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ABOLISHED 04/19/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-19 - Associate Fish Pathologist (0840)

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

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BP85
  • Class Code: 0840
  • Established: 11/17/1966
  • Revised: 06/17/1970
  • Title Changed: 10/05/1967


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.

Typical Tasks

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, serol​ogy, 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 universi​ties 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


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 receiv​ing 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 and Abilities

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.

Special Personal Requirements

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.

  Updated: 7/18/2017
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