Sacramento-SanJoaquin Delta Conservancy


$6,182.00 - $7,690.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

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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 30 days of appointment and once per year. Failure to comply with the Conflict of Interest Code requirements may void the appointment.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-89980
Position #(s):
$6,182.00 - $7,690.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Yolo County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy is a lead State agency for ecosystem restoration and economic development in the Delta.  The Conservancy leads efforts that advance environmental protection in the Delta and the economic well-being of Delta residents. The Conservancy’s goal is to implement projects that will result in integrated environmental, economic, and social benefits. To reach that goal, the Conservancy works in collaboration with local communities, interested groups and state and federal agencies to seek creative opportunities to address challenges and reach agreement for moving these efforts forward.

A major Conservancy initiative is the Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program which is funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1).  This grant program funds competitive grants for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects that address at least one of the following.

• Ecosystem Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement
• Water Quality
• Water-related Agricultural Sustainability

The Conservancy is seeking a motivated and highly independent individual who is detail oriented, thorough, and organized to serve as its scientific lead. 

The Conservancy office is located in West Sacramento with ample free parking. 

Special Requirements

If you have not yet completed the first criteria of establishing List Eligibility, please see the following link(s) for directions in taking the CalHR exam:

Click here to open the link to the Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Exam

(NOTE: If you're taking an online exam for the first time, print your score after you've completed the exam; scores are not updated in your CalCareer account immediately.)

Applications received without the required items may not receive consideration for this recruitment. The following must be submitted with your application:

• Cover Letter
• Resume
• Copy of degree to demonstrate that you possess the required bachelor's or advanced degree to qualify for this position (see for a full description of the minimum qualifications for this classification).
• Written answers to the following two questions below 

Your response for both questions must be typed (12 point font) and may not exceed one page for each question. 

1. Describe your experience managing grants and contracts.

2. Describe your experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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:

Sacramento-SanJoaquin Delta Conservancy
Attn: Debra Kustic
1450 Halyard Drive, Ste. 6
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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.
  • Other - Cover Letter must be included.
  • Supplemental Application - Written answers for the two questions in SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS must be included.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
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:

• Experience managing grants and contracts
• Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with Conservancy staff as well as stakeholders; representatives from local, state, and federal entities; the public; legislators; and academia.
• Familiarity with bond-funded programs
• Familiarity with CEQA and federal and state environmental permitting.
• Knowledge of Delta-related issues, programs, and current events.
• Experience with ecosystem restoration program oversight.
• Skilled at clear written and oral communication with the ability to make presentations to a group.
• Experience with GIS tools (Google Earth and ArcMap).
• Proficiency with databases (beyond data entry) and the Microsoft Office software suite (including: Word, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint).
• Ability to apply critical reasoning and sound judgment.
• Possession of strong organization skills and detail oriented work habits.
• Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, changing priorities, and high work volumes to meet deadlines.
• Ability to work under pressure and tight time constraints with a positive attitude.

In addition to the above, the ideal candidates will possess:

Broad knowledge of: Best management practices for ecosystem restoration, water quality improvements and agricultural sustainability; California and Federal environmental regulatory and resource management laws, regulations, plans, programs, and policies relating to the Delta; and the legislative process.

Ability to: provide evaluation of projects concerning agricultural productivity, water quality, and ecosystem protection and restoration; inspire confidence and effective working relationships with employees, managers, and leaders in government and industry; and develop criteria, procedures, guidelines, reference materials, planning and regulatory documents, and other innovative solutions for environmental management problems.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Debra Kustic
(916) 375-2086

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:
Michelle Armitage
(916) 376-5122
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.

Mailing and Reporting Location

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
1450 Halyard Drive, Suite 6
West Sacramento, CA  95691
Attn: Debra Kustic

Please specify RPA# 17-004-SSJDC and JC-89980 on your state application.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail