Exam Code: EX-1011

Examination Plans Included:


Final Filing Date: 1/14/2019

Classification Details

SENIOR MINERAL RESOURCES ENGINEER: $10,345.00 - $12,953.00 per Month

Application Instructions

Final Filing Date: 1/14/2019.

Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) must be received or postmarked by the filing date indicated above. Applications postmarked, personally delivered or received via interoffice mail after the filing date will not be accepted.

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.

Who Should Apply:

The information below will help you determine which classification(s) is(are) appropriate for you. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated on this bulletin to compete in this examination.

Open and Open, Non-Promotional Examination(s):


How To Apply:

NOTE: Applicant’s must not include Social Security Numbers, LEAP status information or paperwork, Equal Employment Opportunity information, exam result notices or scores, or medical or criminal history information on any document within their application package. Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.

Electronic application submission is preferred for this Exam Control.
 For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, applications may be submitted in paper format but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed:

• The Exam Control number listed on the exam bulletin
• The classification title

Submit an Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) to apply for this examination.

Electronic applications can be submitted through your account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov.

You may apply by mail to:

  • Human Resources Office
    State Lands Commission
    100 Howe Ave, Suite 100 - South
    Sacramento, CA 95825

Indicate the Examination Code and Classification(s) on your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678).

You may apply in person at:

  • State Lands Commission
    Human Resources Office
    200 Oceangate, 12th Floor
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    Filing Start Time: 12/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
    Filing End Time: 1/14/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Drop-off with the Receptionist Monday through Friday 8am-5pm, excluding holidays.

Indicate the Examination Code and Classification(s) on your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678). All applicants must provide proof of identification. Accepted forms of identification are: 1) a photo identification card or 2) two forms of signed identification.


Applicants using education to meet the minimum qualifications of this classification, must provide a copy of their official transcripts with their application package for the universities/colleges attended where the coursework or degree was received. Failure to provide a copy of official transcripts may result in removal from the exam list. Applicants providing copies of international official transcripts may need to provide an evaluation/translation from an educational credentials evaluation service to ensure that all the required coursework can be verified by the hiring agency.

Special Testing Arrangements:

If you require assistance or alternative testing arrangements due to a disability, indicate on your application that you need reasonable accommodation. You will be contacted by a representative of the testing department to make the necessary arrangements. If you have not been contacted by the time you receive notification of testing, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

If you are unable to submit your application or complete the test due to a disability, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated on this exam bulletin to be accepted to the examination.

Unless otherwise stated in the Minimum Qualifications, qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated below include more than one pattern and are distringuished as "Either" I, "or" II, "or" III, etc. For example, applicants possessing qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern I and additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern II may be accepted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirement.


The following educational requirement is part of Pattern II of the "Minimum Qualifications" for all levels in the series:

Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in mining or petroleum engineering or a closely related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) (Registration as a Senior in a recognized college will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be appointed.)

Either I
Two years performing the duties of an Associate Mineral Resources Engineer in the California state service.


Experience: Four years of engineering experience in oil or gas field work in drilling or production operations, or int he technical inspection of such operations, or in the production of other mineral resources. (At least two years of this experience must have been in work comparable to that of an Associate Engineer in the California state service.)

Position Description


This is the first full supervisory level. Plans, organizes and directs the work of mineral resources engineers and subprofessional assistants engaged in the administration and control of leases for the extraction of oil, gas, geothermal and other minerals on State-owned or controlled lands. Prepares technical reports in connection with oil, gas, geothermal and other mineral extraction operations; evaluates staff performance, provides staff training, and furnishes assistance on difficult technical problems; is responsible for the development of highly specialized information relating to the production of oil, gas, geothermal and other minerals on State-owned or controlled lands.

For information regarding position location(s), please refer to the Eligible List Information section.

Examination Information

This examination consists of the following components:

  • Interview : A passing score must be achieved and is weighted 100% of the final score.

A final score of 70% must be attained to be placed on the eligible list.

