Job listings

For a broader list, please visit the Job Board on the National AFS website.

Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) – CA Department of Water Resources

The California Department of Water Resources is looking for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) who will serve as the DWR Quality Assurance Officer. This position offers the opportunity to collaboratively implement the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Quality Management System (QMS) as the Department’s Quality Assurance (QA) Officer. The incumbent is responsible for acting as Quality Management’s technical lead and for collaboratively developing QA processes, procedures, guidelines, and documents to ensure that the QA principles are integrated into all water-related data collection activities performed by DWR and its consultants and partners for WRM-60 and AB1755 compliance. As QA Officer, the incumbent coordinates with the Quality Assurance Unit Manager to facilitate DWR QA Committee meetings, develop metrics to assess implementation of the QMS and prepare memorandum and reports to DWR management on its effectiveness. The incumbent will work with Department staff to integrate QA principals into environmental monitoring and scientific investigations to ensure reported results are of a known and documented quality, consistently produced, and legally defensible. The incumbent works with staff from other agencies and partnerships to coordinate and provide technical QA expertise to ensure DWR QA processes are consistent with best practices, and to promote interoperability of data between agencies and partnerships. The position is located in West Sacramento, and the final filing date is 4/25/2024

Please visit the CalCareers website for Job Announcement:JC-424827 Quality Assurance Officer for more information about the position and how to apply.

Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor) – CA Department of Water Resources

The California Department of Water Resources is looking for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor) in DWR’s Bryte Chemical Laboratory. This position will provide direct supervision of professional chemists and scientific aids. The incumbent provides analytical environmental chemistry expertise for regulatory and special studies, performs quality assurance and quality control of analytical methods, and is knowledgeable and proficient in current industry standards. The position is located in West Sacramento and the final filing date is 4/23/2024.

Please visit the CalCareers website and the Job Announcement:JC-423256 Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) about the position and how to apply.

Various Water Resource Engineering Positions – CBEC Engineering

  • ECOENGINEER/ECOHYDROLOGIST I/II ~ based out of West Sacramento or Santa Cruz, CA, and Upper Midwest
  • TECHNICIAN I/II ~ based out of West Sacramento, CA

Why join cbec eco engineering
cbec eco engineering, inc. (cbec), is based in West Sacramento, California, with branch offices in Northern California, the Upper Midwest, and nationwide. We specialize in eco engineering, a term that refers to the practice of water resources engineering in ways that provide ecologically-sensitive and environmentally sustainable solutions in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, water quality, and restoration design. cbec offers a stable job environment, competitive compensation and benefits, and opportunities for career growth.

We are looking for candidates who are ambitious, enthusiastic, driven, and fun, who have fantastic qualifications, and a love of the outdoors. Please visit our website for more information on our current job openings.
Please see cbec website for complete job listings:

Senior Biological Technician – Cramer Fish Sciences

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Experience conducting stream habitat surveys and identifying California freshwater and estuarine fish species.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and follow established scientific guidelines and protocols as you perform data collection, entry, organization, and quality assurance/control.
  • Manage project logistics, including scheduling field efforts and delegating work among the field team.
  • Lead and manage field crews as needed to perform hands-on work which may include water sample collection, fish trapping and tagging, visual estimation techniques (e.g., snorkeling, redd surveys), collecting data on the physical environment (e.g., water quality, channel bathymetry), and taking measurements of individual specimens.
  • Enter, compile, organize, and conduct basic analysis of fisheries and aquatic habitat related data, including generating simple figures, tables, and written content summarizing results.
  • Operate prop boats, jet boats, and non-motorized watercraft to perform fisheries research.
  • Coordinate acquisition, maintenance, repairs, replacement, and organization of all equipment and supplies needed for field work.
  • The ability to operate power tools like saws and drills to perform basic maintenance on a variety of equipment is a plus.
  • Using GPS devices, traveling to and working in remote field sites.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to resolve challenges.

How to apply:

Seasonal Biological Technician – Cramer Fish Sciences

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform field surveys that include fish trapping and visual estimation techniques (e.g., backpack electrofishing, boat-based sampling, acoustic telemetry, spawning or snorkel surveys).
  • Assist with modifying and constructing fabrication projects (e.g., weirs, boats).
  • Perform laboratory work, including freshwater invertebrate sample processing and salmon otolith preparation.
  • Safely conduct field and lab work under supervision for a wide array of projects.
  • Ability to produce accurate, timely, and quality work products assigned by project leaders and be accountable for meeting objectives.
  • Strong organization and communication skills.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and follow established protocols, guidelines, and procedures.

How to apply:
Duration: January 2024 through the end of June 2024

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Program Manager, California Ocean Protection Council (OPC)

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help advance strategic priorities related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient fishing communities, and thriving fish and wildlife populations in California. The Environmental Scientist will work in OPC’s Biodiversity Program and will lead OPC’s efforts related to climate-resilient fisheries, the development of a statewide aquaculture action plan, and the protection of marine mammal and sea turtle populations.
The Environmental Scientist will collaborate with other OPC staff, state and federal agencies, California Native American tribes, academic scientists, non-profits, and others to ensure effective, equitable fisheries management in California, with a specific focus on working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission. The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management, including developing scopes of work and budgets, tracking deliverables, and coordinating with grantees/contractors. Finally, the Environmental Scientist will provide additional support and capacity for the implementation of broader OPC and California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) priorities related to biodiversity conservation, such as habitat protection and restoration, and will support embedding equity and environmental justice into programs and actions. Final Filing date: 2/2/2024. More info here CalCareers

Postdoctoral Researcher-Aquatic Health Program

The Aquatic Health Program (PIs: Hammock and Teh) seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in data analysis and a strong publication record to join their team at the University of California, Davis (UCD).

You can find more information regarding this job opportunity and how to apply by viewing this announcement for the Postdoctoral Researcher (PDF).

Junior Specialist, University of California, Davis

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing  on questions in the field of Eco-physiology; relating to aquatic animals’ thermal performance, swimming  performance, and behavior near engineered structures.

More information can be found here.

 Interagency Ecological Program Job Announcements.