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Department of Fish and Wildlife


$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/7/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) the incumbent will identify problems, develop courses of action, and review and prepare documents on issues related to: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and other environmental laws and regulations related to water rights and water quality; mitigation banking; Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCPs); habitat conservation plans; regional and local planning codes, ordinances and planning tools; watershed management plans; assess the impacts of projects on habitat and species; develop/review California Endangered Species Act (CESA) incidental take permits and prepare final environmental documents; coordinate with other regional and statewide staff, as well as local and federal partners. The incumbent will function as a member of a regional environmental review and compliance team focused on a major geographic or technical area.

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

Working Conditions

Office will be located at the San Diego Regional Office. Attend, in person, meetings and workgroups with stakeholders, and local, state, and federal agency in person in Orange and San Diego counties. Travel and field site visits will be required. Must have the ability to walk on uneven, hilly terrain. Must use safety or protective footwear for field site visits.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
$4,145.00 - $7,926.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, 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.

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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.
Special Personal Characteristics:
Ability to act independently, with open-mindedness, flexibility and tact. Good organizational and time management skills. Ability to lead courteous and productive discussions with Departmental staff and other professionals.

Skill to:
Apply fisheries, wildlife, and ecology management and conservation principles, and land use planning principles using the best available science. Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Interpersonal Skills:
Excellent, professional writing skills for various documents (emails, letters, reports, permits etc.) following statewide templates and regional style conventions; abilities to collect, compile, and analyze complex biological and ecosystem-based data; ability to work positively and effectively with colleagues, including administrative and engineering classifications. Ability to pro-actively seek solutions and problem solve is essential.

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: 12/7/2021

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: Recruitment and Selection Unit
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
Recruitment and Selection Unit
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 - Supplemental Questionnaire - See below for questions
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:

Possession of a bachelor's or advanced degree with a major in a biological or environmental science, restoration ecology, water science, hydrology, natural resource science, or a closely related scientific discipline.


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:
Jennifer Turner
(858) 467-2717

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.

Supplemental Questions

1. Describe your experience conducting habitat assessments, species surveys, and/or hydrological assessments.

2. Describe your knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and any experience you have reviewing, commenting on, or writing CEQA documents.

3. Describe your experience working with government agencies and/or the public.

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) – 565-531-0765-034 & RPA# E-R5 ES 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