State of California
Sacramento County, California, US
May 04, 2021
May 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Department of Fish and Wildlife




Final Filing Date: 5/21/2021

Application Methods: Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account) By Mail Drop-off

The Veterinarian Specialist (General) position serves as a veterinary expert for fish and aquatic animal programs related to fish hatcheries, as part of a team that provides veterinary medical support to 22 CDFW fish hatcheries. Evaluate health of hatchery fish including, broodstock, wild fish populations if considered for hatchery programs, and fish imported into California pathogens of concern and emerging diseases. Serve as US FDA/California Veterinary medical board liaison of legal chemical and antibiotic use for department hatcheries. Plan, coordinate, and conduct research of aquatic animal diseases which have importance to hatchery production.

Performs investigative workups of fish to determine causes of disease and mortality events at state, private, and commercial aquaculture facilities and wild fish collected or observed by anglers, environmental scientists, or in formal surveys. Conduct health monitoring, pre-release health certification, annual hatchery certification, and broodstock disease surveillance.

Provides assistance and technical expertise to administer veterinary care, prescriptions, feed directives, and preventative medicine at CDFW hatcheries. Ensure that drug use at state hatcheries complies with local regulations and state and federal laws.

Provide leadership, training and mentoring to Fish Health Lab personnel, fish hatchery personnel, Department environmental scientists, and university students regarding disease therapies, fish cultural practices, and/or wildlife management strategies, to minimize the effects of diseases. Assist with development and implementation of Departmental policies and programs related to aquatic animal health management and restoration. Investigate the mechanisms of diseases caused by pathogens, and based on findings, recommend therapies or management strategies. Research may require extensive laboratory and field work to determine pathogen epidemiology.

Serve as INAD monitor at state facilities using INAD drugs and chemicals. Develop protocols for the testing and use of new drugs and chemicals to control aquatic animal diseases. With hatchery managers, record and report results from INAD testing.

Oversee the health certification and conduct inspections of live aquatic animals imported into the state, for aquaculture and food markets. Assure that all such legally imported aquatic animals meet State aquatic animal health certification requirements. Provide veterinary oversight of the aquaculture registration process to assure that aquatic animal health concerns of the Department are addressed.

Attend meetings, conferences and workshops which deal with fish disease diagnostics, management, or policy, or other skills required to perform the job. Prepare oral and written presentations for meetings and conferences. Write reports and/or publish work.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .
Working Conditions
The Fish Health Laboratory is responsible for fish health in aquaculture facilities and waters of the state, statewide. This requires travel to distant work sites which involves overnight stays.

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Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

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.
  • Must have and maintain a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of California or must acquire a California license within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Have and maintain a valid California driver's license.
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: 5/21/2021
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 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

04:30 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
  • 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:
  • Advanced degree in aquatic animal medicine, fish pathology or related field or aquatic animal focus during veterinary training.
  • At least 2 years job experience as a fish pathologist or fish health inspector.
Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees' Retirement System website for Health Benefits at .

General State Employment Benefits and Protections
Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees. Contact Information
The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:

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.
Statement of Qualifications
Please include a "Statement of Qualifications" including:
  • A copy of your valid California Veterinarian license, if available.
  • A copy of your Veterinary School Diploma.
  • A copy of your Veterinary School transcripts highlighting any specific aquatic animal training or focus
  • Copies of any other advance degree diploma(s) or Board certifications in Aquatic Animal Medicine, Fish Pathology or related fields.
  • Outline your work experience as a fish pathologist or fish health inspector.

Filing Instructions

Due to the recent impact of COVID-19 and 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 address indicated on the announcement.


Indicate Veterinarian Specialist (General) - 565-033-0176-002 & RPA# E-FB 20-023 on your application.

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.

NOTE: Salaries do not reflect reductions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information for actual reductions is available in the Human Resources Manual, Section 2113, Personal Leave Program (PLP) at . Please refer to the section for California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) - Bargaining Unit 10. 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.

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