State Water Resources Control Board


$16.07 - $19.07 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 9/26/2022

Job Description and Duties

Please note this is a re-advertisement. If you have already applied for this vacancy, your application will be considered and there is no need to re-apply.

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.

Please note: this position is paid on an hourly basis and limited to 1500 hours per calendar year. The salary range for Scientific Aid is $16.07 - $19.07 per hour.

Are you looking for a career-enhancing position evaluating water quality data and assessing compliance with water quality orders and permits? Do you enjoy meaningful work to help keep our water clean? If so, then apply today and join the Lahontan Team.

The Lahontan Water Board’s Non-Point Source Unit has an opening for a Scientific Aid. The position is located at 2501 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist – Supervisor and Senior Water Resource Control Engineer, the Scientific Aid will work with the technical staff in the South Lake Tahoe Office. Consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Water Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to be courteous and to provide timely responses to internal and external customers, to follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal and external customer input when completing work assignments.


  • Reviewing environmental impact reports and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents associated with timber, forestry, stream restoration, and grazing projects and preparing preliminary comments.
  • Documenting violations and enforcement actions through database entry.
  • Assisting with technical, regulatory, and administrative procedures related to monitoring report submittal and follow up.
  • Updating facility data and uploading documents to various databases.
  • Assisting in the preparation for field inspections by organizing sample collection equipment, documenting sample locations on maps and compiling file information.
  • Assisting with field investigations, including collecting water samples, and making field measurements, taking field notes and photographs.
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.

Please take a moment to fill out the State Water Resources Control Board's Recruitment Survey  

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

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$16.07 - $19.07
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El Dorado County
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Non-Tenured, Intermittent
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, 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.

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Special Requirements

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

  • RPA# 21-160-035 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.
  • Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility)
  • Driver’s license – for Scientific Aids will be required prior to appointment
  • Transcripts - Scientific Aids/Student Assistant (Engineering & Architectural)
  • CalWORKs recipient – Scientific Aid/Seasonal Clerk. Please see below for additional information

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: 9/26/2022

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

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 - Brittany Liverett
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
Attn: Human Resources Branch - Brittany Liverett
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 - Required and must be included. Please see below for specific requirements.
  • Other - Cover Letter - Required and must be include.
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:
  1.  Well established written and oral communication skills.
  2. Ability to perform field work, including navigating uneven, rugged terrain for extended periods of time, in extreme temperatures throughout the workday.
  3. Ability to work independently and on a team.
  4. Knowledge and experience with computers, including Microsoft and ArcGIS computer software.
  5. Ability to organize and set priorities on assignments and meet deadlines.
  6. Experience collecting environmental samples (e.g. water, soil).
  7. Experience evaluating and presenting data: graphs, charts, tables, etc. (Excel; R studio; Tableau, etc.).
  8. bility to review reports, journal articles, and/or project files and prepare written reports.
  9. Familiarity with or interest in water quality issues related to forestry, timber, stream and meadow restoration, and/or grazing.
  10. Interacting with the public (providing customer service; representing an organization to the public).
Pease remember these are desirables and are not required.


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

Water Board 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:
Brittany Liverett
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Hiring Unit Contact:
Sandra Lopez
(760) 241-7306

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 four (4) pages in length, using Arial size 12 pt. font, and normal margins.

On your Statement of Qualifications, consider each “Desirable Qualification” listed above and describe your experience, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to each Desirable Qualification.

  • Address each Desirable Qualification by number in the same order as listed.
  • Provide specific examples for each Desirable Qualification factor or state that you do not currently possess the desirable qualification.
  • If applicable, provide years of experience for the Desirable Qualification.

Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated may not be considered.

Note: Resumes, letters and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as a response to the SOQ.

CalWORKs Additional Information

Applicants on public assistance under the CalWorks/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will be given priority. A letter from the County Welfare department verifying CalWorks/TANF status MUST be submitted with your application. If verification is not submitted with the Std. 678 application, the application will not be processed. Applicants who receive state public assistance need to identify their status as a CalWorks recipient in the comments area on their state 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