Job Posting: Engineering Geologist for CDFW's Lake and Streambed Alteration Program

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Engineering Geologist for CDFW's Lake and Streambed Alteration Program

$9,766.00 - $12,223.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/27/2020

Job Description and Duties

Are you looking for a fulfilling career protecting California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public? That is the mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and what drives our dedicated staff. Apply today and join our elite team!
CDFW's Conservation Engineering Branch provides technical expertise in the fields of fish passage, hydraulic engineering, hydrology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, fluvial geomorphology, and geochemistry to meet the needs of the Department's programs and Regional responsibilities on a statewide basis.  Accordingly, we are currently recruiting for an energetic and self-motivated Senior Engineering Geologist to serve as the Department’s lead technical advisor in the fields of engineering geology and fluvial geomorphology to primarily support the Department’s Lake and Streambed Alteration Program.
Specific duties include: independently evaluate existing fluvial, geotechnical and geologic data, field surveys, technical reports and professional papers, and develop site-specific geologic analyses that aid in providing project-specific recommendations for channel or habitat maintenance, flow dynamics, sediment management, channel and riparian restoration and other geological engineering based measures that alleviate impacts of projects upon aquatic ecosystems. Conduct site visits and geo-fluvial field investigations as needed to support or develop recommendations.
The incumbent will also: Provide technical expertise for the development of guidance documents and essential training to staff and regional personnel concerning geologic engineering aspects of civil engineering and mining projects (e.g., road-stream crossings, instream mining), stream habitat restoration projects, sediment management programs and other bio-physical stream habitat related activities.  Represent the Department as a technical expert in interagency workgroups, public workshops and academic forums.  Provide expert assistance to the Department’s legal staff, the State Attorney General Office, and the County District Attorney Offices in the prosecution of Fish and Wildlife cases.
The incumbent will be under the direction of the Conservation Engineering Branch Manager and the lead guidance of the Lake and Streambed Alteration Program manager.

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

Working Conditions

Duties consist of both office activities and field work. Must be able to work unusual and/or long hours on short notice; occasional attendance at evening public meetings; travel frequently; spend multiple days in the field assessing habitat conditions in adverse weather or terrain; walking in and through rural terrain; hiking over rough terrain with no vehicle access; operating a 4WD vehicle off highway, over rough terrain.
Travel will be required for meetings and field work. This position is currently located in West Sacramento.  A telework schedule may be considered.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Engineering Geologist for CDFW's Lake and Streambed Alteration Program
$9,766.00 - $12,223.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Yolo 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

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Certificate of registration as a geologist License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.
Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an engineering geologist (Certified Engineering Geologist) or geologist (Professional Geologist) issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.

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: 10/27/2020

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
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
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.
  • 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:
Possession of an understanding of techniques and methodologies related to collecting, organizing, compiling, reporting and disseminating geological, geotechnical and environmental data; effective writing skills including grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and composition.
Must be highly motivated and possess the ability to maintain a positive attitude in difficult situations. Experience working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, geomorphologists, ecologists, and biologists to accomplish the Department’s mission.
Tact and leadership. Strong verbal and written communications skills with emphasis on being positive and proactive. Strong organizational skills. Must be able to use creative thinking to solve problems and develop mutually agreeable solutions. Ability to make sound decisions based on policies, guidance, and regulations.


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:
Jonathon Mann
(916) 599-0925

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

All interested candidates must submit a completed standard State of California application (STD 678) and a Statement of Qualifications in order to be considered for this position. The Statement of Qualifications is a narrative discussion of your education, training, experience, and skills as it relates to the job duties, desirable qualifications, and special requirements listed. The Statement of Qualifications serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing, typed and no more than two pages in length.

Filing Instructions

Due to the recent impact of the COVID-19 and for the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the mailing address indicated on the announcement.

Indicate Senior Engineering Geologist - 565-022-3751-002 & RPA# E-CEB 20-001 on your application.

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.  Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.


NOTE:  Salaries do not reflect reductions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information for actual reductions is available in the Human Resources Manual, Section 2113, Personal Leave Program (PLP) at  Please refer to the section for
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) – Bargaining Unit 12.

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.