Job listings

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5/16/18 – Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor for the Ocean Standards Unit at the California State Water Resources Control Board. Final Filing Date: 05/24/2018 and you must take the Senior Environmental Scientist exam before you can apply. Please see the job posting below.  The job posting (click on the additional duty statement) has all the information regarding the job description and the application process. Please be aware when applying online the standard form 678 does not always auto populate correctly, so please double check it before hitting submit.

5/15/18 – Scientific Aid position in Aquatic Ecology Section, DWR, West Sacramento. Final Filing Date: 05/21/2018. Under supervision of lead person, collect fisheries (invertebrate and water quality) data associated with applied research projects in the Yolo Bypass and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  Correctly identify and monitor native and non-native fish populations using a variety of fisheries techniques, including use of a rotary screw trap, fyke trap, and beach seine net.  Other duties include, but are not limited to: processing biological samples in the laboratory, assistance with the management and summary of field monitoring data in Access databases, maintenance of field equipment, and assisting with the preparation of draft technical reports.  Field duties require rigorous physical work under variable conditions. Application instructions, job details, and duty statement can be found at: Details on the Aquatic Ecology Section can be found at

5/14/18 – Senior Laboratory Assistant. Dept: CDFW. Location: San Joaquin County. Final Filing Date: Until Filled. Under the supervision of a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), this position provides laboratory support for the Bay Delta Region’s Native Fishes Study.  The Native Fishes Study is an important part of the IEP Operations Program.  The incumbent primarily processes samples of larval fish and microscopic organisms (zooplankton, including copepods, cladocerans, and rotifers) in the laboratory using a microscope.  Additional duties include purchasing supplies, data entry and editing, sample Quality Control checks, and occasional collection of samples from a research vessel in the San Francisco Estuary. For additional information, please contact the hiring manager Bob Fujimura. Fujimura, Bob@Wildlife <>  See announcement here.

5/14/18 – Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory). Dept: CDFW. Location: San Joaquin County. Final Filing Date: 05/25/2018. Under the supervision of an Environmental Program Manager I, the incumbent will be responsible for supervising the Fish Restoration Program staff (Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), Environmental Scientist, and Wildlife Habitat Supervisor I’s) related to the implementing of specific Operations and Criteria Plan (OCAP) Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPA) actions outlined in the Fish Restoration Program Agreement (FRPA). Incumbent will be responsible for coordinating CDFW activities in cooperation with the Department of Water Resources (DWR), federal counterparts, and CDFW Regional staff, participating in planning discussions to facilitate project implementation and monitoring activities, initiating complex studies which will support adaptive management of the implemented FRPA actions, compliance, documentation and permitting requirements, including sensitive species issues.  Duties may also include, but are not limited to, restoration planning, interim management prior to restoration, restoration implementation, operation and maintenance activities, and monitoring to evaluate project success in meeting the planned restoration objectives. Prospective applicants should have knowledge of Bay-Delta habitats and species; be familiar with State and federal environmental laws, Department policies, habitat restoration principles, and adaptive management plans; and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.  For additional information, please contact the hiring manager Jim Starr. Starr, Jim@Wildlife <>  See announcement here.

5/14/18 – Environmental Scientist, Dept: CDFW. Location: San Joaquin County. Final Filing Date: 05/30/2018. The Environmental Scientist provides critical technical support for Department of Water Resources (DWR) Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility (SDFPF) through biological monitoring, fish identification verification, evaluating current or future measures for fish protection or passage, processing larval fish samples, data analyses and reporting services.  Majority of time is spent in office or laboratory siting during data gathering, processing, analysis, and report writing.  Routine fieldwork consists of periodic site visits to the SDFPF frequently at night and occasional on weekends to work with DWR technicians or check biological samples.  Site visits and fieldwork may require working long and non-standard hours or schedules seasonally.  These site visits requires standing and walking on uneven, moving, steep, and slippery surfaces and significant automobile travel times to the SDFPF or vessel docks (if necessary). For additional information, please contact the hiring manager Bob Fujimura. Fujimura, Bob@Wildlife <> See announcement here.

