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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: 7/25/2022

Job Description and Duties

This is a re-post. If you have previously applied, there is no need to re-apply as your application is still being considered.

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.

1. Are you interested in or familiar with water quality issues, wastewater, or drinking water issues in emergency response and preparedness?

2. Do you have—or are you on your way to earning—a valid certificate of registration as a civil or professional engineer in California?

The State Water Resource Control Board’s Emergency Management Program (EMP) is recruiting for a Water Resource Control Engineer (WRCE) to help California prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. This position is located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

EMP is dedicated to protecting public health and water quality by providing emergency management for emergencies involving waters of the state. EMP responds to all hazards including acute emergencies such as wildfires, de-energization events, earthquakes, floods, and long-term emergencies including drought and sea-level rise.  EMP provides support and guidance for all agency staff, stakeholders, and the public prior to, during, and after emergency incidents.

Emergency work is complex and fast paced. You will have to be personable, communicate effectively, and remain calm in many different settings.

The work environment during an emergency response may vary considerably from the normal work setting. You will be required to travel and work for extensive periods, including weekends and holidays, in times of emergency response activities. During an emergency response, duties may require your working long shifts at hours other than the normal work hours.

You will be part of the State Water Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance. The Office develops and implements policies in emerging and cross-cutting areas. Currently, the portfolio of the Office includes climate change, the human right to water, urban water conservation, groundwater management, and more.

California is very diverse, and we want our teams to reflect that. That’s why the Water Board values diversity at all levels of our organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed, included, can thrive, and can contribute uniquely.


Please review the attached Duty Statement for description of roles and responsibilities.

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
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# 21-240-032 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.

  • Photocopies of degree and transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility)

Must have Water Resource Control Engineer 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.

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: 7/25/2022

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 - Jonelle Greenwell
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 - Jonelle Greenwell
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:
You don’t have to have strong experience in all these areas, but address as many as you can in your application form, SOQ, resume, or cover letter:
  • Interest in wastewater, drinking water, environmental issues, social justice, or government services.

  • Ability to learn on the job, both with support from the team and on your own.

  • Self-awareness and good judgement.

  • Ability to work in structured environments with strict rules and procedures.

  • Thoroughness and attention to detail.

  • Personal computer proficiency (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

  • Ability to take initiative and be innovative.

  • Experience leading teams to successfully complete complex and challenging plans and projects.

  • Ability to successfully contribute to or administer multiple projects and activities simultaneously.

  • Good written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to coordinate people, data, and information.

  • Strong Interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to communicate respectfully and with sensitivity with many people (e.g., colleagues, state, federal, and local agencies, the public, private organizations, and other emergency response partners).

  • Ability to adjust technical language to be understandable by various audiences when providing information, training, and engaging in community outreach.

  • Experience with disaster or emergency response and preparedness. (See the Duty Statement for details.)

  • Experience with wastewater, drinking water, and/or water quality.

  • Experience with fieldwork.

  • Experience in interpreting laws and regulations.

  • Experience administering complex programs.

  • Experience in interpreting laws and regulations.

  • Analytical and/or policy development and implementation experience.

  • Experience engaging with diverse communities and cultural groups.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping experience.

  • Fluency in non-English languages that represent California’s population.

  • Whatever you think will help you carry out the duties in the Duty Statement.


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:
Jonelle Greenwell
(000) -
Hiring Unit Contact:
Laura Fisher

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, no more than 4 pages in length, using Arial size 12 pt. font, and normal margins.

  1. Tell us about an emergency situation from your past work or personal experience. Describe how you were notified of the situation, what your initial response was, and steps taken to mitigate the situation. How did you support others during this event?  What did you learn from this experience?
  2. Emergency planning often requires development of plans and procedures to be implemented during a disaster.  Describe your experience related to guiding a team to develop a plan, or project, and the results of that effort.
  3. Please outline your experience with wastewater, drinking water, and/or water quality. Describe how it relates to this position.  Indicate your total years of experience for each.
  4. Please detail your educational background, training, and relevant experience. Describe how it related to this position. If applicable, please include: Emergency management; Field work experience; Developing and/or administrating complex programs; Experience in interpreting laws and regulations; Analytical and/or policy development and implementation; Experience engaging with diverse communities and cultural groups; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping experience. Indicate your total years of experience for each.

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