Department of Fish and Wildlife


$6,196.00 - $8,093.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/19/2019

Job Description and Duties

Join the team of dedicated wildlife veterinarians and environmental scientists that are committed to protecting the health of wildlife populations of California.  Since 1941, the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory (WIL) has been on the forefront of wildlife health and conservation and has achieved recognition for their commitment to world-class science.  While the lab is located along the American River just east of Sacramento, position responsibilities include providing field support for wildlife work being conducted throughout California's diverse landscape. 
Provide veterinary services on-site at captures. Coordinate with Project Lead and WIL capture staff to ensure human safety. Assists with planning and coordination of capture project logistics with Department’s WIL, regional and headquarters staff, providing expertise on veterinary issues concerning the safe capture and handling of wildlife. Responsible for halting or terminating any capture project that jeopardizes any safety or animal welfare issues, in coordination with the regional project leader and WIL staff. Administers veterinary care to wildlife restrained and/or held for trans-location projects or for sampling and collaring projects. Veterinary care includes emergency and preventive medicine (vaccinations, administration of prophylactic drugs, and deworming medications), diagnostic workup, testing for disease and parasites, developing therapeutic regimens, and surgical and dental procedures.  Develop diagnostic protocols and coordinate diagnostic analysis of biological samples collected from wildlife species and research of wildlife disease problems.
Serve as statewide veterinary lead for deer and bear, and provided veterinary support for elk, and pronghorn antelope. Plan and conduct respective applied management research, disease surveillance projects, and field investigations into the causes of wildlife health problems (i.e.disease) statewide. Coordinates with the Wildlife Branch Big Game Programs to review proposed projects and capture plans for deer, bear, elk, and pronghorn antelope projects. Plan, conduct and oversee biomedical research activities by contractors into the causes of health problems in deer and pronghorn antelope. Organize meetings, workshops and presentations concerning wildlife disease and disease management issues to the public, university students, Department personnel, other State and Federal agency personnel, conservation organizations.  Respond to inquiries from the public, as well as Federal, State, and local government agencies, organizations, and universities and colleges regarding wildlife and wildlife health issues. 
To apply for this position, you must first take the examination for Veterinarian (General) for the Department of Food and Agriculture:

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Ability to direct and conduct biological resource work in the field; travel throughout the state; and work at odd hours.  Ability to develop and make effective oral presentations before the public.  Ability to use a personal computer and keyboard at least several hours a day, sitting most of the time, which may involve walking or standing for brief periods to access files, references and other program materials.  Attend meetings.  In addition to working with Sacramento-based staff, interact with Regional staff and members of the public via e-mail, telephone and onsite.  Possession of CA driver’s license.  Ability to drive for up to 8 hours.  Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and walk over uneven outdoor terrain carrying a 30 lb. backpack for up to 6 hours.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$6,196.00 - $8,093.00 A
$6,500.00 - $8,472.00 B
$7,139.00 - $9,318.00 C
$7,849.00 - $9,768.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. Join us and begin a meaningful new career.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

Willingness to travel and work under difficulties involved in preventing and combating epizootics of wildlife, livestock, and poultry diseases.
Civil and courteous treatment of co-workers, other Department personnel, and the public. Ability to teach and mentor Department staff.

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: 11/19/2019

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: Recruitment and Selection Unit
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:

Recruitment and Selection Unit
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1217B
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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
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:
Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles; a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management, a post D.V.M. Master's Degree or Board Certification in a specialty area of veterinary medicine or a Ph.D. in a related field. Animal science; bacteriology; biochemistry; biology including basic concepts of microbiology and virology; current issues and literature of subject-matter area; epidemiology; laws, rules, and regulations as related to veterinary programs; parasitology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; public health; toxicology; veterinary emergency response; and veterinary medicine. In addition to what all levels require, chemistry including basic concepts of analytical chemistry; conservation biology; data collection, coding, and processing; ecology; data collection, coding, and processing; immunology and serology; and research methodology, interpretation, and reporting. Financial management and program budget administration; hazardous substances; immunology and serology; project management; research methodology, interpretation and reporting; and technical scientific documentation.


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

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Stella McMillin
(916) 358-2954

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.

Filing Instructions


Indicate Veterinarian (General) – 565-035-0177-XXX & RPA# WLB 19-017 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.

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.

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