River Scientist

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)
Nevada City, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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JOB DESCRIPTION:    The River Scientist works within the Yuba River watershed to conduct scientific monitoring, oversee the River Monitoring Program, and work with the Hydrologist and River Science Director as a key team member as part of SYRCL’s Interdisciplinary River Science Team.

SYRCL’s River Science Program focuses on designing experiments and collecting high quality data in response to water quality issues and to better understand the co-benefits associated with restoration projects. We do this through extensive monitoring, analysis of conditions and trends, and collaborative watershed assessment. The program includes an increasing number of restoration projects that require monitoring and assessment. SYRCL’s citizen-based River Monitoring program utilizes over 50 volunteers to collect water quality data on a monthly basis at more than 30 sites throughout the 1,300 square mile watershed. The program also monitors water quality conditions for mine impacted streams and meadow restoration projects.

The River Scientist will provide primary coordinating capacity for SYRCL’s water quality monitoring program. This position will participate in a range of data gathering activities with SYRCL’s River Science Program and take primary responsibility for certain monitoring and reporting tasks, including the coordination and training of volunteers. The River Scientist will work closely with SYRCL’s Hydrologist to implement the River Monitoring Plan and ensure quality of data. The River Scientist will also assist the River Science staff with pre- and post- restoration project monitoring

A successful River Scientist should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physical or biological sciences with coursework in hydrology, watershed sciences, or related subjects and/or equivalent experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience organizing and motivating people
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good leadership and team skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Organized and attention to detail, especially when assembling materials and equipment for field work
  • Experience in hydrologic/biological fieldwork and willingness to work outdoors in strenuous physical activity under diverse weather conditions, such as hiking with equipment, work during high temperatures for up to 8 hours.
  • Comfortable in water and river environments
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Personal vehicle available for work assignments with reimbursement

Additional skills and experiences are:

  • Experience working in west slope Sierra rivers, mountain meadows, or floodplains and wetlands
  • Water quality and hydrology monitoring equipment management and maintenance skills
  • Scientific study design, monitoring, and analysis skills
  • Experience with flow monitoring and discharge relationships
  • Knowledge of terrestrial and aquatic invasive and sensitive native species
  • Basic GIS skills


  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk for extended periods; to read a computer screen; and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to hike in variable terrain to access data collection sites.
  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

Pay is competitive with other Northern California not-for-profit conservation organizations. Must be available to work some nights and weekends.


This position is open until filled.

Submit your cover letter and resume electronically here: https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=31

No phone calls, please.

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 36 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security, forest health and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.