Archaeologist/Environmental Scientist - California Department of Water Resources

Rylan Thomas

The California Department of Water Resources is looking for an archaeologist to fill an Environmental Scientist classification position. The Environmental Scientist exam is continuous online:

This dynamic and rewarding position supports projects along the State Water Project, within the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and other locations throughout the State. The job is headquartered in West Sacramento. Applications may be submitted before taking the exam. Deadline to apply is November 12, 2020. For additional information on the position, a duty statement and how to apply:


Under the direction of the Cultural Resources Section Chief, the incumbent is responsible for planning and conducting intensive cultural resources field surveys; assisting with other natural resources surveys; and recording, analyzing and evaluating discoveries made in the field for Department projects and activities Statewide. Work includes pre-field research, stakeholder outreach, Native American consultation, field surveys and preparation of essential documentation for environmental compliance purposes. Duties also include oversight of environmental consultants and document review.



Job Code #: JC-214399

Position #(s):


Working Title: Environmental Scientist (ES)


$3,851.00 - $7,364.00

# of Positions: 1

Work Location: Yolo County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

This position requires the incumbent to work cooperatively with others; possess strong verbal and written communication skills and strong analytical and computer skills; maintain regular, consistent, predictable attendance, exercise good judgment, and follow Department safety policies. The specific essential functions are:

40% - Responsible for coordinating, conducting, and/or overseeing a wide range of environmental assessments and regulatory compliance services consisting of, but not limited to, pre-field research and preparation;  field reviews and surveys; environmental data collection, site records preparation, and other related biological and cultural resources documentation such as photographic records and Geographic Information System maps.  Prepare technical reports including progress and final drafts of reports related to project impacts and resource protection and management.
20% - Provide guidance and disseminate policy, procedures, and information on Native American issues and facilitate meetings and discussions between DWR staff and Native American representatives. Work with DWR's Tribal Policy Advisor to coordinate with other DWR Divisions/Regions/Offices on implementation strategies for Native American consultations under AB-52 and the California Natural Resource Agency's Tribal Consultation Policy.  Maintain files of all correspondence and documentation of coordination and consultation for projects.    
15% - Prepare and/or review environmental and cultural resource documents and permit applications  prepared by other DWR Division/Regions/Office personnel, DWR consultants, and other agencies which relate to the SWP, Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta or other areas of interest to DWR. Provide technical expertise to DWR management and staff regarding environmental and cultural resource regulatory compliance issues and represent DWR on various intra-departmental and inter-agency workgroups, committees, and public forums.
15% - Participate in relicensing efforts for the new FERC license for the South State Water Project (SWP) Hydropower (Project 2426) and implementation of the Oroville Facilities (Project 2100) Historic Properties Management Plan. Conduct surveys, maintain pertinent documentation,  and perform other duties, as necessary, in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Review related resources studies and findings of contract consultants, including site surveys, evaluations, data recovery and subsequent reports; and monitor field work.
5% - Participate in the preparation of consultant services contracts and interagency agreements.  May serve as contract manager responsible for oversight of consultant work, review of invoices, and on-time payments.
5% - Participate in the development and/or provide instruction for environmental compliance related training courses and tail-gate sessions for field crews.  Design slide shows, training handouts and other presentation media using available software, such Microsoft Office (MS) PowerPoint and MS Office Publisher.

Incumbent must possess a valid California State driver's license to travel to various job sites including SWP facilities and locations throughout the State, and to attend meetings and conferences.  The incumbent must be able to meet the demands of field work on land and in  water; must be able to swim at least 50 yards and stay afloat at least 10 minutes; must be able to move and transport equipment or objects weighing up to 40 pounds over rugged terrain.  Incumbent may be required to work extended hours on occasion to meet project deadlines.  Travel on short notice and overnight lodging may be required on some trips.  

Incumbent must be knowledgeable of natural resources management and of applicable federal, State, and local environmental and cultural resources laws and regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the National Historic Preservation Act. Incumbent should be familiar with and have some experience working with Native Americans, knowledge of California history and prehistory, knowledge of archaeological surveys, and possess project management skills.

If you have questions about the position, contact Jacqueline Wait, Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), at jacqueline.wait@...

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