Fish Facilities Unit Lead

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

San Joaquin County, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description and Duties

An exciting opportunity as a scientific lead and entrainment expert in the San Francisco Estuary.  This position will work with partner agencies, stakeholders, data scientists, and regulatory staff to ensure effective data collection, collaboration, and regulatory compliance.  The position will lead an internal team of Environmental Scientists to manage and assimilate entrainment data collected at fish collection facilities that are part of larger water operations in California, and will work closely with external partners to achieve shared goals.

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

Working Conditions

Ability to use a computer keyboard several hours a day. Involves sitting while working at a computer most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods. Attend meetings and hearings, work with staff statewide to complete work assignments. In-person, same day travel to fish facilities is required up to 5 days per month.  Occasional visits may be required to field locations with rough terrain and wet slippery marine environments with extremes of heat and cold.  Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and be prepared to travel using a State vehicle.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-269725Position #(s): 565-323-0765-009Working Title:Fish Facilities Unit LeadClassification: SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST (SPECIALIST)$7,336.00 – $9,126.00# of Positions: 1Work Location: San Joaquin CountyJob Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  As such, The Department of Fish and Wildlife values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians.  CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission. 

Join us and begin a meaningful new career.Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

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: 10/4/2021

Who May ApplyIndividuals 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 ApplyComplete 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 Fish and WildlifeAttn: Human Resources BranchP.O. Box 944209Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at: Department of Fish and WildlifeHuman Resources BranchTemporarily ClosedSee Filing InstructionsSacramento, CA 9581408:00 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.
  • School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications – A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see below for SOQ instructions.

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: Effects of biotic and abiotic interactions on the environment; life history of native San Francisco Estuary species including Chinook Salmon; all aspects of data science and data generation, management, quality control, storage, synthesis, analysis, visualization, archiving, and sharing; familiarity with coding in R Python, and related software platforms; understanding of advanced data analysis methods including machine learning, deep learning, time series analysis.

Ability to: Synthesize diverse, multi-disciplinary, disparate datasets; and provide constructive comments.

Special Experience: Graduate or postgraduate fisheries work in multivariate analysis, statistics, numeric and conceptual modeling, advanced spatial analysis, and trophic level analysis.

Special Personal Characteristics: Detail-oriented; demonstrated ability to act independently, open-minded, flexible, and tactful.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work in a team setting and maintain good working relationships.


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.Department Website: Unit Contact:
Lauren Damon
(209) 639-2686
[email protected]

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:
(916) 653-9089
[email protected] 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

In order to be considered for this position, you must provide responses to the supplemental questionnaire below with your State application.  Please keep your collective answers to no more than two pages, single-spaced, 12-point font.  If submitting your application electroically (via a CalCareers account), attach the final document as a Statement of Qualifications under Required Documents in Part 4) Application Package of the application steps.
1. Please describe your experience managing and working with large data sets.
2. Please describe your experience establishing effective and collaborative working relationships with partners whose mission and values may differ from yours.
3. Please describe your experience reporting data and information to resource managers and policymakers.

Filing Instructions

Due to the recent impact of COVID-19 and the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the address indicated on the announcement.

Indicate Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) â€“ 565-323-0765-009 & RPA# E-R3 SO 21-004 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

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.