Department of Water Resources


$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 3/8/2024

Job Description and Duties

The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) is seeking for a highly motivated individual with an excellent academic, technical, and analytical background in the estimation of reference evapotranspiration (ETo), crop coefficient (Kc), surface energy balance, management of automatic weather stations, remote sensing of evapotranspiration, and GIS. CIMIS is a network of over 150 agro-climatic weather stations developed in 1982 by DWR and the University of California, Davis to assist irrigators manage their water resources efficiently. CIMIS also provides spatially distributed ETo data at a 2-km grid by coupling remotely sensed satellite data with station data using a spatial model known as Spatial CIMIS. The incumbent will be responsible for planning, designing, and executing scientific studies to refine and validate methods that CIMIS uses to estimate ETo from ground stations and Spatial CIMIS.

The position will focus on data analysis and provide expert GIS and data management support to the CIMIS program including spatial analysis, statistical analysis, data collection, technical research, and data mining and conversion. The incumbent must have extensive technical experience and knowledge to use and oversee the use of the Program's suite of specialized modeling tools and software including ESRI ArcGIS Pro, ESRI ArcGIS 10+, ERDAS Imagine, Python, R-Scripting, Statistical software, and Google Earth Engine. The incumbent must be able to create interactive visualizations to offer data publicly in accessible and salient formats using ArcGIS (Pro, Story Map, Dashboard, Web Apps), and other software. When necessary, the incumbent must be able to brief DWR management and make technical presentations at conferences on results of data collection and analysis. This position requires the incumbent to provide independent leadership, guidance, and technical expertise; work cooperatively with others at the State, local and federal levels; maintain regular, consistent, and predictable attendance.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Mailing Address

Department Information

Division of Regional Assistance, Water Use Efficiency Branch, California Irrigation Management Information System unit, Sacramento

Department of Water Resources (DWR) was established in 1956 by the California State Legislature.  We manage California’s water resources, systems, and infrastructure, including the State Water Project, in a responsible sustainable way.

At DWR, we are embedding climate change response into every project we undertake. We have set standards to help evaluate how each project incorporates climate resilience principles and ensure consistency across the Department.  Our mission is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.

DWR also strives to create a trusting and welcoming workplace where employees embrace diverse viewpoints and treat each other with civility and respect.  An important component of DWR’s equal employment opportunity program centers around +diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Department Website:

Free career consultation services including one-on-one State career consultations, application/resume review, tips for applying, and mock interviews, provided by experienced recruiters are now available at the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Career Center, located at the Poppy Pavilion, 715 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Walk-ins are welcome every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm.


Special Requirements

Possess and maintain a valid Class C California’s driver’s license. Some travel is required, which may include working flexible hours or staying overnight in areas throughout California. Ability to walk on steep or uneven terrain, carry field equipment, swim, or stay afloat, and work in uncomfortable weather. Driving a vehicle on public roadways or in the field on uneven terrain may be required.


All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and is free from discrimination.

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: 3/8/2024

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:

Department of Water Resources
Attn: Division of Human Resources
P.O. Box 1079
Sacramento, CA 95812

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Water Resources
Certification Desk
715 P Street, 7th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - 2 pages max, typed document in Arial  12 pt font
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 ideal candidate exercises strategic thinking and good judgement; is a highly organized, industrious, and accountable; has excellent verbal and written communication skills and is comfortable speaking to large groups and the media; has the technical expertise to support CIMIS operations and agricultural water use efficiency throughout the state. The ideal candidate will be familiar with California agricultural crops, have a strong background in micrometeorology, atmospheric sciences, irrigation engineering, soil sciences, or closely related fields.


We are currently operating in a hybrid work environment, with a minimum of one-day-a-week required in the office and up to four-days per-week teleworking. Our brand new, state-of-the-art Natural Resources Headquarters Building is located right next to Light Rail in downtown Sacramento for an easy commute – we’ll even reimburse you for a portion of your monthly public transit pass! We offer continuous professional development and a wide range of training opportunities.

Click here to read about the outstanding benefits offered to eligible employees.


Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Daisy Tam
(279) 231-0766

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:
Office of Workforce Equality
(916) 653-6952
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.

Special Instructions

To be considered, submit a completed State application (STD. 678), a resume, and a Statement of Qualifications no more than 2 pages in Arial 12-point font. The Statement of Qualifications is a typed document addressing the applicant's knowledge, skills, and experience as it relates to the job description and job announcement (please include examples). Cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Please reference SAP Position # 50099274 and Job Control #408972 in the “examination(s) or job title(s) for which you are applying” section of your application.

Click here to complete DWR’s Recruitment Survey. This survey is for research purpose only and will not affect the application status.



For more information about the State hiring process, click here. To view the job application process video, click here.


List eligibility can be established by taking and passing the examination/assessment.


Click the examination(s)/assessment(s) information link.



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