TPWD - Laboratory Technician I (Seasonal CWD Lab Technician) (00042721

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

College Station, Texas

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 17.64-20.35 hourly
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

HIRING CONTACT:  Robert Allcorn, (737) 230-6536

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory- 483 Agronomy Rd, College Station, TX 77843


This position will be stationed at TVMDL in College Station under the direction of TPWD’s Big Game Program Specialist while the immediate supervisor will be the Assistant Section Head of Serology. A rabies vaccination is required to work in this field, however, TPWD will help facilitate this after hire if the candidate does not already have one.

Under the direction of TPWD’s Wildlife Health Specialist and the Assistant Section Head of Serology at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, this position performs entry-level to routine (journey-level) laboratory work and is responsible for processing tissues harvested from cervid species (e.g., deer and elk) for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) diagnostic testing. This position will be stationed at TVMDL in College Station and will work under moderate supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with all rules, regulations and procedures of TPWD and TVMDL. 

NOTE: Rabies vaccination, at TPWD’s expense, is required




Graduation from High School or GED.


No experience required.


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



Graduation from an accredited college or university with or working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science.


  • Experience preparing diagnostic samples using sharp instruments;
  • Experience as a TPWD Wildlife Division seasonal.


  • Knowledge of chronic wasting disease;
  • Knowledge of deer anatomy;
  • Knowledge of deer-necropsy techniques;
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory safety procedures;
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of laboratory and research equipment;
  • Skill in performing mathematical computations;
  • Skill in the use of computers and applicable software;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Skill in providing exceptional customer service;
  • Skill in meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to collate data and organize work environment;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to observe and record biological data;
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare written correspondence;
  • Ability to be an effective and productive team member;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
  • Required to work 40 hours per week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • Required to work overtime as necessary;
  • Required to take a pre-exposure rabies vaccination series; costs are covered by TPWD Wildlife Division;
  • Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.



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 | Service | Military Specialty
Natural Resources Specialist I-V | Army | 92W
Natural Resources Specialist I-V | Navy | AG, 180X, 680X
Natural Resources Specialist I-V | Coast Guard | MST, MSSR, OAR15
Natural Resources Specialist I-V | Marine Corps | 6842, 6862, 6802, 8831
Natural Resources Specialist I-V | Air Force | 1W0X1, 9S100, 15WX

*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

MILITARY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE:  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.


Apply through the Texas Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS).
Link to CAPPS posting:  

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

Category Ecology, Wildlife