Job Posting: Climate Services Specialist, Adapting to Rising Tides

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Climate Services Specialist, Adapting to Rising Tides

$3,851.00 - $7,364.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

We are seeking a passionate and skilled individual with experience in coastal adaptation research and planning to join BCDC’s Planning Unit, primarily contributing to our Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) program.  The Environmental Scientist will perform complex and specialized environmental and natural resource analysis, policy analysis, technical research, and studies involving vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning for resilience of shoreline development and natural areas to rising sea level, ecosystem management and restoration, Bay filling and dredging, resource conservation, and public use and enjoyment of the Bay as staff to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Essential Job Functions.

  • Climate Science: provide expertise in latest climate science, particularly sea level rise; oversee / coordinate with external partners around the development of sea level rise flood risk models and decision-support tools; research and develop innovative programs to address emerging and evolving problems related to sea level rise.
  • Technical Research and Evaluation:  apply scientific methods to identify, analyze and find solutions for problems in areas of vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation planning, financing and implementation; evaluate data to assess impacts of sea level rise to both human and natural systems; develop technical tools and trainings for staff and partners, and analyze complex policy, assessments, plans, and programs relating to sea level rise.
  • Plan and Policy Development: work on collaborative stakeholder processes to integrate multiple interests into planning studies and recommendations; prepare written summaries and make oral presentations; coordinate with staff, other agencies and organizations, and experts in the field to develop planning and policy documents; work closely with local, state, and federal agencies on best available science related to coastal and climate change issues; represent BCDC to broad audiences, and review local, state, and federal plans and programs for incorporation into BCDC’s work.
  • Technical and Scientific Communication and Community Engagement: develop communication, engagement, and outreach materials that effectively communicate complex scientific topics; travel to various locations in the Bay Area and/or Sacramento area to meet with and present to stakeholder groups.
  • General:  participate in various BCDC staff programs, staff meetings, and projects; act as a lead person or project manager (as needed) directing the work of other staff or interns.

Working Conditions

Full-time, 24 months Limited-Term position with the possibility of becoming permanent

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Climate Services Specialist, Adapting to Rising Tides
$3,851.00 - $7,364.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans. Through its laws and policies, BCDC oversees hundreds of miles of shoreline and helps facilitate the implementation of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.
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Application Instructions

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, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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:

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

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:

  • Current version of the 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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Minimum of Three References
  • Other - Brief Writing Sample (5 pages or less)
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:

The candidate should be an effective and analytical problem solver with excellent writing and public speaking skills and the capacity to become a strong facilitator and negotiator. The ideal candidate has a strong background in climate science, particularly sea level rise, and demonstrated ability to translate science into policy, plans, and technical guidance. The person should be dedicated, collaborative, and independent. The candidate should be able to manage complex projects. The person should have knowledge of climate science, California land use and environmental law, be familiar with relevant trends in coastal and land use planning and policy and possess a background in or familiarity with resource conservation, urban and natural resource project design, and the social, natural and political sciences. Lastly, the candidate should appreciate BCDC’s mandate to balance conservation and development of the Bay’s diverse resources. Demonstrated experience with project management or consultant management preferred.


Environmental Scientist salary range: $3,851 to $7,364 per month

Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Corinne Young
(415) 904-9446
Hiring Unit Contact:
Dana Brechwald
(415) 352-3656

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:
Peggy Atwell
(415) 352-3638
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.


Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates interviewed. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

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