Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)

Full Time, Permanent Position

March 13, 2019

About Us

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a small state agency located in San Francisco’s Civic Center. BCDC has planning and regulatory responsibility over development located in and around San Francisco Bay and along the shoreline within the Bay’s nine-counties. BCDC is guided in its decisions by its laws, the McAteer‐Petris Act and the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, its San Francisco Bay Plan, and other special plans for specific areas around the Bay.

Who We Want

BCDC is looking for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) to work in the agency’s Bay Resources Permit Program and act as BCDC’s representative on a small team that will revolutionize permitting for multi-benefit wetland restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Projects will include large wetland restoration and enhancement projects, beach restoration, Bay habitat projects (e.g., ecotone slope levees, high tide refugia, nesting bird islands), and other in-water work that improves the Bay ecosystem.

Knowledge of California land use and environmental planning principles, including CEQA, is highly desirable. This role requires project management skills and close communication with consultants, project stakeholders, other government agencies, and with BCDC‘s regulatory and planning teams. You should be an effective and analytical problem solver with excellent writing and public speaking skills and the capacity to become a strong negotiator.

What You’ll Do

You would be BCDC’s representative on an innovative, six-agency regulatory task force known as the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT). The BRRIT is currently being formed to handle the increased number of permit applications for multi-benefit wetland restoration projects that were incentivized by voter-approved funding in 2016. Over the next two decades, funding from regional Measure AA will provide more than $500 million towards a goal of restoring 100,000 acres of wetlands in San Francisco Bay. To expedite the permitting process for these wetland projects, representatives of six separate regulatory agencies will work together and closely coordinate permit application review and approvals. The six partner agencies include: (1) the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; (2) the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board; (3) the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; (4) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; (5) NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service; and (6) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

We are looking for a person who enjoys collaborating with accomplished scientists, planners, engineers, designers, and public agency staff. You must be solution‐oriented, flexible, self‐driven, think big but remain detailed, and thrive in a forward‐thinking environment. The ability to interact well and fit into a small, highly motivated, multi‐ disciplinary team at BCDC that is working in a rapidly changing regulatory environment is essential.

The Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) position requires a strong working knowledge of coastal and estuarine processes and the principles and methods of wetland restoration. A basic understanding of related issues, such as compatible public access, conversion of wetland types, habitat mitigation, wetland monitoring, and sea level rise are also desired. This role requires superior project management skills and close communication with permit applicants, partner agencies, consultants, project stakeholders, and BCDC‘s regulatory and planning teams. You should be an effective and analytical problem solver with excellent writing and public speaking skills and a strong negotiator. The successful candidate will work in two locations near Bay Area transit – at BCDC’s office and also in another central location with the staff of the other five partner agencies.

Essential Job Functions

  • Research and analyze complex development and restoration proposals, guiding permit applicants and stakeholders on project issues related to BCDC’s laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Write permits, correspondence, and reports on proposed projects and regulatory and planning issues.
  • Collaborate and negotiate with project proponents and partner agencies.
  • Lead and participate in meetings, site visits, planning and policy discussions, and workshops.
  • Review and comment on local, state, and federal planning and regulatory documents, and environmental impact reports.
  • Make presentations to the Commission, its advisory boards, and other audiences.
  • Provides technical support to regulatory, planning, the legal staff, and the Commission.
  • Respond to inquiries on general BCDC matters, assist with report mailings and filing, and other related duties.

Term, Salary, and Benefits

The Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) is a full‐time, permanent position with salary range: $6,491 - $8,075 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 programs.


Candidates must be eligible for appointment to the California civil service classification of Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist). Current State employees or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights may apply. To be eligible for transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) classification. Appointment is subject to the State Restriction of Appointment (SROA) provisions. Applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, reinstatement status, or list eligibility in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application STD 678.


If you are not a current or past State employee or have not successfully participated in an appropriate civil service examination, you cannot be considered for this position. For more information on the State hiring process, please visit the California Department of Human Resources website.

To Apply

The job opening is at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; however, the California Coastal Commission handles BCDC’s personnel work. Therefore, to apply, please submit a current resume, State Application STD 678 State Application STD 678 (available at Cal Career),  a minimum of three professional references, and brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to:

Human Resources Office
California CoastalCommission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, California 94105‐2219
(415) 904‐5430 or toll free (866) 831‐2540


The position will be open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received on or before
March 29, 2019. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. No relocation expenses will be offered.

Special Interview Arrangements

If you have a disability and require special interview arrangements, please mark the appropriate box in Item 2 of the application. You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. For more information, about BCDC, see our website or contact Erik Buehmann (Bay Resources Permit Program Manager) at 415‐352‐3645.

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.