Environmental Scientist

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Caltrans District 5, Environmental Scientist

Job Description and Duties 

As a participating interdisciplinary team member, the incumbent performs a variety of professional scientific office and field work in support of archaeological studies and project effects analysis pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable state and federal regulation. In accordance with detailed instructions and specific archaeological standards, the incumbent is responsible for gathering data on archaeological resource management issues; performing preliminary environmental analysis, research, surveys, investigations, and studies; preparing reports; preparing routine correspondence; answering questions from the public; preparing regulatory and compliance documents; and do other related work. This position is under the general direction of the Branch Chief, Central Coast Cultural Resources Branch of the Environmental Office and is characterized by independent development and use of techniques and methodologies to complete assigned work. A valid driver’s license is desired. The incumbent must establish and maintain a professional working relationship with various local partners and interested parties involved with District 5 projects.

 

All methods of appointment will be considered (e.g. list appointment, transfer, re-instatement, surplus, SROA, re-employment, Training & Development assignment, etc.).  All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the classification to be eligible for appointment to the position.  Your application must clearly demonstrate how your experience meets those qualifications.  A link to the class specification has been provided and the minimum qualifications are highlighted. Multiple positions may be filled.

 

Internal Cutoff Dates:

8/15/2022

9/1/2022

9/30/2022

10/31/2022

11/30/2022

12/19/2022

1/2/2023

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

Working Conditions

Position located in San Luis obispo

 

Work will be done in a climate-controlled office under artificial lighting. While in the field, the Incumbent may be exposed to a variety of hazardous and/or unpleasant field conditions, including wet, rainy, cold or hot weather. Hard hat, safety vest or approved safety shirt, and eye protection must be worn at all times in the field. Occasional overtime, travel, and overnight stays may be required.

This position may be eligible for telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the Department and based on Caltrans’s current telework policy. While Caltrans supports telework, in-person attendance may be required based on operational needs. Employees are expected to be able to report to their worksite with minimal notification if an urgent need arises. The selected candidate may be required to conduct business travel on behalf of the Department or commute to the headquartered location. Business travel reimbursements considers an employee’s designated Headquarters Location, primary residence, and may be subject to CalHR regulations or applicable bargaining unit contract provisions.  All commute expenses to the headquartered location will be the responsibility of the selected candidate.

New to State candidates will be hired into the minimum salary of the classification or minimum of alternate range when applicable.

 

Minimum Requirements

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.) (Registration as a senior in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of a degree before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge of: Basic principles of land, water, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources research; principles of ecology; soil and irrigation sciences, resource management, hydrology, geology, and waste prevention; statistical methods; land-use practices with reference to their general effect on human health, natural resources, agricultural productivity, and the environment; effects of hazardous and non-hazardous waste material and their interactions on the environment; chemical reactions; California and Federal environmental laws, rules, regulations, and requirements; basic toxicology, hydrology, geology, and principles of risk assessment and risk management; concepts employed in a variety of disciplines including environmental planning, economics, and resource management; geolocation and geo-referencing software applications, resource conservation program impacts and implementation strategies; and recycling issues.

 

Ability to: Apply or modify scientific methods and principles; collect environmental data; analyze and evaluate data and reach sound conclusions; review, check, and interpret scientific and environmental reports; analyze situations and take appropriate actions; establish and maintain cooperative relations with all persons contacted; communicate effectively;  prepare clear, complete, and technically accurate reports; apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements of California and Federal environmental protection and resource management programs; assess the impact of proposed State and Federal environmental legislation and regulations; understand principles of risk assessment and risk management; work with professionals from a variety of disciplines within and outside of State government; and review and understand technical research reports on emerging public health and environmental issues.

Salary: $4,145.00 – $7,926.00

 # of Positions: Multiple

Work Location: San Luis Obispo County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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 https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=320394

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.CalCareers.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.

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to: Department of Transportation

Attn: Caltrans DHR Contact

Certification Services MS-90

P O Box 168036

Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Transportation

Caltrans DHR Contact

Classification and Hiring Unit – ECOS

1727 30th Street, MS 90

Sacramento, CA 95816

Closed on weekends and State Holidays.

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 www.CalCareers.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.
  • 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.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Stephanie Smith
(805) 305-4803
vog.ac.todnull@htims.einahpets

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:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
vog.ac.todnull@oee.ksA

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.

To apply for this job please visit www.calcareers.ca.gov.