Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Specialist

California State Water Resources Control Board

Rancho Cordova, 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.

Positions at the Water Boards may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position.

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

The State Water Resources Control Board, Central Valley Region, has one opening for a Senior Environmental Scientist in the Planning Section. The position is located at 11020 Sun Center Dr. Suite #200, Rancho Cordova, CA, 95670.

Duties:
Under the supervision of an Environmental Program Manager and consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to be courteous and provide timely responses to internal/external customers, follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal/external customer input when completing work assignments. Specific responsibilities include:

Plan, organize, and coordinate the development of water quality control programs, Basin Plan amendments, or other Board actions to address water quality impairments and control pollutants contributing to degradation of water quality in the Central Valley. Conduct scientific analysis and assessments to identify factors contributing to water quality impairments, sources of pollutants, and controllable factors to determine potential actions needed restore water quality. Conduct California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) evaluations, review scientific literature, write reports, give Board presentations, manage grants and contracts, conduct environmental field investigations, and analyze data and economic costs of potential regulations. Complete other work in support of the development and implementation of Basin Plan amendments, control programs, or other management actions to address water quality and beneficial use impairments in the Central Valley.

Plan, organize, and coordinate programs to assess water quality impacts and contaminant effects on a regional basis with an emphasis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary and its tributaries. Represent the Board on technical committees, review technical reports and workplans, conduct beneficial use assessments and environmental field investigations.

Represent the Central Valley Regional Water Board at meetings with local, state, and federal agencies, other interest groups, Native American Tribes and on various technical and interagency committees, Water Board Round Tables and other internal and external meetings. Prepare and present written and oral presentations at public hearings, scientific conferences, meetings of the Central Valley Water Board, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Compile and report on program activities and accomplishments to Central Valley Water Board management, the State Water Resources Control Board, and USEPA. Track development of State Water Board Policies and Programs related to beneficial use impairments and TMDLs. Develop the Triennial Review workplan and all regulatory requirements related to the adoption of the Triennial Review.

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.

Salary information – CalHR salary rules allow appointment at the entrance rate (599.673) of a classification. For classes with alternate ranges, placement is based on education/experience.

Please take a moment to fill out the State Water Resources Control Board’s Recruitment Survey.

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

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-315667Position #(s): 880-150-0765-121Working Title:SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST (SPECIALIST)Classification: SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST (SPECIALIST)$7,336.00 – $9,126.00# of Positions: 1Work Location: Sacramento CountyJob Type: Permanent, Full TimeFacility: 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# 21-150-104 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 Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list. Here is the link to the exam: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/0PBDJ.PDF.   

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 on the application form (STD. 678), including work experience, dates, 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: 8/17/2022

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 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 BoardAttn: Human Resources Branch – Brittany LiverettP.O. BOX 100Sacramento, 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 BoardAttn: Human Resources Branch – Brittany Liverett1001 I Street, 18th FloorSacramento, 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 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 – Required and must be included. 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:

  • Leadership experience
  • Experience coordinating across programs or agencies or separate work groups
  • Ability to evaluate scientific reports and write technical reports or other publications related to water quality issues
  • Ability to clearly communicate and present scientific, policy, and technical information (both oral and written)
  • Experience with Total Maximum Daily Loads or Basin Planning
  • Knowledge of water quality issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
  • Experience interacting with Native American Tribes or underserved, disadvantaged communities
  • Experience participating on a Technical or Advisory Committee
  • Experience analyzing water quality data or information

Benefits

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. 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:
Brittany Liverett
(916) 341-5108
[email protected]

Hiring Unit Contact:
Meredith Howard
(916) 464-4788
[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] 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 2 pages in length, using Arial 12-point font, and normal margins.

The State of Qualifications should address the following:

  1. Describe how your background and work experience exemplify leadership. Throughout your career, has your perspective changed on what makes a good leader?
  2. Describe your experience working or interacting with Native American Tribes or underserved, disadvantaged communities.

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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