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Environmental Scientist (JC-432716) 6/07/24

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Implement the Cannabis Regulatory Program. Respond to requests for information or technical assistance associated with enrolling for coverage under and complying with the Cannabis General Order. Using scientific protocols, prepare and review technical correspondence, plans, assessments, reports, permits, grants, contracts, and other documents. Conduct and participate in enrollment enforcement and compliance assistance activities and assess compliance with permits, enforcement orders, and water quality regulations including the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Clean Water Act, and water quality control plans. Review and enter data and information and related correspondence (e.g., enrollments, monitoring, inspections, and technical reports) in the Water Board’s electronic tracking and filing systems.

In close coordination with other Water Board departments and divisions and/or partner agencies, plan, organize, and conduct environmental site investigations and facility inspections. Review aerial imagery, water quality models, enrollment data and other information. Gather evidence and information during pre-project reconnaissance, inspections, and interviews and by coordinating with law enforcement and other investigative personnel. Collect waste, soil, and water quality measurements and samples for analysis. Identify natural and manmade water features including streams and wetlands and conduct environmental assessments, including threats to water quality from anthropogenic activities. Assess biological and resource impacts from cannabis cultivation discharges. Assess compliance with the requirements of the Cannabis General Order. Develop inspection reports documenting observations, assessments, and directives. Recommend and conduct enforcement actions based on inspection observations. Maintain, calibrate, operate, and train other staff on proper use of monitoring equipment.

Perform and assist on complex environmental and scientific investigations, analyses, research, surveys, and studies. Create and utilize innovative data and database management, analysis, and visualization tools including, but not limited to, geographic in formation systems (GIS), SQL, Microsoft Power Platform, Access, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Tableau, statistical analysis software, iMacros, and other scripts and code.

Participate at meetings or in interviews with other state agencies, local governments, dischargers, consultants, public, media, and various task forces/enforcement committees. Develop presentation materials and conduct presentations of investigations at various conferences and meetings. Coordinate with other agencies regarding program implementation when there is a water quality nexus.

Please review the attached Duty Statement for description of roles and responsibilities.

Salary information – CalHR salary rules allow appointment at the entrance rate (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 599.673) of a classification. For classes with alternate ranges, placement is based on education/experience.

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

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $4,145 - $7,926 / month

The Water Resources Control Board is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer.