This position offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to conduct complex and applied scientific studies on issues related to the aquatic ecology of the San Francisco Estuary and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The incumbent will lead scientific studies associated with understanding the biology of captive-reared Delta Smelt and informing Delta Smelt population supplementation activities. Incumbent will serve as a co-lead for the Delta Smelt Enclosures Study, a ground-breaking interdisciplinary project using specially designed enclosures to investigate how captive-reared Delta Smelt respond to wild conditions. The primary goals of this highly collaborative study are to inform population supplementation planning and adaptive management of habitat improvement actions and restoration. We are seeking a motivated and creative professional scientist to join our diverse research program. The incumbent will lead field and laboratory investigations; propose, develop, and conduct relevant scientific research studies; analyze and synthesize ecological data from studies and long-term Interagency Ecological Program monitoring datasets; prepare documentation for study permitting; and communicate research findings via authoring technical reports and peer-reviewed articles in relevant journals and giving oral/poster presentations at pertinent scientific conferences. The incumbent will also provide fisheries expertise to other agency groups and will serve as a mentor to junior staff. The individual will work cooperatively as part of Interagency Ecological Program and Department of Water Resources Project Work Teams and will have fiscal and administrative responsibility tasks, such as developing and managing contracts and permits.
Research experience in aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, behavior, or water quality. Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques for analyzing ecological data is desired. Good organization, communication, writing, and project management skills are essential. Experience with aquatic invertebrate sampling, laboratory skills, study design, and boat operation are beneficial. Must have strong written and oral communication skills and a collaborative approach to science with an ability to work independently and in a team environment. Experience presenting scientific work via oral, visual or technical methods, as well as participating in peer reviewed scientific journals in desirable. Knowledge of budgets and contracts as well as experience with QA/QC and project goal setting is preferred.