Human Resources Office
Careers with DWR

A career with the Department of Water Resources holds a promising and exciting challenge for those who want to participate in shaping California's future through its water resources. The Department offers ample opportunities for advancement and training, along with State government service benefits. Work and learn with the experts; expand your horizon; be your best.

Join the California Department of Water Resources respected team and take charge of your career. The categories below list a few examples of careers we employ at DWR.

Clerical and Office Support

Clerical positions include routine clerical work in support of the Department's programs.

  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Typist
  • Office Assistant
  • Office Technician
  • Secretary


These positions require knowledge in engineering, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, safety or mechanical, acquired through education.

  • Control Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineer, Water Resources
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Hydroelectric Power Utility Engineer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Safety Engineer

These positions require knowledge in the fields of environmental, biological, natural or physical science acquired through education.

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Land and Water Use Scientist
Information Technology

IT positions are jobs associated with computer technology and telecommunications.

  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Technician
  • Programmer
  • Systems Software Specialist

Incumbents perform professional legal work; most positions require them to be qualified to practice law in the State of California.

  • Attorney
  • Graduate Legal Assistant
Professional, Administrative, Financial and Staff Services

These positions are typically found in administrative or financial offices

  • Accountant
  • Accountant Trainee
  • Accounting Officer
  • Accounting Administrator
  • Associate Governmental Program Analyst
  • Land Agent
  • Management Services Technician
  • Right of Way Agent
  • Staff Services Analyst
Crafts and Maintenance

Trades and labor positions include trades, crafts, and manual labor.

  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Groundskeeper
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Hydroelectric Plant Electrician
  • Hydroelectric Plant Mechanic
  • Hydroelectric Plant Operator
  • Hydroelectric Plant Technician
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Utility Craftsworker, Water Resources
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Water and Power Dispatcher
Engineering and Scientific Technicians

These positions perform a variety of technical and routine engineering, scientific, drafting, surveying, and construction duties.

  • Junior Engineering Technician
  • Water Resources Technician
  • Water Resources Engineering Associate
  • Water Services Supervisor
Printing Trades

These positions perform a variety of tasks and operate a variety of machinery in a broad range of reproduction and duplication methods.

  • Digital Composition Specialist
  • Digital Print Operator
  • Graphic Designer

This is a program that trains appointees to perform work in and around hydroelectric pumping or generating plants, aqueducts, dams, reservoirs, or flood control facilities.

  • Hydroelectric Plant Electrician Apprentice
  • Hydroelectric Plant Mechanic Apprentice
  • Hydroelectric Plant Operator Apprentice
  • Utility Crafts Worker Apprentice
Student Employment

Students, who are enrolled in high school, college, university, or any recognized school of learning, are hired to assist the Department in the performance of professional, technical and administrative work.