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Sr. Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation

The California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation is looking to recruit a new senior scientist with ecotoxicology, environmental or aquatic toxicology background to join the Environmental Monitoring Branch.

This position is based in Sacramento, CA. The Surface Water Protection Program (SWPP) at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is currently looking to fill a vacant Sr. Environmental Scientist (ES) position. We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who are passionate about environmental monitoring and research and would excel working for a state regulatory agency. The SWPP is a science and data-driven program that is home to a diverse team of ~15 scientists including modelers, environmental scientists, ecotoxicologists, ecologists, and more. Our current vacancy is for someone with environmental toxicology, aquatic toxicology or ecotoxicology experience. The successful applicant will act as a lead evaluator of aquatic or ecotoxicology data and serve as a technical advisor for the Surface Water program. Additionally, this Sr. ES position will also support some of our monitoring where the successful applicant would help lead or support pesticide monitoring efforts across the State of California. While we would like to focus our recruitment efforts to balance out our agricultural monitoring work, we are most focused on finding someone with related technical expertise and are further open to hearing from a range of applicants who possess a diversity of skills such as field data collection, statistical or analytical skills, and scientific writing. Since this is a senior position, applicants are expected to have project management and leadership abilities.

Specific information on the position can be found here. The current application closing date is February 10, 2024.

Additional information regarding the duty statement is found on the job posting.


Additionally, myself or members of the SWPP team would be more than happy to field questions regarding our current vacancy or what it is like working as a state scientist. 

Xin Deng, PhD. Sr. Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) Surface Water Protection Program


Aquatic Toxicologist (Staff Scientist)
Pacific EcoRisk

As a staff scientist, you will operate as a key member of the laboratory team, with responsibilities encompassing a full range of laboratory functions and activities. The primary purpose of this position is to fulfill the daily testing needs and general operation of the laboratory, including testing and field sampling. This position includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the daily performance of acute and chronic freshwater, estuarine/marine, sediment, and terrestrial toxicity tests, including familiarization and fluency in the associated testing protocols (e.g., standard operating procedures, test manuals, and demonstration of capability), data acquisition, recording, and review, statistical analyses, and electronic data deliverables. This position may include the design, execution, and management of special studies, including, but not necessarily limited to,
Toxicity Identification Evaluations (TIEs), water-effect ratios (WERs), and chemical spiking studies. This position may include special assignments in quality assurance, safety, training, and equipment maintenance, including assistantships with the Laboratory Manager and/or Quality Manager (e.g., Assistant Lab Manager, Assistant Quality Manager) and Project Managers. This position requires that the candidate exercise advanced biological, chemical, and ecological knowledge to make and interpret observations being made during testing. This position will require the candidate to adhere to the Pacific EcoRisk’s Quality Manual.


More information can be found at this link.

Mid-level and Senior Ecological Risk Consultants (multiple openings)
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

ERM is seeking motivated Mid-level and Senior Ecological Risk Consultants and Project Managers to join our Site Investigation and Risk Assessment (SIRA) service team managed out of Santa Barbara/Carpinteria, CA. Remote work is acceptable.

  • Mid-level consultants should have a minimum of 5 years experience, a sound understanding of ecological risk assessment principals, methods, and regulatory requirements. In addition to supporting project delivery, mid-level staff will have the opportunity to mentor and manage junior staff, serve as task leads and project managers, and participate in business development.

  • Senior consultants should have at least 10 years of consulting experience. Ideal candidates bring significant consulting and project management experience, in order to provide technical leadership, strategic direction, and cutting-edge technical support to grow ERM’s SIRA service area in ecological risk assessment and site investigation services. As a senior leader, you will be fully accountable for consulting on, managing, and selling ecological risk assessment, site investigation and remediation related projects to build a sustainable business locally and across the US, while also networking with ERM's global SIRA technical team to share best practices across the industry. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, this position can be a Partner-track opportunity for a senior-level professional looking to advance their career to the next level with a global environmental leader, and to make a significant impact in successfully implementing ERM's global strategy.   


All consultants also have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects outside of SIRA, covering the full spectrum of ERM’s services (


Interested candidates can apply for a positions using the following links:

Managing Ecological Risk Consultant / Project Manager

Principal Ecological Risk Consultant / Technical Director


And may also send a resume or CV, with cover letter (email), to George Weber at


Laboratory Technician Position in Watershed Biogeochemistry
Anthropocene Lab at Michigan State University (MSU)

The Watershed Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene Lab ( at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking applications for a laboratory technician position to start in September 2023. This technician will work on a funded collaborative project between MSU, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of California Santa Cruz focused on investigating the interaction of agricultural sulfur runoff and mercury methylation in California vineyards and nearby wetlands. This position will involve laboratory analyses, consisting primarily of total mercury, methylmercury, and mercury isotope measurements from field samples and laboratory incubation experiments. The technician will be trained on all laboratory techniques and then will be expected to develop independence over time. The technician will also assist with general lab management and the training and mentoring of undergraduate students.


