California Water Quality Job

Environmental Scientist (permanent, full-time) position in water quality and estuarine ecology, California Dept. of Water Resources

Job Posting: Environmental Scientist

Link to Online Application:

Job Description and Duties

Join a diverse, dynamic team of professional environmental scientists as part of the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) and the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP). Our program conducts monthly ecological monitoring in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, sampling over 25 discrete stations aboard our research vessel, R/V Sentinel. The incumbent is responsible for leading water quality and biological sampling for EMP onboard our research vessels or by vehicle. The incumbent should have a background in water quality, scientific fieldwork, managing large datasets, and statistical analyses. The incumbent will act as crew lead in the field, mentor seasonal and temporary staff, and contribute to the communication, QA/QC, and sharing of research data and analyses via written technical reports, oral/ poster presentations, and peer-reviewed articles. The incumbent will represent EMP at relevant DWR and IEP project work teams.

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-358976

Position #(s): 840-370-0762-015

Working Title: Environmental Scientist


Salary: $4,145.00 – $7,926.00 (monthly)

# of Positions: 1

Work Location: West Sacramento, Yolo County, CA, USA

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time


  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Telework Opportunities
  • Free Parking
  • Health, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Paid Sick & Vacation
  • Retirement
  • Basic Group Term Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) & 457 plans
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Long Term Care
  • Group Legal Services

Minimum Requirements: You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST

Special Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, geoscience, ecology, or a related field and possession of a valid driver’s license. Field sampling may occur on weekends and at night. Must be able to work on boats without incapacitation due to seasickness.

Department Information

Division of Integrated Science and Engineering

Ecosystem Monitoring, Research, and Reporting Branch

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Section

Discrete Environmental Monitoring Unit

Department of Water Resources (DWR) was established in 1956 by the California State Legislature.  We manage California’s water resources, systems, and infrastructure, including the State Water Project, in a responsible sustainable way. At DWR, we are embedding climate change response into every project we undertake. We have set standards to help evaluate how each project incorporates climate resilience principles and ensure consistency across the Department.  Our mission is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments. DWR also strives to create a trusting and welcoming workplace where employees embrace diverse viewpoints and treat each other with civility and respect.  An important component of DWR’s equal employment opportunity program centers around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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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.
  • Other – Cover Letter
  • Other – See Supplemental Questionnaire information under Special Instructions below.

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.

The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to elicit information regarding each applicant’s abilities, knowledge, and experience in relation to the advertised position. Please complete these questions and identify a reference who can verify your knowledge and/or experience.  If you do not have experience regarding the question, then include examples of similar experience that would demonstrate your ability or potential to perform the specific function.  Please limit your answer to approximately one page (double-spaced, Arial 12 pt font and 1″ margins).

Supplemental Question: 
Discuss school or work-related experience you have in analysis and synthesis of water quality and biological data.

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:

Scientific field experience including work on boats; experience working in remote, rugged, or arduous conditions; interest in working outdoors in the San Francisco Bay-Delta; knowledge of water quality, biology, and ecology; experience with water quality and biological monitoring; demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others as part of a team; experience with statistical analysis of scientific data, including use of software such as R, RStudio, Python, ArcGIS, MiniTab, or similar; experience performing data QA/QC; strong technical writing and oral communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office; detail-oriented.

Special Instructions: To be considered, submit a completed State application (STD. 678), cover letter, resume, and supplemental questionnaire to the address below.  Please reference SAP Position #50031575 and Job Control #358976 in the “examination(s) or job title(s) for which you are applying” section of your application.

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Meagan Transue
(916) 855-8553

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:
Office of Workforce Equality
(916) 653-6952

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.

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