This examination will consist of a Qualifications Appraisal Interview Weighted 100%. It is anticipated interviews will be held during February/March 2019. 

If conditions warrant, this examination may utilize an evaluation of each candidate’s experience and education compared to a standard developed from the class specification.  For this reason, it is especially important that each candidate take special care in accurately and completely filling out their application.  List all experience relevant to the “Requirements for Admittance to the Examination” shown on this announcement, even if that experience goes beyond the seven-year limit printed on the applications.  Supplementary information will be accepted, but read the “Requirements for Admittance to the Examination” carefully to see what kind of information will be useful to the staff doing the evaluation.

A panel will evaluate your application and resume and will provide you with a score. In order to obtain a position on the Eligible List, a minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the examination.

In addition to evaluating the applicant's relative knowledge, skill and ability as demonstrated by quality and breadth of education/experience, emphasis in each test component will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each applicant's:

  • Ability to: Prepare and interpret engineering and geologic reports, maps, graphs and other statistical data relating to oil, gas and geothermal operations and the extraction of other minerals, prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports relating to oil, gas and geothermal operations or the extraction of other minerals. 
  • Ability to: Analyze data and prepare reports of technical inspections
  • Ability to: Direct the work of others.
  • Ability to: Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. 
  • Ability to: Establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work.
  • Ability to: Plan, direct, and coordinate the work of an engineering staff. 
  • Ability to: Effectively contribute to the department's Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.
  • Knowledge of: California law regulating the drilling, maintenance, and operation of oil, gas and geothermal wells and the extraction of other materials
  • Knowledge of: Principles, methods, equipment and terminology of petroleum engineering, mining technology, and geology
  • Knowledge of: The provisions of the Public Resources Code governing lands under the jurisdiction of the California State Lands Commission.
  • Knowledge of: Oil, gas and geothermal reservoir characteristics or behavior, and methods of estimating mineral reserves
  • Knowledge of: Methods and equipment used in such operations, and their safety and legality.
  • Knowledge of: Methods of oil field construction and operation.
  • Knowledge of: Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives.
  • Knowledge of: A manager's role in the EEO Program and the processes available to meet Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives. 

Eligible List Information

A Departmental Open eligible list for the SENIOR MINERAL RESOURCES ENGINEER Classification will be established for:

  • State Lands Commission

The list(s) will be abolished 12 months after being established, unless the needs of the State and conditions of the list(s) warrant a change in this period.

Resulting Eligibility List(s) will be used to fill vacancies.

  • Los Angeles County

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. In accordance with Government Codes 18973.1 and 18973.5, whenever any veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent-disabled veteran achieves a passing score on an open examination, he or she shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. This section shall not apply to any veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Directions to apply for Veterans' Preference are on the Veterans' Preference Application (Std. Form 1093), which is available at www.CalCareers.ca.gov, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Career Credits are not granted for examination(s) administered on an Open basis or a Promotional basis.

Benefit Information

When you choose a career with the State of California, you receive a comprehensive benefits package in addition to your salary. For more information on the State's benefit packages you may visit the California Department of Human Resources website at http://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/salary-and-benefits.aspx.

Testing Departments

    • State Lands Commission

Contact Information

Questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

State Lands Commission
Human Resources Office
State Lands Commission
100 Howe Ave, Suite 100 - South
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 574-1910

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental or physical), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Drug Free Statement

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State 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.

General Information

Examination and/or Employment Application (STD 678) forms are available at the California Department of Human Resources, local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer Account (www.CalCareers.ca.gov).

If you meet the requirements stated on this examination bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described in this bullein will be rated against a predetermined job-related rating, and all applicants who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

State Lands Commission reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all applicants will be notified.

General Qualifications: Applicants must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiatve, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

High School Equivalence: Equilavence to completeion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the competitor is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substituion of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.

Accepted applicants must provide proof of identification at each in-person test session. Acceptable identification consists of a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail
In Person (see bulletin for details)
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this examination without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Exam Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Exam Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD678)

Accommodation Request (STD679)