Job Opportunities

Do you want to be a part of a dynamic team of highly motivated individuals who enjoy working to benefit present and future generations of Californians? Join the Delta Stewardship Council, where we ensure a more reliable California water supply and a resilient Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem while protecting and enhancing the region as a special place where people live, work, and recreate! We carry out this mission by implementing a comprehensive management plan for the Delta.

The Council offers a hybrid approach that includes office- and remote-centric work solutions. Our new state-of-the-art high-rise headquarters is located in the heart of downtown Sacramento. It has an on-site fitness center and restaurants; easy access to light rail and public transportation; and nearby eateries, shopping, theaters, and parks.

To learn about the Council’s most recent work, visit our annual reports web page.

Our Vacancies

Information regarding vacancies and exams is updated regularly on the CalCareers website. There you will also find important information about State employment, including steps in the hiring process, minimum qualifications, pay scales, benefits, and more.

Delta Lead Scientist

The Delta Stewardship Council, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, is seeking a nationally recognized scientist to become the next Delta lead scientist. The Delta lead scientist is responsible for providing unbiased science expertise to the Council, the Delta Science Program, and the Delta science community by upholding the highest possible standards of scientific integrity and credibility and for providing leadership. The Delta lead scientist needs to be able to communicate science in a manner that is understandable to the intended audience whether technical or policy. The application due date has been extended. Applications received by September 13, 2023, will now receive priority consideration. The Delta lead scientist position begins summer 2024. View the recruitment flyer.

Delta Independent Science Board

The Council is seeking a prominent scientist with expertise in fish ecology to serve on the Delta Independent Science Board, which provides oversight of the science underlying decision-making for California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Experience working collaboratively and from an ecosystem perspective by evaluating, for example, the effects of environmental drivers such as restoration, hydrodynamics, or changing climate on fishes is desirable. Applications are due by August 18, 2023. The position begins in January 2024. View the Delta Independent Science Board recruitment flyer.

Our Values

We embrace the following five core values, which capture what our staff bring to our team and how we carry out the Council’s work.

  • Passion and Dedication: We are passionate about our role as stewards of the Delta and dedicated to our unique role to protect the region for all Californians. As public servants, we work with diligence and perseverance to serve the public interest. In support of our passion and dedication, we cultivate opportunities for learning, mentoring, and personal and professional growth.
  • Integrity: We work to uphold professional standards, ethics, and knowledge. We seek to achieve transparency in our processes, maintain objectivity in decision-making, and achieve relevance in our regulations.
  • Innovation: We are motivated to innovate to advance the mission of the organization. We embrace new technologies and modern approaches to creating and sharing information.
  • Collaboration: We work to foster collaboration and build trust to fulfill our obligation as an honest broker of scientific information to inform policy.
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness: We value diversity and are committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and professional experiences are welcomed and can thrive.