Fish and Wildlife Technician I-II (Aquatic Invasive Species Technician): Texas

TPWD - Inland Fisheries
Austin, TX
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,636.02 - $3,410.17 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
General Description
NOTE: Two Aquatic Invasive Species Technicians will be hired from early May through the end of August, with the possibility of extension through December. The successful candidate for this position will be required to attend a full-day training session at Lake Conroe (transportation/lodging provided) on May 24th and will be required to work on Memorial Day weekend and the 4th of July. Position will be based out of Austin but will conduct lab work in San Marcos and may be required to report directly to that location at times. Under the direction of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Team Leader, these technicians may work and travel independently or with a team to conduct sampling, surveys, or outreach related to early detection and management of AIS (including riparian plants). Works independently during zebra mussel spawning to collect plankton samples from water bodies primarily around the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, and Houston areas (and areas in between) for early detection of zebra mussel larvae; substantial travel is required during this time. Performs microscopic analysis of plankton samples at the San Marcos Inland Fisheries Management lab, photographing and collecting suspect organisms for DNA analysis. Follows standardized procedures and cleans and maintains nets and other equipment, following strict decontamination protocols. Conducts marina outreach and boater inspections. Enters data and performs Quality Assurance/Quality Control. Drafts reports of zebra mussel early detection sampling and boater/marina outreach efforts. Participates in a variety of other team activities at locations around the state, including conducting boater outreach; landowner outreach; kayak or boat-based invasive plant surveys and herbicide treatments; and riparian plant surveys. Interacts and works closely with the general public to conduct outreach; represents the department in a professional manner. Operates vehicles and may operate other fisheries sampling equipment. Prepares and submits routine administrative paperwork. Works outside frequently in hot, sunny conditions. Performs additional duties as assigned, including assisting with administrative tasks. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.


Required to work 40 hours per week, includes flexible schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Required to perform work in water-based field activities, including work aboard boats;
Required to travel 50-75% with possible overnight stays;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
Qualification Guidelines
Graduation from High School or GED.

FWT I: No experience required;
FWT II: Four years of relevant experience.
Must possess a valid State driver's license.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon maintaining required license.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in a Natural or Environmental Science.

Experience using lab and/or field equipment (e.g., microscopes, water quality data sonde);
Experience collecting and identifying plankton;
Experience following procedures carefully while working independently;
Experience communicating with diverse stakeholders about environmental or biological topics.

Current basic CPR/First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certification.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of basic ecological concepts;
Knowledge of Texas flora and fauna;
Knowledge of boat components and boating equipment;

Knowledge of a FWT I; PLUS:
Knowledge of biological sampling techniques and equipment decontamination procedures;
Knowledge of aquatic and riparian invasive species and/or concepts;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
Skill in effective work habits, efficiently completing tasks, and follow directions;
Skill in using standard office equipment;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;
Skill in meeting deadlines;
Skill in operating trucks and performing basic vehicle maintenance for safety (e.g., tire pressure, fluid checks);

Skill of a FWT I; PLUS:
Skill in a variety of biological survey and sampling methods;
Skill in microscopy, preferably the use of cross-polarized light microscopy for zebra mussel detection;
Skill in collecting plankton samples

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to accurately follow procedures;
Ability to collect and record data and maintain accurate records and reports;
Ability to deal effectively with the public;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to learn to identify invasive plant and animal species;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;
Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to work safely in hot, outdoor environments during the summer;
Ability to works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;

Ability of a FWT I: PLUS:
Ability to coordinate scheduling of sampling and laboratory work to meet deadlines;
Ability to identify and solve problems;
Ability to follow procedures to coordinate first steps of rapid response to infested boats;
Ability to work under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
Submission of a completed online application;
Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.

NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application. A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.
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