Senior Environmental Scientist (Wildfires/Water Quality)

California State Water Resources Control Board
Sacramento, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description and Duties

Pending State Budget and/or Administrative Approval.

Water-focused job in Sacramento to help California prepare for and recover from emergencies.

1. Are you familiar with some emergency management principles and organization structures?

2. Do you have a major in biological, chemical, physical, or environmental science, soil science, water science, hydrology, agronomy, natural resource science, environmental or public health, physical geography, or a closely related scientific discipline?

The position location is located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Water Boards is two blocks from the light rail and public transportation; within walking distance of the State Capitol, parks, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and the Golden 1 Arena. We offer an onsite cafe, onsite Golden 1 ATM, workout room, and onsite day care services.  Our building has easy access to I-5, Highway 50, and Highway 80.

You will be in a high-profile position at the intersection of the State’s responses to emergencies and disasters and the State’s actions to protect ecosystems and people’s drinking water. You will represent the state as you interact with other state, federal, and local government agencies, Tribes, stakeholders, and the public. For information on State and Regional Water Board efforts to reduce the impacts of 2018 Northern California wildfires on water quality see

Emergency work is complex and can be fast paced. You will have to be personable, communicate effectively, and remain calm in many different settings. You may be required to travel and work for extensive periods, including weekends and holidays, in times of emergency response activities. During an emergency response, duties may require your working long shifts at hours other than the normal work hours. The work environment during an emergency response may vary considerably from the normal work setting.

You will be part of the State Water Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance. The Office develops and implements policies in emerging and cross-cutting areas. Currently, the portfolio of the Office includes climate change, the human right to water, urban water conservation, groundwater management, and more.

California is very diverse, and we want our teams to reflect that. That’s why the Water Board values diversity at all levels of our organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed, can thrive, and can contribute uniquely.