Water Resource Control Engineer

Oakland, CA, US

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Position Details

$4,998.00 – $9,361.00
Alameda County
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The State Water Resources Control Board’s and the nine (9) Regional Water Quality Control Boards’ (collectively the Water Boards’) top priority is 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.

Job Description and Duties

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for a Water Resource Control Engineer in the Watershed Management Division. The position location is 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612.

Duties: Under the direct supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist and consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to use engineering principles and regulatory skills to prepare and administer Water Quality Certifications under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and to review implementation plans, reports, and designs of stormwater control measures for compliance with the small municipal separate storm sewer system NPDES permit. The incumbent is also expected to represent the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board at meetings with applicants, dischargers, and appropriate agencies, and is expected to be courteous and provide timely responses to internal/external customers, follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal/external customer input when completing work assignments.

Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:
RPA#16-120-068 and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hard copy application.
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Statement of Qualification (SOQ) – Please see below for specific SOQ requirement
• Must have State Water Resources Control Board Water Resource Control Engineer list eligibility, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility.

Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through jobs.ca.gov is preferred. Hand delivered, emailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Application Instructions

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: 2/13/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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.jobs.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-Brady Yates
P.O. BOX 100
Sacramento, CA 95812-0100

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.jobs.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.
  • Other – Cover Letter
  • Statement of Qualifications – Please see below for specific SOQ requirement
  • Resume is required and must be included.
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:
• Strong organizational skills and adaptability in a fast-paced, challenging work environment.
• Experience with multi-disciplinary professional staff (e.g., planners, engineers, scientists, attorneys, and administrative staff) engaged in cooperative work efforts.
• Understanding of water quality, scientific concepts, and related environmental concerns associated with dredge and fill projects, storm water discharges, aquatic restoration and enhancement projects, illicit discharges, groundwater protection, and agriculture.
• Experience evaluating engineering and environmental studies.
• Experience inspecting facilities and.
• The ability to:
     o Apply strategic thinking in exploring and reviewing regulatory approaches with staff, managers, and stakeholders to ensure effective water quality solutions.
     o Work collaboratively and, motivate, and effectively communicate with technical staff and upper management.
     o Write and speak effectively to a range of audiences, including the general public, elected and appointed officials, and specialized technical and legal staff.
     o Make effective public presentations;
     o Interact effectively with state, federal, and local agencies, regulated communities, and other stakeholders, including the ability to negotiate effectively.
     o Work as a team player.
     o Take direction from upper management and maintain open lines of communication both up and down the organizational chart, and between Water Board divisions, as needed.
     o Meet deliverable deadlines on many concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment.
     o Plan and prioritize work with minimal oversight.
• Knowledge of the California Water Code, federal Clean Water Act, relevant policies, regulations, and guidance, and an understanding of the issues facing the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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.

  • Human Resources Contact:
    Brady Yates
    (916) 324-7089
    [email protected]
  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Xavier Fernandez
    (510) 622-5685
    [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:
    Shyla Hoffman
    (916) 341-5881
    [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.

Statement of Qualifications

The Statement of Qualifications should be no longer than two pages in length and must explain your:
1. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
2. Experience working on policy issues involving federal, state, and/or local government, along with other stakeholders.
3. Understanding of State and Federal laws and regulations governing the protection of water quality.
4. Ability to analyze and evaluate complex permit application documents, technical scientific studies, and research, and develop permitting and policy recommendations.
5. Strong project and time management skills to coordinate with multiple staff working in programs with differing work plan goals and priorities.