Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)

California State Water Resources Control Board
Sacramento, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description and Duties

Please note this is a re-advertisement. If you have already applied for this vacancy, your application will be considered and there is no need to re-apply.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, applying electronically is highly encouraged.

Effective July 1, 2020, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for up to 16 hours of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) per month.

The State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) Division of Water Quality Sustainable Water Plans and Policies Section has an opening for a permanent full-time Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) to serve as the Division of Water Quality’s Environmental Regulation and Policy Specialist and Tribal Liaison in the Environmental Assessment Unit.  Due to COVID-19, the incumbent would be teleworking 100 percent of the time until staff transition back to the CalEPA building when COVID-19 conditions improve. Normally the position is located at 1001 I Street, 15th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814, right in the heart of downtown Sacramento in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Cal EPA building. The office in the vibrant downtown Sacramento area next to light rail stations, other public transportation, restaurants, the State Capital building, Downtown Commons, and the Golden 1 Center.

The incumbent will work under the supervision with the Sustainable Water Plans and Policies Section Chief, but works independently as the lead staff to coordinate with appropriate program staff and external stakeholders to plan and prepare program analyses and documentation necessary to ensure compliance California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Porter Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and AB-52 Native Americans: California Environmental Quality Act (collectively referred to as Environmental Assessment and Compliance) for all of the programs in the Division of Water Quality. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong analytical, critical thinking, and written and verbal communication skills to work effectively independently and with diverse groups on projects in DWQ as the lead technical expert on Environmental Assessment and Compliance for the development of statewide water quality control plans, policies, permits and programs.


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.