Job Posting: Water Resource Control Engineer

State Water Resources Control Board

Water Resource Control Engineer

$6,175.00 - $11,567.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/1/2024

Job Description and Duties

**This is a repost, if you have already applied to this job posting you do not need to re-apply**

Positions at the Water Boards may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position.

Are you looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in wastewater regulation and ocean discharge permitting? The Central Coast Water Board has an opening for a Water Resource Control Engineer in our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) unit. The position is located at 895 Aerovista Place, San Luis Obispo. Apply today and join our team.


Assess waste discharges from wastewater facilities, desalination facilities, and water reclamation projects and identify impacts of waste discharges on receiving waters. Assess facility susceptibility to climate change and related coastal hazards. Identify controls to mitigate impacts of waste discharges and climate change adaptation strategies. Develop requirements and write permits for waste discharges, including monitoring programs to assess compliance with permit requirements. Prepare staff reports and present permits at Central Coast Water Board meetings. Duties include preparation of staff letters and reports, meeting with dischargers, and report and file reviews.

Review submittals, including technical reports and database entries, to determine compliance with schedules, requirements, prohibitions, standards, and limitations. Review and analyze technical data. Evaluate laboratory procedures, field techniques, work plans, technical reports, and operation plans prepared by others. Maintain databases. Prepare appropriate written and oral comments and directives that are clear and concise on permit requirements and other reports. Provide guidance and regulatory oversight to regulated facilities.

Conduct site inspections, including sample collection and preparation of inspection reports.  Review and evaluate operation and maintenance of treatment facilities, monitoring reports, selected sampling points, and laboratory techniques to evaluate a facility's performance and actual or potential effects on receiving waters and risk to human health and ecological receptors. Investigate complaints and incidents involving discharges of waste to the environment.

Identify discharger non-compliance and prepare and implement enforcement actions. Duties include preparing staff letters, reports, and orders; meeting with dischargers relative to enforcement; field investigations; report and file review; and preparation of materials for Central Coast Water Board meetings, referrals to the Attorney General, and judicial proceedings. Assist with appeals. Interpret and apply pertinent laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.

In a courteous and helpful manner, respond to public inquiries, such as personal visits, telephone calls, and letters. Prepare news releases, participate in media interviews, prepare exhibits and participate in Central Coast Water Board hearings, and participate in public activities as a representative of the Central Coast Water Board.

Please review the attached Duty Statement for 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.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Water Resource Control Engineer
$6,175.00 - $7,363.00 A
$7,071.00 - $8,848.00 B
$8,697.00 - $10,886.00 C
$9,244.00 - $11,567.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Luis Obispo County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
State Water Resources Control Board

Department Information

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the nine (9) Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) (collectively the Water Boards) work to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Water Boards values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations. Join the Water Boards to improve the lives of all Californians.

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Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:

  • RPA# 23-130-119 in the “Examination or Job Title(s)” section of the State application when submitting a hardcopy application.

  • Photocopies of degree and official transcripts (if needed to establish eligibility).

Must have Water Resource Control Engineer list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list.


Here is the link to the exam:

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States that does meet accreditation standards must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due during final minimum qualification evaluation of candidate(s). A link of accepted evaluation agencies can be found here:

Electronic submittal of applications and attachments through is preferred. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. You are required to complete employment history, hours worked, contact names and phone numbers of supervisors on the state application. Applicants who fail to submit a completed STD. 678 may be disqualified.

In the hiring interview, the panel will consider education, experience, personal development, personal traits and fitness for the job. In appraising experience, more weight may be given to the breadth of pertinent experience and evidence of the candidate's ability to accept and fulfill increasing responsibilities than to the length of his/her experience. For additional information, you may refer to the class specification.

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: 8/1/2024

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:

State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: NIna Lopez-Arendovich
1001 I Street, 18th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: Nina Lopez-Arendovich
1001 I Street, 18th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see below for specific requirements.
  • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.
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:
  1. Knowledge of or professional work experience in the areas of water resources engineering, wastewater engineering, environmental engineering, and environmental hydrology.
  2. Knowledge of accepted standards of engineering and hydrologic practice, especially those pertaining to wastewater management.
  3. Knowledge of and experience with water quality policies and regulations.
  4. Knowledge of and experience with the preparation, review, and implementation of environmental permit terms and conditions, monitoring programs, and compliance plans.
  5. Project management experience involving meeting facilitation, stakeholder outreach and coordination, and environmental negotiation.
  6. Experience using Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel.
  7. Knowledge of and experience with inspections and enforcement.
  8. Ability to work independently and in cooperation with scientists, geologists, and engineers, to promote partnerships with internal and external customers, to follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal and external customer input when completing work assignments.
  9. Excellent written and oral communication skills.


    Water Board employees may be eligible for benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees, and some permanent, part- time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment.

    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:
    Nina Lopez-Arendovich
    (916) 341-6974
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Arwen Wyatt-Mair
    (805) 542-4695

    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:
    Shyla Hoffman
    (916) 341-5881
    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.

    Statement of Qualifications

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted along with the State Application and serves as documentation of candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. It should be typed, no more than two (2) pages in length, using Arial font, size 12, and normal margins.

    In your SOQ, describe your understanding of and experience with each of the desirable qualifications listed above. Indicate your total years of experience when describing each qualification.

    Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated may not be considered.

    Note: Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as a response to the SOQ.

    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