Department of Fish and Wildlife


$9,861.00 - $12,259.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Department is seeking an Environmental Program Manager to oversee the Department’s Wildlife Investigations Programs. Under the general direction of the Chief of the Wildlife Branch, the Environmental Program Manager is in charge of the Department’s Wildlife Investigations Programs including Disease Monitoring, Public Safety, Wildlife Capture, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Biological Sampling, Biometrics, Wildlife Genetics, Human Wildlife Conflict and Human Dimensions. The manager directs activities of ten (10) permanent staff of varied and diverse scientific and veterinary classifications who, in turn, lead several scientific aid and veterinary contractor positions. The position is responsible for managing the Branch’s environmental monitoring and surveillance activities of diseases and other factors that affect wildlife, and potentially human health. The position directs and makes decisions on extremely sensitive issues related to wildlife capture, rehabilitation and relocation efforts for a diverse array of wildlife species. The position directs the research of wildlife veterinarians and develops the key programs to respond to disease investigation for wildlife in California; and directs the development of Department animal capture and handling protocols and methods. Position represents management in hiring and associated personnel actions, the position implements policy direction, budget management, priority development, and effective leadership. The position manages project development and review for significant funding sources available to the Department, including those that are legislatively mandated, State Wildlife Grant, and Federal Aid (PR) funds for monitoring and research programs.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Statewide travel required, performs duties in office environment and at various meetings and venues.  Ability to direct and conduct biological resource work in the field; travel throughout the state; and work at odd hours.  Ability to develop and make effective oral presentations before the public.  Ability to use a personal computer and keyboard at least several hours a day, sitting most of the time, which may involve walking or standing for brief periods to access files, references and other program materials.  In addition to working with Sacramento-based staff, interact with Regional staff and members of the public via e-mail, telephone and onsite to complete work assignments.  Possession of CA driver’s license.  Ability to drive for up to 8 hours.  Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and walk over uneven outdoor terrain carrying a 30 lb. backpack for up to 6 hours.  CDFW fosters a team spirited work environment that focuses on mutual support in order for the Department to succeed.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
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$9,861.00 - $12,259.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. Join us and begin a meaningful new career.
Department Website:

Application Instructions

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, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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 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: Matthew Hom
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CDFW Exam/Cert Unit
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1217B
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at 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.
  • Other - Please submit a cover letter.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see below for SOQ instructions.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
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.

Desirable Qualifications

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:
• Experience in the coordination and management of multidisciplinary teams engaged in the conservation and management of wildlife and their habitats
• Experience researching and managing wildlife health and disease issues through biological sampling, data analysis, reporting, carrying out management actions and monitoring.
• Experience or familiarity with wildlife capture, rehabilitation, relocation and addressing human wildlife conflict.
• Experience with state, federal and local environmental laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
• Experience or familiarity with contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding and administrative processes (fiscal, budgetary) as means to achieve wildlife conservation and management in cooperation with other agencies, conservation organizations and private partners.
• Ability to organize and establish workload priorities and work well under pressure.  Responsible, with the ability to work independently, thoroughly, with attention to detail, and in a timely manner on multiple priorities with a high level of productivity.  Ability to exercise initiative and flexibility.
• Ability to work well in a team setting and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.  Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating courtesy, respect and tact towards co-workers and members of the public, and in a variety of circumstances.
• Knowledge of office computing software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Understanding of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), relational databases.
• Demonstrated ability to work well with leadership staff both inside and outside of the organization and act independently to resolve complex technical issues.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and represent the Wildlife Investigations Lab, the Wildlife Branch and the Department in a variety of public settings.
• Ability to develop schedules and complete tasks accordingly to meet reporting requirements and deadlines.


Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees' Retirement System website for Health Benefits at

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Exam/Cert Unit
(916) 653-8120
Hiring Unit Contact:
Kelly Barnes
(916) 445-0858

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
(916) 653-9089
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Statement of Qualifications

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a narrative discussion of how your education, experience, skill, and training met the minimum desirable qualifications to qualify you for this position. It also serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Your SOQ should be typed, no more than two pages in length, Arial 12 point font, and address the following statement: Describe in detail your experience, educational background, and qualifications for this position. Give specific examples of you role(s) and responsibilities in the areas described in the desirable qualifications as they relate to development, planning and implementation of complex scientific programs. 

Filing Instructions


Indicate Environmental Program Manager I – 565-035-0756-003 & RPA# WLB 17-060 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.