Department of Fish and Wildlife


$3,851.00 - $7,364.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 3/2/2020

Job Description and Duties

The Environmental Scientist will work with a group of scientists studying the effects of freshwater outflow and other physical and biological factors on the abundance and distribution of fish, shrimp, and crabs in the San Francisco Estuary.  The San Francisco Bay Study is one of several long-term fisheries monitoring programs conducted under the auspices of the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) for the San Francisco Estuary .
Under the general supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisor, the Environmental Scientist is the first-line analytical and field biologist for the San Francisco Bay Study.  In collaboration with another Environmental Scientist, the incumbent is responsible for the collection, interpretation, and reporting of data to meet the study’s goals.
The Environmental Scientist will be a crew leader for sample collection from a 42’ research vessel 3 to 6 days per month.  The balance of the time will be spent in the office editing data, managing data bases, analyzing and summarizing data, writing reports and papers, and attending and participating in meetings, workshops, and conferences.  Collaboration with agency and university scientists for special study design, review, data analyses, and report or paper preparation is an important aspect of this position.  Incumbent may act as a lead person for up to 4 permanent and temporary personnel in the field or office.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts several other large IEP monitoring studies in the San Francisco Estuary, including work with Delta Smelt, Longfin Smelt, Striped Bass and the food web for these and other species of interest.

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

Working Conditions

Use a desktop computer for most of the work day, 5 days a week, when in the office.  Involves sitting most of the time, with walking or standing for brief periods.  Work aboard a research vessel collecting, sorting, and processing biological samples may be in inclement weather and rough seas and require long working days.  Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and willing to travel using a State vehicle.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$3,851.00 - $4,768.00 A
$4,680.00 - $5,807.00 B
$5,923.00 - $7,364.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Joaquin 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. Join us and begin a meaningful new career.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

Ability to swim at least 50 yards and to stay afloat at least 5 minutes.

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: 3/2/2020

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:

Human Resources Branch
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1217B
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications - Required.  See Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) instructions below.
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:

• Ability to work safely and accurately collecting and recording data from a research vessel operating in a wide variety of weather and        sea conditions.
• Ability to work safely with samples preserved in formalin or ethanol in properly ventilated situations.
• Possess or develop the ability to: maintain, organize, and work with large data sets; analyze and evaluate data using a personal computer and software including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, EndNote, SYSTAT, R, and SigmaPlot; and to prepare clear and concise data presentations for oral presentations and written formats, including agency reports and manuscripts for peer review journals.
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting, especially when in the field and at meetings.
• Possess a valid California Driver’s License.
• Comfortable working around the water and ability to swim.


Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees' Retirement System website for Health Benefits at

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Kathy Hieb
(209) 234-3484

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.

Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) Instructions

A Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with your application package.  The Supplemental Questionnaire is a discussion of your experience as it is related to this position and should be no more than 3 pages in length, single-spaced, 11pt font.  It should address each topic listed below; your experience in each area can be from school, work, or as a volunteer or intern.  Applications received without a completed Supplemental Questionnaire will not be considered.  Please include your name on your Supplemental Questionnaire.
1.  Describe your experience sampling fish and aquatic invertebrates and processing biological samples.
2.  Describe your experience summarizing and analyzing data, including data management and the statistical tools you have used to analyze the data.  Include the role you had in collecting and reporting the data.
3.  List the scientific reports and papers that you made a significant contribution to.  Please describe in some detail one of these reports or papers; why was the work done and what were the most important findings or conclusions?
4.  Describe your experience making presentations.

Filing Instructions


Please indicate Environmental Scientist – Position 565-323-0762-033 – RPA# BDR 19-094 under the “Examinations(s) or Job Title(s) for which you are applying” section of your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678).  

If submitting a cover letter with your application via the CalCareers portal, please combine your cover letter and resume into one file and submit as Resume under Required Documents in Part 4) Application Package of the application.

Emailed applications will not be accepted.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail