About Us

What Do We Do?

We help define environmental problems, advance public debate about them through sound science, and support consensus-based solutions that improve environmental planning, management, and policy development.

How Do We Operate?

We provide impartial scientific interpretations and neither take sides on environmental issues nor have any political or financial interest in the outcomes of research and monitoring data.

What Do We Emphasize?

Our History

A precursor to SFEI, known as the Aquatic Habitat Institute, was formed in 1986, after several years of discussion among organizations interested in pollutants and pollutant effects in the Estuary. Substantial contention existed at that time among water quality regulatory agencies, dischargers, and environmental advocates over the condition of the Estuary and the importance of contamination in the decline of aquatic resources. Representatives of these interests believed that management of the Estuary would be enhanced if all sides in debates over water quality policy had access to sound, objective scientific information about pollutants and pollutant effects in the Estuary. AHI was created with a broadly representative board of directors, and charged with developing scientific information valuable to water quality managers, but was prohibited from recommending water quality policies. AHI was instrumental in synthesizing existing information about pollution and pollution effects for the State Water Resources Control Board D.1485 Bay Delta Hearings and for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, (SFEP) established through the Clean Water Act.

AHI was transformed into the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) in 1993, responding, in part, to the call in the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) developed by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership for a comprehensive, coordinated Regional Monitoring and Research Strategy to assess the chemical, physical and biological health of the Estuary. The other motivating force was a realization by AHI’s staff and Board of Directors of changes needed in order for the Institute to recognize its potential. These changes included adopting a more holistic approach to “health of the Estuary” beyond pollutant stressors on aquatic resources and creating a different organizational structure to enable the Institute to actually conduct monitoring and research programs, rather than deal entirely with compiling and synthesizing existing information. A new governance structure was formed, and the new name of the organization, San Francisco Estuary Institute, signified an anticipation of a close working relationship with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership.

While dedicated funding for implementing a comprehensive monitoring and research strategy for the Estuary has not yet materialized, over time, the Institute has strengthened its ties to the Estuary Partnership. SFEI has continued to develop programs that fit within the framework of a comprehensive monitoring and research program as envisioned by the CCMP, but has done so through obtaining grants and contracts from a broad array of federal, state, local and private sources.

SFEI Staff

Interim Executive Director

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Jim Kelly
Interim Executive Director
510-746-7396 | jimk@sfei.org


Program Directors

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David Senn, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Clean Water
(510) 746-7366 | davids@sfei.org

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Jay A. Davis, Ph.D.
Program Director
Clean Water
Regional Monitoring Program
510-746-7368 | jay@sfei.org

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Joshua N. Collins, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist
Wetlands Science
510-746-7365 | josh@sfei.org

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Philip Trowbridge, P.E.
RMP Program Manager
Clean Water
510-746-7345 | philt@sfei.org

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Robin M. Grossinger
Senior Scientist
Historical Ecology
510-746-7380 | robin@sfei.org

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Tony Hale, Ph.D.
Environmental Informatics Program Director
510-746-7381 | tonyh@sfei.org


Staff

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Adam Wong
Environmental Analyst
510-746-7309 | adamw@sfei.org

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Alicia Gilbreath
Associate Environmental Scientist
510-746-7308 | alicia@sfei.org

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Amy Franz
Associate Data Manager
510-746-7394 | amy@sfei.org

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April Robinson
Environmental Analyst
510-746-7344 | april@sfei.org

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Biruk Imagnu
Technical Support Specialist
510-746-7364 | biruk@sfei.org

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Carolyn Doehring
Environmental Analyst
carolynd@sfei.org

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Chuck Striplen
Associate Environmental Scientist
510-746-7352 | chuck@sfei.org

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Cristina Grosso
Regional Data Center Manager
510-746-7371 | cristina@sfei.org

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Donald Yee, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist
510-746-7369 | donald@sfei.org

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Ellen Willis-Norton
Environmental Analyst
510-746-7393 | ellenwn@sfei.org

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Emily Novick
Associate Environmental Scientist
(510) 746-7392 | emilyn@sfei.org

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Erin Beller
Associate Environmental Scientist
510-746-7301 | erin@sfei.org

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Frank S. Leung
Accountant
510-746-7360 | frank@sfei.org

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Gemma Shusterman
Web Application Developer
510-746-7389 | gemmas@sfei.org

