Senior Engineering Geologist (Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA))
Job Description and Duties
Neat job in Sacramento to help make groundwater use and governance in California sustainable.
1. Do you possess a valid certificate of registration as a geologist or geophysicist?
2. Do you think about public policy and governance?
3. Do you know the California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act?
4. Do you want to work in Sacramento, California?
You will be part of the State Water Board’s Office of Research, Planning, and Performance. The position location is 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
You will be in a high-profile position as one of the principal implementers of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). SGMA may be the biggest change in California water law in a century. It is a major and contentious state policy affecting groundwater use, land use, surface water use, climate resilience, local communities and economies, and the environment. The intention is for groundwater users to govern use of local groundwater resources in ways that meet state policy goals. The work will be varied, but at the core, you will lead the state’s management of groundwater use basin by basin to protect the state’s resources and interests where local groundwater management efforts are inadequate.
You will represent the state as you interact with Native American Tribes, stakeholders, and the public, including the members and leaders of major communities, businesses, interest groups, and governmental institutions from the local to federal levels. Given the complex and sometimes contentious work, you will have to be personable, communicate effectively, gain respect, and remain calm in many different settings, including while giving information people do not want to hear or do not agree with.
The Office develops and implements policies in emerging and cross-cutting areas. Currently, the portfolio of the Office includes climate change, the human right to water, urban water conservation, groundwater management, emergency response and recovery, and more. California is very diverse, and we want our teams to reflect that. That’s why the Water Board values diversity at all levels of our organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed, can thrive, and can contribute uniquely.
For information on SGMA, please visit https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/.
Review the resources page here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/sgma.html.
Specifically, read the fact sheet here regarding how the state may regulate groundwater use if local management is found to be inadequate (as defined by SGMA): https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/docs/intervention/intervention_fs.pdf.
The state government’s roles in SGMA are largely divided between the Board and the California Department of Water resources; the Department’s SGMA page is https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Groundwater-Management/SGMA-Groundwater-Management.