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Title: Associate Environmental Scientist (Environmental Chemistry)
Requisition No.:  CW-19-4
Posted: August 28, 2019

Position open until filled.

Position Description: 

The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) seeks an environmental scientist or engineer to join the Clean Water program.  We are an interdisciplinary team investigating environmental contaminants, nutrient biogeochemistry and ecosystem responses, emerging contaminants, green infrastructure, and other topics in the San Francisco Bay and Delta.  The scientist will work on projects within the Bay RMP, the Delta RMP, the Nutrient Management Strategy, and other Clean Water projects.  We are looking for a candidate who is a self starter, enjoys working on different types of projects, has excellent communication skills, and enjoys both office and field work.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree plus 2 years of experience or Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of experience in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, environmental science, biological/chemical oceanography or another related scientific field. 
  • Excellent data analysis, data visualization and data management skills using statistical software (e.g. Python, R, Matlab).
  • Proficiency in statistical methods especially with respect to analyzing large data sets or high frequency time series data.
  • Experience with environmental chemistry or environmental science, including field work and report writing.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills and ability to synthesize information.
  • Experience with technical project management, organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well in teams as well work independently with general direction from senior scientific staff.
  • Ability to contribute to, or lead, aspects of field work that may periodically involve working unusual hours (e.g., late nights, early mornings, and weekends). 
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

The duties are diverse and require an enthusiastic and collaborative approach.  Typical duties will include: 

  • Analyze datasets using statistical software and open source code (e.g., Python, R suite)
  • Identify, compile, and organize field and laboratory data and information from studies within and outside of SFEI. 
  • Write technical reports, journal articles, memoranda, proposals, and internal reports.
  • Manage & participate in various types of field work using standard techniques and manage all technical aspects of field work including instrument calibration and maintenance. 
  • Manage projects involving internal staff and external partners.
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings and processes within the Bay and Delta RMPs and the Nutrient Management Strategy.
  • Conduct verification/validation (QA/QC) of data. 
  • Develop presentations and posters for public meetings and scientific conferences.
About SFEI

SFEI Mission: We deliver visionary science that empowers people to revitalize nature in our communities.

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has a 27-year track record of serving local, state, and federal agencies by developing and translating science to measurably improve the health and resiliency of Bay-Delta ecosystems. SFEI is a boundary organization at the interface between science and policy, recognized nationally for our ability to build consensus to support effective environmental decision-making and policy. Over the next five years, SFEI will be implementing our Strategic Plan that will focus on advancing visionary science, harnessing innovative technology and big data, and communicating science to inform, inspire, and empower stakeholders in an effort to fulfill our vision and mission for the Bay-Delta and beyond.

SFEI has 70 staff who represent numerous scientific and technological fields including chemistry, modeling, ecology, wildlife biology, landscape planning, historical ecology, geomorphology, geospatial modeling and analysis, and web development. We are seeking a talented scientist to join a dynamic, supportive, team-oriented work culture that is driven by our vision and mission. We have many long-tenured staff who have built and expanded the foundation of the organization and are looking for a key person to grow with us.

SFEI has three major programs: Clean Water, Environmental Informatics, and Resilient Landscapes.  These programs have multiple focus areas including the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay, the Nutrient Management Strategy, contaminants of emerging concern, the Regional Data Center, aerial drone research, geomorphology, multi-benefit urban greening and design, ecosystem restoration and climate adaptation, urban biodiversity and resilience, and green stormwater infrastructure.

Application Information

SFEI is committed to building a culturally diverse staff, and we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and other groups commonly under-represented in environmental science.

San Francisco Estuary Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity, and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, family or parental status, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact Linda Russio at 510-746-7355 or [email protected].

Please note that SFEI cannot sponsor an employment visa (e.g., H-1B) to fill this position.

Do not use any third-party web sites to apply for the position. No phone calls please.

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