Applied Ecologist (Associate Environmental Scientist I or II)

San Francisco Estuary Institute
Richmond, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Position Description:

SFEI is seeking 1-2 talented, highly-motivated ecologists to join our Resilient Landscapes Program. 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 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 urban, working, and conserved landscapes of 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 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 highly creative and technically strong candidates with a Master’s degree or PhD in the ecology of urban, terrestrial, or wetland ecosystems (or related field) with two or more years of relevant work experience. 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
  • Ability to creatively 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)
  • 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-scale conservation and restoration
  • Urban ecology science and planning
  • Fisheries science and other wildlife ecology
  • Landscape change and historical ecology
  • Terrestrial ecosystem ecology, related to forest health, fire-adapted ecosystems, invasive species, and climate change in California or Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Ecosystem services (e.g., heat island effect reduction, human health benefits)
  • Relationships between hydrogeomorphic and ecological dynamics in riverine and tidal ecosystems
  • Engaging diverse communities in urban greening and adaptation planning

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 20 interdisciplinary scientists (geomorphologists, hydrologists, ecologists), 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, wildlife, and landscapes of San Francisco Bay, the California Delta, and beyond. SFEI’s 65 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. We have three primary programs: Clean Water, Resilient Landscapes, and Environmental Informatics.

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.

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

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.