Water Resources Analyst / Associate Scientist

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Various, , US


The U.S. Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) seeks a full-time professional to join our Water Program. The Water Resources Analyst / Associate Scientist will support the team by gathering and processing data, building models to represent water systems, and writing up results from the modeling efforts in technical reports and scientific literature. In addition, the Analyst / Associate Scientist will assist in preparing fundraising proposals and will spend a small amount of time performing administrative tasks. It is expected that staff exhibit progressively more creative input and autonomy over time. Analysts/Scientists who are performing well and showing steady progress in their performance are typically eligible to continue advancing in our career track.

The SEI US Water Program develops and applies analytical tools to support robust decision making on water, most notably using our Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software. Through applied projects and working with scientists and decision-makers – both locally and internationally – we develop cutting-edge studies that inform integrated water resource management, multi-scale adaptation, and/or social-ecological resilience to climate change and development challenges.

The SEI-US Center has three offices: Somerville, MA, Davis, CA, and Seattle, WA; you will be joining our eight-person team based primarily in Davis, CA. The preferred job location is either Somerville, Massachusetts or Davis, California.


We are seeking a highly motivated critical thinker with a background in engineering, water resources management or environmental sciences that has knowledge and interest in the development of digital products and data-driven platforms. You will join our team to drive innovation in water management by developing planning tools that involve participatory processes that promote holistic and transparent decision-making. To do so, you must be able to coordinate well between a technical and non-technical mindset. Beyond these critical qualifications we are looking for an applicant with:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field relevant to water resources management. Here we define water resources broadly and are open to receiving CVs from those with degrees in engineering, data management, earth or biological sciences.
  • 0 to 5 years of relevant experience (we have flexibility in how we design the position based on the strongest candidate).
  • Excellent skills in one or more of the following: data analysis, database management, GIS, remote sensing, statistical analysis, systems modeling (either simulation or optimization), data visualization and/or computer programming.
  • Willingness to learn new skills outside of formal training through participation in multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in Spanish or French or another language is highly desirable but not required.
  • Interest in working on complex California water systems as well as a willingness to work with teams internationally to participate in project workshops and work with local stakeholders.
  • Proficient writing skills to communicate with both technical and general audiences.
  • Interest in capacity building.

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications should be written in English, and will be accepted until midnight, March 31st, 2021, or until the position is filled.

No phone calls please.


SEI US offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and disability insurance; retirement; and paid parental and family medical leave after one year of employment. We have a welcoming work environment and flexible work schedules, and offer 10 holidays, 15 days of vacation (increasing to 20 days after five years of employment), and 10 days of sick leave each year.


About SEI

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent, international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI was ranked as the world’s top think tank on environmental policy issues in the 2020 Global Go To Think Tanks Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SEI has around 250 employees working at research centers in seven countries around the world. SEI’s headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional SEI research centres are located in Kenya (SEI Africa) Estonia (SEI Tallinn); United Kingdom (SEI York and SEI Oxford); the United States (SEI US); Thailand (SEI Asia); and Colombia (SEI Latin America).

SEI provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. We value diversity and an inclusive work culture. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.