Job listings

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

1/21/2020 – Come work for one of the most exciting groups in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary! The Department of Water Resources’  Environmental Water Quality & Estuarine Studies Branch is hiring TWO Senior Environmental Scientists (Specialist) to help us conserve our aquatic environment. One will be focused on Central Valley salmonids and one will be focused on evaluating the ecosystem response to managed flow actions. Both will be actively involved in inter-agency teams and synthesis projects. We are looking for candidates with strong statistics, fisheries, water quality and ecology backgrounds who want to make a difference in conserving the Delta.

For the managed flow actions/water quality position, apply here:

For the salmonid position, apply here:

For more information, contact Rosemary Hartman ( or Melinda Baerwald (

Note: You will need to show your eligibility by taking the Senior Environmental Scientist Exam (available online)

1/20/2020 – Environmental Scientist, closes on 1/29/2020.

1/20/2020 – Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), closes 2/11/2020

12/9/19 – Associate Water Resources Specialist (PE not required), Valley Water – Valley Water (formerly Santa Clara Valley Water District) is recruiting for an Associate Water Resources specialist that will provide support to the Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Imported Water Unit specializing on science, adaptive management, fisheries and habitat restoration issues.  Are you interested in working at the intersection of science and policy? Do you enjoy working in a team environment? Do you thrive on trying to solve tough challenges? If so, we have the job for you. Valley Water is looking for a highly-motivated individual to join its imported water team to work on Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta issues. This position will provide support to the Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Imported Water Unit specializing on science, adaptive management, fisheries and habitat restoration issues and the intersection of these technical issues with policy as it relates to securing reliable imported water supplies for Valley Water. This position will also provide support on long term water supply projects, such as Delta Conveyance Facility and new storage projects, as well as provide support on annual operations, including development of transfer and exchange agreements, as needed. This position will ideally develop a knowledge base to provide long term expertise on Bay Delta Issues. Closing 12/20/2019 11:59 PM Pacific.

12/1/19 – Environmental Program Manager I, California State Water Resources Control Board – California State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance is recruiting for an Environmental Program Manager I to help lead a unique cross-cutting and special projects unit. Manage, support, and lead a wide range of large-scale water-related programs for the State of California. You are welcome to apply no matter where gained your qualifications so long as you are qualified.  You will be in a critical position within the State Board with major responsibilities for work in many areas. You will help lead the State Water Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance, a unique cross-cutting and special projects unit. The Office develops and implements policies and programs for the Board in emerging areas, which change over time.  As the Assistant Office Director, you would have an impact on the following programs and functions: -Groundwater management. This program implements the Board’s portion of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. -Emergency management. This new program helps the Boards better manage disasters (before, during, and after) in the state that affect water, such as wildfires and earthquakes. -Leadership training and general training. These programs support Water Boards’ staff in becoming effective leaders and managers and in getting the skills they need to help the Boards achieve their mission. -Policy development and consulting. This program helps staff and leadership as needed.  -Grounding policies in economics and science. These programs help staff developing new policies or programs to model their potential economic impacts or to get external expert opinions regarding the scientific basis for their proposals. As needed, you would also act for the Office Director as a member of the Water Board Executive Team.  Final Filing Date: 12/30/2019. Please see the posting for full details:

11/21/19 – California Sea Grant Extension Specialist – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – California Sea Grant seeks a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist, to be based  in San Luis Obispo, California at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). The extension specialist will be a full-time employee of Cal Poly hired as a research scientist.  The program seeks an interdisciplinary, applied marine scientist with experience or interest in conservation, management, and local issues in San Luis Obispo County and the California central coast, whose work strongly interfaces with aquaculture. We are especially interested in candidates who can build an outreach program based on applied research complementing Cal Poly and California Sea Grant Extension expertise particularly related to aquaculture. Preferred topic areas include pathology, ecotoxicology, offshore/in situ aquaculture, water quality and effluents, and aquaculture ecosystem services, but other aspects will also be considered.  The incumbent should be interested and able to collaborate with a range of Cal Poly marine faculty and regularly interface with local stakeholders, policymakers, and organizations as a representative of Sea Grant Extension and Cal Poly. Candidates with relevant and diverse expertise in other aspects of applied marine science that intersect with Sea Grant priorities will be considered. Candidates interested in and able to work across several disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. Full information and application details are available on the Cal Poly website. Apply Now  Review of applications will begin January 3, 2020.

11/21/19 – California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Coordinator, California Sea Grant –  Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and California Sea Grant at UC San Diego seek a motivated individual to coordinate the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) program under the guidance of the CalCOFI Director and CalCOFI Committee, in partnership with California Sea Grant. CalCOFI is among the world’s preeminent time series programs and has been sampling physical and biological components of the eastern Pacific ocean continuously since 1949 CalCOFI remains a unique partnership among the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and SIO. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent in ocean sciences or related field. Strengths in biological oceanography, fisheries science and advanced data analyses are preferred. Strengths in organization and personal communication are essential. In consultation with the CalCOFI Director, Committee and California Sea Grant, the successful candidate will work to organize and strengthen CalCOFI’s state, federal and academic connections, and will facilitate new programmatic elements that strengthen the connections between data and constituents. As part of this effort, the successful candidate will organize annual scientific meetings, and twice-annual meetings of the CalCOFI Scientific Advisory Board. Application Deadline: December 15, 2019. See the position description here:

10/7/19 – Environmental Scientist/Project Manager position (with Fisheries or Aquatic Ecology emphasis), Stillwater Sciences. Stillwater Sciences seeks a highly motivated, mid-level environmental scientist/project manager based in Davis, CA to serve as a member of an inter-disciplinary team working on fisheries, aquatic ecology, habitat restoration, water quality, and water resources management projects throughout California. Office location: Davis, CA. See the position announcement here:  Stillwater_EnvSci_Position_Davis_2019