Fish and Wildlife Technician I (Wildlife Technician)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Alpine, TX4.1

General Description Under the supervision of the Project Leader, Trans-Pecos Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Project, the Fish and Wildlife Technician is responsible for conducting general maintenance and development activities on the Black Gap WMA involving buildings, public use facilities, fencing, roads, wildlife/livestock water developments and developing maintenance schedules. Performs routine wildlife management and biological survey work. Work involves collection of biological data and management of wildlife habitat. Assists with public hunting and public use programs on assigned areas where applicable. Provides wildlife management information to hunters, land managers, other user groups and to the general public. Works under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Qualification Guidelines MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Graduation from High School or GED.
  • Two years relevant experience.
  • Must possess a valid class "A" Texas Commercial driver's license OR must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license and convert to a class "A" Commercial driver's license within 6 months of employment;
  • Required to pass the air brake component of a class "A" Commercial driver's license standard examination.
NOTE: Retention of position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and compliance with state and federal regulations including Department of Transportation (DOT) required random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain, within 6 months of employment, a Non-Commercial Political Pesticide/Herbicide Applicator's license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture;
  • Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Wildfire Coordinator Group's (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II certification.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and certifications.

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to pass, within one year of employment, the FFTII moderate duty physical fitness standard (walk 2 miles with a 25 lb pack in 30 minutes or less) OR the arduous duty physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes or less);
  • Required to conduct (without air sickness) low-level aerial fixed wing aircraft and helicopter surveys. TPWD employees are required to comply with aircraft weight restrictions. Weight limit restrictions prohibit flight with passengers that weigh in excess of 300 pounds. Must meet weight restrictions to accomplish annual low-level aerial surveys.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field may substitute for the two years required experience.
  • Two years actual work experience in wildlife management, farm or ranch operations, carpentry, maintenance, vehicle repairs, heavy equipment operation and using a computer.
  • A valid class "A" Commercial Texas driver's license with successful completion of the air brake component of the CDL examination.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of wildlife, wildlife/range management practices, farming and livestock practices applicable to the Trans-Pecos Region of Texas;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in using hand tools, power tools and mechanical equipment;
  • Skill in basic carpentry, plumbing, and electrical repairs;
  • Skill in operating common farming and ranching machinery and heavy equipment;
  • Skill in repairing and maintaining specialized equipment such as mowers, tractors, trailers, and small engines;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations;
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme hot and cold weather conditions;
  • Ability to observe and record biological data;
  • Ability to meet and deal effectively with the public, landowners and co-workers;
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare written correspondence;
  • Ability to assist with management, research and conduction of public hunts for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and organize assigned work activities;
  • Ability to perform basic report writing;
  • Ability to maintain and repair vehicles and equipment;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Additional Information

  • Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • Required to work on holidays, weekends, and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Required to have the physical ability to conduct maintenance and assist with management; research and guiding/conducting of public hunts for extended periods of time (12 hours) in the following conditions : Walk/traverse rough, rocky, mountainous terrain with backpack weights up to 50 lbs.; ascend/descent 2,000 ft. elevation differences with slopes greater than 50%; work in temperatures ranging from 0 to 120 degrees F:
  • Required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays;
  • Required to pass drug screening prior to employment;
  • Required to pass a previous employment drug testing history verification for all CDL positions held within the past two years;
  • Subject to random, post-accident and reasonable cause testing for the duration of employment;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
  • Submittal 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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