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Under general direction, in the Department of Fish and Game, either (1) to perform a variety of field and laboratory diagnostic work in connection with diseased fish or imported live fish or (2) to have charge of a specific fish disease research project; and to other related work.
Performs gross and microscopic examinations of fish to determine the causes of fish losses; makes diagnoses and recommendations for control measures for fish pathogens; isolates, cultivates, and identifies the etiological agents of fish losses; makes statistical analyses of data relating to fish losses; performs field and laboratory work in fish pathology, bacteriology, physiology, serology, virology, histopathology, mycology, parasitology, genetics and nutrition; develops approaches to research studies and projects and reviews plans with superiors; plans research procedures and techniques and coordinates experiments and data collection with other agencies or organizations or commercial and sport fishermen; presents training programs for laboratory, hatchery, and field personnel in the diagnosis and control of fish diseases; makes disease inspections of imported live fish; consults with other agencies, and universities and colleges engaged in fish disease research; makes pathological inspections of departmental fish hatcheries; provides diagnostic service to departmental fish hatcheries; writes reports; reviews literature on fish diseases; may write technical and popular articles for publication; attends and speaks at professional meetings and conferences.
One year of experience in California state service performing fish pathology research or fish disease investigation work.
(Experience applied toward this pattern must have been performing the duties of a class with a level of responsibility comparable to that of a Fishery Biologist, Range B.)
Experience: Three years of responsible field an laboratory experience in fish pathology or disease work. (Possession of a doctorate degree with a specialization in pathology, virology, genetics, parasitology, bacteriology or a closely related field may be substituted for all three years of the required experience; possession of a master's degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience. Candidates who are within one year of receiving the doctorate or a master's degree may be admitted to the examination, but must receive the degree before they can be considered eligible for appointment.) and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with specialization in pathology, virology, genetics, parasitology bacteriology, or a closely related field.
Knowledge of: Principles of chemistry, bacteriology physiology, virology, parasitology, and genetics principles, techniques, equipment, and terminology used in the laboratory diagnosis of marine and inland fish diseases and in fish culture work; fish diseases and parasites and methods of control; literature and current developments in fish pathology and nutrition fish hatchery operations and methods.
Ability to: Make difficult fish disease diagnoses; plan and independently carry out research projects in marine and inland fish pathology and nutrition; analyze and evaluate data, and make recommendations based on findings; instruct and train laboratory, hatchery, and field personnel in fish disease identification and control methods; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; prepare, review, and edit technically accurate reports; prepare scientific papers for publication; speak and write effectively.
Willingness to work throughout the State and at unusual hours; willingness to work on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; when necessary, willingness to go on extended sea cruises on research vessels.