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Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisor

State of California
Florin, California, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Invasive Species
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Under direction of the Environmental Program Manager I, the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) supervises and directs the work of professional and/or technical staff involving the research, environmental analysis, outreach, and logistics for the Integrated Pest Control Branch programs primarily located in the San Joaquin Valley/Central District.

Duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

• Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of staff in the execution of research activities concerning present and future environmental, environmental health, and natural resource management issues to protect the States agricultural industry, natural resources and public health from invasive species.

• Delegate assignments to staff and review and provide comments on staff's work regarding the execution of research activities.

• Provide guidance on policies, procedures, laws and regulations to staff regarding control and eradication methods used in research activities.

• Evaluate efficacy of research activities and pest mitigation in order to maintain the highest level of performance. Recommend and manage the completion of actions. Supervise permanent and seasonal staff and redirects personnel and resources as required.

• Monitor program effectiveness and recommends improvements to management.

• Draft procedures resulting from data obtained in research methods, including the biology of target species.

• Attend meetings and conferences.

• Keep abreast of new environmental technology by reading technical journals and other scientific publications.

• Oversee all parts of assigned Programs' personnel, budgetary, contractual, and Federal reimbursement agreements.

• Oversee the development and delivery of training and other outreach information. Attends hearings and manages field investigations for environmental matters.

Please refer to duty statement for more information.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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

Working Conditions

Approximately 50% of the workload will be in permanent buildings or trailers leased or owned by the state or cooperating agencies or other locations. The setting is standard with a phone, computer, keyboard, desks, tables, chairs, fax machine, copier, stapler, printers, calculators, and writing instruments. Computer software used may include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher as well as other databases/software created especially for a given research task.

The remaining time is spent either in a vehicle traveling to meetings or evaluating program progress in the field. Fieldwork may involve navigating over uneven terrain or travel in off-road vehicles. Extremes in temperatures, air quality, and other adverse conditions are frequently encountered. Various bending and stooping motions may be required on an irregular basis. The noise level for work is variable. Often, activities require the driving for extended hours and lifting objects and equipment.

The remaining 50% of the workload requires traveling to remote and/or populated areas within the State of California via government (State or Federal) assigned vehicle (car/truck) for meetings or evaluating program progress in the field. When working in the field, the incumbent works alone or with a group of field scientists and/or seasonals. Incumbent works with varied and unfamiliar vehicles and equipment, including excavators, airboats, kayaks, trailers, pumps of various kinds, and ATVs. The incumbent may work in isolated locations and may work alone for extended periods. Often, activities may require driving for several hours (alone or with company), lifting objects and moving equipment of various weights. Also, the incumbent may encounter extremes in temperature, humidity, variable terrain (smooth to irregular and unstable), and often aquatic or riparian situations. Incumbent may be required to enter or swim in bodies of water (lakes and ponds) that vary in temperature, length, width, and depth. Incumbent may also be required to navigate variable lengths of distance over unpredictable terrain. Various sitting, bending, stooping, standing, and reaching motions may be required on an irregular basis. Noise level for work is variable. Incumbent may work extended hours and days at any given time in the month including holidays. Incumbent may also be required to travel on a short notice that requires full days or over few to several nights in length.

Incumbent may be required on short notice to work on emergency projects for the Branch or any other program for the Plant Division. The work environments for these projects closely resemble the above second paragraph and may involve longer travel days.

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent's ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFA's Telework Policy.

Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
Additional Documents
  • Job Application Package Checklist
  • Duty Statement

Position Details Job Code #:

Position #(s):

Working Title:
Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisor


# of Positions:

Work Location:
Fresno County

Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information
The primary responsibilities of the Integrated Pest Control Branch (IPCB) are the detection and control or eradication of exotic and invasive pests that threaten California's agricultural and natural resources. This is accomplished through a number of General, Federal and Industry funded programs. These programs include Cotton Pest Control Program, Curly Top Virus Program, Navel Orangeworm Program, Biological Control Program, Hydrilla Eradication Program, Forest Service Grants Program, Weed Grants Program, Vertebrate Pest Control Research Program, Apiary Protection Program, and the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug Program.

Special Requirements
Please respond to the follow question below:

1. What is your experience with adaptive management and how would you envision utilizing this strategy in invasive pest project management?

NOTE: A statement of qualifications will not be accepted in place of the response to the question. Applicants who fail to provide a response to the question will be automatically disqualified. Limited to one page and typed using Arial font 12 pt.

This position is designated under the Conflict of Interest Code. The position is responsible for making or participating in the making of governmental decisions that may potentially have a material effect on personal financial interests. The appointee is required to complete Form 700 within thirty (30) days of appointment, on an annual basis, and upon vacating the position. The incumbent must complete an Ethics orientation training course within six months of assuming a Form 700 covered position, and every two (2) years thereafter, by December 31 of each numbered year. Failure to comply with the Conflict of Interest Code requirements may void the appointment.

Application Instructions
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: 9/22/2023
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.

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
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 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 Food & Agriculture
Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-386929
1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento , CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Food & Agriculture
Human Resources Branch JC-386929
1220 N Street, Room 242

Sacramento , CA 95814
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-386929
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 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 required and must be included.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Supplemental Application -
    All interested applicants must attach a completed Supplemental Application (SA) with their application to be considered. See specific instructions and questions in Special Requirements.
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.

Desirable Qualifications In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Valid Driver's License

Safe Driving Record

Benefits Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information
The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.
Hiring Unit Contact:
Tiffany Nissen
(916) 926-9888

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:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 654-1005
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.

Hard Copy Applications:

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 12/2021 version.

Additional Information:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.

Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.

This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

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