Job Posting: Sediment Management Program

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Sediment Management Program

$3,851.00 - $7,364.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

You would be part of a small team within BCDC’s regulatory unit that works on projects and policies related to sediment management, with a focus on navigation dredging, sand mining, and habitat restoration projects that use sediment, in the context of improving regional sediment management in San Francisco Bay. You would also be part of a nationally recognized  interagency team that seeks to coordinate and conduct dredging, beneficial reuse of dredged sediment and disposal in an environmentally sound manner and includes the US Enviromental Protection Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. As part of this team, you’ll review sediment quality analysis, including sediment chemistry and bioassays, research and project proposals. In addition, you’ll work closely with permit applicants, conveying the Commission’s laws and policies, drafting permits and reports, and making presentations to the Commission and the public. In further developing regional sediment management policies and activities you would maintain an up to date knowledge of sediment research, issues, techniques and practices, as well as addressing the challenges of rising seas, particularly in sensitive habitats. You’ll have the opportunity to work with project proponents, stakeholders, researchers, as well as local goverments.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Reviewing and analyzing project proposals and environmental documents; writing permits, staff summaries, reports, and correspondence on behalf of the Commission and the Executive Director for dredging, sand mining, habitat restoration, and flood risk management projects to ensure compliance with Commission laws and policies, sound scientific principles and practice.

  • Analyzing sediment quality data and reports, including chemical and biological assays, to determine sediment suitability for dredged sediment disposal or reuse options, and potential impacts to water quality and natural resources.

  • Participating in intra- and interagency working groups, primarily the Wetlands Habitat Adaptation Team (WHAT), the Dredge Material Management Office (DMMO) and the Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW), and other project specific interagency collaborative efforts.

  • Analyzing and developing recommendations, writing reports, and making presentations on Bay Area sediment management practices, habitat restoration, and related issues for the Commission, staff, and regional and local managers.

  • Researching sediment management issues related to the San Francisco Bay and conducting outreach to stakeholders via workshops, interviews with local practitioners, technical experts and scientists, and collaborating to devise alternative sediment management practices.

  • Maintaining a strong working knowledge of current natural resource sciences, especially the sediment sciences literature, and applying this knowledge to proposed projects and advising project proponents accordingly.

  • Collaborating and negotiating with stakeholders, project proponents and partner agencies.

  • Leading and participating in meetings, site visits, planning and policy discussions, and workshops.

  • Providing technical support to regulatory, planning, the legal staff, and the Commission.

Working Conditions

Time Base:  Full-time

Tenure:  Permanent

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Sediment Management Program
$3,851.00 - $7,364.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a small State agency located in San Francisco. Its mission is to protect and enhance San Francisco Bay and to encourage the responsible and productive use of the Bay for current and future generations.  BCDC has planning and regulatory responsibility for development located in and around San Francisco Bay and along the shoreline of the nine counties surrounding the Bay. BCDC is guided in its decisions by its laws, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the McAteer-Petris Act, and the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, its policy documents, the San Francisco Bay Plan, and Suisun Marsh Plan, and other policy documents for specific planned areas around the Bay.

Department Website:

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: Until Filled

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:

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Other - Minimum of 3 References
  • Other - Brief Writing Sample (5 pages or less)
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:

BCDC is looking for an Environmental Scientist to work in the agency’s Sediment Management Program and participate in interagency team that manages the Bay’s dredging program. The work is focused on the nexus between sediment, navigation, aggregate mining, habitat restoration, and flood protection – the position requires someone who has scientific aptitude, can apply ecological and planning principles to projects, and can navigate between science, policy, and project management. The ideal candidate enjoys working with people, has good communication and writing skills, can work independently and as part of a team. An understanding of coastal or estuarine sediment dynamics, chemical and biological testing, and habitat restoration principles is beneficial, but not required.

We are looking for a person who enjoys collaborating with accomplished scientists, managers, planners, and public agency staff. You must be solution-oriented, flexible, self-driven, think big but remain detailed, and thrive in a forward-thinking environment. The ability to interact well and fit into a small, highly motivated, multi-
disciplinary BCDC team that is working in a rapidly changing regulatory environment is essential.


Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement programs.

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:
Corinne Young
(415) 904-9446
Hiring Unit Contact:
Brenda Goeden
(415) 352-3623

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:
Peggy Atwell
(415) 352-3638
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.


If you are not a current or past State employee or have not successfully participated in an appropriate civil service examination, you cannot be considered for this position. For more information on the State hiring process, please visit the CalHR website at If you have not taken the Environmental Scientist examination, it is online and can be taken anytime.

Filing Priority

The position will be open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received on or before August 15, 2019.  Applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. No relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail