Environmental Analyst and Environmental Scientist

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
San Francisco, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Position Description

SFEI is seeking two talented scientists to join our Resilient Landscapes Program. We expect to hire both an entry-level position and a more experienced mid-level position. The positions are an opportunity to work with an outstanding multidisciplinary team of scientists on innovative projects that help improve the functioning of California landscapes for people, plants, and wildlife. We are looking for individuals who can start immediately.

The successful candidate will work on applied science projects relating to ecosystem restoration, water and sediment management, and climate-change adaptation planning in the Bay Area and statewide. Primary position responsibilities will include investigating historical and contemporary ecosystem processes; developing multi-benefit strategies that increase equitable access to ecosystem services; and advancing landscape-scale conservation planning that promotes resilient riverine, wetland, coastal, and urban ecosystems. The position will require using a variety of analytical tools to understand landscape processes and writing technical reports to convey project findings.


The candidate will have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in a relevant field (e.g., geology, ecology, biology, hydrology, geography, environmental sciences, landscape architecture, environmental engineering). While a scientific or technical background is expected, a qualified candidate with experience bridging between environmental science and other fields (e.g., urban design, community engagement, environmental policy) will also be considered. In addition, the candidate should have the following credentials and demonstrated abilities:

Environmental Analyst

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Ability to work collaboratively and with interdisciplinary teams
  • Ability to synthesize, analyze, and/or visualize information from qualitative and quantitative datasets using a variety of tools (e.g., Excel, GIS or other geospatial tools, R, statistical software, and/or data visualization techniques such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate findings clearly in writing and presentations and translate complex concepts for both general and technical audiences

Environmental Scientist

All of the above, plus:

  • Master’s degree plus several years’ experience working in a relevant field, or PhD
  • Experience presenting at professional or academic conferences and to stakeholder groups
  • Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with external partners and stakeholders
  • Experience with project management, including overseeing staff, budgets, schedules, and deliverables
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific reports and publications for both general and technical audiences

In addition, the candidate will have expertise or experience in some of the following areas:

  • Coastal vulnerability and adaptation
  • Geomorphic and hydrologic processes
  • Relationships between hydrogeomorphic and ecological dynamics in riverine and tidal ecosystems
  • Fisheries science
  • Landscape change and historical ecology
  • Ecosystem services (e.g., flood protection, heat island effect reduction, or human health benefits)
  • Urban environmental planning and landscape design/visualization
  • Landscape-scale conservation and restoration
  • Engaging diverse communities in adaptation planning
  • Graphic design using Adobe tools or similar desktop publishing software
  • Data visualization using Adobe tools (Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop), AutoCAD, Rhino or similar software

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@sfei.org. Please reference the requisition number for this position (RL-18-04). No phone calls please.