Marine Science Research Technician (Research Technician II) - ORSP/EOS (506612)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description


Working Title

Marine Science Research Technician (Research Technician II) - ORSP/EOS

SF State University

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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

Appointment Type

Temporary: Position will end on or before November 30,2022. 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 8am to 5pm. Please refer to the Work Schedule

Anticipated Hiring Range

$4,333.00 per month ($52,000.00 annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

The Marine Science Research Technician works independently under the general direction of the principal investigator to operate and maintain oceanographic and environmental monitoring equipment, coordinate and participate in marine ecological field work, conduct water sample analyses in the laboratory, manage, process, and curate environmental, laboratory, and field data, and oversees general research laboratory group operations. This position occasionally participates in related science engagement and educational activities and training university students in use of specialized equipment and techniques related to the research project. The technician will support two externally funded projects in San Francisco Bay focused on long term oceanographic observing and restoring eelgrass in living shorelines with a focus on coastal and ocean acidification and carbonate chemistry.

Position Information

  • Operate, deploy, calibrate, maintain, and repair environmental and oceanographic monitoring equipment located on piers, moorings, seawater intakes, and field sites in the San Francisco Estuary. Coordinate field work logistics and scheduling.

  • Manage, curate, process environmental data including quality control, data reports with summary tables and data visualization. Manage, maintain, and update coastal observations website.

  • Analyze, process, and collect discrete water samples for carbonate chemistry parameters (pH, alkalinity), chlorophyll-a, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, and other parameters as required.

  • Oversee research laboratory operations including equipment, supplies, field gear, permits, purchases, budget tracking, arranging for equipment servicing, and related administrative task

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, determining variables, developing bibliographical and other sources of data, and preparation of research reports; general knowledge of statistical principles and procedures, including methods of collecting statistical data, simple correlation methods, time series analyses, analysis of frequency series, sampling techniques, and construction of index numbers; general knowledge of sources of information on social, economic, and

population trends in California.

Ability to prepare questionnaires and other survey instruments; ability to gather, compile, and analyze research data, and to present data in tabular, graphic, and pictorial form, ability to prepare and work clear and comprehensive reports; capacity for independent and creative thinking and writing on research and statistical problems; ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of a small team.


Two years of progressively responsible experience in technical research or statistical work in the collection, compilation, and analysis 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 experience which has demonstrated that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledges and abilities delineated above 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
  • Experience as a marine technician, deploying oceanographic equipment, water sampling devices, and moorings
  • Experience operating and maintaining Seabird CTDs, SeapHox, Hydrocat instruments, and YSI EXO, 6600 sounds
  • Proficient with coding, processing, and data visualization using R, Python and version control tools Git, Github
  • Experience operating motor boats, motorboat operator training course (MOTC) or equivalent
  • Experience with analysis of water samples for carbonate chemistry parameters (spectrophotometric pH, alkalinity and dissolved oxygen titrations, chlorophyll-a)
  • Ecological field work experience in eelgrass and intertidal ecosystems (e.g., transect/quadrat surveys, identification of marine invertebrates, macrophytes, shorebirds, etc.
  • Qualified/active scientific diver
  • Familiar with open science approaches (i.e., Openscapes)

  • Experience with developing and managing laboratory safety protocols in compliance with environmental health and safety requirements

  • Experience with Drupal, JavaScript programming

  • Experience supervising/training student research assistants

  • Experience with fabrication to build and repair experimental apparatus, mountings, etc.

  • Enthusiasm for informal science engagement

  • MS degree in marine science or related degree

Core Competencies - embody the following competencies:

  • Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.

  • Effective oral, written and nonverbal communication skills.

  • Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.

  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.

  • Diversity and inclusion.

  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License. Position may requires to visit off campus locations to attend event and perform field work during work hours.
  • The person holding this position is 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 1093 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

  • Must be able to work outdoors and at sea under occasionally inclement field conditions, carry heavy equipment and field gear (up to 50 lbs.), work on small boats and research vessels, walk long distances, climb cliffs, walk in sand/mud, swim, and engage in sustained physical labor.

  • Must be available to work occasional weekends/holidays if required to meet research objectives, start work at dawn or end at dusk as required to sample/survey during low tide.

  • May require occasional overnight travel.

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.

Employment Requirement

CSU requires 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 should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

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


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.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Francisco, California 94132 United States View Map