Texas Parks & Wildlife Fish & Wildlife Technician I-II in Brownsville, Texas

Under the direction of the Ecosystem Leader, this position is responsible for assisting in the collection, recording and editing of fishery-dependent and independent data in the lower Laguna Madre ecosystem and Gulf of Mexico. Operates equipment safely and maintains gear, equipment and facility. May assist with training, assigning and scheduling the work of other team members as needed. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Qualification Guidelines:


  • Graduation from High School or GED. Experience:

  • FWT I: No experience required;

  • FWT II: Four years relevant experience. Licensure:
  • If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid class "C" Texas driver's license. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Experience:

  • FWT II ONLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology or closely related field may substitute for two years of required experience. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology, or closely related field. Experience:

  • Experience navigating vessels in shallow Texas bay systems;

  • Experience working on vessels in the Gulf of Mexico or other large bodies of water;
  • Experience constructing, using and maintaining specialized fisheries sampling gears such as seines, nets, trawls, and oyster dredges;
  • Experience with basic boat and outboard motor repair and maintenance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of common Texas marine organisms;
  • Knowledge of Texas commercial and recreational fisheries;
  • Knowledge of general office procedures; FWT II:

  • Knowledge of FWT I, PLUS:

  • Knowledge of basic fishery management practices, conservation laws and regulations; FWT I:

  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;

  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Skill in repair, maintenance, construction, and use of fisheries sampling gears such as seines, gill nets, trawls, dredges, and longlines;
  • Skill in effective work habits, efficiently completing tasks and following directions;
  • Skill in operating and maintaining, boats, outboard motors and trailers;
  • Skill in basic vehicle maintenance;
  • Skill in collecting and recording data and maintaining accurate records; FWT II:

  • Skill in FWT I, PLUS:

  • Skill in managing several projects simultaneously; FWT I:

  • Ability to work as a member of a team;

  • Ability to deal effectively with the public;
  • Ability to learn to identify common marine organisms;
  • Ability to accurately follow instructions;
  • Ability to fully participate in field and water based sampling activities;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and schedules;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment; FWT II:

  • Ability of FWT I, PLUS:

  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to learn basic purchasing procedures;
  • Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Additional Information:


  • Required to work hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • Required to work overtime as necessary;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to perform work in water-based field activities, including work aboard seagoing vessels;
  • Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • May be required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 5% with possible overnight stays;
  • 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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Job Posting #: 17-00078

Job Title: Fish & Wildlife Technician I-II

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 11/04/16 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $2,536.18 - $3,278.50 Monthly

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Location: Brownsville, Texas

Work Address: TPWD Lower Laguna Madre Field Station, 95 Fish Hatchery Road, Brownsville, TX 78520

Hiring Contact: Jason Ferguson, (956) 350-4490

Division: Coastal Fisheries