Job Posting: Engineering Geologist

State Water Resources Control Board

Engineering Geologist

$5,098.00 - $9,597.00

Final Filing Date: 1/22/2019

Job Description and Duties

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for an Engineering Geologist in the Site Restoration, Military Facilities Unit.  The position location is 2375 Northside Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA  92108. 


This is a re-post.  If you have already applied, you do not need to re-apply, your application will be considered.

Manage Department of Defense groundwater, soil, and soil vapor cleanup sites. Prepare written requirements, comments, and letters regarding reports and information related to Department of Defense soil, soil vapor, and groundwater investigation, remediation, and monitoring. Assess potential impacts to water quality and human health to demonstrate regulatory compliance. Review and evaluate reports involving engineering geology and mathematical, physical, chemical sciences relating to subsurface investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater. Participate in technical and policy meetings to coordinate and communicate regulatory input for optimal project management and regulatory oversight. Attend public meetings that may be held during or after regular business hours. Prepare fact sheets and other public announcements. Prepare tentative orders and informational items for Board consideration. Update required fields and enter site-specific records in the GeoTracker database. Perform site inspections to confirm compliance with regulations and requirements. Identify instances of significant non-compliance and recommend enforcement actions. Maintain appropriate health and safety training and complies with applicable health and safety procedures.


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.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Engineering Geologist
$5,098.00 - $9,597.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

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.

Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:
  • RPA#18-190-026 and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.

  • Photocopies of degree and transcripts

  • Must have State Water Resources Control Board Engineering Geologist 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 is preferred. Emailed and/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 and recency 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: 1/22/2019

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 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
Sacramento, CA 95812-0100

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

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 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:

• Certificate of registration as a professional geologist issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is preferred.

• Knowledge of and work experience in the principles and practice of engineering geology relating to water quality control and water resource management, and the cleanup of contaminated soil, soil vapor, groundwater and sediment.

• Knowledge of applied practices regarding (i) the physical, biological, and chemical factors

of water pollution and water quality, and (ii) the management of surface waters and

groundwaters to control water pollution and water quality.

• Knowledge of federal and State of California laws, policies, and regulations regarding protection and assessment of marine, estuarine, freshwater, and groundwater resources.

• Knowledge and experience working with GeoTracker and Microsoft’s Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc.)

• Experience managing projects under the CERCLA framework.

• Experience using communication and outreach skills to effectively influence others to meet organizational goals.

• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks/projects to meet organizational needs and priorities.

• Ability to incorporate current engineering geologic, scientific, and technical information into projects.

• Ability to generate collaboration that fosters partnerships and effective communication with the regulated community.

• Ability to effectively analyze problems, consider alternatives, and make recommendations.

• Ability to use organizational values in decision-making and work products.



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) 341-5127
Hiring Unit Contact:
Roger Mitchell
(619) 521-5898

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 two pages in length and must explain how your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience have prepared you to successfully manage cleanup cases in the San Diego Water Board's Site Restoration-Military Facilities Unit and contribute to the overall mission of the Board.

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