Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II-III (River Access Technician)

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

San Marcos, Texas

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 3,518.64 - 4,729.51 (Monthly)
Deadline May 29, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

TPWD - Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II-III (River Access Technician) (00041904) 


Primary Location: Texas-San Marcos 

Work Locations: 

IF-Texas Rivers Center 

505 Staples Rd, Bldg 1 

 San Marcos 78666

Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science 

Employee Status: Regular 

Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time 

State Job Code: 2688 2689, 2690 

Salary Admin Plan: A 

Grade: 13 15, 17 

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,518.64 - 4,729.51 (Monthly) 

Number of Openings: 1 

Overtime Status: Non-exempt 

Job Posting: May 8, 2024, 7:45:23 AM 

Closing Date: May 29, 2024, 11:59:00 PM 


To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed.  

Job history and volunteer experience should be listed in the work history section of the application to receive credit towards meeting the minimum requirements.  Part-time experience credit is prorated based on the duration and hours worked per week.  Please indicate hours worked for part-time/temporary/seasonal experience. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete.

Applications with “See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.  Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state ‘unknown’ for any incomplete fields. If education is used to meet the minimum requirements of the job posting, a copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be provided if you are selected for an interview. 


APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH WORK IN TEXAS:  Work In Texas (WIT) applicants must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the posting. To complete the supplemental questions, go to CAPPS Recruit to register or login. CAPPS Recruit, https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en  


Job Classification


Military Specialty

Fish and Wildlife Technician I-III


68T, 64A

Fish and Wildlife Technician I-III


No Military Crosswalk. Qualified veterans are encouraged to apply.

Fish and Wildlife Technician I-III

Coast Guard


Fish and Wildlife Technician I-III

Marine Corps

No Military Crosswalk. Qualified veterans are encouraged to apply.

Fish and Wildlife Technician I-III

Air Force


*More information on military occupational specialty codes can be found below:

https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/ https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MilitaryCrosswalkGuide.pdf


If you choose to claim military employment preference as outlined by the State of Texas, you must complete the Military Employment Preference Survey and attach this form and required documentation referenced on this form at the time your application is submitted.

If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Military Employment Reference page at https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs/veterans/

Required forms that will need to be attached with application for Military Employment Preference:

  • Veteran- DD214 showing honorable discharge.
  • Surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried- Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Orphan of a veteran killed while on active duty- Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Spouse of a member of the US Armed Forces/Texas National Guard serving on Active Duty- Marriage Certificate and copy of spouses active duty military orders.
  • Spouse of a veteran with disability and is the primary income for household- Marriage Certificate, Veterans DD214, and VA Benefits Summary Letter showing disability rating.

Documentation must be attached to the application before military preference can be granted.


Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as generous paid time off, group insurance, retirement and pension, and frequent training and staff development opportunities.  Other benefits include longevity pay, merit pay, deferred compensation, flexible benefit plans, 401K/457 retirement plans, direct deposit, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. For new employees or rehires, health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.

HIRING CONTACT: John Botros, (512) 393-9926

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: Fisheries Management & Conservation, 505 Staples Rd., BLDG 1, San Marcos, TX 78666


This position, located in the Texas Hill County, will work in rivers and streams across the state of Texas supporting public river access, conservation, and research. Work will involve developing access on rivers, surveying river trails by paddle craft and small powerboats, assisting in biological surveys, and interacting with landowners and constituents.

Under the direction of the Program Supervisor, the River Access Technician provides technical assistance for specific project or programmatic activities of the River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) Team.  Primary duties include assisting the River Access Program Supervisor with field support, site maintenance, and customer service duties, and may assist with basic administrative duties.  Assists in biological surveys of RACA sites including collection of riverine habitats, water quality, hydrologic, and biological data; and performing technical data entry and quality control checks. Assists in utilization surveys of RACA sites. Performs duties related to the maintenance and upkeep of grounds and facilities, scheduled and routine maintenance and minor repairs on vehicles, boats, outboard boat motors, small engines, and other field equipment. Provides customer service to RACA landowners, members of the public, and stakeholders; assists in public outreach events; answers to inquiries by email, phone, and in-person; provides assistance when applicable. Assists the Texas Paddling Trails (TPT) team with trail surveys, access improvements and/or maintenance. Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.




