The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region, is part of the state’s Environmental Protection Agency and regulates discharges to waters and enforces water quality protection laws. The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) (http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/) is looking for a contract employee under the San Jose State University Research Foundation to serve as the SWAMP environmental data manager for all water quality monitoring data in Bay Area watersheds.
The responsibilities of the position would include:
- Creation, modification and organization of field forms and data sheets
- Data entry, template formatting, and submission
- Tracking data entry, analysis, submission, and completeness statuses for multiple projects
- Downloading, analysis, formatting, and organization of large datasets from time-series environmental monitoring equipment
- Providing data management and analysis information to reporting labs and agencies
- Interacting with scientists, contract labs, data management, other agencies, watershed groups, and individuals
- Creation and modification of work orders, budgets, and lab contracts
- Assisting with data analysis by working on graphs, maps, and tables for presentations, and reports
- Conducting water quality, biological, and physical habitat monitoring and sampling in Bay Area creeks
- Fulfilling data requests made by agencies and individuals
- Calibration and maintenance of field equipment
- Scheduling, coordination, and setup of meetings and conferences
This is a very diverse, interesting job where you could gain a wide variety of skills in the office and in the field. This is a great opportunity to make contacts and cultivate an environmental career.
Necessary Qualifications: 1) BS/BA required, preferred degree in environmental science, biology, ecology, environmental engineering, geography, computer science or related field; 2) extremely detail oriented and highly organized; 3) expert user of MS Excel and very familiar with MS Access; 4) experienced with data entry and database management of physical habitat, water chemistry, biological, or other environmental data; and 5) acquainted with environmental monitoring and assessment methods.
Desirable Qualifications: 1) experience with environmental data analysis and scientific report writing; 2) ability to collect water quality data, including working long days in outdoor conditions, carrying field equipment, and hiking in rough terrain; 3) ability to use geographic information system (GIS) program ArcGIS and Google Earth; and 4) experience conducting bioassessment, physical habitat assessment, and environmental monitoring equipment. The SWAMP bioassessment protocol can be found at http://swamp.mpsl.mlml.calstate.edu.
Office location: Oakland, CA
Start date: March 1, 2013
Hours: Full time
For questions or to submit an application, email resume and cover letter to: