Environmental Scientist

North Coast Regional Water Board | Santa Rosa, CA

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Posted Date 2/15/2019

The North Coast Regional Water Board has an opening for an Environmental Scientist in the Enforcement Unit.  The position location is 5550 Skylane Blvd., Ste. A, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403.



Under the close supervision of a Senior Water Resource Control Engineer the incumbent will perform compliance review of regulated facilities; inspect and investigate regulated and unregulated facilities; assess the impacts of site development and operations on the quality and beneficial uses of surface and groundwater; develop enforcement orders/actions; make recommendations for site cleanup, restoration, and mitigation; oversee compliance efforts; collect and document evidence in written reports, and track and record information in electronic filing systems and databases. 

Additional information:

Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class.

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

In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:

  • RPA#18-110-041 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.

  • Photocopies of degree and transcripts

Must have Environment Scientist list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list.  Here is the link to the exam


Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through jobs.ca.gov is preferred.  Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.


In the hiring interview, the panel will consider education, experience, personal development, personal traits and fitness for the job. In appraising experience, more weight may be given to the breadth of pertinent experience and evidence of the candidate's ability to accept and fulfill increasing responsibilities than to the length of his/her experience. For additional information, you may refer to the class specification.

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: 3/1/2019

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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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:

State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: Human Resources Branch
P.O. BOX 100
SacramentoCA 95812-0100

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Shawntay Bryant
1001 I Street, 18th Floor
SacramentoCA 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - please see below for specific SOQ requirements
  • 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:
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to organize and set priorities on assignments and meet deadlines
  • Education or experience in reviewing impacts to aquatic resources, receptors, and/or species
  • Education or experience reviewing stream crossings on rural/forestry/ranch roads 
  • Education or experience reviewing road drainage features on rural/forestry/ranch roads 
  • Education or experience reviewing erosion and sediment controls on rural or forested landscapes 
  • Experience working with state, federal, and local agencies, tribes, research organizations, community members and regulated entities
  • Strong organization and decision making skills
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, management, and the public, and as a member of a multi-disciplinary multi-agency professional team
  • A certain level of comfort with conflict and an ability to manage it with composure
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated experience giving presentations to large audiences
  • Understanding of environmental regulation and familiarity with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Clean Water Act, and water quality issues in California
  • Understanding of natural systems and processes, including hydrologic, geomorphic, geologic, and biologic
  • Familiarity with wetland function and characteristics
  • Education and/or experience with wetland identification
  • Education or experience with Microsoft Office software, GIS applications (ArcGIS), statistical analysis software, computer programming including macros and other scripts (e.g. Visual Basic (VBA), Python, etc.) and database management including SQL, Windows Server, and ArcGIS geodatabases

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact: 
Human Resources
(916) 323-7904
Hiring Unit Contact: 
Diana Henrioulle
(707) 576-2350

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:
Shyla Hoffman
(916) 341-5881
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.

Statement of Qualifications

The Statement of Qualifications should be no longer than three pages in length and should identify and describe those of the above desirable qualifications which you possess.

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.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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