California Department of Fish and Wildlife Stockton, California
Deadline Oct 26, 2018
Job Type Seasonal / temporary


  • Field collection and laboratory processing of fish and zooplankton samples from San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
  • During field work, the Scientific Aid will deploy and retrieve various types of fishing gear from a moving vessel and participate in the sorting, identifying, counting, and measuring of fishes and invertebrates.
  • Remainder of time will be spent in a laboratory processing preserved fish samples, which may include sorting, identifying, and measuring specimens.
  • Field days can be 10-14 hours long and start early in the morning.
  • Also includes driving the boat crew to or from various marinas in the Bay Area.

Working Conditions

Expected irregular work hours and varying workweek schedules to accommodate fieldwork.  Fieldwork aboard a moving research vessel under varying environmental conditions including rough water conditions and inclement weather for up to 12 hours a day.  Requires standing and walking on uneven, moving, and slippery surfaces and repetitively lifting sampling gear that weighs up to 40 pounds.  Laboratory work involves sitting up to 8 hours a day sorting samples, looking through a dissecting microscope, or entering data into a computer, with the appropriate breaks and walking or standing for brief periods.  Field and laboratory work requires handling formalin or ethanol in properly ventilated situations.  Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and equipment and be prepared to travel using a State vehicle.  Driving may be for long distances, often in heavy traffic and early in the morning and requires sitting for long periods of time.

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: Desired Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:  Basics of biology, zoology, and fisheries principles and practices

Ability to:

  • Work irregular hours and varying workweek schedules to accommodate field work.
  • Work from a moving vessel in rough conditions and inclement weather.
  • Move, deploy, and retrieve fishing gear weighing up to 40 pounds repetitively on a research vessel.
  • Drive for long distances, often in heavy traffic and early in the morning.
  • Work with samples preserved with formalin and ethanol in properly ventilated situations up to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other field, laboratory, and project staff.

For more information, see our job posting here:


To apply, mail a state employment application (STD 678, available here: along with an optional resume, school transcript, and cover letter to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
ATTN: Personnel – Hiring
2825 Cordelia Road, Suite 100
Fairfield, CA 94534

Please indicate Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid – Position 565-323-0835-905 – RPA# BDR 18-047 thru 18-053 under the “Examinations(s) or Job Title(s) for which you are applying” section of your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678).

Please direct any questions to Trishelle Tempel:

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.