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Jennifer Hunt
Project Manager
510-746-7347 | jhunt@sfei.org

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Jing Wu, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist/Hydrologist
510-746-7324 | jing@sfei.org

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Joanne Cabling
Graphic Designer/Production Coordinator
510-746-7358 | joannec@sfei.org

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John Ross
Associate Environmental Scientist
510-746-7382 | john@sfei.org

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Julie Beagle
Associate Environmental Scientist
510-746-7312 | julieb@sfei.org

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Lawrence Leung
Contracts Manager
510-746-7356 | lawrence@sfei.org

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Lester McKee, Ph.D.
Senior Environmental Scientist
Watershed Science
510-746-7363 | lester@sfei.org

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Linda Russio
Office Manager
510-746-7355 | linda@sfei.org

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Linda Wanczyk
Creative Director
510-746-7372 | lindaw@sfei.org

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Marshall Kunze
Senior Technology Specialist
510-746-7333 | marshallk@sfei.org

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Meg Sedlak
Environmental Scientist
RMP
510-746-7345 | meg@sfei.org

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Meredith Lofthouse
Administrative Assistant
510-746-7357 | meredithl@sfei.org

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Micha Salomon
GIS Specialist
510-746-7353 | micha@sfei.org

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Michael Weaver
Technical Analyst
510-746-7362 | michaelw@sfei.org

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Nicole David
Environmental Scientist
510-746-7386 | nicoled@sfei.org

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Patty Frontiera, Ph.D.
Environmental Analyst / GIS Specialist
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Pete Kauhanen
GIS Analyst
510-746-7370 | petek@sfei.org

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Randy Turner
Klamath Basin Monitoring Program Coordinator
Klamath Basin Monitoring Program
707-499-5521 | randyt@sfei.org

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Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
510-746-7388 | RebeccaS@sfei.org

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Ruth Askevold
Senior Project Manager
510-746-7341 | ruth@sfei.org

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Sam Safran
Environmental Analyst
(510) 746-7383 | sams@sfei.org

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Sarah Lowe
Assistant to the Chief Scientist, Environmental Scientist & Senior Project Manager
510-746-7384 | sarahl@sfei.org

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Sarah Pearce
Geomorphologist
510-746-7354 | sarahp@sfei.org

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Scott Dusterhoff
Geomorphologist
510-746-7350 | scottd@sfei.org

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Sean Baumgarten
Environmental Analyst
(510) 746-7335 | seanb@sfei.org

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Shira Bezalel
Database & Systems Manager
510-746-7304 | shira@sfei.org

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Thomas Jabusch, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist
510-746-7340 | thomasj@sfei.org

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Todd Featherston
Systems Developer / Administrator
510-746-7379 | todd@sfei.org

Board of Directors

Officers

James Fiedler

James Fiedler
Chairman
Santa Clara Valley Water

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Barbara Salzman
Vice-Chair
Marin Audubon Society

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David Tucker
Treasurer
City of San Jose

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Phil Stevens
Secretary
Urban Creeks Council

Members

 

James Fiedler

James Fiedler is the Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Utility Enterprise. He has served in this capacity since 2007. A member of the district staff since 1982, he has over 29 years of leadership and engineering experience in the area of water supply, flood control and watershed stewardship. His management and technical experience includes regional water resources, flood and environmental planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of water supply and flood protection infrastructure.

Mr. Fiedler is a registered civil engineer in California. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and graduate of Stanford University with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering.

Barbara Salzman

Barbara Salzman has lived in California since 1968 with her periodontist husband, Jay. One son, Noah, is a Veterinarian in San Jose. She received her BA from Rosemont College and Master of Social Work from University of Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to California, Barbara was employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker in a state psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania and at a private Child Guidance Clinic and school for disturbed children, Devereaux. She began conservation work in 1974 with Marin Audubon’s Conservation Committee which advocates for the protection of birds, wetlands and other habitats. For more than 20 years, Marin Audubon Society has been a sponsor of habitat restoration and habitat acquisition projects, and Ms. Salzman has managed most of these projects.

David Tucker

David W. Tucker is a Program Manager with the City of San Jose’s Environmental Services Department, leading the department’s South Bay Water Recycling Program. Mr. Tucker possesses over 20 years of environmental experience developing environmental policy and programs; implementing water quality attainment strategies; managing environmental research initiatives; and leading legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.

