Environmental Scientist

California Natural Resources Agency

Sacramento, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Department Information

Mission Statement: To restore, protect and manage the state’s natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved.

The California Ocean Resources Management Program, led by the Deputy Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy/Executive Director for the Ocean Protection Council (Executive Director), provides policy and technical assistance to the Secretary for Natural Resources in his dual responsibilities as chair of the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and administration of all non-statutory marine and coastal resource programs, and coordinates the State’s participation in state and federal marine affairs.

Job Description and Duties

The OPC (Ocean Protection Council) is hiring an Environmental Scientist. Please see the Duty Statement link for more information.  The link can be found in the additional documentation section.

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: 10/10/2017

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

Completed Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. A completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included, when submitting your application in hard copy.

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Natural Resources Agency
Attn: Hiring Review Unit
c/o Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Hiring Review Unit
c/o Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
1300 U Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
08:00 AM05:00 PM

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. 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 –

    On the STD. 678 in the “EXAMINATION(S) OR JOB TITLE” section you must include the Job Control Number, Position Number, and Classification for which you are applying. Please note you may only apply for one position per STD. 678.

    Note: Do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State Application (STD 678). This page is for examination use only.

  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts

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 Environmental Scientist or related field Bachelor’s Degree

Contact Information

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

  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Vickie Key
    (916) 654-2757
  • 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:
    Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
    (916) 445-8179
    [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.

Supplemental Questionnaire

1. Describe your management, policy or scientific experience addressing climate change impacts on coastal and ocean ecosystems.

2. Describe your project management experience, including grant management and stakeholder outreach and coordination.

3. Describe your experience translating complex scientific data for use by local, state, or federal governments and/or communicating with a range of audiences including high-level decision-makers and members of the public.

4. Describe your experience and ability to lead groups of people with divergent views on an issue towards consensus on a particular position or process.

Please provide the name and telephone number of a former supervisor/reference who can verify the work and/or experience you described in all four questions above.