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Environmental Scientist (JC - 424404) 6/26/24

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If you are interested in exciting and meaningful work protecting California’s water resources, then apply today and join our team! The State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Enforcement is recruiting for a fulltime, permanent Environmental Scientist in the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention Unit. The position is located at 801 K Street, 23rd Floor, in downtown Sacramento.

Under the close supervision of the Unit’s Senior Environmental Scientist, the Environmental Scientist will work with legal and investigative staff in the Office of Enforcement. The Environmental Scientist will perform thorough investigations to determine if fraud, waste, or abuse is being conducted by consultants, contractors, and/or site owners against the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund or other State Water Board financial assistance programs. The successful candidate must communicate effectively and remain calm in different settings, e.g. settlement meetings, depositions, and site visits. The Environmental Scientist must maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and be able to travel statewide, including day and overnight trips.


The Environmental Scientist performs varied and complex scientific research and investigation work in the Office of Enforcement’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention Unit. The incumbent is required to work independently and professionally, communicate effectively, and manage multiple tasks. The incumbent must maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and be able to travel statewide, including both day and overnight trips. 

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

Additional information:

Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class.

If the position requires driving, you must possess a current and valid driver’s license. Please Do Not include full Social Security Number, method of eligibility, and LEAP information in your application package.

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.