Are you looking to be a part of a dynamic team of conservation-minded scientists working to protect fish and wildlife resources in the redwood and Douglas fir forests of Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Napa, and Sonoma counties? The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Timberland Conservation and Wildfire Resiliency Program is seeking a motivated professional to work as an Environmental Scientist reviewing and evaluating Timber Harvest Plans and Timber Emergencies and Exemptions by analyzing consequences of proposed activities, attending pre-harvest inspections, preparing written inspection reports and recommendations for the conservation of fish and wildlife resources, assessing the application of law, regulation and policy, conducting listed and sensitive species consultations, and preparing any related Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements and Incidental Take Permits in the Bay Delta Region.
The incumbent works in close collaboration with other Environmental Scientists and Senior Environmental Scientists, and with other state agencies as part of an interdisciplinary review team. Under the close supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor) the incumbent represents the region and may act as the staff lead and may provide consultative advice when working with applicants, local, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, and the general public. Public contacts made in the course of this work are sensitive and involve a wide variety of special interest groups.
Performance of specified activities will require an in-depth knowledge of administrative procedures, Department policies, applicable environmental laws and regulations, and ecological principles to protect fish and wildlife resources. Strong written and oral communication skills are necessary. Problem-solving, organizational skills and a positive attitude towards teamwork are essential. Fieldwork in rugged terrain is required.
In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:
Environmental Scientist https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=9PB01
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.
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:
In order to be considered for this position, you must provide responses to the supplemental questionnaire below with your State application. Please keep your collective answers to no more than two pages, single-spaced, using 12-point font. If submitting your application electronically (via a CalCareers account), attach the final document as 'Supplemental Questionnaire' under Required Documents in Part 4) Application Package of the application steps.
1) As indicated in the duty statement, the successful candidate should have a good working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements (LSAA), the California Forest Practice Rules, as well as Fish and Game Code in general. Please share your experience applying and implementing these regulations or other state or federal environmental laws and regulations in a real-world regulatory setting where the decisions had consequences.
2) Please provide an example of a situation when you had to analyze highly complex information, interpret written materials, and compare and contrast to real-life conditions for the purposes of making a recommendation. What kind of thought process did you go through and what steps did you take to ensure your analysis was accurate and reliable? Was the recommendation accepted, and if not, why and what was your response?
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