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Title: Tidal Wetland Ecologist
Program: Resilient Landscapes
Requisition No: RL-2021-03
Application Posting Date: December 2, 2021
Application Review Starts: December 17, 2021 
Application Closing Date: January 5, 2022

The San Francisco Estuary Institute is looking for a Tidal Wetland Ecologist.

San Francisco Bay is entering a transformative period as we start to adapt communities to climate change while maintaining and enhancing the Bay’s natural resources. The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) provides scientific support to communities, local government, and agencies to plan and implement resilient, ecologically-functional shorelines. We make scientific information accessible for decision-makers by bringing wetlands and estuarine ecology, geomorphology, sediment science, and landscape design to discussions on Bay shore planning. We write influential regional documents that inform stakeholders, such as the Adaptation Atlas and Sediment for Survival. We partner with local governments, community organizations, resource agencies, flood control districts, NGOs, wastewater districts, transportation agencies, land trusts, and others to develop strategies for shoreline adaptation with multiple benefits.

To expand our ability to support the Bay Area, we are looking for a talented tidal wetland  ecologist to join our team in the Resilient Landscapes Program.

Position Description

The position is an opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists on innovative nature and nature-based projects that help improve the resiliency of communities and wildlife in the Bay to sea-level rise and other aspects of climate change. Work in this area is expanding rapidly, and we are looking for individuals who can start immediately.
The successful candidate will work on and manage applied science projects related to planning adaptation strategies at the landscape and project level, implementing nature-based solutions including wetland restoration, integrating dredged sediment and wastewater into the landscape, and providing science support to community-level planning of the shorelines of the Bay.

Primary responsibilities will include developing adaptation strategies that incorporate nature and nature-based features with more traditional shoreline engineering, contributing to studies on cross-sector adaptation for infrastructure such as transportation and wastewater, and advancing landscape-scale conservation planning that promotes estuarine and urban ecosystems.   


We seek highly creative and technically-strong candidates with expertise in the ecology of tidal wetland  ecosystems (or related fields) and knowledge of San Francisco Bay. We expect to hire an MS/PhD-level scientist with a strong background in a related discipline. We are also interested in project management experience. Specific qualifications include:

  • PhD with minimum 2 years experience or Masters with minimum 7 years experience with strong scientific and technical background, quantitative skills, and demonstrated ability to lead complex scientific projects, and communicating findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Desired areas of expertise include familiarity with the San Francisco estuary and its tidal wetlands, ecosystems, and biodiversity, landscape-scale conservation and restoration, nature-based adaptation, ecosystem service quantification, and California wetland restoration science. 
  • Ability to lead large projects, including collaborating with scientific partners, and overseeing staff, budgets, schedules, and deliverables.
  • Experience in community-based planning and approaches to facilitate discussion on shoreline adaptation planning.
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate findings clearly in writing and presentations and synthesize scientific information for general and technical audiences.
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with diverse groups of external partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience presenting at professional or academic conferences and to stakeholder groups
About SFEI

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 60 or so 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.  

For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the SFEI website

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. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and people with other identities commonly under-represented in environmental science.

SFEI 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.


This position will be an Associate Environmental Scientist or Environmental Scientist. The anticipated minimum salary is $65,000/year for an Associate Environmental Scientist or $80,000 for an Environmental Scientist. Pay and job title will be commensurate with experience.

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 apply as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, please 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.

SFEI staff are currently working remotely. We are planning to return to a hybrid workplace sometime in early 2022. In order to protect the health and safety of our staff, SFEI now requires employees who work in the office or in the field to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or receive a medical or religious exemption.

How to Apply

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