Job Posting: Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist

Department of Food & Agriculture

Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist

$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/8/2023

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

This position is a re-advertisement for JC-377596. If you have previously applied your application is still on file.

Under the general direction of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory), the incumbent performs a broad range of scientific and professional office and field duties involving the research, environmental analysis, outreach, and logistics for the Integrated Control Branch.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

• Independently completes California Pest Rating Proposal Forms (CPRPF), as required by state regulation, establishing pest risk assessments of noxious weeds to determine the appropriate rating.

• Analyzes and re-evaluates, as required by state regulation, existing risk assessments and pest ratings to determine if the risk assessments and pest ratings are still appropriate and proposes new pest ratings with revised risk assessments.

• Serves as a scientific information resource for the CDFA, the County Departments of Agriculture, USDA, and other stakeholders by providing scientific botanical information.

• Independently develops, assists and advises Program Managers on the implantation of pest detection, eradication and control methods for non-native, invasive agricultural plant species that occur in California.

• Develops and implements innovative field research activities on the effects of invasive plant species detection, control, and eradication for the protection of livestock, human health, vegetation, fish, wildlife, water supplies, land, and other aspects of the environment.

• Develops the complex environmental regulatory measures for the state, county, local agencies and stakeholders as well as advises on implementation, environmental standards, and various environmental health-related regulations.

• Acts as a lead for other Environmental Scientists and technical/professional staff that conduct invasive plant species detection, eradication and control activities for regional or statewide programs.

• Provides complex scientific feedback on USDA’s pest risk assessments for new commodities proposed for market access to California. This includes understanding of exotic weed species globally and any associated risk to California agriculture and the environment.

• Analyzes information from research activities to prepare and/or review intricate and difficult environmental impact reports and other documents to determine the effects of proposed activities on the environment.

• Executes complicated scientific analyses (including descriptive and spatial statistics or modelling) from collected data from field and applied research studies and prepares scientific reports and/or presentations. Performs multifaceted research activities to evaluate efficacy and environmental impact of projects.

• Prepares or consults on environmental permitting packages, regulatory permits, and other environmental documents for state, county, and local agencies. Coordinates with other environmental and environmental health programs with public and private agencies.

Please refer to duty statement for more information regarding this position.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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

Working Conditions

About 80% of the workload will be in permanent buildings or trailers leased or owned by the state or cooperating agencies, home office, or other locations. The setting is standard with a phone, computer, keyboard, desks, tables, chairs, copier, stapler, printers, calculators, and writing instruments. Computer software used may include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher as well as other databases/software created especially for a given research task.

The remaining 20% of the workload requires traveling to remote and/or populated areas within the State of California via government (state or Federal) assigned vehicle (car/truck). Incumbent will be required to travel. Travel may be on a short notice that requires full days or over few to several nights in length. When working in the field, the incumbent works alone or with a group of scientists, field staff, and partners. Incumbent may work with varied and unfamiliar vehicles and equipment, including excavators, airboats, kayaks, trailers, pumps of various kinds, and ATVs. The incumbent may work in isolated locations and may work alone for extended periods. Often, activities may require driving for several hours (alone or with company), lifting objects, and moving equipment of various weights. Also, the incumbent may encounter extremes in temperature, humidity, variable terrain (smooth to irregular and unstable), and move through mud, shallow water, and dense vegetation. Incumbent may be required to enter or swim in bodies of water (lakes and ponds) that vary in temperature, length, width, and depth. Incumbent may also be required to navigate variable lengths of distance over unpredictable terrain. Various sitting, bending, stooping, standing, and reaching motions may be required on an irregular basis. Noise level for work is variable. Incumbent may work extended hours and days at any given time in the month including holidays.

Incumbent may be required on short notice to work on emergency projects for the Branch or any other program for the Plant Division. The work environments for these projects closely resemble the above second paragraph and may involve longer travel days.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent's ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFA's Telework Policy.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The primary responsibilities of the Integrated Control Branch (IPCB) are the detection and control or eradication of non-native, invasive species that threaten California’s agricultural and natural resources. This is accomplished through several general, federal, and industry funded Programs. These programs include, but are not limited to, the Cotton Pest Program, Curly Top Virus Program, Hydrilla Eradication Program, Forest Service Grants Program, Vertebrate Control Research Program, Naval Orangeworm Program, Biological Control Program, Apiary Protection Program, and the Weed Program.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.

Each interested applicant must submit a response to the below:

1. Describe your knowledge of botany and your experience with invasive plant management.

Responses must be limited to 1,000 words or less. A statement of qualifications will NOT be accepted in place of the response.

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: 11/8/2023

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 Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-387206
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-387206
1220 N Street, Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-387206
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/Diploma
  • Supplemental Application -

    All interested applicants must attach a completed Supplemental Application (SA) with their application to be considered.  See specific instructions and questions in Special Requirements.

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.


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.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Tiffany Nissen
(916) 926-9888

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 Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications:

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2021 version.

Additional Information:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

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