5/14/18 – FISH PROGRAM MANAGER, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.<>  Job opening number: 623183 – Closing Date 5/20/2018. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is currently recruiting for a Fish Program Manager. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in a small state where you will be involved in all facets of fisheries research, management, and aquatic habitat protection. The job involves overseeing fish research and management projects, supervising and mentoring six fish/habitat biologists, developing plans and policies, managing budgets, making programmatic decisions, and doing hands-on fieldwork. This is a full-time permanent position, located at the Roxbury District Fish and Wildlife Office in central Vermont. Responsibilities: Oversees a number of fish division programs including providing for staff supervision and training, establishing research and project priorities, coordinating research and management programs, and evaluating program accomplishments. Recommends long-term fish management programs and activities. Participates in the development of Department strategic plans and operational plans to achieve goals and outcomes. Sets goals and identifies priorities for a number of species and habitat management teams. Directs the preparation of plans for the management and improvement of species, and habitats. Reviews the work of biologists assigned in their program in the preparation and implementation of fish management activities and plans, land acquisition, habitat protection, environmental review activities, and the use of cultured fish. Interprets federal and state legislation and assists in establishing rules, regulations, policies, and schedules. Prepares, administers and monitors specific program budgets. Prepares grant proposals and monitors spending of various grants. Evaluates and recommends proposed legislation. Participates in meetings with agency, state and federal officials and with private organizations on fish management and aquatic habitat issues. Conducts fieldwork including fish sampling, habitat assessment, regulatory review and angler surveys. Presents expert testimony for the Department in a variety of forums. Responds to information requests from state and federal agencies, private organizations, and the general public. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or natural resources field AND five (5) years of experience at a professional level in a fish management program, INCLUDING one year of administrative or supervisory responsibilities. OR Master’s degree or higher in a scientific or natural resources field AND three (3) years of experience at a professional level in a fish management program, INCLUDING one year of administrative or supervisory responsibilities. OR Master’s degree or higher in a scientific or natural resources field AND Master’s degree or higher in public administration AND three (3) years at a professional level in a fish management program. OR Master’s degree or higher in public administration AND five (5) years at a professional level in a fish management program. Starting Salary: $29.30/hr plus benefits (Pay Grade 27). Closing Date: 5/20/2018 (Applications must be submitted by this date.) Contact: Apply online (Job ID # 623183)
Please Note: You must apply online to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. This position is open to all State employees and external applicants. If you would like more information about this position, please contact Eric Palmer via email:<>.
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

5/6/18 – Science Manager, State Water Contractors. The State Water Contractors (SWC) are seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic scientist and project manager with a proven track record, to serve as its Science Manager. The SWC are a statewide, mutual benefit corporation representing 27 public water agencies from Northern, Central, and Southern California that receive water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively, the SWC deliver water to more than 25 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural lands, and make substantial investments in the Delta and its tributaries to benefit ecosystems, including restoration and research. Under the General Manager’s supervision, the Science Manager is responsible for managing current and future science projects and related efforts. The Science Manager will also represent SWC in other forums pursuing and reviewing ecosystem science issues relative to the California Bay-Delta. See announcement here. Applications due May 18, 2018.

4/24/18 – Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), California Department of Water Resources. DWR is hiring two Senior Environmental Scientists (Specialist) to work in the Environmental Water Quality and Estuarine Studies Branch.  The incumbents will design and conduct complex studies in the San Francisco Estuary and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  One position has a focus of aquatic ecology, while the other position has a focus of water quality. For more information on the position and instructions on how to apply, please visit the following links:

4/24/18 – Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University. We seek a research associate to lead/assist in several quantitative fisheries projects involving adaptive management, stock assessment methods, harvest policy analysis, and ecological data analysis. You will assist with the evaluation of stock assessment methods for Great Lakes fisheries, the development of simulation models to evaluate management strategies for Great Lakes and other fisheries, and work closely with stakeholders involved in these fisheries. You will likely also have the opportunity to participate in a structured decision making / adaptive management exercise related to management of Asian carps in the Great Lakes and to explore alternative control strategies for sea lampreys. Interest/experience with engaging agency personnel and stakeholders at the interface of technical analysis and resource management is desired. You may also participate in other QFC activities, including preparation for and delivery of on-line and short-courses on quantitative fisheries methods and participating in consulting projects with QFC supporting partners. Qualifications:  PhD in fisheries science or related discipline with a strong record of research productivity in quantitative methods.  Salary:  $48,500 per year plus benefits. Initial appointment is for 1 year with possibility of extension for 18 – 24 months.  Closing date:  Until filled. Contact: All applicants must apply via search posting #487624. Please submit your CV, letter of interest, and transcripts (unofficial). Questions about the posting can be directed to Drs. Michael Jones ( and Kelly Robinson ( at the Quantitative Fisheries Center.

