Local recruitment: Research Data Specialist II

California State Water Resources Control Board

Sacramento, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description and Duties

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

If this position is filled in Richmond, it will be entitled to a $250.00 pay differential per month based on Bargaining Unit and/or work location.

Are you looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in Drinking Water? If you enjoy a career helping others, then this may be the position for you! Apply today and join our team. The State Water Resource Control Board’s, Division of Drinking Water, Needs Analysis Unit has one opening for a Research Data Specialist II. Hybrid telework options are available. The position is located at 1001 I St., 24th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 and options for in-person reporting include the following Division of Drinking Water field offices: Redding, Santa Rosa, Richmond, Monterey, Lodi, Fresno, Carpinteria, Bakersfield, Glendale, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, San Diego

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 (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 599.673) of a classification. For classes with alternate ranges, placement is based on education/experience.

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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Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The State Water Resource 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 value 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/

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: 3/18/2024

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:

State Water Resources Control Board

Attn: Human Resources Branch – Amanda Maiava

1001 I Street, 18th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

State Water Resources Control Board

Human Resources Branch – Amanda Maiava

1001 I Street, 18th Floor

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.
  • Statement of Qualifications – Please see below for specific SOQ requirements

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:

• An experienced professional, knowledgeable in drinking water and public water system regulatory requirements; familiar with California drinking water statutes and regulations; and be technically conversant with current issues faced by public water systems such as water quality, water treatment and data reporting.

• Knowledge and work experience using computer applications (such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Teams and Outlook) as well as other data evaluation tools (i.e. Tableau, Power BI), programs, software and techniques (i.e. GIS).

• Experience with scripting language (e.g., R, Python, SQL, JavaScript) and development of data science products, such as automation, script calculation, machine learning products, business intelligence tools that include graphs, maps, charts, visualizations, and infographics.

• The candidate should have the ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative and interact effectively with others.

• Candidate should possess the ability to think and write clearly, recognize, and evaluate problems proactively, be able to take direction from the supervisor and Division management, and implement effective and appropriate actions.

• The ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative relationships; the ability to prioritize and schedule work efficiently is essential. The successful candidate should also possess mature judgment, poise, and tact. Excellent attendance and punctuality, strong communication and organizational skills, and adaptability in a fast-paced, challenging environment are vital attributes for the successful candidate.


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.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

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:
Amanda Maiava
(916) 323-0923

Hiring Unit Contact:
Kristyn Abhold
(916) 327-5593

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

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.

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 two (2) pages in length, using Arial 12-size font, and normal margins.

1. What interests you about this position?

2. Describe your background and work experience, if any, with respect to environmental data management and analysis. Please highlight your experience with different software tools and analytical methods.

3. Describe your experience gathering, cleaning, analyzing, interpreting, and developing visualizations of data. Please mention the tools and methods you employed.

4. Describe your experience with business processes, streamlining work activities, organizational skills, and increased productivity.

5. Describe your ability to develop and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships.

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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