Job Posting: Water Quality Analyst

CA Coastal Commission

Water Quality Analyst

$4,145.00 - $7,926.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The California Coastal Commission (Commission) is seeking two experienced Environmental Scientist(s) OR Senior Environmental Scientist(s) (Specialist) to join its Technical Services Unit as part of the Water Quality Team in its Headquarters Office in downtown San Francisco, or in any District Office.  The Commission is a small State agency that is charged with protecting coastal resources and managing coastal development in California. The mission of the Commission is to implement the Coastal Act to provide for the balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore, and enhance coastal and marine resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations.

The Commission regulates and plans for development on land along the California coast and within offshore waters out to 3 miles. The Commission reviews proposed development, including residential and commercial development, transportation infrastructure, energy-related facilities, and offshore development, as well as local governments’ long-range planning documents (e.g., Local Coastal Programs) for consistency with the California Coastal Act. The Commission also has authority under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act to review federal and federally-permitted activities such as dredging, military base development, and highway projects that affect resources of the coastal zone.

Members of the Water Quality Team support Commission staff by analyzing potential adverse impacts to water quality from proposed development, and making recommendations to minimize these impacts and ensure conformance with Coastal Act policies to protect coastal resources. Water Quality staff also analyze and make recommendations on the policies and standards relevant to water quality in new or updated Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) and similar long-range local government plans.

The incumbent will also represent the Commission in ongoing statewide interagency work related to water quality, including activities to fulfill the Commission’s responsibilities as co-lead agency of California’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control Program. These activities include coordinating the state’s interagency Critical Coastal Areas (CCA) Program and co-coordinating the state’s Marinas Interagency Coordinating Committee (MIACC). The CCA Program aims to foster collaboration among local stakeholders and government agencies, to better coordinate efforts to protect high resource-value coastal waters from polluted runoff. The MIACC provides an informative forum for agencies (state, federal, and local), marinas, and other organizations to address NPS pollution related to marinas and recreational boating statewide. Lastly, the incumbent will develop and update guidance materials and resources for staff and the public on water quality issues in coastal development.

Working Conditions

These positions may be headquarted in any of the Coastal Commission's 6 District Offices: Arcata, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Ventura or San Diego. 

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Water Quality Analyst
$4,145.00 - $7,926.00
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

The California Coastal Commission is a small state agency responsible for protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean resources. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination. 

The California Coastal Commission 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 of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. 

We have district offices in Arcata, San Francisco (headquarters), Santa Cruz, Ventura, Long Beach, San Diego and a small legislative office in Sacramento. 

Department Website:

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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:

CA Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

CA Coastal Commission
Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105
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.
  • Other - A brief writing sample (5 pages or less).
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:

Knowledge of principles and practices of NPS water quality management; land use and watershed planning; state Storm Water Permit requirements and processes; coastal and ocean resources; and coastal development issues and regulatory processes; the California Coastal Act; the Coastal Zone Management Act; and CEQA is desirable. Persons with the following education and/or work experience would be preferred for the position: background in water quality, environmental or ocean planning, environmental science and management, hydrology, biology, chemistry, water resources, oceanography, engineering, or related fields. The preferred candidate will have a master’s degree or a PhD in a relevant field.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong analytical, negotiation, and writing skills, and the ability to research and interpret complex coastal resource and water quality issues. Strong communication skills, both written and oral, and an attention to detail are critical. The abilities to work as a  team member as well as independently, and to organize workload priorities to meet deadlines, are also important. Experience coordinating with different stakeholder groups is also desirable.


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:
Kate Huckelbridge
(415) 904-5200

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:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5433
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.


These positions are currently 12 month limited term positions. There is a possibility of extension or becoming permnanent. 

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