More information can be found at this link.

Heller Fellow Disease Investigations Research Associate I  
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Beckman Center for Conservation Research

This one-year Heller Fellow position within Disease Investigations (DI) will focus on building aging and biomarkers of health tools for wildlife conservation that can be applied both locally and globally. You would be working under the direction of DI's veterinary toxicologist and the first project will focus on setting up an epigenetic clock pipeline in our molecular diagnostic laboratory, with cheetah aging for our first project. Previous experience with DNA methylation is a perk, and if you are at a post-doc level and interested in applying, please feel free to and we can talk about options. 

Click here for more information and to apply. 

Senior Environmental Specialist - Ocean Monitoring
Orange County Sanitation District 

Under direction of the Environmental Supervisor, the Senior Environmental Specialist performs a variety of complex environmental studies and field work in support of the District's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) ocean discharge permit. Specifically, this position will have primary responsibility for the management and development of the District’s OMP Toxicity Monitoring Program for Effluent and Receiving Waters, in addition to other supporting roles in the OMP.

Click here to view the job posting or to apply!

Chemist (GS-7) 
U.S. Department of the Interior/USGS/PCMSC/Santa Cruz, California 

As a Chemist with the Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

- Assist with environmental sample preparation, extraction, analysis, and reporting in the PCMSC Organic Geochemistry Lab. 

- Perform carbon analyses in the PCMSC Carbon Lab using established coulometric methods. 

- Perform grain size analyses in the PCMSC Sediment Lab using established methods for sieving and laser particle counting. 

Salary: $54,959 - $71,441 per year 

The Vacancy opens 09/12/2022 and closes at midnight on the day that 35 applications are received, or by midnight 09/30/22 (all Eastern Time).  

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. 

Contact Dr. Renee Takesue ( if you have questions about the scientific duties of the position. 

Contact HR Specialist Yvonne Jacobs ( if you have questions or issues about the instructions, application process, or required documentation. 

Click here to view the job posting or to apply!

Chemistry Lab Positions (2)
Physis Environmental Laboratories

Physis Environmental Laboratories of Anaheim, CA, is interested in hiring entry-thru-senior level staff; chemistry-biology-envtl sciences background a must, university-commercial lab experience a plus, wage-salary commensurate.  Physis, a mature-culture laboratory practice investing in personnel of high character to apply their experiences and aptitudes, invites you or someone you know to apply and explore, continue and further ones interests and aptitudes in a supportiveTQM-pledged work environment toward your very net-positive work-life balance.  Full-time preferred, will consider <40 hours. Currently in our field? A college graduate, or soon-to-be? Great opportunity to be a lab tech, chemist, analyst-specialist, and to cross-train>advance>grow. Everyone starts with an office space, also. Please email today your Cover Letter and Resume-CV to 

Diver Biologist
MBC Aquatic Sciences

MBC Aquatic Sciences currently has 23 employees and has been established for more than 50 years. The successful candidate will work in field, office, and laboratory settings, and must have the social and communication skills to effectively communicate across different personality types. Work is performed year-round in a variety of weather conditions, both as individuals and as a team, and some work-related travel may be required. The position will require: field surveys (marine and fresh water sites), maintaining and operating scientific equipment, launching and retrieving small research vessels, statistical data analysis, and scientific writing. Accuracy and attention to detail are a must. The MBC office work environment is casual and collaborative. MBC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including: paid holiday, sick, and
vacation time; health insurance (medical, dental, and optical), life insurance, pre-tax FSA, and 401(k) plan.


Interested candidates please see the MBC website or send resumes to Jimmy Nunez at

Staff Scientist
Council for Watershed Health (CWH)

CWH is hiring an experienced Staff Scientist to support our watershed and green infrastructure monitoring efforts. This position will report to our Senior Scientist and conduct monitoring, data analysis, and assist in project management. We’re seeking a well-rounded, adaptable, and creative individual with a relevant background in chemistry, biology, ecology, civil and environmental engineering or environmental sciences. The Staff Scientist will work directly, under the guidance of the Senior Scientist, with representatives of municipalities, agencies, and consultants to ensure project deliverables are on schedule and within budget. The Staff Scientist will train and lead field staff and interns in conducting stream and green infrastructure monitoring efforts. The successful candidate will have skills to coordinate and support multiple projects simultaneously, thrive working in multi-disciplinary teams and in a fast-paced work environment, and have experience or competency in the following responsibilities.

Click here to view the job posting or to apply!

Water Quality Manager
Irvine Ranch Water District

The Irvine Ranch Water District is accepting applications for a Water Quality Manager who under general direction, will plan, organize, oversee and supervise the efficient operation of the Water Quality Group, including complex laboratory water quality analyses, equipment and quality control/quality assurance, regulatory reports, and water quality projects. The incumbent will manage a full-time staff of 20 people as well as temporary employees and interns, water quality analyses include drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, stormwater, biosolids, and air quality.

Click here to view the job posting or to apply!

Last updated June 21, 2023.


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