4/12/18 – Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Coastal Ecotoxicology, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Full-time 12-month Postdoctoral Scholar position located in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, Oregon. This position is funded by startup funds and research grants. The postdoctoral scholar will work under the mentorship of principal investigator Dr. Susanne Brander. The position is renewable annually on a fiscal year basis, so long as the postdoctoral scholar is within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree and dependent on continued funding availability. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Principal Investigator and the OSU Office of Postdoctoral Programs. See position announcement here. (start date is somewhat flexible, July is preferred). Full consideration date:  Until filled.

3/27/18 – Senior/Mid-Level Biologist, Tehama Environmental Solutions, Inc. Red Bluff, Tehama County, California. Full-time with Benefits. See job announcement here. Open until filled.

3/27/18 – Senior/Mid-Level Environmental Planner, Tehama Environmental Solutions, Inc. Red Bluff, Tehama County, California. Full-time with Benefits. See job announcement here. Open until filled.

3/27/18 – Environmental Program Manager I (Chair of the IEP). Agency: CDFW. Location: San Joaquin County. This unique cross functional program manager position provides leadership and support that facilitates studies for management decisions about the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary through coordination between Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) member agencies and stakeholders at all levels from scientist to Directors.  The incumbent will act as the chair of the interagency program to collaboratively and implement research and analysis.  This position may also advise managers and scientists on quality science for important management decisions. Experienced scientists with strong leadership, science, communication, logistics and organizational skills are encouraged to read a copy of the duty statement and apply. Closing Date: Until filled.

3/18/18 – Research Associate‐Fish Health, The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada, Souris,  Prince Edward Island. See announcement hereApplications are accepted until the position is filled; only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

3/18/18 – Fish Farm Tech, Pacific Seafood. See announcement here.

2/14/18 – IEP Program Manager:    Department: CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Classification: Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist. Program: Interagency Ecological Program. Location: San Joaquin County. Filing Date: Until Filled. Hiring Manager: Gregg Erickson, CDFW. <> For any questions about the advertisement, please contact the Hiring Manager Gregg Erickson, CDFW.

2/7/18 – Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor for the Anadromous Program(CDFW Fisheries Branch).  This position will cover a variety of program responsibilities, including anadromous restoration, water-fish issues, permitting, non-game native and sturgeon recovery. The advertisement and duty statement can be found at the following link: Position open until filled.

1/29/18 – Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, a Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist, and three Environmental Scientists. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has five new vacancies in the State Water Project Permitting Program in the Water Branch. These new positions include a Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, a Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist, and three Environmental Scientists. The new unit will be responsible for 1) developing and implementing a new incidental take permit for impacts to longfin smelt as a result of ongoing operations of the State Water Project, and 2) engaging in the ongoing reinitiation of consultation on the current biological opinions over state and federal water project operations. Both of these efforts will require close collaboration with state and federal agencies, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Department of Water Resources.  Ideal candidates will have strong quantitative and analytical skills and a strong interest in the policy area of water management and the ecology of fishes.  Excellent writing skills are also important.  This is an exciting opportunity to develop and implement creative, novel approaches to avoiding, minimizing and mitigating impacts to threatened and endangered fish species from operation of one of the largest water infrastructure systems in the United States. If you are interested in contributing to ongoing science and monitoring efforts in the Delta and developing innovative solutions to some of the most challenging water issues in California, I encourage you to consider applying. Please also consider sharing this announcement with potentially interested candidates within or outside CDFW. If you have questions, or would like to learn more about these opportunities, please call Brooke Jacobs or see the CalHR job announcement links below.  Final Filing Date: Until Filled.

Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor:

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