Job Posting: Environmental Scientist

Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery

Environmental Scientist

$4,145.00 - $7,926.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/24/2023

Job Description and Duties

Are you interested in furthering the State's commitment to reduce climate change? Would you like to be a part a new team evaluating and enforcing the State's landmark legislation for climate change through organics collection and recycling? Do you have experience in evaluating and verifying compliance with environmental laws? Are you motivated about the opportunity to oversee and accomplish compliance at the local level to achieve statewide environmental goals?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this may be the job for you!

CalRecycle is looking for an enthusiastic, forward-thinking leader to help implement and enforce our statewide regulations and minimum standards, like Senate Bill 1383. This position involves performing compliance oversight for various entities including cities and counties, special districts, schools, colleges and universities, and state agencies/facilities for compliance with several environmental laws (e.g., AB 939, AB 341, AB 1826, SB 1383) with an emphasis on cross-division collaboration. This position requires in-depth research and problem-solving skills to make environmental compliance and enforcement recommendations for reports, notice of violations (NOVs), corrective action plans (CAPs), agenda items, or other enforcement documents to achieve statewide climate change reduction goals. You will travel up to 25% as well as have the flexibility to telework and/or be office-based. Travel may involve multiple, consecutive days away from the office and overnight stays.

This position requires that you possess and maintain a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your applications. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions. Failing to maintain a valid CDL will result in a failure to meet job requirements.

This position may be eligible for hybrid telework under Government Code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California, subject to the candidate meeting telework eligibility criteria set forth in the CalEPA telework policy and/or future program need. Employees not residing in California are not eligible for telework. Regardless of telework eligibility, all employees may be required to report to the position’s designated headquarters location, as indicated on their duty statement, at their own expense.

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:
Environmental Scientist
$4,145.00 - $7,926.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs to move the state towards a circular economy that reduces waste and reuses all materials.

Through landmark initiatives like the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels.

CalRecycle’s Mission: Protecting California’s environment and climate for the health and prosperity of future generations through the reduction, reuse and recycling of California resources, environmental education, disaster recovery and the transition from a disposable to a fully circular economy.

CalRecycle values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission to protect the environment and preserve resources by empowering Californians to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Join CalRecycle to improve the lives of all Californians.
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Special Requirements

When submitting application in hard copy, applicants are required to submit a standard state application (Form Std.678) with an original signature, and clearly indicate RPA 23-087 23-089 & Position # 835-867-0762-001 and 835-867-0762-005 in the “Job Title(s)” section of the Standard State Application or you will not be considered for the position.

If you would like to use education in conjunction with experience to satisfy the minimum qualifications, you must attach a copy of your degree and/or transcripts (unofficial or official) to your application to ensure the educational requirements have been met for this position. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected.

Please attach a copy of your transcripts (unofficial or official) to your application to ensure the educational requirements have been met for this position. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected.

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: 9/24/2023

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 Resources Recycling & Recovery
Attn: Human Resources RPA 23-087 RPA 23-089
P.O. Box 4025, MS 19A
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery
Human Resources RPA 23-087 RPA 23-089
P.O. Box 4025, MS 19A
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025
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
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    pplicants must complete a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for this recruitment. The SOQ is a narrative discussion prepared by the applicant describing how the applicant's skills, knowledge, abilities, education, training, and experience qualify them for the position. Applications received without this information may not be considered for this position. SOQ should have a title of “Statement of Qualifications, Your Name,” be no more than 2 pages, and no smaller than 12-point font.

    1. Please describe a recent assignment or project you accomplished, including the process you used to ensure it was complete, accurate, and in compliance with laws, rules, policies and procedures.

    2. Please describe a time when you conducted compliance oversight for a new, existing or revised law, regulation, policy, standard or procedure.

    3. Please describe your experience in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with multiple groups to achieve shared goals and objectives. Describe how group projects were managed to ensure that they were finished on time.

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:
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:

• Interpreting laws and regulations and/or assessing compliance with rules and standards.
• Conducting field inspections or field studies.
• Writing inspection reports or technical reports or papers, including guidance documents.
• Working collaboratively with stakeholders, multiple agencies or within multidisciplinary teams, and others from diverse backgrounds.
• High-level media engagement and communications experience.
• Proficiency in databases, MS products such as Word, Excel, SharePoint, Teams, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as other software such as ArcGIS to support evaluations, inspections reports, and other work products.


 In addition to a compelling vision for California, CalRecycle offers competitive pay, benefits, and features for its workforce. To review the pay and benefits offered to California civil service staff, please review CalHR's website at

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources
(916) 341-6466

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 341-6660
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