Local recruitment: Engineer, Water Resources

California Department of Water Resources

Fresno County, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Water Resources’ South Central Region Office is offering an exciting opportunity to join our talented team!  Are you looking for challenging and rewarding work?  Look no further!  If you are a creative thinker, self-motivated, and interested in hydraulics, hydrology, and flood management, then this Engineer, Water Resources position could be right for you! 

Under the direction of the Senior Engineer, Water Resources, the successful candidate will perform a variety of engineering tasks and assignments, including conducting studies and investigations, gathering resources data, preparing reports and design documents, and assisting with the implementation of projects related to water resources fields. The candidate will support activities within the River Investigations Branch, including projects for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) and the State Water Project, as well as work related to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The candidate will help local communities in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast be safer from damaging floods, especially as climate change continues to increase flood risk.  Duties include evaluating how local communities are administering their floodplain management programs, conducting training workshops, providing public outreach, completing investigations, gathering resource data, preparing reports and design documents, and assisting with the implementation of projects related to water resources fields.  The candidate will be working primarily in a matrix environment to support NFIP but could also support various efforts of SJRRP. 

This position requires the candidate to work cooperatively with others; maintain regular, consistent, and predictable attendance; possess good oral and written communication skills; and exercise initiative, competent independent judgment, analyze situations accurately and take effective actions.  The candidate may represent the Department in meetings and will be required to travel throughout the State as needed.

We encourage all candidates interested in this challenging and rewarding work to apply for this position.  The position will be headquartered at the South Central Region Office in a brand-new state-of-the-art building in Fresno, with opportunities for telework.

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

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$6,175.00 – $11,567.00

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Fresno County



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Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Division of Regional Assistance, River Investigations Branch, Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Flood Management Section, Fresno

Department of Water Resources (DWR) was established in 1956 by the California State Legislature.  We manage California’s water resources, systems, and infrastructure, including the State Water Project, in a responsible sustainable way.

At DWR, we are embedding climate change response into every project we undertake. We have set standards to help evaluate how each project incorporates climate resilience principles and ensure consistency across the Department.  Our mission is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.

DWR also strives to create a trusting and welcoming workplace where employees embrace diverse viewpoints and treat each other with civility and respect.  An important component of DWR’s equal employment opportunity program centers around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Department Website: https://water.ca.gov

Free career consultation services including one-on-one State career consultations, application/resume review, tips for applying, and mock interviews, provided by experienced recruiters are now available at the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Career Center, located at the Poppy Pavilion, 715 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Walk-ins are welcome every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-4pm.

Special Requirements

This position requires participation at meetings, workshops, training, fieldwork, and other work-related activities that may require consecutive days of travel and overnight stays.  All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and is free from discrimination.

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: 12/4/2023

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.

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 Water Resources

Attn: Division of Human Resources

P.O. Box 1079

Sacramento, CA 95812

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Water Resources

Certification Desk

715 P Street, 7th floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

08:00 AM – 04:30 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.
  • Other – Cover Letter

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:

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with effective oral and written communication skills, broad computer skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment, and the knowledge of water-related engineering principles.  Experience with river restoration, surveying, GIS, hydraulics, hydrology, and drafting software is desirable!


Click here to read about the outstanding benefits offered to eligible employees.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Omar Erekat
(916) 820-7618
[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:
Office of Workforce Equality
(916) 653-6952
[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.

Special Instructions

To be considered, submit a completed Standard State Application (std. 678), a cover letter, and a resume that is no longer than 3 pages online or to the address shown.  Please reference SAP Position # 50003232 Job Control #401804 in the Explanations section of your application. 

Resumes, cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Click here to complete DWR’s Recruitment Survey. This survey is for research purpose only and will not affect the application status.


For more information about the State hiring process, click here. To view the job application process video, click here.

List eligibility can be established by taking and passing the examination/assessment.

Click the examination(s)/assessment(s) information link.


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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