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Job Posting: Water Resource Control Engineer

State Water Resources Control Board

Water Resource Control Engineer

$5,849.00 - $10,956.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/1/2022

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has implemented the requirement that all state employees attest to their vaccination status. Employees are required to indicate whether they are vaccinated, unvaccinated, or if they choose not to disclose their vaccination status. As an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves, CalHR is also implementing COVID-19 testing of all state employees working on site (including field sites) if they are unvaccinated, vaccinated but choose not to provide documentation, or choosing not to disclose their vaccination status. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing or wearing a face covering must provide evidence of vaccination. This requirement is subject to change depending upon updated Federal, State, and/or local requirements and guidance.

Positions at the Water Boards may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, applying electronically is highly encouraged.

The State Water Resources Control Board’s has an opening for a Water Resource Control Engineer in the Office of the Delta Watermaster. The position is located at 1001 I Street, 25th Floor, Sacramento, right in the heart of downtown next to light rail stations and other public transportation.


The Office of the Delta Watermaster (ODWM), in collaboration with the Division of Water Rights (Division), is responsible for administering water rights whose points of diversion (PODs) are located within the Legal Delta. Included within this overall responsibility is the governance, quality assessment, and planning processes required to effectively manage and analyze data related to such water rights. To fulfill this data management responsibility, the ODWM collaborates with the Division to modernize data collection, management, and analysis processes. Each member of the ODWM will contribute to the master data management plan to ensure that water rights data are useful, accessible, and collected in a way that ensures the highest data quality and least collection burden possible, recognizing tradeoffs between those two objectives.

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” The Office of the Delta Watermaster is charged with administration of the complex water rights system within the Legal Delta, the hub of California’s water distribution system as well as an environmentally stressed estuary. Yet, the State Water Board’s system for managing data about water—the State’s most precious resource—is outdated and inadequate to support water rights administration. As climate change adds to the challenge of efficiently administering water rights, as the Delta watershed faces recurring drought/flood challenges, and as demands for water throughout the watershed outstrip this physically limited resource, updating our water rights data management system is a critical imperative. Recognizing this need, the State has authorized and funded an ambitious multi-year project to replace the aged electronic Water Rights Information Management System (eWRIMS).

This WRCE position will bear primary responsibility for representing and guiding our Office to assure that the replacement data management system, currently initiating its design phase, recognizes and meets our evolving water rights data management needs.

In carrying out these responsibilities, our water data maven will collaborate within a hand-picked, multi-discipline team of water and data managers leading the development of the eWRIMS replacement. Representing the unique use cases within the Delta will require our maven to master the law, policy, regulations, and context of the California water rights system as well as to apply water rights principles in the complex tidal estuary with dynamic riverine influences. Therefore, this position will be fully integrated with the routine functions and strategic initiatives of our Office as well as with the data management projects within the Division of Water Rights, the Office of Information Management and Analysis, and the Division of Information Technology.

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:
Water Resource Control Engineer
$5,849.00 - $10,956.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

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, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission 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. Join the Water Boards to improve the lives of all Californians.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

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

  • RPA# 21-210-010 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.
  • Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (related to all post-high school education)

Must have Water Resource Control Engineer (WRCE) list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list. Here is the link to the  exam: 1PB09.PDF (

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: 2/1/2022

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
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 - Brady Yates
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 - 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:

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:

  • Familiarity with the California water rights system (for instance, distinguishes among applications, permits, licenses, adjudicated rights, riparian claims, and pre-1914 claims; understands the origin and rationale for the priority appropriation system; knows how the public trust influences the exercise of water rights)
  • Familiarity with the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hydrology and salinity trends
  • Familiarity with the Legal Delta (boundaries, geography, sociology, history, communities, ecology, etc.)
  • Familiarity with agricultural irrigation technology (pumps, siphons, conveyance, control structures, evapotranspiration, drainage, telemetry, levees, SCADA, etc.)
  • Experience gathering, interpreting, explaining, parsing, and applying complex, multi-dimensional data sets
  • Conceptual understanding of computer science, data standards, machine learning, system compatibility, data visualization, etc.
  • Accomplished in contributing to and performing within multi-cultural and multi-disciplined work teams
  • Capacity to conduct forensic-level investigations into specific hydrologic issues within the Delta while also understanding and tracking broader water policy and executive-level planning activities
  • Empathy, humor, responsibility, dependability, confidence, persuasiveness, flexibility, perseverance, compassion, humility


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

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:
Brady Yates
(000) -
Hiring Unit Contact:
Kristi Matal
(916) 319-8264

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
(000) -
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, no more than two pages in length, using Arial size 12 pt. font, and normal margins.

Statement of Qualifications:  
Please provide a few sentences (no more than a paragraph) describing your qualifications in regard to each of the items below.  

  1. Describe your level of familiarity with California water rights law, policy, and administration.
  2. Discuss your level of interest in the Delta, in irrigation practices, in environmental reconciliation, or in drought/flood challenges (chose one or two).
  3. Describe your data management experience focusing on the main methods and tools you’ve used to collect and manage data (including experience with database administration, application programming interfaces, and data quality control techniques).
  4. Describe your data science, engineering, and analysis experience, including methods and tools you’ve used to clean, transform, and analyze/visualize data.
  5. Describe any data policy or governance documents you’ve developed or contributed to, including data management plans, open data policies, data collection requirements, or special studies that support data-driven decision making.  (If useful, you may attach an exhibit.)
  6. Compare and contrast your preferred learning style (visual, oral, narrative, experiential, etc.) against a learning style that worked less well for you.
  7. Describe a lesson learned from your own work experience where you had to accommodate divergent perspectives while carrying out a team goal.

Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated will 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