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Senior Engineering Geologist (JC-260640)

RPA# 21-120-004
Division and Location: The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for a permanent, full-time Senior Engineering Geologist in the Toxics Cleanup Division. The position is located at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612.

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Pay and Benefits:
The Senior Engineering Geologist classification's standard pay range is $10,311.00 to $12,905.00.  Benefits packages for State employees include health, dental, vision, retirement, and much more!  

Minimum Qualifications: Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in geology, engineering geology, or a closely related field that includes coursework in geology. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) (Registration as a senior in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the Engineering Geologist examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a geologist or geophysicist issued by the California Board of Geologists and Geophysicists is required for appointment to the Senior Engineering Geologist level and above.

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Experience: Two years of experience performing the duties of an Engineering Geologist, Range D, in the California state service.


Experience: Five years of professional engineering geological experience involving the performance of increasingly responsible duties, at least two years of which shall have been comparable in level and responsibility to an Engineering Geologist, Range D, in the California state service. (A master's degree with major work in geology or engineering geology may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Possession of a doctorate degree in one of the fields identified above may be substituted for two years of the general experience.)

Duties: Under the direction of the Chief of the Toxics Cleanup Division, a Supervising Engineering Geologist, and consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to be courteous and provide timely responses to internal/external customers, follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal/external customer input when completing work assignments. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Supervise, lead, and manage section staff that support the region’s Site Cleanup Program (SCP) and Underground Storage Tank (UST) program and provide regulatory oversight of investigation and remediation of pollution discharges to soil, soil vapor, and groundwater. Use knowledge, skills, and training, in geology/hydrogeology, project management, staff supervision, and risk/threat evaluation to direct, review, guide, recommend, and communicate courses of action to effectively regulate cleanup cases. Assign, monitor, and review staff work to assure achievement of Water Board policies and practices. Ensure that staff conduct fundamental project management by establishing, adapting, and meeting milestones and completion dates for assigned tasks and projects. Establish and track section goals, review and approve staff workplans and development plans, and conduct staff performance appraisals.
  • Communicate interpersonally, in writing, and make briefings and presentations. Conduct these forms of communication routinely via email, Board reports, public notices, project correspondence and/or in meetings with peers, supervisors, executive officers, and external stakeholders. Routinely provide status of tasks or projects, share technical or regulatory information, seek input, or facilitate and support decisions. Coordinate with other supervisors/managers to consistently implement best practices, recommendations, prioritization, and guidelines. Work collaboratively in groups internally and with external stakeholders to develop technical, regulatory, and procedural recommendations for projects or issues related to their expertise and assignments. This will include working with diverse groups and people and applying best practices for addressing Environmental Justice according to best practices of the State Water Board’s Office of Public Participation. Oversee staff preparation of fact sheets and other public announcements. Attend and presents at public or community meetings that may be held during or after regular business hours.  
  • Oversee staff development of orders, directives, Board/Executive Officer reports, enforcement actions, etc. Identify responsible and interested parties, coordinate with legal counsel, review and respond to comments, prepare Board meeting agenda packages, finalize orders, and prepare administrative records.
  • Ensure that staff are properly trained to conduct field work and site inspections necessary to providing effective regulatory oversight. Ensure that staff maintain necessary health and safety training (e.g., OSHA HAZWOPER).
  • Other duties as required.