Job Posting: Aquatic Education Program Scientific Aid

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Aquatic Education Program Scientific Aid

$16.07 - $19.07 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 11/30/2023

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail

Job Description and Duties

The Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) is a facility that provides year-round education programs centered around watershed education and estuarine ecology. This position assists with the coordination and implementation of aquatic education programs and special events that operate out of the BBSC and surrounding Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve (UNBER). It also provides support with the development and presentation of interpretive/educational programs for school field trips (targeted for 6th-college level), facility tours, teacher workshops, programs for the general public, and much more.

This position organizes volunteers and interns to support projects and general program duties. Assists with the training and scheduling of volunteers for the collection of marine life, aquaria feeding/maintenance, and data sampling methods. Includes the development of program materials to help volunteers, educators, and students properly identify and categorize plants, fish & wildlife found in UNBER. The use of computer software is also required for tracking data and maintaining program records for grant reporting.

Additionally, this position oversees the care and maintenance of several large indoor and outdoor aquariums at the BBSC. These saltwater tanks house numerous local marine species which are a large component of the educational programming. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining proper temperature and water quality, regular cleanings and equipment checks, as well as animal husbandry duties including regular feedings.

Assist lead staff in various aspects of field projects involving data collection, species and habitat protection, and/or restoration projects. Assist in creating and developing text to encourage environmental awareness using a variety of media sources that may include brochures, exhibits, signs, maps, identification guides, publications, press releases, and other media materials. Respond to public information requests and public phone calls relating to issues at the Reserve.

The Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid classification is a non-testing classification.

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

Working Conditions

Office is located at the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach. Work hours may be 10+ hours per day (particularly during the spring and summer season), working indoors and outdoors, occasional weekends and/or evenings. Outdoor conditions can include being on a boat, working with nets and other aquatic survey equipment, doing work on a boat dock, working with marine life in aquaria and from the Bay, and sometimes going offsite for special events. Most days include a lot of walking and moving around. Indoor conditions typically include working at a desk on a computer or teaching in a classroom setting. Working with large school groups of various grade levels, the public, and several different partner groups. Must be willing to work in and around water, often times in muddy conditions. As a condition of employment, the incumbent shall wear appropriate uniform for the various work situations within and outside the Region.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Aquatic Education Program Scientific Aid
$16.07 - $19.07
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Orange County
In Office
Job Type:
Non-Tenured, Intermittent

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. As such, CDFW values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians. CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission.

Join us and begin a meaningful new career!

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Special Requirements

Ability to work independently, communicate effectively, manage high stress situations in a calm, organized and professional manner; and to represent agency viewpoint without personal conflicts. Must be willing to work atypical hours and occasional weekends. Must be willing to handle live animals, carcasses, work around water, and conduct sampling measurements. Must be willing and capable of cleaning and maintaining marine life support systems and aquaria for both indoor and outdoor displays.

A valid driver’s license is required. Please provide a photocopy of the front and back of your Driver’s License (DL) clearly showing your name as stated on the license, issuing state, DL number, class, and expiration. 

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: 11/30/2023

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

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: Human Resources Branch
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:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other -

    Driver’s License Information
    A valid driver’s license is required. Please provide a photocopy of the front and back of your Driver’s License (DL) clearly showing your name as stated on the license, issuing state, DL number, class, and expiration. 

    Resumes will be reviewed in addition to the STD 678 for employment history. Resumes must include the complete to and from dates (MM/DD/YYYY) and hours worked per week.

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:
Good driving record; additional course work or experience in biological or chemical sciences; interest in and knowledge of fishing, hunting or studying fish, wildlife, invertebrates or plants; knowledge and ability to maintain saltwater aquariums and general animal husbandry for local marine fish and invertebrate species; experience in camping, boating, and maintaining or repairing equipment; interest in a career in biology or fish wildlife. Certification in SCUBA diving is a plus.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Robin Madrid
(949) 514-1729

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) 902-9211
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.

Filing Instructions

It is recommended that Application Packages be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at  If applications are mailed, it is recommended that they are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.   Applications that do not follow the Filing Instructions – list the Position & RPA Numbers (submit transcripts and driver’s license information, if applicable) may not be considered.  Only apply for one Job Control (JC) per application.


Please reference Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid - 565-561-0835-905 and E-R5 NH 23-005    JC-402892  on your application.


This advertisement may be used to fill additional vacancies for this JC.

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.