Graduation from high school or GED.


  • Fish and Wildlife Technician I: No experience required;
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician II: Four years of relevant experience;
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician III: Six years of relevant experience.


Must possess or be able to obtain, within thirty days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license. 

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.



Fish and Wildlife Technician II and III ONLY:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a relevant Bachelor's degree may substitute two years of the required experience.



Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Fisheries Biology, Aquatic Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, or a related field.


  • Experience conducting biological sampling and collecting habitat data in rivers;
  • Experience in fishing and navigating rivers using kayaks, canoes or small john boats;
  • Experience operating, maintaining, and repairing vehicles, boats including kayaks and canoes, and field equipment;
  • Experience in customer service.


Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II

  • Knowledge of basic principles and techniques related to river access such as evaluating slope, access trails, and site conditions;
  • Knowledge of aquatic flora and fauna;
  • Knowledge of boating and water access safety practices;
  • Knowledge of basic mechanics, carpentry, and fabrication;
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician III

Knowledge of FWT I-II, PLUS:

  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and best management practices related to river conservation;
  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna specifically of freshwater aquatic and riparian Texas ecosystems;
  • Knowledge of common angler and user survey methods;
  • Knowledge of division and agency policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of major issues confronting the division and agency;

Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II

  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication and building cooperative relationships with co-workers, private landowners, and the public;
  • Skill in effective outreach;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in maintaining records;
  • Skill in collecting biological and habitat data using a variety of gear types and equipment;
  • Skill in safe operation of paddlecraft, boats, motors and specialized equipment;
  • Skill in operation and routine maintenance of paddlecraft fleet;
  • Skill in making independent, sound, timely decisions;
  • Skill in designing, fabricating, maintaining and/or calibrating, and using specialized sampling, field, and laboratory equipment;
  • Skill in troubleshooting and performing routine maintenance on vehicles;
  • Skill in following TPWD administrative procedures;

Fish and Wildlife Technician III

  • Skill of FWT I-II, PLUS:
  • Skill in working as an effective and efficient team leader;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations; 
  • Skill in developing written outreach or communications such as social media posts, program and survey summaries, and correspondence;
  • Skill in reviewing and editing technical reports;
  • Skill in instructing others on proper paddlecraft use, maintenance and handling;
  • Skill in coordinating large multi-disciplinary groups in field-based surveys or paddling trips;

Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II

  • Ability to provide assistance and information in a courteous and helpful manner;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions;
  • Ability to operate and maintain small boats and paddlecraft used in rivers and streams;
  • Ability to participate in field work including biological and habitat data collections;
  • Ability to identify species of fish and other aquatic organisms;
  • Ability to perform basic maintenance and repairs on equipment and facilities;
  • Ability to back and pull a trailer;
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather;
  • Ability to participate in water-based field work;
  • Ability to assess and mitigate risks associated with river access sites;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and find practical solutions in a variety of situations;
  • Ability to learn new skills, techniques, and procedures;
  • Ability to design and fabricate small projects needed for river access sites;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including lifting up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to maintain good work habits which include being efficient, reliable and highly motivated;
  • Ability to perform work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;

Fish and Wildlife Technician III

  • Ability of FWT I-II, PLUS:
  • Ability to motivate team members, provide guidance and direction to achieve program goals;
  • Ability to provide clear verbal and written instructions and information to river users about safety guidelines and regulations;
  • Ability to interact with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations in a professional manner;
  • Ability to instruct others, particularly in safe operation and handling of paddlecraft and in recommendations for river access site improvements;
  • Ability to complete administrative programmatic functions, as directed; 
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint to effectively convey information about river access programs and survey results;
  • Ability to coordinate with external organizations and/or agencies on project proposals, plans and specifications;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.


  • Required to work flexible hours with night and weekend hours;
  • Required to travel throughout the state with possible overnight stays;
  • Required to perform job assignments in inclement weather;
  • Required to conduct water-based sampling activities;
  • Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
  • May be required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 40% with possible overnight stays;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.



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Category Fisheries