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Positions at the Water Boards may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position.

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for a Senior Engineering Geologist (Specialist). The position location is 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, California 93401 near beaches, hiking, mountain biking, local farm... stands, and wine country. The Central Coast Region is highly dependent on groundwater with more than 90% of the Region’s drinking water coming from groundwater. The Central Coast Water Board has very complex geology and hydrogeology and a highly technical engineering geologist is necessary to support our most technical challenging groundwater protection projects and to properly evaluate the water quality and drinking water needs of the residents of the Central Coast.


Please review the attached Duty Statement for description of roles and responsibilities.

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.

If the position requires driving, you must possess a current and valid driver’s license. Please do not include full Social Security number, method of eligibility, and LEAP information in your application package.

Salary information – CalHR salary rules allow appointment at the entrance rate (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 599.673) of a classification. For classes with alternate ranges, placement is based on education/experience.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents
• Job Application Package Checklist
• Duty Statement

Position Details

Job Code #:

Position #(s):


Working Title:
Senior Engineering Geologist (Specialist)

$10,886.00 - $13,625.00

# of Positions:

Work Location:
San Luis Obispo County


Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

State Water Resources Control Board

Department Information

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the nine (9) Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) (collectively the Water Boards) work to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Water Boards 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 preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations. Join the Water Boards to improve the lives of all Californians.

Department Website: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/

Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:
• RPA# 23-130-117 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.
• Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility).
• Must have PG license.

Must have Senior Engineering Geologist list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list.

Here is the link to the exam: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB75.PDF

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States that does meet accreditation standards must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due during final minimum qualification evaluation of candidate(s). A link of accepted evaluation agencies can be found here: https://www.naces.org/members.

Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through jobs.ca.gov is preferred. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. You are required to complete employment history, hours worked, contact names and phone numbers of supervisors on the state application. Applicants who fail to submit a completed STD. 678 may be disqualified.

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: 6/7/2024

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: Nina Lopez-Arendovich

1001 I Street, 18th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

State Water Resources Control Board

Attn: Nina Lopez-Arendovich

1001 I Street, 18th Floor

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 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 requirements.
• Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.

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:

The ideal applicant will be one who thrives in a dynamic, fast paced work environment, with demonstrated success in leading change, teamwork, internal and external coordination, outreach, implementing large geographic scale groundwater quality programs (including monitoring, assessment, and protection activities), and working on highly technical and complex hydrogeologic and groundwater quality related projects, permits, and investigations of major importance to the Central Coast Region.
• Extensive experience with geologic engineering, hydrogeology, and contaminant fate, transport, and control.
• Extensive experience with regional groundwater and drinking water quality monitoring and assessment.
• Experience interpreting environmental laws and regulations.
• Experience evaluating hydrogeologic models to predict fate and transport of pollutants.
• Knowledge and experience with alternative drinking water supply resources and technologies.
• Experience and success planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the work of multidisciplinary professional staff and leading technical teams.
• Experience and success developing and fostering partnerships with internal/external customers and following through on commitments.
• Experience and success coordinating with representatives of state and local agencies.
• Excellent leadership skills and practices continuous self-improvement.
• Excellent project management and time management skills with demonstrated success while working both independently and cooperatively.
• Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong organizational and analytical skills and the ability to prioritize assignments to meet deadlines.
• Ability to lead community and public outreach functions and communicate data and information associated with other programs in your organization.
• Working knowledge of standard office applications (e.g., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Outlook, Teams/Zoom, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
• Working knowledge of relevant data management systems used by environmental regulatory agencies (e.g., Water Board’s, CA Department of Pesticide Regulation, U.S. Geological Survey, etc.)
• Knowledge of the Central Coast Water Board’s priorities and groundwater protection activities and programs. This information is readily available on our website.


Water Board employees may be eligible for benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees, and some permanent, part- time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment.


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.

Department Website: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/

Human Resources Contact:

Nina Lopez-Arendovich

(916) 341-6974


Hiring Unit Contact:

Mary Hamilton

(805) 542-4768


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

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted along with the State Application and serves as documentation of candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. It should be typed, no more than three (3) pages in length, using 12-point Arial font, and normal margins.

For each item listed below, please describe your knowledge, training, and relevant experience (including total years of experience and specific/relevant examples) in support of your application for the duties of this position.
• Managing or leading extremely complex and highly technical groundwater projects.
• Providing geologic and hydrogeologic expertise to extremely complex and highly technical groundwater projects.
• Evaluating groundwater quality monitoring program designs.
• Evaluating groundwater quality data and identifying significant trends.
• Evaluating hydrogeologic models to predict fate and transport of pollutants and risk to drinking water wells.
• Facilitating coordination with internal and external partners (e.g., colleagues, stakeholders, government and non-government organizations, etc.) and implementing actions to achieve successful program/project outcomes.
• Developing or implementing aspects of an alternate drinking water supply program including short-term replacement water and/or long-term solutions.
• Communicating complex technical information to various audiences effectively. Please also describe how you know the audiences understood your message.

Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated will not be considered.

Note: Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as a response to the SOQ.

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
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