Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory)

California State Water Resources Control Board

Oakland, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Job Description and Duties


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 San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) in the Planning and TMDL Division. The position location is 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612.



Under the direction of an Environmental Program Manager I in the Planning Division, the incumbent oversees implementation of the Agricultural Lands Programs (ALPs) Section, which includes the Irrigated Lands, Cannabis, 319(h) Grant and Confined Animal Facility Programs in the San Francisco Bay Region. Specific duties include preparing individual and programmatic work plans, providing day-to-day guidance, reviewing completed work, participating in meetings with stakeholders, and directing the preparation of enforcement items or individual permits for Board action. Provide supervisory level technical expertise on the scientific fields of soil science, range management, and riparian ecosystem functions and values. Consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Water Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent 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.

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.

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

Special Requirements

    In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:

    • RPA# 20-120-092 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.
    • Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility)

    Must have Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list. Here is the link to the exam Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisory examination bulletin. (

    Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through is preferred.  Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

    In the hiring interview, the panel will consider education, experience, personal development, personal traits and fitness for the job. In appraising experience, more weight may be given to the breadth of pertinent experience and evidence of the candidate’s ability to accept and fulfill increasing responsibilities than to the length of his/her experience. For additional information, you may refer to the class specification.

    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: 5/14/2021

    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 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 – Sarah Gomez
    P.O. BOX 100
    Sacramento, CA 95812-0100

    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 – Sarah Gomez
    1001 I Street, 18th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM05:00 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 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 requirements.
    • Other – Cover Letter 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.


    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.

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    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:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Sarah Gomez
    (916) 341-5223
    [email protected]
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Xavier Melanson-Fernandez
    (510) 332-7318
    [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


    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 and no more than 2 pages in length, use Arial size 12 pt. font, and normal margins. 

    Indicate your total years of experience when answering the following statements/questions: 

    1. Describe your ability to plan, organize, and complete complex technical projects.
    2. Describe your experience related to collaborating with and mentoring highly skilled multi-disciplinary technical staff.
    3. Describe your experience working on projects involving federal, state, and/or local government, along with other stakeholders.
    4. Describe your experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting State and Federal laws and regulations governing the protection of water quality.
    5. Describe your knowledge and understanding of best management practices to prevent water quality impacts from dairies, livestock grazing, and vineyards.  

    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.