Phil Stevens

Phil Stevens is the executive director of the Urban Creeks Council where he leads operations and the implementation of the organization's vision to create healthy urban streams that are assets to both people and other living things. He joined the organization in 2007 and has managed the completion of multiple significant restoration projects. He is currently leading the development of one of the largest restoration projects ever undertaken in the Bay Area. He is especially interested in using hard science, metrics and measures to improve the practice of urban habitat restoration. Stevens has more than two decades of non-profit management experience. Prior to joining UCC, he spent seven years at The Nature Conservancy's California and Alaska chapters, where he initiated the development of the Conservancy’s range-wide Pacific salmon program, and secured more than $13 million from private funding sources. He holds an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a graduate degree from Columbia University. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Center for Urban Environmental Law at Golden Gate University.

Adam Olivieri, Ph.D.

Adam Olivieri has over 30 years of experience in the technical and regulatory aspects of water
recycling, groundwater contamination by hazardous materials, water quality and public health
risk assessments, water quality planning, wastewater facility planning, urban runoff management,
and on-site waste treatment systems. He acts as project manager, principal engineer, and technical advisor on a wide variety of environmental projects. He is a Registered Civil Engineer and a Registered Environmental Assessor with the State of California. He gained this experience
working as a staff engineer with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (San
Francisco Bay Region), as a post doc and staff specialist with the School of Public Health at the
University of California, Berkeley, and as a consulting engineer.

He is currently the Vice president of EOA, Inc., where he manages a variety of projects, including
serving as Santa Clara County Urban Runoff Program’s Manager. Adam formed EOA, Inc. in
1985 with his business partner Don Eisenberg and has successfully managed the company for the past 25 years. Adam’s educational background is in civil/sanitary engineering and public health. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and his M.S. in Civil/Environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut. In addition, he received his M.P.H. and Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH) in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Public Health.

Alan Ramo

Alan Ramo is a Professor of Law at Golden Gate University. He received his BA from Stanford University; JD from Boalt Hall School of Law; and MJ from University California, Berkeley. Areas of interest include Environmental Law, clinical legal education, and toxics in the urban environment.

Bruce Wolfe, ex officio (non-voting)

Bruce Wolfe has been the Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board since 2003. He oversees the 120 staff of the Water Board in carrying out the Board’s mission of understanding, protecting, enhancing, and restoring the Bay and the Region’s waters. Prior to his appointment, Bruce had been the Board’s division chief for implementing watershed management programs, including control and restoration of impacts to wetlands and streams, stormwater pollution control, nonpoint source control, implementation of wastewater reuse, and control of discharges of waste to land.

Bruce started with the Water Board in 1977, and, in addition to his watershed management oversight, has overseen the Board’s drinking water well investigation program and its Superfund and fuel leak cleanup programs, has had direct responsibility for permitting wastewater treatment plants and landfills, and developed the Board’s initial program to oversee wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance. Bruce is a registered professional engineer in California, and holds a B.S in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

John Callaway, Ph.D.

Dr. Callaway is a Professor at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Environmental Science. Dr. Callaway's research focuses on wetland plant and soil ecology, restoration ecology, exotic species invasions, sediment processes, and potential impacts of sea-level rise. His recent work has focused on wetland restoration in San Francisco Bay and the Tijuana Estuary on the border of Mexico and California.

Mitch Avalon

Mitch Avalon is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He joined Contra Costa County Public Works Department in 1979. Mr. Avalon has worked in many areas of Public Works, including transportation engineering, development engineering, design, and construction.

Currently Mr. Avalon is Deputy Public Works Director and Deputy Chief Engineer for the Flood Control and Water Conservation District, where he oversees the development of regional management plans for flood protection and enhancement of the environmental resource in the District’s 72 miles of creeks. He is also responsible for overseeing the County's Clean Water Program. Mr. Avalon spent one year as Acting Deputy Director at the Community Development Department, managing their current planning program. Mitch has been chair of the Alhambra Watershed Council since 1997. The Council produced a Watershed Management Plan in 2004 through a community based planning process and is now working on implementation projects. Mitch is also on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary, first Chair of the Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association, and Chair of the Flood Control and Water Resources Policy Committee for the County Engineers Association of California.

