Geospatial Junior Specialist - Job Opportunity - CLOSED

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hiring a Junior Specialist to assist with geospatial research projects in California. The position is full time, from 2/1/2019 to 1/30/2020 with the possibility for extension. Application closes January 6th, 2019. Please see the attached posting for further details. Additional questions about this position should be directed to Ann Willis ( or Sarah Yarnell (


This position will aid in interdisciplinary studies of the interactions of hydrology and ecology in montane and lowland stream systems. Specifically, the Junior Specialist will assist in the collection, compilation, and assessment of large geospatial datasets incorporating hydrologic data, biologic data and landscape attributes. Data management and geospatial modeling using GIS and Program R software are key responsibilities of this position. Successful candidates will also participate in field studies to collect geospatial data using unmanned aerial vehicles, surveying and GPS equipment, aquatic habitat data, biologic data, and water quality attributes. The Junior Specialist will be actively and significantly involved in creative activities of publishing research and designing future research including reviewing journal articles; engaging in discussions of research to assist in interpreting results; assisting more senior researchers in preparing manuscripts for peer-review journals; and participating in design of studies as part of writing research proposals. They will also have the opportunity to present research results at local and regional meetings including the Society for Freshwater Science, Salmonid Restoration Federation, American Fisheries Society, Bay-Delta Science Conference, among others. 



  • Bachelor degree in Hydrology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field, with a minimum of one year’s experience in geospatial analysis and field research. 
  • Current California Driver’s License.
  • Experience using MS Excel and Word; ArcGIS and Program R software.
  • Experience in stream flow, water temperature, water quality, or geomorphic monitoring.
  • Knowledge of conducting geospatial analysis and modeling in ArcGIS and associated statistical analysis in ArcGIS and Program R.
  • Knowledge of unmanned aerial vehicle (i.e., drone) operation sufficient to acquire an FAA operator’s license.
  • Knowledge of experimental design, statistical analysis or technical writing for academic publications or policy decisions.
  • Experience in team-based work that requires communication, decision-making skills, cooperation and leadership.
  • Ability to work independently and remain focused for long periods of time while conducting geospatial analyses and database management.
  • Ability to walk several miles to research sites for purposes of data collection; work in adverse weather condition; bend, squat, crouch and pull and lift up to 50 pounds of survey equipment during field sampling days of 8-10 hours duration.