Engineer, Water Resources

Company Info
California Department of Water Resources
Red Bluff, CA, United States

Phone: 530-529-7320
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Engineer, Water Resources


Red Bluff, CA 



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Job Description:

Are you ready to make a splash in your engineering career? Join the dynamic team at the Department of Water Resource’s Northern Region Office (NRO) and dive into a world of exciting opportunities. We're on the lookout for an enthusiastic Engineer, Water Resources (WR) with a can-do attitude to become a valuable part of our team. If you're passionate about hydrology, hydraulics, and engineering excellence, and you want to contribute to the well-being of Northern California communities, this might be the perfect role for you.  DWR's Northern Region Office is committed to making a positive impact on the environment and communities of Northern California. As an Engineer, WR, you'll be part of a group of dedicated professionals working together to support programs and partners across the region. We thrive in a technically focused hydrology and hydraulics environment, continuously honing our engineering skills, and making a real difference in the areas we serve.

If successful, you'll play a key role in processing and analyzing stream flow data. Your expertise in the HYDSTRA software will be instrumental in training staff and sharing your knowledge with your colleagues. Additionally, you'll provide technical assistance and services to other programs, making a broad impact with your engineering acumen.

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 #: JC-390338
Position #(s): 844-200-3137-011
Working Title: Engineer, Water Resources
$6,175.00 - $11,567.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Tehama County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Facility: Mailing Address

Department Information

Regional Assistance, Northern Region Office, Surface Water Investigations Section of the Water Management Branch, Red Bluff

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 strive to embed climate change response into the projects 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.

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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-4pm.


Special Requirements

    The incumbent must possess a Valid California Driver’s License and be able to travel on short notice and stay overnight, for several consecutive days, at field locations.

    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: 9/22/2023

    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.
    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:

    We need an Engineer, WR, who isn't just technically skilled, but also possesses exceptional communication and interpersonal abilities. Your knack for effective written and verbal communication will be crucial as you interact with colleagues and the public alike. As a self-motivated individual, you'll demonstrate excellent attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team. Your adaptability to shifting priorities based on operational needs and your multitasking prowess will make you an invaluable asset to our organization.  Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Office, GIS programs, have strong presentation skills, with the ability to convey complex information clearly, have experience with drafting reports, memos, preliminary analysis, design, and maps using HEC-RAS, CAD, and GIS software, and have sound knowledge of surveying, hydrology, and hydraulics principles.


    Click here to read about some of the outstanding benefits. We offer outstanding benefits to our team members. Alongside a competitive compensation package, you'll find yourself conveniently located within easy commuting distance of both Redding and Chico. If you're a nature enthusiast, you'll appreciate our proximity to stunning locations like Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, and the North Coast in Arcata. Plus, free parking means your daily commute is hassle-free.

    Contact Information

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

    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Kim Burns
    (530) 529-7320

    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) and resume. Please reference SAP Position #50001028 and Job Control #390338 in the “examination(s) or job title(s) for which you are applying” section of your application.


    Resumes, cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed 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.