.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/2/2022

Job Description and Duties

Are you looking to be part of a dynamic and diverse team working to address and prevent human-wildlife conflict? The Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a motivated individual to work as Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist in Inyo/Mono Counties. Duties include:

CONFLICT MITIGATION: Provide core support to the Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) Program in the Region; Manage, respond, and track HWC calls, reports, and incident response in coordination with regional staff; Law Enforcement Division (LED); and the Wildlife Health Laboratory (WHL). Implement best practices to mitigate conflict that emphasize effective and humane solutions consistent with code, regulations, and policy. Provide technical assistance to reporting parties, stakeholders, and local communities based on best available science. Utilize the statewide online Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) System as an authorized investigator; manage complex datasets; input and maintain WIR documentation to ensure data integrity and quality control. Analyze and prepare technical documents and periodic reports to ensure accurate clear reporting of HWC reporting, incident response, and depredation take.

FIELD RESPONSE: Conduct site visits and/or field incident response to investigate reported conflicts, depredation, potential public safety, and investigations associated with wildfire, drought, disease, or contaminants. Coordinate incident response with regional staff, LED, WHL, and agency partners. Capture, handle, and transport wild animals in distress (e.g., orphaned, injured) using capture techniques such as chemical immobilization and live traps. Perform investigation of reported property damage (depredation), issue depredation permits consistent with code, regulations, and policy. Assist with risk assessment and field response whereby human-wildlife conflict may include potential public safety and/or require intervention (e.g., relocation, euthanasia) in coordination with other staff.

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: Conduct presentations about sensitive wildlife issues to the public, local communities, and stakeholders. Prepare and distribute educational materials at special events, public meetings, and upon request. Provide program updates to scientific staff, other agencies, and stakeholders through presentations, seminars, and publications. Represent the department by appearing before other governmental, public and private entities to communicate program activities, progress, and priorities.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:

Environmental Scientist

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This position is 12 months Limited Term (LT) and may be extended up to 24 months or become permanent.

If you currently have permanent status in your position and have passed probation, you have mandatory reinstatement rights into your former position at the end of this LT appointment. If you have not had prior permanent or probationary civil service status, you will be separated from State service.

During this 12 month Limited Term assignment, you will receive full health, dental, and vision benefits! You will also earn State Service and accrue monthly leave credits.

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

Working Conditions

Must be willing to work occasional long, irregular hours, early morning, evening, and weekends as needed.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Human-Wildlife Conflict Scientist
$4,145.00 - $5,132.00 A
$5,037.00 - $6,250.00 B
$6,375.00 - $7,926.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Inyo County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

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.

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Special Requirements

Some work will occur in the front-country with substantial interaction with the public and thus, excellent "people skills" are needed. Other work will occur in rugged, mountainous terrain carrying heavy loads (i.e., >50 lbs) and thus a high degree of physical fitness is required as well. Must be vaccinated against rabies virus with adequate current antibody titer or be willing to receive pre-exposure rabies vaccinations as pre-condition of working with rabies vector species. Must be able to safely and effectively operate a State-owned vehicle, ATV, and tow trailers. Must be willing and able to competently use paintball guns or firearms as per the Department’s Policy for Non-Enforcement Personnel. A valid driver's license is required.

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: 12/2/2022

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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: Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

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 - A cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter with your application.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see below for SOQ instructions.
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:
Knowledge of the biology, behavior, and ecology of large carnivores; skill and experience in large carnivore capture and chemical immobilization certification; skill and experience in identifying predator sign and identifying cause of death in hoofstock; skill and experience in using firearms and/or paintball guns for dispersing wildlife; ability to conceptualize wildlife problems, design projects to test hypotheses, conduct field studies, compile and analyze wildlife data, interpret results, present conclusions and recommendations, communicate complex issues and ideas to diverse audiences.


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:
Daniel Gammons
(760) 920-0151

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

Statement of qualifications must be no more than 2 pages in length, 12 point font. Please describe your education, training, and/or experience with the following:

1) Wildlife damage management.

2) Wildlife capture and chemical immobilization.

3) Public outreach, both in formal and informal settings.

4) Management and analysis of field data.

Filing Instructions

Indicate Environmental Scientist – 565-604-0762-905 & RPA# E-R6 WR SB 22-018 on your application.

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.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

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