Fish and Wildlife Technician I - Extra-Help
Fish and Wildlife Technicians in the Environmental Resources Division primarily focus on fish and wildlife biology in streams, rivers, and estuaries. These positions support and assist senior staff in the development, implementation, and management of fish and wildlife populations and habitat monitoring programs. Typical responsibilities include:
- Surveying a variety of fish habitats and species using various techniques such as electrofishing (boat and backpack) and spawner and snorkel surveys
- Surveying bird and mammal species and habitats primarily through visual observational methods
- Sandbar surveying and pinniped monitoring to assist estuary management
- Trapping and handling fish
- Conducting physical habitat, geomorphic, and hydrologic monitoring using field survey tools, flow meters, and drones
- Riparian habitat monitoring
- Sampling invertebrates
- Water quality and algae monitoring
- Installing and maintaining electronic data loggers, and collecting and compiling environmental data
- Performing restoration tasks such as planting and site maintenance
Ideal candidates for these positions will have the ability to collaborate and develop working relationships with peers, supervisors, and members of the public; feel comfortable performing fieldwork in and around water across a variety of seasonal weather conditions; and possess:
- Education, training, and experience related to biological and/or ecological projects
- Working knowledge of natural resource study methods
- Experience working with water-related programs in biological and physical monitoring or surveying
- Knowledge of equipment commonly used to monitor fish and wildlife biology, physical and biological restoration success, estuarine ecology, and water quality
- Possession of a California Boater Card (or equivalent), and/or experience using water transportation such as a kayak, canoe, or motorboat
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of this list.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to: collect and analyze data; speak effectively and persuasively before diverse groups; establish effective working relationships with persons possessing a wide variety of divergent views; write and edit written materials; compile reports, letters, newsletters and other outreach materials; help coordinate educational and informational seminars and workshops; prepare and disseminate information to media and others; operate office equipment including computers, copiers, and fax machines.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.