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The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for an Environmental Scientist in the Irrigated Lands Program. Join us to help protect and restore water resources from impacts associated with discharges from irrigated agricultural land. The position is located at 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, California.
Under the close supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist, the incumbent will perform a varied and broad range of scientific, project management, regulatory compliance and enforcement, research, and field investigation assignments.
Please review the attached Duty Statement for description of roles and responsibilities.
Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class.
If the position requires driving, you must possess a current and valid driver's license. Please Do Not include full Social Security Number, method of eligibility, and LEAP information in your application package.
Salary information - CalHR salary rules allow appointment at the entrance rate (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 599.673) of a classification. For classes with alternate ranges, placement is based on education/experience.
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement . Minimum Requirements
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification. Additional Documents
- Job Application Package Checklist
- Duty Statement
Job Code #:
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST $4,145.00 - $5,132.00 A
$5,037.00 - $6,250.00 B
$6,375.00 - $7,926.00 C
# of Positions:
San Luis Obispo County
Permanent, Full Time
State Water Resources Control Board Department Information
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the nine (9) Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) (collectively the Water Boards) work to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California's water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Water Boards values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California's water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations. Join the Water Boards to improve the lives of all Californians.
Department Website: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/ Special Requirements
In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:
- RPA# 22-130-084 in the "Examination or Job Title(s)" section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.
- Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility)
Must have Environmental Scientist list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list .
Here is the link to the exam:
An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States that does meet accreditation standards must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due during final minimum qualification evaluation of candidate(s). A link of accepted evaluation agencies can be found here: https://www.naces.org/members
Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through jobs.ca.gov is preferred. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. You are required to complete employment history, hours worked, contact names and phone numbers of supervisors on the state application. Applicants who fail to submit a completed STD. 678 may be disqualified.
In the hiring interview, the panel will consider education, experience, personal development, personal traits and fitness for the job. In appraising experience, more weight may be given to the breadth of pertinent experience and evidence of the candidate's ability to accept and fulfill increasing responsibilities than to the length of his/her experience. For additional information, you may refer to the class specification. Application Instructions
Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 12/8/2023
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).
How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:
Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: Nina Lopez-Arendovich
1001 I Street, 18th Floor
Sacramento , CA 95812-0100
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: Nina Lopez-Arendovich
1001 I Street, 18th Floor
Sacramento , CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
- Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
- Resume is required and must be included.
- Statement of Qualifications - Please see below for specific requirements.
- Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting. Desirable Qualifications
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Knowledge of or experience in the areas of environmental science, soil science, water science, hydrology, agronomy, and/or natural resource science. Knowledge of or experience with irrigated agriculture land use practices and their effect on human health, natural resources, agricultural productivity, and the environment. Experience with site inspections and enforcement. Knowledge of or experience with water quality policies and regulations. Experience with the review of environmental documentation pursuant to water quality laws and regulations. Experience with the preparation, review, and implementation of environmental permit terms and conditions, monitoring programs, and compliance strategies. Experience with project management involving meeting facilitation, stakeholder outreach and coordination, and environmental negotiation. Experience using Microsoft Office products, including Teams, Word, Excel, Access, or Power BI and/or comparable database software. Experience using geographic information system (GIS) mapping applications. Ability to work independently and in cooperation with scientists, geologists, and engineers, to promote partnerships with internal and external customers, to follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal and external customer input when completing work assignments. Experience with writing reports and preparing presentations. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
We are looking for a candidate who leads by example, continuously works on their development and improvement, is highly adaptable, maintains a positive attitude, takes initiative, has integrity, uses good judgment, and has excellent interpersonal skills. Benefits
Water Board employees may be eligible for benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees, and some permanent, part- time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment.
https://www.calhr.ca.gov/Pages/California-State-Civil-Service-Employee-Benefits-Summary.aspx Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.
Department Website: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/
Human Resources Contact:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device. Statement of Qualifications
A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted along with the State Application and serves as documentation of candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. It should be typed, no more than (3) three pages in length, using Arial size 12 point font , and normal margins.
The SOQ must address each of the questions listed below. This information will be used in conjunction with the interview to assist the interview panel in determining the most qualified candidate.
Describe how your knowledge, training, and/or work experience relate to your ability to:
Meet the specific duties described in the duty statement. Understand and adapt to the technical and policy issues related to water quality and environmental regulation. Interpret water quality data (surface water and/or groundwater). Assess water quality impacts from irrigated agricultural activities. Perform site investigations. Use MS Excel, MS Access, or MS Power BI and/or statistical software. Use Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Communicate technical information to the public.
Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated will not be considered.
Note: Resumes, letters and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as a response to the SOQ. Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.