Job Posting: Staff Geologist

CA Coastal Commission

Staff Geologist

$6,175.00 - $11,626.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/29/2023

Job Description and Duties

The California Coastal Commission (Commission) is offering an exciting opportunity for an individual knowledgeable in coastal geology and/or engineering geology and interested in applying science to public policy decisions.  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 and 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 duties of this position will include the following:

• Perform a broad range of complex geologic staff work concerning present and future environmental policies, and the implementation of Coastal Act policies in the Commission’s planning and permitting work. Will work closely with the Commission’s Coastal Engineer.

• Serve as the Commission’s in-house geologist providing advice to staff in all Commission offices and programs on a wide range of terrestrial and marine geologic and earth science issues. Assist staff in permit application review and Local Coastal Program (LCP) policy review.

• Represent the Commission on important statewide committees and technical advisory groups dealing with issues such as geologic hazard identification and mitigation, slope stability and site development, coastal processes (e.g., sediment management), regional planning, resource protection and climate change.

• Develop staff recommendations to the Commission and the Legislature on a wide variety of projects, policies and issues affecting resources within the coastal zone.

• Serve in a variety of forums as a spokesperson for science-based implementation of the CA Coastal Act.

• Provide training to Commission staff and local governments on a wide variety of geologic issues. The 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.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Geologist
$6,175.00 - $11,626.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, 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

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: 9/29/2023

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:

CA Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 300
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 300
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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Brief writing sample (5 pages or less).
  • Other - Cover letter.
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 geology, including the sub-disciplines of engineering geology and coastal geology; geologic and seismic hazards; slope stability, landslides and remediation; grading and site preparation; coastal and beach processes; bluff erosion; current and future consequences of sea level rise; shoreline protection; hydrogeology; general familiarity with current building codes and industry standards.

Skill in: Geologic site evaluation; mapping or other representations of geographic information and use of GIS; drafting or drawing to illustrate site conditions and risks; and development of flow charts, timelines or other options for visualizing information; and use of standard office software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ability to: Interpret and evaluate maps, boring logs, and other geologic information and data; review and critically analyze detailed plans, specifications and technical reports; review calculation methods used in site characterization and hazard analysis and spot check technical calculations; perform technical research work, assess applicability of research to project work, provide research summaries and make detailed analysis; keep necessary records; prepare complete and comprehensive reports that both convey information and focus on the most relevant issues, and make recommendations; inspect project sites and construction projects and make neat and accurate notes and computations; establish and maintain cooperative working relations; prepare clear and concise reports; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; do project prioritization and time management to complete a range of different projects on schedule; communicate effectively orally, and through writing, illustrations, and presentations.

Education/licensing: Masters Degree or Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field is strongly preferred. It is desired that the incumbent be a registered geologist or engineering geologist with the State of California, or be working toward licensure.  


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:
Cassidy Teufel
(805) 585-1825

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.

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