Local recruitment: River Water Chemistry Analyst

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Falmouth, MA, USA 🇺🇸

Science on the Fly (SOTF) harnesses the enthusiasm, geographic reach, and conservation ethic of the fly fishing community to strategically increase the number of rivers globally that are subject to long-term studies of water quality and watershed health.  Founded in 2019 by Max Holmes (Acting President, Woodwell Climate Research Center) and John Land Le Coq (Founder and CEO, Fishpond), SOTF currently engages over 100 volunteers who collect monthly river water samples at over 300 sites in 39 states and 6 countries.   With a growing list of partners, we strive for cold water, clean rivers, healthy watersheds, and a fishable future. We follow our passion and we give a damn. 

SUMMARY: SOTF seeks a River Water Quality & Data Analyst to join our growing, passionate, and adventurous team of river lovers.  You will work with SOTF’s river water samples to analyze their chemistry, manage the data from those samples, create engaging data visualizations, and report on the data via a variety of platforms for public outreach and engagement. You will also have the opportunity to travel to some of our field sites, likely including periodic float trips on remote Alaskan rivers.  

 If you want to study rivers, have fun, and do good, this may be the job for you!


  • Analyze river water samples (currently ~3000 samples per year) for a broad suite of chemical constituents including nutrients (nitrate, ammonium, phosphate, and silica) and dissolved organic carbon
  • Manage resulting data, including data analysis and visualization
  • Demonstrated ability to tell a story with complex data
  • Collaborate closely with the broader SOTF team

Qualifications and Experience:

  • MS in Chemistry or related field or equivalent experience
  • Extensive laboratory experience analyzing water chemistry
  • Data management and visualization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Preferred: 
    • Experience with Astoria Analyzer or similar instrumentation and analyses 
    • Experience with Shimadzu DOC analyzer
    • River rafting experience, or willingness to learn
    • Wilderness first aid training, or willingness to learn

Application review will occur as resumes are received

Desired Start Date: as soon as possible

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and is a one-year fixed-term position with the potential to extend. The salary range is $55,000 to $60,000. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use SOTF-RA on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell’s website for more information.  

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 80+ staff members, and is excited to welcome new employees to this work. 

Woodwell Climate Research Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell  is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.





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