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ABOLISHED 04/19/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-19 - Senior Fish Pathologist (0832)

ABOLISHED 04/19/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-19 - Senior Fish Pathologist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BP80
  • Class Code: 0832
  • Established: 09/24/1959
  • Revised: 11/16/1967
  • Title Changed: 11/17/1966


Under general direction, to plan, organize, and direct statewide inland or marine pathology work and to supervise and coordinate the statewide imported live fish or shellfish inspection program; to perform highly specialized and technical analyses and examinations of diseased fish or shellfish; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Is responsible for overall planning of the inland or marine fisheries pathology program and research studies; supervises or performs gross and microscopic examinations of diseased fish or shellfish; reviews and confirms disease diagnoses and treatments made; supervises and coordinates the statewide imported live fish or shellfish inspection program; develops and recommends departmental policy regarding inspection of imported live trout or shellfish; contacts drug and chemical suppliers for new products and selects those to be screened for treating fish diseases; develops and presents training programs for laboratory, hatchery, and field personnel in the diagnosis and control of fish or shellfish diseases; plans, supervises, and coordinates field and laboratory studies to provide needed information in the fields of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and nutrition in relation to the inland or marine fisheries of the State; reviews and evaluates literature on fish or shellfish diseases and nutrition and integrates new developments into existing methods and programs; prepares reports, compiles bibliographies on fish and shellfish diseases, and writes technical articles for publication; attends and speaks at professional meetings and conferences.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Associate Fish Pathologist.



Experience: Four years of responsible experience in fish pathology including research, methods development and evaluation. For at least one year this experience must have included independent research. (Possession of a Doctorate Degree with a specialization in Pathology, Virology, Genetics, Parasitology, Bacteriology, or a closely related field may be substituted for three years of the general experience; a master's degree may be substituted for two years of the general experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with specialization in pathology, virology, genetics, parasitology, bacteriology, or a closely related field.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Chemical, bacteriological, virological, and parasitological principles, techniques, equipment, and terminology used in the laboratory diagnosis of fish and shellfish diseases; fish and shellfish diseases and parasites and methods of control; literature and current developments in fisheries pathology and nutrition; fish and shellfish hatchery operations and methods; principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision; department's affirmative action program objectives; a manager's role in the affirmative action program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct the work of others;skill in making difficult fish disease diagnosis; plan and direct or independently carry out difficult research projects in fisheries and shellfish pathology and nutrition; analyze and evaluate data, and make recommendations based on findings; instruct and train laboratory, hatchery. and field personnel in fish and shellfish diseases and control methods; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; prepare,review and edit clear, complete, and technically accurate reports; speak and write effectively; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

  Updated: 7/18/2017
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