Job Posting: River Scientist

CWC is seeking a full-time River Scientist to join our team! If you or someone you know loves working with community members and volunteers and has a strong science background, look no further! Read on to learn more about the position, view the full job description and apply today!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Job Description

Reporting to the Programs Director, the Coastal Watershed Council’s (CWC) River Scientist is responsible for implementing CWC’s community-based programs to improve water quality and enhance habitat in and along the lower San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, CA. These programs are funded by contracts with local city and county agencies, grants from state and federal agencies and private foundations and community donations. Community-based programs to improve water quality include special investigations to identify water quality problems and solutions, the implementation of these solutions by engaging people to take action and the organizing of volunteer days to monitor water quality including the annual Snapshot Day. Community-based programs to enhance habitat include volunteer-based invasive species removal and native plant installations through monthly River Health Days, organizing corporate team building opportunities and coordinating with CWC’s education program staff to engage students and youth groups. This position will represent CWC to the public and communicate their findings to preserve and protect coastal watersheds while teaching youth and adults of all backgrounds about the importance of rivers, creeks and watersheds to our daily lives and inspire people to take action to improve watershed health.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Build and maintain strong relationships and clear communication with people of all backgrounds who live, work and play along the lower San Lorenzo River. Be visible and accessible to the community by attending community events, sharing CWC’s vision and providing program information.
  • Design, implement and lead community engagement, community science water quality monitoring and community habitat enhancement programs, including recruiting, training and supervising over 500 volunteers annually.
  • Collaborate with the City of Santa Cruz to direct water quality monitoring programs and implement best management practices based on storm water management plans and pathogen and other Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the San Lorenzo River.
  • Lead volunteers to follow safety protocols, collect water quality measurements and samples and ensure sample analysis is conducted following applicable quality assurance/quality control plans.
  • Coordinate with City of Santa Cruz and other partners for event permitting, volunteer engagement, lab analysis of water quality samples, plant selection approval and contract management.
  • Use, calibrate, troubleshoot and manage inventory of field equipment such as multi-parameter probes, meters and field kids.
  • Analyze water quality and habitat data, author technical reports and develop infographics for internal use, funders and community education.
  • Communicate about upcoming volunteer opportunities and stewardship actions through social media, email, blog posts, education programs and press outreach. Communicate regularly with volunteers and partner organizations through email, phone calls and meetings in order to enhance and maintain strong working relationships with river constituents.
  • Implement CWC’s strategic plan utilizing CWC’s Theory of Change to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource. Research and implement best practices in improving water quality and habitat, volunteer management, placemaking and behavior change.
  • Evaluate and report on project outcomes, manage project and event budgets, send monthly invoices and complete reporting requirements for the community and funders. Perform other duties as assigned.
Complete Job Description

Click Here to Review the Full Job Description

Apply Today

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Sunday, March 10. You may apply using the form below or by submitting your application via email to Laurie Egan, Programs Director at If emailing, please include “River Scientist” in the subject line of your email. A resume/CV and cover letter are required for your application to be considered complete.

River Scientist Job Application

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.


Facebook Comments