Job Description and Duties:
Under the supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), this position provides laboratory support for the Bay Delta Region’s Native Fishes Study. The Native Fishes Study is an important part of the IEP Operations Program. The incumbent primarily processes samples of larval fish and microscopic organisms (zooplankton, including copepods, cladocerans, and rotifers) in the laboratory using a microscope. Additional duties include purchasing supplies, data entry and editing, sample Quality Control checks, and occasional collection of samples from a research vessel in the San Francisco Estuary.
Using a dissecting microscope and computer keyboard for most of the workday, 5 days a week, in a laboratory setting. Involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods. Occasional work aboard research vessels may require long working days and could be in inclement weather or rough seas. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and equipment and be prepared to travel using a State vehicle.
Two years of experience in the California state service performing laboratory work, including one year performing the duties of a Laboratory Assistant, Range B - OR - Completion of two years of college including at least twelve semester hours in college laboratory courses such as chemistry, physics, biology, or bacteriology. (Two years of experience performing technical laboratory work may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
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:
Knowledge of: Basics of biology and zoology, standard laboratory principles and practices, and common laboratory equipment, such as dissecting microscopes, balances, pH meters, and pipettes.
Special Personal Characteristics: Strong organizational skills. Ability to focus on tasks that require concentration in a busy laboratory setting. Interest in learning to identify fishes and invertebrates, their life histories, and estuarine ecology.
Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work in a team setting and independently. Must work well with others and respond favorably to feedback.
Other: Possess a valid Driver License. Comfortable working around the water and ability to swim. Develop proficiency in software, including Access, Excel, and Word, as necessary to perform laboratory duties.
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: Until Filled
Who May Apply:
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.
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 www.jobs.ca.gov. 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: Personnel - Hiring
7329 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Personnel - Hiring
7329 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE ATTENTION OF PERSONNEL - HIRING.
No applications will be accepted by e-mail.
Indicate Senior Laboratory Assistant - 565-323-7878-xxx & RPA# BDR 17-097 on your application.
To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed the CalHR 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.
Required Application Documents
Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
•State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.jobs.ca.gov. 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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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.