Department of Conservation


$9,766.00 - $12,223.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/8/2020

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 subject to the Department’s Conflict of Interest Code.

This position requires a medical examination.

Please submit a copy of your degree and/or transcripts with your STD 678.

This position is pending budget approval.  

This position requires possession of a valid certificate of registration as a geologist or geophysicist issued by the California Board of Geologists and Geophysicists.

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.

If you have not taken the Senior Engineering Geologist exam, please see the "Examination Information" section below to take the exam and gain list eligibility.

The Senior Engineering Geologist (Specialist) c
oordinates the activities of the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) when the Board serves as a lead agency pursuant to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA).  Reviews reclamation plans and financial assurance cost estimates for completeness prior to review by the Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR).  Prepares responses to comments provided by DMR.  Manages contracts for inspection services and preparation of documents pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Assists in the preparation of staff reports for Board meetings and makes presentations before the board on specific issues relating to mining and reclamation.  Makes site specific recommendations on measures needed to prevent or minimize adverse effects of proposed mining on the environment.  Prepares non-routine correspondence and provides expert advice to the Board on the adequacy of proposed reclamation plans.

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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$9,766.00 - $12,223.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
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Department Information

Are you interested in working for a department that oversees the operations of land conservation, mining, earthquakes and oil & gas regulations for the State of California? This job may be for you!  


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: 7/8/2020

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: Tara Hirst
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:

Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 22-13
Sacramento, CA 95814
Human Resources Office 22nd Floor, 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.
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.

  • Certification as an Engineering Geologist.


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:
Tara Hirst
(916) 323-8717

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.


Please use the link below to take the Senior Engineering Geologist examination.


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