Forest Practice Unit Manager

Website Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Board) provides regulatory oversight of a wide variety of activities that pose a threat to the region’s surface and ground water. The Board’s Redding office has a tight-knit management team and highly capable staff that together aim to influence practices and policies statewide.

We are recruiting for an energetic and motivated Senior Environmental Scientist (Sr. ES) (Supervisory) to supervise staff regulatory oversight of challenging timberland management and wildfire related activities in the Forest Practice Unit. The incumbent will work closely with internal and external partners to integrate geological, environmental and watershed management expertise so that regulatory oversight meets the goals of achieving and maintaining high quality waters for the benefit of current and future generations. The incumbent will successfully work with engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, managers, and legal counsel from diverse backgrounds.

The position is located at 364 Knollcrest Dr. Ste 205, Redding, CA 96002. The Central Valley Water Board is currently implementing a Hybrid Workplace, as such this position is a hybrid position involving limited telework based on operational needs.


Under the general direction of the Division Chief, the incumbent will plan, coordinate, direct, and supervise staff charged with the following components of the Forest Activities Program:

  • Permitting/compliance
  • Permit development
  • Research/Monitoring
  • Outreach
  • Planning
  • Enforcement

The incumbent will oversee unit staff efforts to permit and regulate discharges of waste (pollution) from forestland management activities conducted on non-federal lands throughout the region. The incumbent will participate in and oversee staff in the conduct of the above listed activities to ensure understanding of state and regional board permitting requirements and in the pursuit of compliance activities and enforcement actions against those found in violation.

The incumbent will work closely with the Division Chief and Program Manager to implement board priorities, manage unit workload, and meet annual program work plan goals.  The incumbent will be responsible for developing and maintaining an efficient, capable, and knowledgeable technical unit and must have the necessary skills to hire, train, mentor, coach and manage a diverse, multi-disciplinary staff working in a challenging, complex program to protect and enhance water quality throughout the Board’s region.

Other duties include oversight of complaint response; responding to public information requests; preparation and presentation of informational items, permitting, and enforcement actions before the Regional Water Board and State Water Board; participation in committees; participating and leading public meetings; and coordination with other programs and agencies to efficiently implement the Board’s priorities. Communicate with appropriate internal program managers, provide feedback and status updates on annual program work plan goals/commitments. Coordinate with, support, and contribute to the Redding management team in achieving team goals.

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

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).

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