Department of Fish and Wildlife


$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/17/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of a Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, the incumbent will be part of the Cannabis Enforcement Program (CEP) responsible for the following scope of activities in Del Norte, Humboldt, northern Mendocino, and western Trinity counties within the Northern Region (NR).  Working in close cooperation with Law Enforcement Division (LED), Water, Habitat Conservation Planning and Fisheries branches, the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, incumbent leads environmental assessments during specialized environmental investigations targeting marijuana cultivation sites.  The incumbent applies an extensive knowledge of environmental impacts, a high degree of personal initiative, and independent judgment.  Performance of specified activities will require an in-depth knowledge of CDFW administrative procedures and policies, applicable permitting and environmental laws, ecological principles, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Incumbents independently identify problems, develop courses of action, and conduct critical and/or sensitive scientific investigations and studies and may prepare guidance, policy, planning, or regulatory documents and legislative proposals on issues of importance.  Public contacts made in the course of this work are highly sensitive and involve a wide variety of stakeholders. Errors in applying or presenting the best available technical information may have significant consequences for the public, CDFW, and public trust resources.  See the Duty Statement for specific duties and functions.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:
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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Able to: work unusual and/or long hours; occasional attendance at evening public meetings; travel frequently; spend multiple days in the field assessing habitat conditions in adverse weather or terrain; walking in and through rural terrain where outdoor cannabis grows occur; hiking over rough terrain with no vehicle access; operating a 4WD vehicle off highway, over rough terrain on a weekly basis; operate an all-terrain vehicle occasionally.  Possess a valid Driver License.  Travel occasionally to assist other CEP team investigations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is eligible for telework with required travel for business purpose and need including, but not limited to, attending meetings, site visits, and hearings, and statewide to work with staff to complete work assignments.  Telework may be an option after the pandemic.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
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Work Location:
Mendocino County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  As such, The Department of Fish and Wildlife values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians.  CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission. 

Join us and begin a meaningful new career.

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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: 12/17/2021

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 Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other - A cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter of one page or less describing your interest in and 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.

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: Environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation and a general knowledge of all potential violations associated with cannabis grows; general knowledge of Fish and Game Code and other laws, rules, regulations, and policies relating to the conservation and protection of fish, wildlife, and their habitat in California; general knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act statute and guidelines, and CDFW policies and practices as a lead and responsible agency; water rights laws and regulations; CDFW policies; basic principles and techniques of natural resources management including habitats, life histories, ecological relationships, and geographical distribution of fish and wildlife in California.
Ability to: Develop scientific methodologies, research projects, criteria, procedures, guidelines, reference materials, planning and regulatory documents, and other innovative solutions for critical and/or sensitive environmental management problems; independently plan environmental studies; provide research and evaluation of short-term and important projects concerning public health, agricultural productivity, and environmental protection; develop techniques for handling and analyzing a large variety of detailed data; communicate the results and implications of studies to non-specialists; act as an expert witness in court or at legislative or quasi-judicial hearings; provide leadership in accomplishing basic functions and objectives in assigned programs; and inspire confidence and effective working relationships with employees, managers, and leaders in government and industry.  Effectively coordinate with other state agencies and a variety of DFW Branch and Regional programs to develop consistent and effective practices or procedures.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to make effective presentations to management, other agencies, stakeholders, and the public.  Ability to tactfully and adequately handle difficult questions or hostile demeanor from the public. 
Special Personal Characteristics: Demonstrated ability to act independently, lead and work well in a team setting; apply open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact; maintain professional personal appearance; reliability and keenness of observation.
Interpersonal Skills: Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to motivate staff and encourage teamwork, and a desire to help staff with their technical and professional development.  High degree of personal initiative, environmental and work ethic, and team orientation.


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:
Scott Bauer
(707) 441-2011

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:
(916) 653-9089
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.

Filing Instructions

Due to the recent impact of COVID-19 and the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the address indicated on the announcement.

Indicate Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) – 565-131-0765-033 & RPA# E-R1 HC 21-012 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

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.