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Title: Landscape Designer (Associate Environmental Scientist I or II)
Program: Resilient Landscapes
Requisition No: RL-2021-02
Application Review Starts:  November 2, 2021 
Position Description

SFEI is seeking a talented, highly-motivated landscape designer to join the Urban Nature Lab in our Resilient Landscapes Program. The position is an opportunity to work with an outstanding multidisciplinary team of scientists on innovative projects that help improve the functioning of California landscapes for people and wildlife. We are looking for individuals who can start immediately.
The successful candidate will work on applied science projects relating to urban resilience, urban greening and biodiversity management, ecosystem restoration, and climate-change adaptation planning in the urban, working, and conserved landscapes of the Bay Area and statewide. Primary position responsibilities will include; developing multi-benefit strategies that increase equitable access to ecosystem services in urban and rural landscapes; and advancing landscape-scale conservation planning that promotes resilient riverine, wetland, coastal, and urban ecosystems in the context of climate change and increasing development. The position will require using a variety of analytical tools to understand landscape processes, writing technical reports to convey project findings, and working with external partners.This position will also play a leadership role in managing projects, coordinating teams, and working with partners to achieve successful project outcomes.


We are seeking a highly creative and technically strong candidate with a masters plus 4-7 years of experience working in urban design, landscape design, city planning, ecological restoration design, and/or other relevant experience. An MLA is a plus but not required. Education combining landscape design with ecology, environmental planning, or other relevant background is highly desirable. In addition, the candidate should have the following credentials and demonstrated abilities:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and with interdisciplinary teams. 
  • Ability to lead projects, including overseeing staff, budgets, schedules, and deliverables.
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate findings clearly in writing and presentations and translate complex concepts for both general and technical audiences.
  • Experience presenting at professional or academic conferences and to stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific reports and publications for both general and technical audiences.

Our work bridges many topical areas. We do not require expertise in all these areas, but the successful candidate should have an interest in and knowledge of one or more of the following: 

  • Landscape design and construction
  • Master planning and streetscape redesign
  • Urban ecology science and planning 
  • Urban planning and policy 
  • Landscape-scale conservation and restoration
  • Engaging diverse communities in urban greening and adaptation planning
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Nature-based solutions and ecosystem services
  • Environmental performance tracking

To apply, fill out the application form here. Please do not use any 3rd party web sites to apply for the position. No phone calls please.

About the Resilient Landscapes Program

SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes Program develops innovative ecosystem restoration and management strategies to re-establish and sustain key ecological functions and services. These strategies are helping integrate natural and human infrastructure to create systems that are more adaptive to climate change and other stressors. We are a team-oriented program of 25 interdisciplinary scientists (geomorphologists, hydrologists, ecologists), landscape designers, and GIS specialists, working closely together and with staff across the Institute with expertise in water quality and informatics.

About SFEI

The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) provides independent science to assess and improve the health of the waters, wetlands, and wildlife, in rural and urban landscapes of San Francisco Bay, the California Delta, and beyond. SFEI’s 70 scientists and experts deliver data, technology, and tools that empower government, civic and business leaders to create cost-effective solutions for complex environmental issues--from cleaner water and sustainable communities to climate change.  

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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer

At SFEI, we celebrate the diversity of our staff and the places we serve, and believe that diversity is a strength. We are committed to growing together and creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.  We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and people with other identities commonly under-represented in environmental science.

San Francisco Estuary Institute is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment of any kind.  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.

Application Information

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].

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

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

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