Tim Vendlinski

Tim Vendlinski currently serves as EPA’s Bay Delta Program Manager; and from 1989-1995, worked under the auspices of the San Francisco Estuary Project to establish the scientific basis for the ‘X2’ salinity standards that underpinned the Bay Delta Accord. In 2007, EPA sent Tim on a unique four-year detail to the non-profit Sustainable Conservation where he directed their Restoration on Private Lands Program. Previously, he spent seven years supervising the Wetlands Regulatory Program for EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region; and before that, he collaborated with agencies, landowners, and NGOs under the Interagency Vernal Pool Stewardship Initiative to protect rangelands, untilled landscapes, and oak woodlands across California (1995-2000). Tim was raised in Sacramento, attended American River College, graduated from UC Davis, and resides with his wife and daughter in Oakland.

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SFEI-ASC Strategic Plan

In September 2010, the Boards of Directors of the Aquatic Science Center (ASC) and the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) decided to undertake review and planning processes that would culminate in a strategic plan for each organization. Both Boards recognized that funding and environmental challenges posed some risks to each organization that new strategic directions might be able to avert or alleviate. Also, new opportunities have arisen, unique and common to each organization that could advance protection and restoration decisions. Each planning effort initially occurred on its own track, but they were merged in 2011 when it became apparent that the values, vision, mission, goals, objectives and underlying strategic priorities of both organizations were very similar.

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News and Notables

Mar-29-11 | Events and Appearances

Presentation: BAARI: Methodology and Applications

Mar-14-11 | Publications and Reports | Featured

Aquatic Science Center and the State and Central Valley Water Boards have released the first edition of the Pulse of the Delta.

Mar-02-11 | Coordination and Collaboration

SFEI Lead Scientist Dr. Josh Collins and Dr. Siobhan Fennessy of Kenyon College have authored a method of wetland assessment.

Feb-28-11 | Publications and Reports

This report details the 2009 water and sediment monitoring effort for the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Estuary.

Feb-17-11 | Technology

The California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) is a system designed to facilitate the integration and sharing of data collected by many different participants involved in the water and environmental resources of the State of California.

Feb-17-11 | Miscellaneous

Central Valley Regional Water Board staff provided a demonstration of Aquatic Science Center’s Central Valley Monitoring Directory.

Feb-16-11 | Technology

Virtually fly through the historical landscape of the Southern California coastline!

Feb-16-11 | Publications and Reports

Robin Grossinger and the Historical Ecology team have completed the T-sheet Atlas.

Feb-15-11 | Media

SFEI helps unravel the mystery of Lake Dolores.

Feb-15-11 | Media

A report on possible futures (peer-review by SFEI).

Feb-10-11 | Coordination and Collaboration

On February 10, USEPA Region released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)
seeking public input on the effectiveness of current water quality programs influencing the health of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, with focus on the Delta-Suisun Bay ecosystem.

Feb-03-11 | Events and Appearances

Presentation: BAARI: Methodology and Applications

Feb-03-11 | Publications and Reports

A report prepared by the RMP was recently submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board (SFRWQCB) to inform their consideration of a petition for the regulation of triclosan.

Feb-01-11 | Publications and Reports

Robin Grossinger and Erin Beller contributed a section entitled "Oaks in the Recent Past" to the recently published Oaks in the Urban Landscape: Selection, Care and Preservation by Costello, Hagen and Jones.

Feb-01-11 | Technology

The GIS team did extensive outreach for the Bay Area Aquatic Resources Inventory (BAARI) base map.

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Employment Opportunities

About Employment at SFEI

SFEI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering a relaxed semi-academic work setting with a diverse group of environmental scientists, designers, and administrative support staff. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 1994, with the mission to foster development of the scientific understanding needed to protect and enhance the San Francisco Estuary through research, monitoring, and communication.

SFEI conducts major programs in Conservation Biology, Contaminants, Historical Ecology, Informatics, Information Technology, Wetlands, Watersheds, and Biological Invasions. As a component of the Contaminants program, the RMP is SFEI's largest program. SFEI is currently located in Richmond, near the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. Benefits include health insurance for the employee and dependents, life insurance, 403(b) plan with employer match, section 125 plan, paid vacation and paid sick leave.

