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Quality Assurance Officer (Specialist)

Company: State of California
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:

**This is a repost, if you have already applied for this 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 passionate about quality systems and data quality, and looking for a position to make a difference in California? Apply today and join an energetic, creative and kind team working with water quality data, advancing racial equity and transforming a whole organization to be more quality-focused and data literate. The State Water Resources Control Board's Office of Information Management and Analysis (OIMA) has an opening for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) to be the State Water Board's Quality Assurance (QA) Officer and Liaison to the United State Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Region 9 QA Office

As the State Water Board QA Officer, you will coordinate and lead the Water Boards' Quality Management System and review the quality systems of Water Board programs and provide recommendations to executive management on areas that require further development and prioritization by the agency. The QA Officer will also play a critical role in establishing performance objectives and monitoring the data quality of laboratories under contract by the State Water Board, and guiding Water Board programs on technical issues related to laboratory practices, standard analytical methods, and method validation processes.

The position is eligible for telework with periodic travel and in-office days based on operational needs of the position. The office is located at 1001 I Street, 19th Floor, Sacramento, right in the heart of downtown next to light rail stations and other public transportation .

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.

Please take a moment to fill out the State Water Resources Control Board's Recruitment Survey .

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .

Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

    • Job Application Package Checklist
    • Duty Statement
      Position Details Job Code #:

      Position #(s):

      Working Title:
      Quality Assurance Officer (Specialist)


      # of Positions:

      Work Location:
      Sacramento 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.

      Department Website:

      Special Requirements
      In order to be considered for this position, you must include the following:
      • RPA# 23-270-006 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 Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) list, transfer, or reinstatement eligibility and be reachable on the certification list.
          Here is the link to the exam: Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist examination bulletin. (

          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 on the application form (STD. 678), including work experience, dates, 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: 12/15/2023
          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:

          State Water Resources Control Board
          Attn: Human Resources Branch - Antonio Aguilar
          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
          Human Resources Branch - Antonio Aguilar
          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:

            Analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills:

            1. Knowledge of organizational quality management system principles (e.g., International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 9000, 9001 & 9004);

            2. Experience developing, utilizing, or reviewing program and project quality assurance documentation:

            3. Experience leading programs and projects; leadership and interpersonal skills;

            4. Written and verbal communication skills;

            5. Experience conducting internal audits, management reviews, or corrective action investigations;

            6. Experience interpreting laws, rules, and regulations

            7. Experience developing technical or summary reports with findings and recommendations for improvement.

            Specific Scientific and Technical Expertise:

            1. Experience working in a laboratory setting with knowledge and understanding of laboratory instrumentation, analytical methods, method development, and method validation procedures;

            2. Knowledge or experience with standard analytical methods validated and published by consensus standard bodies, especially methods approved for use in Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 40 Part 136 and 141;

            3. Knowledge or experience reviewing Proficiency Testing (PT) or laboratory performance reports;

            4. Knowledge or experience with the US EPA's Alternate Test Procedure (ATP) processes and application procedures. Candidates who do not meet all desirable qualifications are still encouraged to apply.

            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:
            Antonio Aguilar
            (916) 341-5114
            Hiring Unit Contact:
            Andrew Hamilton
            (916) 341-5286 ext:

            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 three (3) pages in length, using Arial size 12pt font, and normal margins.

            Indicate your total years of experience when answering the following statements/questions. Include information that highlights or focuses on the Desirable Qualifications listed above.

            1. Experience developing and/or reviewing quality assurance documentation.

            2. Knowledge and experience developing data quality objectives and implementing quality systems for projects seeking to answer complex environmental questions

            3. Knowledge of current suite of methods and approaches needed to efficiently plan, collect, review and report data to inform management questions about water quality and safety, bioaccumulation, and watershed/stream health.

            4. Experience managing and leading projects.

            5. Experience managing and using data; from collection to data use, including data verification, validations, data systems, querying, and informatics/visualization

            6. Knowledge of good laboratory practices, method validation techniques, and developing measurement quality objectives for quantitative and qualitative analyses.

            7. Experience with the application of Federal, State and local environmental laws and regulations.

            8. Experience leading stakeholder workgroups requiring collaboration and coordination amongst parties with different backgrounds, management status, and desired outcomes.

            Applications received without the SOQ addressed as stated will 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.

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