Job Posting: Engineering Geologist

Department of Water Resources

Engineering Geologist

$5,995.00 - $11,287.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/27/2023

Job Description and Duties

DWR’s Northern Region Office is looking for an Engineering Geologist with a can-do attitude to join its team of professionals dedicated to supporting programs and partners across Northern California. If you are a service-minded, hardworking professional interested in joining a dynamic and fast-paced multidisciplinary team dedicated to helping the communities of Northern California with their water resources needs, please apply today!  Duties will include, under the direction of the Senior Engineering Geologist, assisting in hydro-geologic,  geologic, and geomorphic investigations, studies, and related activities.

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:
Engineering Geologist
$5,995.00 - $11,287.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Tehama County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Mailing Address

Department Information

Regional Assistance, Northern Region Office, Groundwater and Geologic Investigations Section of the Regional Planning Branch, Red Bluff

Department of Water Resources (DWR) was established in 1956 by the California State Legislature.  We manage California’s water resources, systems, and infrastructure, including the State Water Project, in a responsible sustainable way.


At DWR, we are embedding climate change response into every project we undertake. We have set standards to help evaluate how each project incorporates climate resilience principles and ensure consistency across the Department.  Our mission is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.


DWR also strives to create a trusting and welcoming workplace where employees embrace diverse viewpoints and treat each other with civility and respect.  An important component of DWR’s equal employment opportunity program centers around diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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Special Requirements

Incumbent must possess a valid California Driver’s License and be able to travel on short notice and stay overnight, for several consecutive days, at field locations. 

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: 1/27/2023

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:

Department of Water Resources
Attn: Division of Human Resources
P.O. Box 1079
Sacramento, CA 95812

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Water Resources
Certification Desk
715 P Street, 7th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 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 - Cover Letter
  • Other -

    See Supplemental Questionnaire information under Special Instructions below.


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:

The successful candidate will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills, tactful interaction with all levels of staff and public, good judgment, self-motivation, quality customer service, and excellent attention to detail, have the ability to work independently, yet also to be a productive team member, have the ability to multi-task, and willingness to be flexible with assigned priorities based on operational needs. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, databases, and effective presentation skills. 


Click here to read about some of the outstanding benefits. Red Bluff is located on the Sacramento River and is 60 minutes from Lassen Volcanic National Park, 90 minutes from Mt. Shasta Ski Park, and just over three hours from Arcata on the North Coast. Free parking.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Kim Burns
(530) 529-7320

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:
Office of Workforce Equality
(916) 653-6952
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.

Special Instructions

To be considered, submit a completed State application (STD. 678), cover letter, resume, and Supplemental Questionnaire. Please reference SAP Position #50003009 or #50004960 and Job Control #346166 in the “examination(s) or job title(s) for which you are applying” section of your application.


Resumes, cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.


Click here to complete DWR’s Recruitment Survey. This survey is for research purpose only and will not affect the application status.

For more information about the State hiring process, click here.


List eligibility can be established by taking and passing the examination/assessment.


Click the examination(s)/assessment(s) information link.


Supplemental Questionnaire

Please answer each question below on separate sheets of paper, typewritten with Arial 12-point font, and standard 1-inch margins.  If there is a question regarding experience that you do not have, include examples of similar experience that demonstrates your ability or potential to perform the specific function.  Please limit your answers to one page per question. 


  1. Describe your experience and skill with respect to performing geologic and geotechnical investigations.  Please include field and research experience pertaining to geologic mapping, geomorphology, rock and soil sampling, geotechnical investigations, sampling and testing, land subsidence monitoring, and application of surface geophysical methods.
  2. Describe your experience and skill with respect to performing hydrologic and hydrogeologic investigations.  Please include field and research experience pertaining to borehole logging and cuttings analysis, borehole geophysical interpretation, production well design/installation, monitoring well design/installation, aquifer performance testing, and stream flow monitoring. Please include specific examples  and your role(s) in your description.
  3. Describe your level of experience with ArcGIS, Excel, databases, and modeling software? Please include in your description specific examples of your work that may help characterize your proficiency with these software products.
  4. The Northern Region Office provides technical assistance and outreach to DWR Divisions and external programs.  As part of this work, you may be required to make technical presentations to a large public audience who may or may not be supportive of the information you present. Describe your experience making technical presentations to an audience that may not be supportive of the information you present?
  5. Describe your project management experience.  Please include in your description specific examples that demonstrate the complexity of projects you managed and the roles/responsibilities that were assigned to or assumed by you that may help characterize your proficiency with managing complex projects.


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