Monitoring Technician (Research Technician II) - ORSP/SF Bay NERR/EOS (509393)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • May 08, 2022
Part Time Administrative Analysis and Research

Job Description


Working Title

Monitoring Technician (Research Technician II) - ORSP/SF Bay NERR/EOS

SF State University

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

Appointment Type


Position will end on or before February 28, 2023. 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

0.50 FTE

Work Schedule

Please refer to the Work Schedule

Anticipated Hiring Range

$4,583.00 per month @ 1.0 FTE ($54,996.00 annually @ 1.0 FTE)

$2,292.00 per month @ 0.50 FTE ($27,504.00 annually @ 0.50 FTE)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Participates in the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) by

providing technical support and implementing SWMP protocols. Associated duties include collecting and analyzing

water samples, deploying and maintaining scientific equipment, operating and troubleshooting specialized hardware

and vendor software, and participating in monthly field work. Position also includes constructing and installing open water

monitoring stations and associated hardware while working from small boats. Under general supervision of the

NERR Research Director, position compiles and analyzes research data, prepares data for presentation in graphic,

pictorial, tabular or written form; writes reports and metadata summaries; and does related work as required.

Position Information

Research and monitoring / SWMP implementation -
  • Monitor water-quality and meteorological conditions in San Francisco Bay, including calibration, deployment, retrieval, maintenance, and troubleshooting of equipment and software
  • Collect and analyze estuarine water samples, including laboratory preparation of equipment and supplies, small boat and paddlecraft operation to field sites, sample collection, sample processing, troubleshooting and research
  • Design, construct, install, maintain and repair field moorings and laboratory and field research equipment
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and periodically update satellite telemetry hardware and software
  • Download and process water-quality and weather data and other instrument data
  • Oversee general laboratory maintenance, inventory, and cleaning

Data and metadata reporting -
  • Oversee monthly SWMP data entry, processing, and preliminary quality assurance / quality control
  • Assist with other scientific data entry, processing, and preliminary quality assurance / quality control
  • Develop and update technical manuals, procedural guides, and metadata related to NERR field and lab work
  • Report and present research results and information pertaining to the scientific process

Training and administrative duties -
  • Participate in safety and technical trainings, scheduling, staff communications and project meetings
  • Contribute to purchasing, reporting, and research pertaining to ongoing projects

Other duties as assigned -

At all times:
  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for 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 using water-quality monitoring equipment including calibrating, programming, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing extended-deployment data-loggers
  • Experience with paddle craft and small boat operation and maintenance
  • Ability to design, build, install, maintain and recover marine and estuarine moorings in open water and monitoring platforms on pilings and piers
  • Knowledge of oceanography with emphasis on environmental monitoring of physical and chemical parameters
  • Knowledge of project management and database management
  • Knowledge of basic tidal dynamics, estuarine gradients, and open-water working conditions

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


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.

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