Local recruitment: Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project (MDERP) Specialist

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California, USA 🇺🇸



Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project (MDERP) Specialist

$7,336.00 – $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/21/2023

Job Description and Duties

Consistent with priorities established by the Department and Watershed Protection District, the incumbent will work with Watershed Protection District to prioritize workload. In incumbent will review, analyze, support Watershed Protection District in its Lead Agency responsibilities under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Coordinate with Department staff, other regulatory and local agencies related to project review, permitting, and compliance monitoring. Incumbent will identify environmental constraints/potential impacts and opportunities, provide input on, evaluate and make recommendations regarding project alternatives, provide expertise regarding relevant regional species and habitats, participate in field data collection, field meetings, field habitat assessments, participate as a CEQA team member drafting (workshop participation), reviewing, and providing input on all phases of CEQA documentation and processing, from the pre-scoping through the responses to comments and certification. Incumbent will also provide input regarding the oversight of field implementation and maintenance of restoration projects, field data collection and preparation of technical monitoring reports.

Incumbent will provide input on water quality, water rights, and groundwater issues in dynamic coastal watersheds and assist in the development of mitigation and/or habitat restoration plans and specifications. The incumbent will coordinate and prepare Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) Agreements or Master LSA Agreement applications (Fish and Game Code § 1600 et seq.). Review and ensure completeness of LSA Notifications, analyze documentation, and prepare permitting packages. Review project mitigation and implementation to ensure they are compliant with original project documentation.

Perform administrative tasks, including tracking of time worked; attend career development and training programs, seminars as appropriate to contribute to the achievement of regional goals and objectives. Other duties as assigned.

This position is a 12 month Limited Term (LT) and may be extended up to 24 months or become permanent.

If you currently have permanent status in your position and have passed probation, you have mandatory reinstatement rights into your former position at the end of this LT appointment. If you have not had prior permanent or probationary civil service status, you will be separated from state service.

During this 12-month Limited Term assignment, you will receive full health, dental, and vision benefits! You will also earn State Service and accrue monthly leave credits.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:

Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist): Exam Link

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

Working Conditions

Office will be located in either the Seal Beach office, Santa Barbara office, or Fillmore office, with a requirement to work from the Watershed Protection District’s office in Ventura at least once a week. Ability to use a computer keyboard for several hours each day; complete office tasks that require sitting, standing, and walking; attend meetings and conference calls. The position may require field work. A valid California Driver’s license is required to drive on official state business. Driving may require travel of up to three or more hours each way including overnight travel. Work schedules may include early mornings and late nights; hiking over uneven and possibly steep or wet terrain; and work in inclement weather.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project (MDERP) Specialist



$7,336.00 – $9,126.00

# of Positions:


Work Location:

United States



Job Type:

12 Month Limited Term – Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 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, CDFW 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: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov

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.

Ability to use a computer and Microsoft office software up to eight hours a day. Must be able to drive to and from meetings and site visits within 3-5 hours from the home office. Walking in and through rural terrain; hiking over rough terrain with no vehicle access;operating a 4WD vehicle off highway, over rough terrain. Must be able to work with staff statewide to complete work assignments. The incumbent is required to conduct some physical labor or other activities that requires lifting up to 25 pounds

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: 11/21/2023

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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 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:

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Attn: Human Resources Branch

P.O. Box 944209

Sacramento, 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 Wildlife

Human Resources Branch

Temporarily Closed

See Filing Instructions

Sacramento, CA 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 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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications -A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see below for SOQ instructions1. Describe your experience conducting habitat assessments, species surveys, and/or hydrological assessments.

    2. Describe your knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and any experience you have reviewing, commenting on, or writing CEQA documents.

    4. Describe your knowledge of wetland permitting, and any experience you may have crafting or implementing wetland permits for CDFW or other agencies.

    3. Describe your experience working with government agencies and/or the public.
  • Other –A valid driver’s license is required. Please include the following Driver’s License (DL) information on a separate piece of paper along with a photocopy of the front and back of the license: Name as stated on license, issuing state, DL number, class, and expiration

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:

Conscientious, positive, reliable, responsible, organized, and enthusiastic; strong initiative and adaptable; strategic thinker; ability to multi-task. This includes innovative solutions for difficult environmental management problems and new methodologies and scientific application to aid management in policy formation and implementation. Effectively manages time through goal setting, prioritization and work planning.

Effective written and verbal communication skills; persuasive communication abilities; ability to build and maintain positive relationships; builds trust through honest communication and actions; strives to listen to others and understand their interests, concerns, and ideas; works independently and as part of a team; interacts effectively with others to achieve goals. Demonstrated ability to make independent judgements, be open-minded, flexible, and tactful.


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: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov

Hiring Unit Contact:
Jennifer Turner
(858) 539-9109
[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) 902-9211
[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.

Filing Instructions

You must reference Position Number 565-531-0765-905 and RPA Number E-R5 ES 23-025 in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) for Which You Are Applying section of the State Application Form (Std. Form 678). Applications that do not list the Position Number and RPA Number may not be considered.

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

Resume – Resumes will be reviewed in addition to the STD 678 for employment history. Resumes must include the complete to and from dates (MM/DD/YYYY) and hours worked per week.

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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