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Title: Hydrologist/Water Resources Systems Analyst
Requisition Number: CW-19-2
Posted: July 24, 2019

Position Open Until Filled

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 25-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, 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. One of the goals for this position is to play a pivotal role at the nexus of these three programs and their associated projects, primarily within the urban ecology and green stormwater infrastructure arenas. Examples of some inter-program projects include Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands, Preparing for the Storm, and Green Plan-IT

For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute website.

About the Position

SFEI is seeking a senior Hydrologist or Water Resources Systems Analyst to join the Institute and lead a growing focus area related to watershed hydrology and water resources management. The hydrologist will play a leadership role in coordinating and integrating hydrologic science and modeling across SFEI programs and implementing projects to inform Bay Area and statewide decisions regarding watershed and urban hydrology, urban greening, stormwater management, water quality, habitat restoration, and climate change. 

The successful candidate will develop hydrologic and hydraulic models using existing suites of models and develop new integrated modeling tools and quantitative approaches to inform important regional and state-wide water management decisions. The successful candidate will also apply modeling tools to inform the development of sound environmental policies at watershed and regional scales, while collaborating with and leading interdisciplinary teams of SFEI staff and regional thought leaders on projects.

The ideal candidate must be a good integrative and creative thinker. At the same time, this person must demonstrate a strong technical grasp of hydrology and numerical methods/numerical modeling, including application to stormwater management, transport and loading of sediment and stormwater contaminants, green infrastructure modeling/planning, and habitat restoration in fluvial and tidal environments.  Experience applying hydrologic concepts and models at the intersection between hydrology and ecology is preferred. The candidate should also have demonstrated abilities in communicating modeling outcomes and implications at conferences, leading meetings involving diverse stakeholders of varying technical capability, and working in interdisciplinary settings to identify synergies between projects.

Desired Qualifications
  • A PhD with at least four years of relevant work experience or a Masters with ten or more years of relevant work experience in environmental engineering, hydrology, water resources management, or other related scientific fields with a focus in environmental modeling, and demonstrated report or scientific publication skills
  • Proficiency with hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality modeling tools such as HSPF, SWMM, BASINS, HEC-HMS or related models
  • Proficiency with geospatial analyses and tools (e.g., ArcGIS)
  • Experience with hydrologic and/or hydraulic modeling to inform habitat restoration design
  • Strong programming skills and substantial experience with programming languages such as FORTRAN, Python, Java, Matlab, R
  • Familiarity with developing and applying optimization approaches and scenario analysis 
  • Creative and big picture thinker
  • Strong analytical and data analysis skills
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to work independently to develop, lead, manage, and deliver scientific studies and projects;
  • Ability to identify information gaps, anticipate future scientific needs, and develop innovative tools and approaches to meet these needs; 
  • Experience and success with grant writing for local, state, federal government and private funding and other forms of program development;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team and to communicate effectively with a broad range of managers and stakeholders;
  • A team player attitude, a commitment to excellence, and interest and abilities in mentoring entry and mid-level scientists
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.

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