Job Posting: Environmental Scientist (Biologist)

Department of Transportation

JC-329128
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Environmental Scientist (Biologist)
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST

$4,145.00 - $7,926.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/6/2022

Job Description and Duties

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, Caltrans will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure…,” Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20. Virtual interviews via web portals or phone will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. Please speak with the Hiring Unit contact for more information.

Under the general direction of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory), the incumbent is an interdisciplinary team member who will be responsible for preparing and reviewing complex biological studies, and analytical reports to ensure compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and numerous other state and federal environmental resource laws and regulations. The incumbent identifies and analyzes the environmental impacts of transportation systems, corridors and projects on environmental resources and formulates, calculates and quantifies measures to mitigate biological and land use impacts. The incumbent is responsible for gathering data on plant, animal and natural resources; performing environmental analysis, research, surveys, investigations, and studies; preparing reports; preparing routine correspondence; answering questions from the public; preparing regulatory and compliance documents; and do other related work.

This position may review technical studies and permits prepared by consultants; works with confidential and privileged information; and is charged with managing, tracking, and reporting on project schedule and resources within their purview. The incumbent must establish and maintain a professional working relationship with internal project delivery partners, various local partners and interested parties involved with Caltrans' projects. The incumbent must be solution oriented and will need to investigate innovative solutions to meet deliverables.

Applies scientific principles to actively manage the biological resource aspects of projects,including contributing to the development of project descriptions, project schedules and risk registers. Leads and conducts protocol level field surveys for a variety of plant, animal and natural resources to provide technical data for biological analyses. Uses GIS to prepare maps and conduct impact calculations. Researches, prepares, reviews, and analyzes technical reports on natural resources within the biological study area of transportation projects. Develops and recommends avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures to ensure successful compliance with Federal and California environmental laws, rules, regulations and requirements. Assists the Division with completing environmental and biological analysis on the most complex projects within the District including but not limited to fish passage, wildlife crossings, sea level rise, climate change and climate resiliency, and non-transportation projects such as wildfire reduction, Clean California and the Broadband initiatives.

You must be on the Caltrans examination list to be eligible for this position. Eligibility for hire is determined by your score on the exam. The exam is located here:CalCareers

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

Working Conditions

Position located in Eureka, Humboldt County


Duties will require work to be conducted in both a Department office and a field environment. The duties will on occasion require work meetings off-site in the offices of other agencies and consultants and with members of the public. Periodically, attendance at public meeting during the evenings may be required. The incumbent may also be exposed to uneven terrain and extreme weather conditions during field reviews. Incumbent may be eligible for part time telework.

New to State candidates will be hired into the minimum salary of the classification or minimum of alternate range when applicable.

For further details about this position Environmental Scientist and a copy of the duty statement, please contact Catherine Cha at (530) 720-2697.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-329128
Position #(s):
927-801-0762-XXX
Working Title:
Environmental Scientist (Biologist)
Classification:
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST
$4,145.00 - $7,926.00
# of Positions:
Multiple
Work Location:
Humboldt County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment.

Caltrans Vision: A brighter future for all through a world-class transportation network.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

Department Website:www.dot.ca.gov 

Frequently Asked Questions for an Applicant: http://dot.ca.gov/jobs/docs/faq-ct-applicants-081617.pdf   

Director’s EEO Policy: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/equal-employment-opportunity

Director’s EEO Policy Statement: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/equal-employment-opportunity

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required when operating state owned or leased vehicles.
  • THe position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.

Candidates that believe they meet the Minimum qualifications based on a pattern of education from the classification description (specifications) must provide a copy of your degree/transcripts and/or license along with your application (STD. 678) to be considered for this position.If selected for the position Official sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

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: 10/6/2022

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 Transportation
Attn: Caltrans HR Contact
Certification Services MS-90
P O Box 168036
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Transportation
Caltrans HR Contact
Classification and Hiring Unit - ECOS
1727 30th Street, MS 90
Sacramento, CA 95816
Closed on weekends and State Holidays.
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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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.
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.

Benefits

Click HERE  to view the Benefits Summary for Civil Service Employees in the State of California.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Catherine Cha
(530) 720-2697
Catherine.Cha@dot.ca.gov

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:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
Ask.eeo@dot.ca.gov
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.

Important Applications Instructions

The State application (STD. 678) is required and each section must be filled out completely and thoroughly. For mailed or hand delivered applications to be considered for this position, the Job Control number (JC-329128), PARF# 27-3-053, and title of the position (Environmental Scientist) must be included on the STD. 678 form.

 

Electronic applications through your CalCareers account are highly recommended and encouraged.

 

Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications based on possession of EDUCATION, LICENSE, OR CERTIFICATE must include a copy of your DEGREE/TRANSCRIPS, LICENSE, or CERTIFICATE, along with your State application (STD. 678), to be considered for this position.

 

NOTE: Do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State application (STD. 678). This page is for examination use only.

Survey

Please take this 1-minute Caltrans Recruitment survey to tell us how you found out about this job! 

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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
Drop-off