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NERR Research Technician (Research Technician III) - ORSP/EOS/NERR

Apply now Job no: 533621
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Working Title

NERR Research Technician

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus.  Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect  Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Office of Research and Sponsored Programs/ Estuary & Ocean Science Center/ National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR)

Appointment Type


Position will end on or before June 30, 2024. Permanent status cannot be earned in this grant funded position. This Temporary appointment can be concluded prior to the stated temporary appointment end date, normally with a two-week notice period. Continuation of this temporary appointment is contingent upon grant funding.

Time Base


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday; from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Anticipated Hiring Range

$5,640.00 per month/ $67,680.00 Annually 

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Implements research and monitoring projects for the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) under general direction, with emphasis on maintaining data telemetry systems and conducting elevation surveys in and around San Francisco Bay. Participates in the NERR System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) by deploying and maintaining scientific equipment, implementing protocols, troubleshooting specialized hardware and vendor software, and providing technical support such as construction and installation of environmental monitoring stations and associated hardware while working in wetlands and from small boats. Independently manages, analyzes, and interprets datasets related to telemetry and elevation surveying. Plans, organizes, and oversees the work of students in data collection, compilation, and analysis. Position also formulates, conducts, and reviews research studies; prepares interpretative analysis and graphic presentation of data; obtains site-access and collection permits; advises on utilization of research techniques; and does related work as required.

Position Information

Research and monitoring / SWMP implementation

  • Design, construct, install, maintain, and repair open-water field moorings, tidal wetland monitoring stations, and associated laboratory and field research equipment.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and periodically update satellite and/or cellular telemetry hardware and software.
  • Conduct and evaluate elevation surveys of geodetic benchmarks, monitoring equipment, and wetlands.
  • Monitor environmental parameters around San Francisco Bay through instrument calibration, deployment, retrieval, maintenance, data downloads, and troubleshooting of equipment and software.
  • Collect and analyze environmental water samples, including preparation of equipment and supplies, small boat and paddlecraft operation to field sites, water collection and filtering, troubleshooting and research.
  • Recommend, devise, and participate in field surveys and laboratory studies of marine and estuarine biota.
  • Initiate or recommend new studies or investigations, additional uses of existing data, modifications of procedures, innovations of methods, application of resources, and reporting and utilization of data.
  • Maintain general laboratory organization, inventory, cleanliness, and safety.

Data and metadata interpretation and reporting

  • Compile, process, interpret, and report on elevation survey data used to establish and maintain vertical control networks and track vertical positions of field instruments and wetlands.
  • Compile, process, interpret, and report on data from autonomous instruments that measure environmental water quality, water surface elevation, hydrodynamics, meteorological conditions, and other parameters.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative statistical data and prepare interpretative reports and presentations.
  • Oversee monthly SWMP data entry, processing, and preliminary quality assurance / quality control.
  • Contribute to other data entry, processing, preliminary quality assurance / quality control, and analysis.
  • Prepare and update data visualizations, technical manuals, procedural guides and reports, and data and metadata summaries related to NERR research and monitoring projects and the scientific process.

Outreach and administrative duties

  • Create and publish research and monitoring contributions to newsletters and social media.
  • Contribute to public open house programs and educational events on campus and at NERR partner sites.
  • Coordinate and assist with student research and monitoring projects in field and laboratory settings.
  • Represent the NERR by presenting research and monitoring results at scientific meetings and conferences.
  • Assist with development of scientific manuscripts and associated outreach materials.
  • Participate in safety and technical trainings, scheduling, staff communications, and project meetings.
  • Contribute to purchasing, record keeping, and grant reporting related to research and monitoring projects.

5% - Other duties as assigned

At All Times

  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
  • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others and the office environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledges and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of research techniques, including the planning of studies and investigations, the determining of variables and the developing of reference materials; thorough knowledge of research reporting techniques; general knowledge of machine tabulation techniques and the programming of data; thorough knowledge of the techniques and treatment of data such as simple correlation methods, trend analysis, frequency distribution analysis, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing and methods of interval estimation; familiarity with the principles of personnel management and effective supervision and ability to direct the work of others.

Ability to reason logically and capacity for independent and creative thinking on research problems; ability to develop techniques for handling a large variety of detailed data and ability to analyze these data; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action.


Three years of progressively responsible technical research or statistical experience including or supplemented by one year in the interpretation and graphic presentation of data. Graduate study in the social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business administration or engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. (Additional qualifying professional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

A background check (which may include: checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records, motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires). Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in marine or estuarine science.
  • Knowledge of oceanography and standard methods for measuring physical and chemical properties of water.
  • Knowledge of basic tidal dynamics, estuarine gradients, and open-water working conditions in San Francisco Bay.
  • Knowledge of procurement, project management, statistical programming, and database management.
  • Ability to design, build, install, maintain, and recover marine and estuarine moorings in open water and monitoring platforms on pilings and piers.
  • Ability to develop, improve, and manage research and monitoring programs and small grants; prepare data summaries and reports; and lead or facilitate discussions and meetings.
  • Experience using survey leveling and static occupations with global positioning system and global navigation satellite system receivers to obtain orthometric heights of wetlands and field instruments.
  • Experience deploying and maintaining automated dataloggers in groundwater wells and stilling wells.
  • Experience using YSI EXO2 multiparameter sondes and sensors including calibration, programming, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair.
  • Experience with paddlecraft, small boat operation, and scientific scuba diving in coastal waters; completion of a Motorboat Operating Training Course and at least five years of motorboat operation in an institutional setting.
  • Experience overseeing multiple simultaneous projects, including ecological studies of aquatic invertebrates, tidal marsh vegetation, submerged aquatic vegetation, and/or phytoplankton.
  • Experience mentoring, training, and guiding staff, volunteers, and students.


Possess a valid California Driver's License; comply with Defensive Driver's Training program requirements; satisfy requirements for Motorboat Operator Certification Training at SF State as needed.

Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in potentially inclement weather; ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds with assistance; ability to swim; willingness to climb onto high monitoring platforms with appropriate safety gear. This position requires travel to field sties, and work schedule may change from days to evenings to meet research demands. Occasional work will be required on holidays and weekends with appropriate adjustment of the work week.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions.  SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU).  CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California.  Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception.  While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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