Job Announcements

  • March 17, 2023

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has an opportunity for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory). The final filing date is April 5, 2023.

Do you like working on complex issues, thinking out of the box, and learning new things? Would you like to influence water management to protect aquatic species and ecosystems? If so, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is looking for a Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor to lead implementation of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). In this position, you will develop long-term, durable contracts to ensure the State receives the public ecosystem benefits to be provided by projects receiving funding under WSIP. These projects include new surface water reservoirs and groundwater storage projects. These contracts will administer public ecosystem benefits such as pulse flows for fish, water for wildlife areas, and habitat for species, and comprise monitoring and adaptive management plans to help ensure those ecosystem benefits are realized into the future. You will coordinate with CDFW regional staff, work directly with stakeholders and project proponents, collaborate with other state agencies, and participate in contract negotiations. You will help review, comment on, and develop WSIP project related environmental permits such as CEQA Environmental Impact Reports, Incidental Take Permits, and Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements. You will need to be able to interpret biological and hydraulic model outputs, understand fish and wildlife monitoring and management strategies, and understand water operations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and broader Central Valley.

To be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) exam.

Review the CalCareers JC-361662 Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) Job Announcement for more information on how to apply and read the Duty Statement (docx) for additional information about the job.

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  • March 13, 2023

The California Department of Water Resources has an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Scientist to join a diverse, dynamic team of professional scientists as part of the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) and the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP). The final filing date for this position closes April 3, 2023.

The California Department of Water Resources EMP conducts monthly ecological monitoring in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, sampling over 25 discrete stations aboard the research vessel, R/V Sentinel. The incumbent is responsible for leading water quality and biological sampling for EMP onboard the research vessels or by vehicle. The incumbent should have a background in water quality, scientific fieldwork, managing large datasets, and statistical analyses. The incumbent will act as crew lead in the field, mentor seasonal and temporary staff, and contribute to the communication, QA/QC, and sharing of research data and analyses via written technical reports, oral/ poster presentations, and peer-reviewed articles. The incumbent will represent EMP at relevant DWR and IEP project work teams.

Visit the CalCareers Job Announcement JC-358976 Environmental Scientist to learn how to apply and review the Duty Statement (pdf) for additional information about the job.

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  • February 28, 2023

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Branch is hiring a Senior Fisheries Regulations Specialist in the Inland Fisheries Conservation and Management Program. This position is located in West Sacramento (Yolo County). Review the CalCareers Job Announcement JC-358542 to learn how to apply and read the Duty Statement (PDF) for more information about the job duties. The final filing date is 03/28/2023.

Are you interested in the intersection between science and policy? Have you ever wondered what the Fish and Game Commission does and how their actions become part of daily operations at the Department of Fish and Wildlife? Are you curious how fishing regulations are adopted and utilized to manage fish populations? Have you ever considered how stakeholder engagement and public perception tie it all together?

If these questions intrigue and excite you, this is the job you've been waiting for!

The Regulations Specialist is a liaison between Fisheries Branch leadership, the Regulations Unit, and regional staff to assure that regulation changes and new fishery regulations meet all guidelines and mandates. This position is responsible for the development and review of complex, high priority regulations to manage and conserve fish populations, including for harvest and resource protection. The successful candidate will work closely with a broad array of internal and external groups including Department tribal liaisons, fisheries biologists and managers, Native American Tribes, stakeholders, and members of the public.

For questions regarding the position or application process contact the hiring unit contact, Sarah Mussulman, at (916) 591-1152 or

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  • February 22, 2023

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response has two Environmental Scientist positions available. One position is with the OSPR Laboratory Program and the other with the Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory. Both positions are located in Rancho Cordova, CA. Read the job announcement for each position for more information on how to apply and review the Duty Statements for more information about each job.

CalCareers Job Announcement: Environmental Scientist JC-356840
Final Filing Date: 3/3/2023

This position will work in the OSPR Laboratory Program in a team setting assessing the biological condition of California streams, rivers and lakes. Under the general supervision of the Sr. Environmental Scientist Supervisor, and Sr. Environmental Scientist Specialist, the incumbent will collect biological, chemical and physical habitat data from freshwater habitats throughout California using procedures from the U.S. EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS), Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) and other field methods of the Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (ABL). In general, the ABL collects data utilized by state and regional water boards to assess the health of streams, identify stream condition trends overtime, and supports management decisions for monitoring, restoration and protection efforts while reporting findings to the public.

CalCareers Job Announcement: Environmental Scientist JC-356956
Final Filing Date: 3/20/2023

This position will work in the Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory located along the American River in Rancho Cordova. The hired individual will utilize Gas chromatography/Mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to "fingerprint" spilled petroleum products in the environment and match them to their potential sources. Duties include sample preparation, sample analysis, data review and analysis, report writing and review, and organization and ordering of laboratory supplies. The incumbent will also perform total petroleum hydrocarbon analysis using GC/MS and GC/FID.

Molecular sleuths will find this position exciting and rewarding! This position offers the opportunity to apply your analytical chemistry skills to the fascinating world of petroleum forensics while protecting the environment. Check out more information on the CDFW OSPR Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory at: Petroleum Chemistry Lab (

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  • January 31, 2023

The California Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for a 2023 Delta Science Communication Fellow in partnership with the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program. The successful applicant will be placed at California Sea Grant in San Diego for a 12-month paid fellowship ($4420.75 per month) starting in July 2023. Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 3, 2023.

The Delta Science Communication Fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity for an early career science communicator to gain hands-on experience in coastal, estuarine, and freshwater science communication and stakeholder engagement. The fellow will be advised by professional science writers and editors, and have access to science communicators around the country through the Sea Grant Communications Network. 

The work will primarily include producing content that highlights scientific research findings on high-priority topics that are critical to managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, visit the Delta Science Communication Fellowship web page.

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