Job Announcement


Environmental Scientist

Full‐Time, Permanent

About Us

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a small State agency located in San Francisco. Its mission is to protect and enhance San Francisco Bay and to encourage the responsible and productive use of the Bay for current and future generations.  BCDC has planning and regulatory responsibility for development located in and around San Francisco Bay and along the shoreline of the nine counties surrounding the Bay. BCDC is guided in its decisions by its laws, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the McAteer‐Petris Act, and the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, its policy documents, the San Francisco Bay Plan, and Suisun Marsh Plan, and other policy documents for specific planned areas around the Bay.

Who We Want

BCDC is looking for an Environmental Scientist to work in the agency’s Sediment Management Program and participate in interagency team that manages the Bay’s dredging program. The work is focused on the nexus between sediment, navigation, aggregate mining, habitat restoration, and flood protection – the position requires someone who has scientific aptitude, can apply ecological and planning principles to projects, and can navigate between science, policy, and project management. The ideal candidate enjoys working with people, has good communication and writing skills, can work independently and as part of a team. An understanding of coastal or estuarine sediment dynamics, chemical and biological testing, and habitat restoration principles is beneficial, but not required.

We are looking for a person who enjoys collaborating with accomplished scientists, managers, planners, 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 BCDC team that is working in a rapidly changing regulatory environment is essential.

What You’ll Do

You would be part of a small team within BCDC’s regulatory unit that works on projects and policies related to sediment management, with a focus on navigation dredging, sand mining, and habitat restoration projects that use sediment, in the context of improving regional sediment management in San Francisco Bay. You would also be part of a nationally recognized  interagency team that seeks to coordinate and conduct dredging, beneficial reuse of dredged sediment and disposal in an environmentally sound manner and includes the US Enviromental Protection Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. As part of this team, you’ll review sediment quality analysis, including sediment chemistry and bioassays, research and project proposals. In addition, you’ll work closely with permit applicants, conveying the Commission’s laws and policies, drafting permits and reports, and making presentations to the Commission and the public. In further developing regional sediment management policies and activities you would maintain an up to date knowledge of sediment research, issues, techniques and practices, as well as addressing the challenges of rising seas, particularly in sensitive habitats. You’ll have the opportunity to work with project proponents, stakeholders, researchers, as well as local goverments.

Essential Job Functions

  • Reviewing and analyzing project proposals and environmental documents; writing permits, staff summaries, reports, and correspondence on behalf of the Commission and the Executive Director for dredging, sand mining, habitat restoration, and flood risk management projects to ensure compliance with Commission laws and policies, sound scientific principles and practice.
  • Analyzing sediment quality data and reports, including chemical and biological assays, to determine sediment suitability for dredged sediment disposal or reuse options, and potential impacts to water quality and natural resources.
  • Participating in intra- and interagency working groups, primarily the Wetlands Habitat Adaptation Team (WHAT), the Dredge Material Management Office (DMMO) and the Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW), and other project specific interagency collaborative efforts.
  • Analyzing and developing recommendations, writing reports, and making presentations on Bay Area sediment management practices, habitat restoration, and related issues for the Commission, staff, and regional and local managers.
  • Researching sediment management issues related to the San Francisco Bay and conducting outreach to stakeholders via workshops, interviews with local practitioners, technical experts and scientists, and collaborating to devise alternative sediment management practices.
  • Maintaining a strong working knowledge of current natural resource sciences, especially the sediment sciences literature, and applying this knowledge to proposed projects and advising project proponents accordingly.
  • Collaborating and negotiating with stakeholders, project proponents and partner agencies.
  • Leading and participating in meetings, site visits, planning and policy discussions, and workshops.
  • Providing technical support to regulatory, planning, the legal staff, and the Commission.

Time Base, Term, Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, permanent position with the following salary ranges:

Range A:  $3851 - $4768* per month
Range B:  $4680 - $5807* per month
Range C:  $5923 - $7364* per month

*Salary will be determined by the Alternate Range Criteria for Environmental Scientist.  

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 Environmental Scientist. 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 Environmental Scientist 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 CalHR website a If you have not taken the Environmental Scientist examination, it is online and can be taken at anytime.

Human Resources Office
California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA  94105
(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 August 15, 2019.  Applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. No relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

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 and this position, see BCDC’s website at or contact Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager, at (415) 352‐3623 or

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).

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.