Engineering Geologist (Groundwater Management Program, 2 positions)

California State Water Resources Control Board

Sacramento, CA, US

Job Description and Duties

The State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning, and Performance has an opening for an Engineering Geologist in the Groundwater Management Program. The position is based at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The Office of Research, Planning, and Performance incubates new, impactful programs in emerging and cross-cutting areas related to water resources in California. Our efforts lead to better decisions, better governance, better information management, and better regulation. Currently, the portfolio of the Office spans climate change, sustainability, drinking water affordability, water conservation, impacts of groundwater use, emergency response and recovery, and more.

The Engineering Geologist will help lead implementation of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and related groundwater management activities of the State Water Board. The Engineering Geologist will perform the following duties:

-Provide policy recommendations to resolve complex challenges related to groundwater management. 

-Develop new ideas, informed by research, associated with SGMA implementation.

-Use expertise in geologic and hydrogeologic processes of California’s Central Valley to:

  • Develop solutions that address groundwater overdraft, stream depletions, and water quality degradation.
  • Conduct data collection, analysis, and modeling associated with sustainable groundwater management.
  • Analyze components of water budgets, long-term overdraft, and sustainable yield at various spatial scales.
  • Review data on historical and current groundwater conditions, extractions, and water use and storage to assess groundwater management options.

-Apply expertise and experience in geographic information systems (GIS), programming languages such Python or R, open data strategies, large dataset manipulation, or modeling to analysis of groundwater conditions

-Represent the State Water Board by leading, facilitating, or participating in interagency staff meetings, stakeholder meetings, negotiations, and other public meetings.

-Prepare and deliver effective presentations of technical and programmatic information in both large forum and roundtable settings.

-Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with various levels of State Water Board staff, management, and programs; local and regional groundwater management entities; the Department of Water Resources; and diverse stakeholders.

-Develop outreach and educational materials to help stakeholders understand SGMA and ensure effective implementation of SGMA.

-Manage contractors.

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.





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