Engineering Geologist

California State Water Resources Control Board

Oakland, CA, USA

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has implemented the requirement that all state employees attest to their vaccination status. Employees are required to indicate whether they are vaccinated, unvaccinated, or if they choose not to disclose their vaccination status. As an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves, CalHR is also implementing COVID-19 testing of all state employees working on site (including field sites) if they are unvaccinated, vaccinated but choose not to provide documentation, or choosing not to disclose their vaccination status. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing or wearing a face covering must provide evidence of vaccination. This requirement is subject to change depending upon updated Federal, State, and/or local requirements and guidance.

Most positions at the Water Boards might be eligible for telework and will require in-person attendance based on operation needs of the position.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, applying electronically is highly encouraged.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for two permanent, full-time Engineering Geologist positions in the Toxics Cleanup Division.

The positions are located at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612.


Under the close supervision of a Senior Engineering Geologist in the Toxics Cleanup Division, the incumbent will manage regulatory oversight of investigation and remediation projects, perform geology, hydrogeology, and other technical work, and implement State environmental laws and programs.

Incumbent will conduct fundamental project management by establishing, adapting, and meeting milestones and completion dates for assigned tasks and projects.

Incumbent will communicate interpersonally, in writing, and make presentations. Incumbent will conduct these forms of communication routinely via email, Board reports, public notices, project correspondence and/or in meetings with peers, supervisors, executive officers, and external stakeholders. Incumbent will routinely provide status of tasks or projects, share technical or regulatory information, seek input, or facilitate and support decisions.

Incumbent will work collaboratively in groups internally and with external stakeholders to develop technical, regulatory, and procedural recommendations for projects or issues related to their expertise and assignments.

Additional information:

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.

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


Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-270643
Position #(s):880-120-3756-051 and 880-120-3756-050
Working Title: Engineering Geologist
Classification: ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST, $5,849.00 – $11,012.00
# of Positions: 2
Work Location: Alameda County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Facility: 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 at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:

  • RPA# 21-120-016 & 017in 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 Engineering Geologist list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list. Here is the link to the exam bulletin for Engineering Geologist (

Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through is preferred.  Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

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: 10/18/2021

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:

State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: Human Resources Branch – Kathleen Hill
P.O. BOX 100
SacramentoCA 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
Human Resources Branch – Kathleen Hill
1001 I Street, 18th Floor
SacramentoCA 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 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 SOQ 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 or Experience:

  • Interacting with diverse groups
  • Collaborating, including working on teams, leading teams, managing group discussions, and integrating multiple different ideas and views to make a recommendation or to facilitate a decision
  • Managing the investigation and remediation of properties with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination
  • Managing conflict and negotiate decisions with multi-interest groups and regulatory agencies
  • Collecting environmental samples, overseeing site cleanups, and working with environmental cleanup contractors


  • Registered California Professional Geologist is desired but not required

Knowledge/Familiarity with:

  • GIS, contour maps, and other data plots and charts
  • Federal and state laws and regulations related to water quality protection and cleanup
  • Environmental justice issues
  • Engineering, water resources management, and soil/sediment science

Ability to:

  • Plan, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks/projects
  • Complete work commitments
  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Analyze problems, consider alternatives, and make recommendations
  • Communicate clearly, interpersonally, in groups, and when making presentations



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

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:
Human Resources Contact:
Kathleen Hill
(000) –
[email protected]
Hiring Unit Contact:
Ron Goloubow
(510) 622-2442
[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:
Shyla Hoffman
(916) 341-5881
[email protected]

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 and no more than 1 page in length, use Arial size 12 pt. font, and normal margins.

  1. Describe your training and experience with investigation and cleanup of pollution in soil, groundwater, and indoor air.
  2. Describe your training and experience that demonstrates your leadership, collaboration, flexibility, and adaptability.

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.






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