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ABOLISHED 04/19/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-19 - Fish Virologist (0837)

ABOLISHED 04/19/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-19 - Fish Virologist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BP75
  • Class Code: 0837
  • Established: 07/06/1967
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to perform and supervise fish virology research and development work in the Fish and Game Department's fish disease head quarters laboratory, and to serve as the Department's principal technical consultant in matters relating to fish virus diseases; and to do other work as required.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, conducts and directs research projects relating to fisheries virus diseases; supervises, develops and maintains a fish tissue culture laboratory for the isolation, purification, and characterization of fish virus diseases; plans procedures for experiments and develops new experimental methods, carries out field and laboratory experiments to show incidence, transmissibility, immunization and other limiting factors of virus diseases; as the Department's viral specialist provides consultation and viral diagnostic services to departmental personnel, and Federal fish and wildlife personnel, commercial fish hatcheries, and sportspersons' groups; plans, directs and participates in a continuing survey of all brood stocks at State and commercial fish hatcheries for the presence of viral diseases; develops methods for the prevention, treatment and control of fish virus diseases; supervises and evaluates the work of technical personnel; makes interpretive analyses of data obtained; prepares reports and scientific papers for publication on fish virology research; addresses groups on matters pertaining to fish virus diseases.

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 experience in fish virology including research, methods development and evaluation. For at least one year this experience must have been directing independent research.


(Possession of a doctorate degree with a specialization in virology, microbiology or a closely related field may be substituted for the 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 virology, microbiology, immunology or serology, or a closely related field.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles of virology, microbiology, immunology and serology; principles, techniques, equipment and terminology used in the laboratory diagnosis of marine and inland fish virus diseases and in fish tissue culture work; fish virus diseases and methods of control; literature and current developments in fish virology; principles and techniques of personnel management, basic procedures of budgeting and fiscal management.


Ability to: Plan, organize and direct the work of others; make difficult fish virus disease diagnosis; plan and direct or independently carry out difficult research projects in fisheries virology, immunology or serology; analyze and evaluate data, and make recommendations based on research findings; instruct and train laboratory, hatchery and field personnel in fish virus disease and control methods; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; prepare, review and edit complete and technically accurate reports; speak and write effectively.

  Updated: 7/18/2017
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