Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Mountain Home, Texas
Job Type Paid permanent

Under the direction of the supervisor or team leader, this position provides technical assistance to Inland Fisheries Research Program field and laboratory studies. Duties include: field sampling of fish, habitat and water quality; assisting with conduct of laboratory experiments; sample processing; data entry; maintenance of research equipment, sampling gear, and facilities. Assists with Program purchasing activities following Department guidelines. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Graduation from High School or GED.

FWT I: No experience required;
FWT II: Four years relevant experience.

If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license.

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

FWT II ONLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology or closely related field may substitute for two years of the required experience.

Biological sampling experience, including field and laboratory studies sampling aquatic environments to collect data on fish populations, water quality, and habitats;
Relevant technical experience in one or more of the following areas: ability to use GIS applications, ability to create and use spreadsheets and databases, microscopy and image analyzes, carpentry and trade skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of basic mechanics, carpentry and electrical wiring.


  • Knowledge of FWT I, PLUS;
  • Knowledge of basic mechanics, carpentry, and electrical wiring;
  • Knowledge of basic fisheries management, fish culture or fishery research principles;


  • Skill in MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in good work habits which include being efficient, organized, reliable and highly motivated;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;


  • Skill of FWT I, PLUS;
  • Skill in performing moderately-complex computer and software use;
  • Skill in safe operation of boats, motors, and specialized equipment;
  • Skill in communicating and interacting congenially and effectively with co-workers and the public;
  • Skill in working effectively and efficiently with others as a team member;


  • Ability to learn to identify common marine organisms;
  • Ability to collect and record data biological data;
  • Ability to learn to identify common freshwater fish, plants, and organisms; learn to process laboratory samples;
  • Ability to learn to safely operate boats, motors, and specialized sampling equipment;
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;


  • Ability of FWT I, PLUS:
  • Ability to identify common freshwater fish, plants, and organisms; process laboratory samples;
  • Ability to fabricate special equipment needed for fisheries research;
  • Ability to maintain facilities and equipment;
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently as a member of a team or lead a small team to accomplish tasks;
  • Ability to work under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Required to work hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • Required to adjust to changing schedules;
  • Required to work overtime as necessary;
  • Required to respond to emergencies and on-call situations;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to perform work in water-based field activities, including work aboard boats;
  • Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • May be required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 25% with possible overnight stays;
  • Non-smoking work environment in State buildings and vehicles.


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Category Fisheries, Wildlife