Department of Food & Agriculture


$3,851.00 - $7,364.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Effective July 1, 2020, State employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for up to 16 hours per month of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020).

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist (SES) (Supervisory), the incumbent will serve as a technical scientist responsible for planning, implementation activities, reporting and monitoring of implemented projects for HSP and perform a variety of scientific tasks on present and future environmental work to protect the environment and improve agriculture productivity in the state. The incumbent will be required to help advance quantification methodologies and reporting criteria for HSP in coordination with the California Air Resources Board and quantify greenhouse gas reductions from implemented projects. The incumbent will use scientific methods and principals to research and identify any solutions to problems associated with building carbon in soils as a method that leads to reducing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere in California. The incumbent must establish and maintain effective working relationships with other state, university and federal agency scientists, farmers, ranchers, the environmental justice community, and other stakeholders.

  • Act as technical and scientific expert in developing the Request for Grant Applications for the Healthy Soils Program (Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects) and ensure technical GHG quantification requirements and all program requirements are met;
  • Identify technical and scientific issues related to incentivized projects and identify solutions for consideration by management by researching the scientific literature and using scientific methods;
  • Research, evaluate, and propose solutions involving management practices that reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide greenhouse gases by carbon sequestration in agricultural operations;

  • Participate in scientific activities of any technical committees that are developed for HSP;

  • Coordinate communication with CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) and University of California Cooperative Extension CSA Community Education Specialists (CESs) working on the HSP across various regions of the State;

  • Research and quantify the potential for carbon sequestration on different agricultural operations in California using scientific methods and published literature;

  • Research and identify, using the scientific literature, quantification methodologies associated with management practices that build the carbon content of soils using scientific methods.


Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position will be conducted indoors and outdoors. The employee’s modular workstation is equipped with standard office furnishings, a computer with monitor, a telephone with voicemail, and stationary filing drawers.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFAs Telework Policy. Incumbent will be required to travel or remotely connect to various locations throughout the State (federal, state, county offices, farms, ranches, and businesses) to conduct all aspects of essential functions related to HSP; occasional overnight and weekend travel may be required.

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
$6,816.00 - $8,479.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI), under the Executive Office of CDFA, has several climate change incentive programs that are designed to improve the environmental quality and sustainability of agriculture operations in California. One climate change program under OEFI is the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), which will provide incentives to growers to implement management practices that reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon in soils. Carbon sequestration in turn leads to increase soil carbon content which has been shown to provide numerous other benefits such as increased water holding capacity and improved plant health. The California Climate Investments Program, administered by the Air Resources Board, provides funding for the programs and programmatic activities are administered in accordance with Assembly Bill 32, Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree with a major in a biological, chemical, physical, environmental science, or closely related scientific discipline. Valid California Driver’s license and clean driving record.

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:

Department of Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Department JC#228525
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Department JC#228525
1220 N Street, Room 242
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.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Other - Cover Letter
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.


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General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Giancarlo LaGiusa
(916) 513-1137

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 7/2019 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

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