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Job Posting: Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Limited Term

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Limited Term

$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/17/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of a Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, the incumbent will be part of the Cannabis Enforcement Program (CEP) responsible for the following scope of activities in Humboldt, Mendocino, and western Trinity counties within the Northern Region (NR).  The incumbent will implement CDFW’s Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) and California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take permitting and ensure California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance focused on projects related to cannabis cultivation. Coordinate with Law Enforcement Division’s Wildlife Officers, other Regional CDFW Cannabis Program staff, and State and local agencies addressing non-compliance and enforcement efforts. Specified activities require knowledge of California fish and wildlife resources, ecological principles, lake and stream processes, applicable permitting and environmental laws, and CDFW administrative procedures and policies. The incumbent applies an extensive knowledge of environmental impacts, a high degree of personal initiative, and independent judgment. The incumbent is expected to coordinate closely with Habitat Conservation Planning Branch (HCPB) and the statewide cannabis program on policy issues and other activities as appropriate. Public contacts made in the course of this work are highly sensitive and involve a wide variety of stakeholders.

This position is 12 months Limited Term (LT) and may be extended up to 24 months or become permanent.
If you currently have permanent status in your position and have passed probation, you have mandatory reinstatement rights into your former position at the end of this LT appointment. If you have not had prior permanent or probationary civil service status, you will be separated from State service.
During this 12 month Limited Term assignment, you will receive full health, dental, and vision benefits! You will also earn State Service and accrue monthly leave credits.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:
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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Ability to use a computer keyboard for several hours each day; complete office tasks that require sitting, standing, and walking to other locations; attend meetings and conference calls. A valid Driver License is required in order to drive to project sites and may require travel of up to three or more hours each way including overnight travel, early mornings and late nights; hiking over uneven and possibly steep or wet terrain where outdoor marijuana grows occur; operating a 4WD vehicle off highway, over rough terrain on a weekly basis and use an ATV occasionally; work in inclement weather. The position may require the incumbent to wear a uniform identifying the employee as CDFW staff.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is eligible for telework with required travel for business purpose and need including, but not limited to, attending meetings, site visits, and hearings, and statewide to work with staff to complete work assignments.  Telework may be an option after the pandemic.
This is a 12 month position that may be extended to 24 months.  This position may become permanent.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Limited Term
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Mendocino County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  As such, The Department of Fish and Wildlife values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians.  CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission. 

Join us and begin a meaningful new career.

Department Website:

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: 12/17/2021

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:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
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.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other - A cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter of one page or less describing your interest in and qualifications for the position.
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:
Special Personal Characteristics: Demonstrated ability to act independently, lead and work well in a team setting; apply open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact; maintain professional personal appearance; reliability and keenness of observation.
Interpersonal Skills: Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to motivate staff and encourage teamwork, and a desire to help staff with their technical and professional development.  High degree of personal initiative, environmental and work ethic, and team orientation.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Scott Bauer
(707) 441-2011

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:
(916) 653-9089
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.

Filing Instructions

Due to the recent impact of COVID-19 and the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the address indicated on the announcement.

Indicate Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) – 565-131-0765-905 & RPA# E-R1 HC 21-016 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

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