The Environmental Scientist provides critical technical support for Department of Water Resources (DWR) Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility (SDFPF) through biological monitoring, fish identification verification, evaluating current or future measures for fish protection or passage, processing larval fish samples, data analyses and reporting services.
Majority of time is spent in office or laboratory siting during data gathering, processing, analysis, and report writing. Routine fieldwork consists of periodic site visits to the SDFPF frequently at night and occasional on weekends to work with DWR technicians or check biological samples. Site visits and fieldwork may require working long and non-standard hours or schedules seasonally. These site visits requires standing and walking on uneven, moving, steep, and slippery surfaces and significant automobile travel times to the SDFPF or vessel docks (if necessary).
Initial training may require additional time to observe and participate in routine and special fisheries and operational work at the SDFPF or its intake facilities (e.g. Clifton Court Forebay) to understand the details of these fish protection facilities and their biological monitoring activities. Later training will involve some cross training with other boat-based Delta fisheries monitoring activities to understand the broader context of entrainment monitoring of listed fish species in this region. Work aboard a research vessel requires collecting, sorting, and processing biological samples, which involves kneeling, reaching and lifting = 40 lbs. Fieldwork occurs in inclement weather and rough water, and requires early starts and long working days. The employee must possess a valid California Driver’s license.
Office and laboratory work involved mostly sitting at a desk most of the time with computer keyboard or desk work several hours per day, 5 days per week, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods. Field and laboratory work requires handling formalin or ethanol in properly-ventilated situations.
Routinely conducts site visits to the SDFPF frequently at night and occasionally on weekends. Site visits and fieldwork sometimes requires working long and non-standard hours or schedules. Fieldwork requires standing and walking on uneven, moving, steep, and slippery surfaces (e.g., from the deck of a moving boat). Fieldwork and site visits requires significant automobile travel time to vessel docks or to the SDFPF. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and equipment and be prepared to travel using a State vehicle.
Education: Possession of a bachelor's or advanced degree with a major in a 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. (Admission to a masters or doctoral degree program in a 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 shall be considered to meet these education qualifications.)
Knowledge of: Basic principles of marine, freshwater, and estuarine ecology; fisheries biology and management; zooplankton biology and ecology; common fisheries and plankton sampling methods; fish taxonomy, database management, statistical analyses, technical writing, and relevant software.
Skill to: Efficiently and effectively read, write, and speak English; provide and accept feedback, act in the capacity of a lead; collaborate with team members; engage stakeholders; organize prioritize, and delegate tasks; and shift rapidly from task to task as priorities dictate. Efficiently and accurately use a personal computer and software including but not limited to Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, EndNote, SYSTAT, SigmaPlot, and Outlook; collect and store ecological data, manipulate and summarize that data, then analyze, synthesize and report the resulting information in written and oral forms; identify key invertebrates as well as juvenile and adult marine, freshwater, and estuarine fishes.
Ability to: Use PC on a daily basis and develop proficiency in commonly used software including MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SYSTAT, and R at a level required for successful job performance; maintain, organize, and work with large data sets; prepare clear and concise data presentations and summaries in figures and tables; make oral presentations to scientific and general audiences; work with samples preserved with formalin or ethanol in properly ventilated situations; direct the work of others and provide feedback to subordinates in a timely manner.
Special Personal Characteristics: Demonstrates ability to act independently, open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact. Shows good judgment when encountering unexpected situations. Possess strong organizational skills and is quality performance-oriented. Has good written and oral communications skills. Adhere to written safety and sampling procedures and protocols. Continually practice and promote respectful communication as well as organizational and professional vitality.
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: 5/30/2018
Who May Apply:
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. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.
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 www.jobs.ca.gov. 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: Personnel - Hiring
7329 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Personnel - Hiring
7329 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE ATTENTION OF PERSONNEL - HIRING.
Indicate Environmental Scientist - 565-323-0762-023 & RPA# BDR 17-093 on your application.
Required Application Documents
Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
•State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.jobs.ca.gov. 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 - A Statement of Qualifications is required and must be included (see below)
•Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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.
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. You can take the exam through the CalCareers website: https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=9PB01, If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application. We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.
Statement of Qualifications:
To be considered, you must provide written responses to the supplemental questions below with your State application. Please keep your collective answers to no more than two pages, single-spaced, using 12-point font.
• This position requires knowledge of fish identification and fishery monitoring techniques or procedures. In detail, please describe your experience with fish identification and fishery monitoring methods or field monitoring.
• The position requires learning about the impacts and operations associated with fish screening and passage facilities. In detail, please describe your experience with learning and demonstrating expertise in a highly technical subject.
• Describe a situation where you worked as part of a team. Was it a positive or negative experience? Why?