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State Water Resources Control Board


$3,851.00 - $7,364.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/8/2021

Job Description and Duties

Please note this is a re-advertisement. If you have already applied for this vacancy, your application will be considered and there is no need to re-apply.

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 State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Quality, has openings for two Environmental Scientists in the Watershed & Wetlands Section. The position is located at 1001 I Street, 15th Floor, Sacramento, right in the heart of downtown next to light rail stations, other public transportation, awesome restaurants and more.


Under the close supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist, the incumbent is expected to use scientific practices and technical skills and knowledge to develop and implement the statewide Water Quality Certification Program. This Program regulates discharges of dredged and fill material into state waters, and has primary responsibility to protect all state waters, including wetlands, riparian areas and headwaters from these impacts. The Program emphasizes a watershed approach in analyzing and regulating projects. Projects typically involve dredged or fill impacts directly and indirectly affecting hydrology, surface and groundwater quality and related beneficial uses of water.

The incumbent will: prepare Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 Water Quality Certifications and Waste Discharge Requirements for multi-region projects; monitor and enforce project compliance; develop and implement Program regulations; comment on or prepare California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents for multi-region projects; assist in project information tracking and record keeping; provide technical and administrative support to Regional Water Quality Control Board staff; and coordinate with federal, state, tribes, local agencies and other interested parties or stakeholders. The incumbent will additionally assist in Program development by analyzing and commenting on proposed legislation, writing technical papers as directed, developing policy related to statewide wetland and riparian area protection, assisting in public meetings, responding to public comments, and developing presentations and briefings.

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.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$3,851.00 - $4,768.00 A
$4,680.00 - $5,807.00 B
$5,923.00 - $7,364.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
State Water Resources Control Board

Department Information

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the nine (9) Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) (collectively the Water Boards) work 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.

The Water Boards values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

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

  • RPA# 20-250-101/102 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy applications
  • Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility)

Must have Environmental Scientist list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list.  Here is the link to the exam

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: 12/8/2021

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 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - is required and must be included. 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.

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:

Individual who is familiar with the State Water Quality Control Board’s Certification and Wetlands Program, and has a working knowledge of one or more of the following areas: wetland and riparian science, ecology, wildlife biology, environmental regulations and policies, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, CEQA, sections 401 and 404 of the CWA, and/or computer science. Field experience related to these areas will be considered as well as education.

Individual should have excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to work cooperatively and agreeably with others; self-motivation with vision and creativity; excellent organization skills, and the ability to respond to multiple priorities.

In addition, knowledge and interest in computer information management and applied technology is highly desirable.


Waterboard 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.

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) 445-9730
Hiring Unit Contact:
Jessica Nadolski
(916) 341-5290

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
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 understanding of the Water Quality Certification Program. 

2. Describe your policy or scientific experience conducting work pertaining to development or restoration to mitigate impacts to the environment.

3. Describe your experience communicating complex scientific data to a range of audiences.  

Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated
may 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.

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