Job Vacancy Announcement

Environmental Scientist

Planning Unit
Full‐Time, 12‐Month Limited‐Term Position
(with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent)

About BCDC

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 around the Bay. Our 50+ staff takes pride in our high level of professionalism. Our department includes environmental planners, scientists, engineers, attorneys, administrative and information technology (IT) staff.

The Position

We are seeking a passionate and skilled individual with experience in natural resources management and land use policy to join BCDC’s Planning Unit.  The Environmental Scientist will perform complex and specialized environmental analysis, policy analysis, and technical research, involving resource protection and ecosystem management; habitat restoration; sea level rise adaptation of shoreline development and natural areas; Bay filling and dredging; environmental justice and social equity; and public use and enjoyment of the Bay and Suisun Marsh as staff to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Essential Job Functions

  • Technical: Research and Evaluation:  apply scientific methods to identify, analyze and find solutions for problems in areas of natural resource management, climate adaptation planning, and land use policy; evaluate data to assess impacts of sea level rise on ecosystem function and other land uses; research and develop innovative policies to address emerging problems related to sea level rise; develop technical tools and trainings for staff and partners; and analyze partner agencies’ policies, 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 to BCDC Commissioners, local governments, and other stakeholders; coordinate with staff at other agencies and organizations, and experts in the field on best available science related to coastal and climate change issues to develop planning and policy documents; 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.

The 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 person should be dedicated, mature, collaborative, and independent. The candidate should be able to manage complex projects. The person should have knowledge of 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.

Employment Term

Full-Time, 12 months limited-term appointment with the possibility of extension to 24-months or becoming permanent.

Salary and Benefits

Environmental Scientist salary range: $3,668 to $7,013. 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.

Benefits may 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.


Candidates must be eligible for appointment to the California civil service classification of Environmental Scientist (ES). Current State employees or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at the ES level may apply. To be eligible for transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the ES 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 Form 678. If you are not a current or past State employee and 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 CalHR website at


All applicants must submit a standard State of California application form State Application Form STD 678 a current resume, a brief writing sample (5 pages or less), and a minimum of three professional references. Identify the Job Title section of the Application: Environmental Scientist (BCDC).  Please submit your application and materials to:

Human Resources Office
California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA  94105
(415) 904-5430 or toll free (866) 831-2540

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. However, applications received by Friday, July 12, 2019 will be given first priority consideration. Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates interviewed. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Special Interview Arrangements

If you have a disability and/or need specific arrangements for interviews, please mark the box in Item 2 of the Job Application. We will contact you to make specific arrangements. Assistance for the hearing impaired on job-related matters is available by phone (711).

For More Information

See BCDC's website or contact Shannon Fiala, Coastal Program Manager (Planning Unit), at 415-352-3665 or

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.