Benefits

SFEI offers a benefits package including:

Position Announcements

GIS Project Manager

GIS Specialist

GIS Project Manager

Job Title: GIS Project Manager (Associate Tech Specialist I or II or PM I or II)

Requisition number: EDIT 14-01

Reports to: GIS Manager

Position

Mission

SFEI is seeking a candidate with a unique combination of geospatial project management and technical expertise to join the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. The GIS team is part of the Environmental Data, Information, and Technology (EDIT) program. This is a full-time position under the supervision of the GIS Manager. A successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and passionate about effective environmental resource management. You will collaborate with your colleagues to ensure an optimum relationship between science and policy through innovative approaches to information collection, display, and analysis.

GIS Focus Area Description

The GIS Focus Area is responsible for servicing the Institute and external user community’s spatial information needs through collaborative, innovative, and creative projects. The GIS Project Manager will work with both technology and science teams to develop GIS methods, advanced tools, and web delivery applications to support local and statewide environmental management. GIS is one of four Focus Areas in the Environmental Data, Information, and Technology (EDIT) Program which focuses on providing clients and partners with the most current technology tools available to meet the Institute’s mission.

About SFEI

SFEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides science to support environmental decision making and management. Our science informs policy-makers, resource managers, stakeholders, scientists, and the broader public. SFEI typically engages with organizations and individuals of diverse perspectives, priorities, and backgrounds to understand their information needs and how best to meet those needs.

Technology is integral to how SFEI communicates findings and disseminates data and information. SFEI is a California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) partner and serves as a one of California’s four Regional Data Centers for management of surface water quality, wetlands and spatial data. SFEI hosts multiple web sites that provide access to environmental data and information. The Institute has a strong history of GIS expertise including publication of spatial data, development of GIS tools and spatial analysis. We strive to help natural resource managers and scientists do more with the products the Institute generates. We have the hardware, tools and, most importantly, staff to ensure that monitoring data and findings and other relevant information are useful and broadly accessible to a range of technical and non-technical users.

Qualifications

Required Skills:

  • At least 3 years progressively responsible project management experience including:
    • Budget development and tracking
    • Staff work flow management to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
    • Deliverable tracking
    • Workplan development and tracking
    • Communication with funders as needed
  • Exceptional attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to track progress and manage time effectively on multiple projects
  • Works well in a collaborative team setting
  • Ability to work independently and follow through with tasks under general guidance from supervising staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills—ability to communicate technical information to non-technical clients
  • Demonstrated use of project management tools e.g. project tracking, staff tracking, budget software
  • Knowledge of GIS theory and core methods including relational database design

Desired Skills:

  • At least 3 years of experience with ESRI GIS software, e.g. ArcGIS 10.x, ArcServer, spatial analysis and raster analysis toolboxes
  • At least 2 years of experience with the complete tool development lifecycle from conceptualization through requirements definition, design, development, testing implementation, maintenance, and user training as it applies to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related technology
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with GIS tool development using python and arcpy or advanced GIS tool development using java, C++, or .NET programming language(s)
  • Background in or experience using GIS for natural resource management
  • Knowledge of subjects relating to environmental science (e.g., biology, geology, and aquatic ecology)

Responsibilities

Duties are likely to be diverse and will require an enthusiastic, team-oriented individual. Typical duties will include:

  • Project Coordination—track the status of multiple GIS projects and work with the GIS Manager to manage resource allocation or timeline adjustments
  • Budget Tracking—using project management software, track a project’s financial resources against project progress
  • Resource Allocation—with guidance assign appropriate staff to tasks/projects
  • Workplan Development—identify and articulate workflow for completion of project milestones
  • Report Writing—drafting progress and final report documentation for ongoing projects

Advancement Opportunity: The GIS Project Manager will work closely with GIS technical staff to complete project tasks, monitor status, and communicate with the GIS Manager. The GIS Project Manager will have the opportunity to lead aspects in a variety of projects managed by SFEI and be encouraged to advance professionally by acquiring and enhancing their technical skills. Opportunities for increasingly advanced work will be available, and successful execution of these tasks will contribute to advancement potential.

The Institute offers a generous benefit package (http://sfei.org/jobs/#benefits).

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to resumes@sfei.org. No phone calls please. SFEI is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute web site www.sfei.org.

