Local recruitment: Associate Scientist

Trout Unlimited

Emeryville, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Job Type: Full-time


 The Associate Scientist is a mid-level, full-time position that will work primarily with Trout Unlimited’s (TU) Conservation Hydrology program based out of Emeryville, California. The Associate Scientist will work as a member of an inter-disciplinary team to provide scientific support to various partner-based and process-based approaches to restore streamflow and habitat in CA’s coastal and Sierra headwater streams. This position will support scientific projects, assist in developing new project work, and supervise seasonal interns. The position will require frequent overnight travel (multiple days) to remote locations in northern California.

  • Manage applied science research efforts to support streamflow enhancement, habitat restoration, and fisheries recovery efforts in California.
  • Lead wetted habitat and snorkel surveys in tributaries to the Russian River and other coastal watersheds.
  • Recruit, train, manage, and develop a talented, high-performing team of conservation hydrology seasonal interns.
  • Conduct regular fieldwork – streamflow monitoring, wetted habitat surveys, snorkel surveys and habitat assessments.
  • Work with TU staff and project partners to assess fisheries, watersheds, and aquatic resources to identify projects most beneficial to improving or maintaining coldwater fisheries habitat.
  • Collaborate with internal and external scientists and partners to enhance conservation practices and monitoring.
  • Participate in grant application preparation, and contracting, administration, and reporting for grants received.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with agency, NGO, tribal, academic, and private partners to collaboratively work on projects.


  Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in conservation sciences. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Experience conducting hydrologic fieldwork. 
  • Experience conducting wetted habitat surveys. 
  • Experience with biological assessments (e.g., fish, habitat, etc.).
  • Experience conducting snorkel surveys. 
  • Robust understanding of streamflow issues in the Russian River watershed.
  • Ability travel and work remotely for multiple days at a time, on a monthly basis.
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated, with excellent time-management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Proficient in Microsoft excel, for organizing and presenting large datasets.
  • Professional experience working with landowners, resource managers, and other interested parties in a collaborative setting.
  • Experience working in outdoor settings in variable and sometimes physically challenging conditions. 
  • A passion for conservation science and protecting and restoring salmon and trout populations and their watersheds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with data analysis.
  • Experience conducting scientific fieldwork in the Russian River basin.
  • Experience conducting spawner surveys.
  • Proficient in GIS modeling and analysis.
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information. 
  • Working knowledge of principles and practices of aquatic resource management.  

This position is based out of TU’s Emeryville office. Frequent travel is required for attendance at meetings, project site visits, and field work. Field work can involve light to moderate physical demands and working outdoors under various conditions for long hours.

Financial compensation for the Associate Scientist will be commensurate with applicable and relevant experience, from $70,000 to $85,000 per year. Benefits include a medical, dental, and vision plan; company paid disability and life insurance; paid time off; a retirement plan with company match; and a flexible work schedule with the ability to work remotely as well as in the office.

Diversity and Inclusion

At TU, we value diversity, and we actively seek candidates for this position who come from communities that have been historically under-represented in conservation and those who have been most impacted by degraded rivers and streams. We are committed to building space for all people to participate in our work to care for trout and salmon and clean our shared waters. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TU’s equity practice and values https://www.tu.org/equity/.

Salary Description: 70,000 – 85,000 DOE





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