The CRFS Project is currently accepting Scientific Aid applications from highly-motivated and dedicated individuals who would like to work in the field, on and around boats, in a fast-paced setting. To be considered, please send a State Application (Form 678 (PDF Form)) to the following address:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 649-7173
Position: Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid (MR 17-808-837)
Position Number: 565-772-0835-905
Program: California Recreational Fisheries Survey
Location: All Coastal Counties
Starting Salary: $12.59 per hour
Hours: Variable hours up to 40/week. (Seasonal to year-round), Limited to 1500 hours
- Willingness to work irregular hours including weekends and holidays
- Two years of college (60 semester units) with 10 semester units in biological or chemical sciences
- Good communication skills
- Reliable transportation
- Possession of a valid California driver’s license
- Ability to work in adverse field conditions
- Ability to lift 40 pounds
Desired Knowledge and Abilities
- Ability to identify marine fish species
- Good organizational skills and ability to keep accurate records and meet deadlines
- Ability to interact positively with the public
- Ability to sample onboard vessels at sea
- Collects recreational fishery data and biological samples at public launch ramps, docks, piers, jetties and beach/banks sites using standardized survey protocols.
- Identifies finfish and invertebrates to species and collects fish lengths, weights and other biological data as needed.
- Conduct onboard sampling of Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessels.
- Performs data entry, reviews, edits and submits data to field supervisor in a timely manner.
In addition to hiring Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aids, the CRFS Project also employs the classifications of Fish and Wildlife Technician and the Environmental Scientist series.