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Seasonal Fish and Wildlife Technician I (Chronic Wasting Disease Wildlife Technician)

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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FOR NEW HIRES/REHIRES:  Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.

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HIRING CONTACT:  Brad Simpson, (806) 651-3012

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS:  TPWD Wildlife Division District 2, location to be determined (selected candidates will be located in either: Vega, TX; Dalhart, TX; Lubbock, TX; or Canadian, TX).  To view a map of Wildlife Division Districts, please go to the following link:

Under the direction of the District 2 Leader and Team Leads, this position is responsible for collecting tissue samples from white-tailed deer, mule deer and other cervids to be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Performs routine (journey-level) fish and wildlife conservation work. Prepares and submits samples to diagnostic laboratory. Collects other data from harvested deer and other cervids as requested. May compile reports received from diagnostic laboratory and prepare reports for agency use and dissemination to the public. Within the counties of the assigned District, position may focus on sample collection from roadkill, taxidermists, processors, cooperating ranches, CWD check stations and other locations as required. Work location will be determined by district need, considering selected applicant’s work assignment preference. May travel within the counties of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Wildlife District OR be assigned to a TPWD facility check point. Works under moderate supervision, with minimal 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. 
NOTE:  Optional housing is available for selected candidates.


Graduation from High School or GED.

No experience required.

Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a class “C” Texas driver’s license.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with or working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science.

Experience performing necropsies on deer;
Experience working with hunters;
Experience pulling/hauling trailers.

Knowledge of white-tailed deer, mule deer, and other cervids;
Knowledge of chronic wasting disease;
Knowledge of deer anatomy;
Knowledge of deer-necropsy techniques;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations;
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
Skill in providing exceptional customer service;
Skill in meeting deadlines;
Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
Skill in identifying, researching and compiling information;
Ability to work under extreme environmental conditions;
Ability to identify cervid species;
Ability to collect tissue samples from dead deer;
Ability to observe and record biological data;
Ability to meet and deal effectively with the hunters, landowners, co-workers, and the general public;
Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare written correspondence;
Ability to be an effective and productive team member;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
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.

Work location to be determined within TPWD Wildlife District 2, or assigned to Vega or Dalhart check stations;
Optional housing is available;
Required to work 40 hours per week from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturdays, Sunday, and holidays;
Required to work overtime, as necessary;
Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Required to travel 20% to 85% with possible overnight stays depending on assigned work location;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.