Join the dedicated employees who love their jobs. Our employees are committed to managing and protecting California's diverse wildlife, and the habitats upon which they depend. Download a list of all CDFW classifications (PDF).
Read below for more information on CDFW's most popular career fields:
CDFW employs various specialists in administrative fields-clerical,
accounting, budgets, public and media relations, personnel, information
technology, and more. While many of the vacancies are located in the
Sacramento area, there are often vacancies at regional offices throughout
Qualifications vary due to the wide variety of administrative specialties.
Some of the most common classifications used by CDFW are Office Assistant,
Office Technician, Staff Services Analyst, Associate Governmental Program
Analyst, Personnel Specialist and Analyst, Budget Analyst, and the
Look up minimum requirements in the official classification specifications on the CalCareers website.
The Environmental Scientist gathers information on
environmental issues, performs environmental analysis, research , surveys,
investigations, and prepares reports.
Qualifications: Equivalent to graduation from college with major
work in natural science, physical science, environmental science, or
a related field.
Fish and Wildlife Interpreter
The Fish and Wildlife Interpreters do a wide variety
of work concerned with planning, developing, coordinating, implementing,
and administering interpretive programs for CDFW's wildlife areas and ecological reserves.
Interpreters convey knowledge of complex natural resource systems
to the public; oversee publicity activities; serve as the primary contact
for a wide variety of community outreach groups, civic, and conservations
groups; develop maps and brochures; and conduct tours and demonstrations.
Qualifications: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work
in wildlife management, zoology, fisheries management, botany or other
related biological science, including at least 15 semester units, or
its equivalent, of course work in natural resource interpretation,
natural resource communications, or similar subjects.
Fish and Wildlife Technician
Fish and Wildlife Technicians perform work at fixed or temporary installations,
such as fish hatcheries, and out in the natural environment. Fish
and Wildlife Technicians are involved with hatching, raising, and planting
fish; releasing game birds; and cleaning ponds or animal pens. They
also remove barriers from streams or install and maintain fish screens,
ladders, and traps. Fish and Wildlife Technicians plant, irrigate,
and cultivate plants which serve as cover ore food for wildlife. They
assist other departmental personnel by collecting field data on fish
or wildlife by censuses and other means; trapping, tagging, or marking
fish and wildlife.
Qualifications: Six months of experience in the natural resources
field such as parks, forestry or fish and wildlife; or one year of
college with a least six units in the biological sciences; or one year
of experience in the mechanical or construction trades.
CDFW does not offer any formal internship
opportunities; however, we do hire seasonal employees. Please refer
to information on Seasonal Employees below.
Seasonal Employees supplement permanent staff and help with a great
variety of departmental activities. Seasonal employment is a
great way to gain experience and to learn about CDFW. Seasonal Employees
are not required to take examinations before appointment. Seasonal
employees may collect field data on fish, wildlife, and plants; collect
wildlife samples and specimens; clean out fish and animal enclosures;
install fish screens and ladders; or maintain building equipment. The
most common classifications are Fish and Wildlife Seasonal Aids*, Fish
and Wildlife Scientific Aids, Seasonal Clerks*, and Student Assistants.
Qualifications: Please see job specifications for minimum qualifications for Fish and Wildlife
Seasonal Aid and Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid.
*By law, public assistance recipients under the CALWORKs program who
meet the minimum qualifications will have priority consideration in
hires for vacancies for these seasonal classifications.