Deadline: open until filled

GIS Specialist

Job Title: GIS Specialist (Associate Tech Specialist I or II)

Requisition number: EDIT 14-002

Reports to: GIS Manager

Position

Mission

SFEI is seeking a GIS Specialist to join the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. The GIS team is part of the Environmental Data, Information, and Technology (EDIT) program. This is a full-time position under the supervision of the GIS Manager. A successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and passionate about effective environmental resource management. You will collaborate with your colleagues to ensure an optimum relationship between science and policy through innovative approaches to information collection, display, and analysis.

GIS Focus Area Description

The GIS Focus Area is responsible for servicing the Institute and external user community’s spatial information needs through collaborative, innovative, and creative projects. The GIS Specialist will work with both technology and science teams to develop GIS methods, advanced tools, and web delivery applications to support local and statewide environmental management. GIS is one of four Focus Areas in the Environmental Data, Information, and Technology (EDIT) Program which focuses on providing clients and partners with the most current technology tools available to meet the Institute’s mission.

About SFEI

SFEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides science to support environmental decision making and management. Our science informs policy-makers, resource managers, stakeholders, scientists, and the broader public. SFEI typically engages with organizations and individuals of diverse perspectives, priorities, and backgrounds to understand their information needs and how best to meet those needs.

Technology is integral to how SFEI communicates findings and disseminates data and information. SFEI is a California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) partner and serves as a one of California’s four Regional Data Centers for management of surface water quality, wetlands and spatial data. SFEI hosts multiple web sites that provide access to environmental data and information. The Institute has a strong history of GIS expertise including spatial dataset creation and spatial tools and analysis. We strive to help natural resource managers and scientists do more with the products the Institute generates. We have the hardware, tools and, most importantly, staff to ensure that monitoring data and findings and other relevant information are useful and broadly accessible to a range of technical and non-technical users.

Qualifications

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of GIS theory and core methods including relational database design
  • At least 5 years of experience with ESRI GIS software, e.g. ArcGIS 10.x, ArcServer, data management and analysis toolboxes
  • Progressively challenging experience in spatial analysis, data acquisition, management, and display/visualization, spatial statistics, raster analysis, and/or image classification
  • Background in or experience using GIS for natural resource management
  • Exceptional attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively on multiple projects
  • Works well in a collaborative team setting
  • Ability to work independently and follow through with tasks under general guidance from supervising staff
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills—ability to communicate technical information to non-technical clients

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in photo interpretation of wetlands, flood infrastructure, and/or vegetation
  • Interest in keeping up with new and emerging technologies, e.g. LiDAR, mobile mapping or object-oriented analysis
  • Experience with GIS tool development using python and arcpy or advanced GIS tool development using java, C++, or .NET programming language(s)
  • Experience with the complete project lifecycle from conceptualization through requirements definition, design, development, testing implementation, maintenance, and user training as it applies to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related technology
  • Project management experience—budget, workflow, and deliverable tracking
  • Use of open source tools such as postgis, gdal, or R
  • Interest in web mapping or knowledge of web mapping software (both open source and proprietary)
  • Knowledge of version control software for application development, e.g. GitHub
  • Knowledge of subjects relating to environmental science (e.g., biology, geology, and aquatic ecology)

Responsibilities

Duties are likely to be diverse and will require an enthusiastic, team-oriented individual. Typical duties will include:

  • Tool development—team-oriented code development of GIS-specific landscape analysis tools
  • Data acquisition—sleuthing out GIS datasets and/or GIS contacts from various agencies, counties, cities and special districts
  • Data management—organizing and maintaining GIS data in accordance with SFEI’s on-line data management protocols
  • Remote sensing and digitizing to support the Institute’s aquatic resource mapping initiative (www.sfei.org/cari)
  • Cartography—production of high-quality maps as requested
  • Project management—tracking project progress and time management

Advancement Opportunity: The GIS Specialist will work closely with supervising staff on detailed GIS technical services and tasks. The Specialist will have the opportunity to lead aspects in a variety of projects managed by SFEI and be encouraged to advance professionally by acquiring and enhancing their technical skills. Opportunities for increasingly advanced work will be available, and successful execution of these tasks will contribute to advancement potential.

The Institute offers a generous benefit package (http://sfei.org/jobs/#benefits).

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to resumes@sfei.org. No phone calls please. SFEI is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute web site www.sfei.org.

Deadline: open until filled