Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory)

State of California
Florin, CA
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Science, Environmental Sciences
Organization Type
Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Function #1: Administration of Environmental Program Activities - 40%

• Provides statewide oversight on the application of nursery and seed regulatory measures, environmental standards, and environmental related regulations by state, county, and local agencies and invested stakeholders to ensure that State's agricultural lands and natural resources remain free of invasive species, diseases and contaminations. Activities may include the development of statewide work plans and guidelines, authorizing contracts and grants, and overseeing distribution of funds for regulatory work performed.

• Oversees budget reporting for components of the Nursery, Seed, and Cotton Program, including expenditure and revenue projections, monthly expenditures, and other annual and monthly reports.

• Directs enforcement by state and county personnel of nursery and seed regulatory measures for invasive pests that could negatively impact the State's natural and agricultural resources.

• Oversees environmental analysis, studies and surveys by program staff concerning present and future environmental health and natural resource management issues to address concerns regarding regulatory pest prevention measures related to nursery stock and seed.

• Provides oversight and direction on the investigation and analysis of incidents of possible pest contamination or infection of nursery stock or seed produced or sold in California.

• Meets with public, state, federal and county representatives and affected businesses to provide direction on nursery and seed regulatory procedures and resolve issues that arise due to federal and/or state regulatory action. Answers questions from individuals and/or groups to obtain statewide compliance with laws and regulations concerning pest cleanliness requirements and environmental concerns.

• Coordinates with state, federal, and county representatives to evaluate, develop, and implement guidelines, procedures, policies, and regulations to ensure that statewide program activities meet statutory requirements related to exotic and invasive pests, including noxious weeds, and effectively limit the artificial spread of invasive pests to the State's environment, agricultural industry, and natural resources.

Long term or short term statewide travel may require to conduct some or all duties of this function.

Function #2: Supervision of Environmental Program Staff and Activities- 40%

Function #3: Department Liaison to Advisory Boards - 10%

• Serves as Secretary or Board Manager to one or more industry advisory boards.

• Oversees planning and preparation for public Board meetings. This includes the preparation of agendas and minutes, scheduling of meeting times and locations, and preparation of materials.

• Serves as liaison between CDFA and the board, including reporting on program activities and expenditures, and providing board recommendations on appointments and Department policy to the Secretary.

Function #4: Public Relations and Other Duties as Required - 5%

• Meets with individuals such as growers, ranchers, nurseries and commercial agricultural entities as well as stakeholders to provide regulatory guidance in order to obtain statewide compliance with current laws and regulations.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .

Working Conditions

The duties of this job are performed indoors approximately 90 percent of the time in an office. The employee's workstation is located inside an office building equipped with standard office equipment. The remainder of the time is spent traveling to meetings or district offices, outdoor locations, warehouses or facilities of nursery stock or seed production or sale. The employee may be exposed to extremes in temperature, dusts, fumes, gases and odors.

Overnight and/or extended travel to various locations throughout the state may be required to provide program oversight and monitoring. State vehicles are used to travel to these worksites. Rental vehicles and/or air travel may also be used. Incumbent may be required on short notice to work on emergency projects for the Branch or any other program for the Plant Division.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent's ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFA's Telework Policy.

Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
Additional Documents
  • Job Application Package Checklist
  • Duty Statement

Position Details Job Code #:

Position #(s):

Working Title:
Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory)


# of Positions:

Work Location:
Sacramento County


Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information
As part of the Pest Exclusion Branch, the Nursery, Seed, and Cotton Program (NS&C) is responsible for the enforcement of laws and regulations that ensure the quality and orderly marketing of nursery, seed, and cotton plant products. The mission of the program is to prevent the introduction and spread of agricultural pests and diseases in nursery and seed products, thereby protecting California's environment, agricultural systems, and consumers against economic losses. The program coordinates statewide regulatory and inspection activities with county agricultural commissioners. In addition the program maintains registration and certification services which provide the agricultural industry with clean planting stock.

Special Requirements
This is the first supervisory level of the series. Incumbents supervise and direct the work of professional or technical staff and other related work. Incumbents performing in this capacity have the authority and responsibility in the interest of management to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline employees. Incumbents have the responsibility to direct employees, adjust employee grievances, or effectively recommend such actions.

Incumbents may be required to travel to various locations (federal, state, county offices and project sites; business; and field stations) to conduct all aspects of essential and non-essential functions. Travel overnight and on weekends may be required.

As a leader in State government, the incumbent is responsible to develop and inspire their workforce and deliver great results for Californians and CDFA. The incumbent must set a clear vision to achieve productive results by developing plans to meet goals, leverage staff skills, and solve problems; build collaborative relationships and foster an inclusive environment for consensus-building and decision-making; coach, guide, train, instruct, and develop team members; empower staff through a sense of shared ownership and decision-making; create an open and transparent environment for the exchange of information; foster a team environment through the support and recognition of team members; promote customer service and accountability; motivate loyalty to the Department's mission and commitment to drive continuous improvement for better results. The incumbent must inspire personal credibility through authenticity, confidence, consistency, courage, decisiveness, generosity, honesty, integrity, and judgment.

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: 12/6/2023
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 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:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-401474
1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento , CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-401474
1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento , CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-401474
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 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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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.

Benefits Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information
The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.
Hiring Unit Contact:
Erica Pearson
(916) 594-5176

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.
EEO Contact:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications:

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2021 version.

Additional Information:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

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.

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