Department of Conservation


$5,540.00 - $10,430.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/16/2020

Job Description and Duties

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, Department of Conservation will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure…,” Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20. Virtual interviews via web portals or phone will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. Please speak with the Hiring Unit contact for more information.

Due to the Governor's Executive Order N-33-20 regarding COVID-19, office operating hours are extremely limited. Electronic filing through your Cal Career account is strongly recommended.


This position is pending budget approval.

This position is subject to the Department’s Conflict of Interest Code.

This position requires a medical clearance.

This postion requires a Statement of Qualifications. 

For a summary of the benefits available to you as a new State Civil Service employee, please visit the California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary web page. This information may also be found in the "Benefits" section below.

Are you interested in working for one of the oldest geological surveys in the United States?  The California Geological Survey maps and analyzes data on the state's diverse geologic environment, geologic hazards, and mineral resources to provide critical information to protect life, property, commerce, and the environment from natural hazards.  The California Geological Survey is regarded as the primary source of geologic information used for decision-making by California's government agencies, its businesses, and the public.

Within the Mineral Resources Program, staff provide data about California's varied non-fuel mineral resources (such as metals, critical minerals, and industrial minerals), naturally occurring mineral hazards (such as asbestos, radon, and mercury), and information about active and historic mining activities throughout the state. Mineral resources-related reports and maps are published and routinely disseminated to assist governmental agencies, mining companies, consultants, and the public in recognizing, developing, and protecting important mineral resources.

Under the general direction and supervision of the Senior Engineering Geologist (Supervisor) of the California Geological Survey (CGS) Mineral Resources Program, the Engineering Geologist is responsible for conducting engineering geologic studies related to mineral resources and mineral land classification within the state. Duties include, but are not limited to: Conduct mineral resource and mineral land classification studies under the provisions of the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA). Collect, analyze, and interpret geologic literature. Conduct reconnaissance and detailed geologic mapping using topographic maps, conventional aerial photos, and satellite imagery. Assist the Senior Engineering Geologists or Supervising Engineering Geologist with mineral resource investigations.

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

Working Conditions

Work in a high-rise building 

You will find additional information about the working conditions in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$5,540.00 - $10,430.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

With a team of scientists and other dedicated professionals, the Department of Conservation administers a variety of programs vital to California's public safety, environment and economy. The services DOC provides are designed to balance today's needs with tomorrow's obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources.


We are strongly committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and believe diversity within our teams is critical to our success.


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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: 7/16/2020

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 Conservation
Attn: Jamie Rowland
801 K Street, MS 22-13
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Human Resources Office
801 K Street, MS 22-13
Sacramento, CA 95814
Office hours are limited. Electronic Filing is encouraged.
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see the "Statement of Qualifications" section below for instructions on how to complete the Statement of Qualifications. 
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 communicate effectively (verbally/written)
  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines
  • Ability to promote a positive working environment and relationships with others.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


State employment offers many benefits. Benefits include, health, dental, and vision plans.

Employee pensions are managed by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). The Savings Plus Program provides additional opportunities to save for retirement with 401(k) and 457 Plans.

For more details about employee benefits, please visit the 
California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary web page.  

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Jamie Rowland
(916) 324-7344

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 324-9378
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.

Engineering Geologist Examination Information

If you have not taken the Engineering Geologist examination, please click here to take the exam and gain list eligibility. 


Statement of Qualifications

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is requested to elicit information regarding each candidate's interest and experience in relation to this position. The SOQ should not exceed two (2) pages and should address each of the SOQ factors below. Statement of Qualification Factors:

1. Describe your experience communicating (written, oral) information on basic geology, economic geology, petrology, and geochemistry to technical and non-technical audiences.

2. Explain how you have worked successfully with a team to achieve an important goal. What did you contribute? What were the lessons learned?

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