Technology Analyst

  • Location: Richmond, California

  • Program: Environmental Informatics & Clean Water

  • Type Full-time

  • Experience Level: Some Experience

  • Position Type: Permanent

  • Salary: $73,000-$80,250. See details below. 

Position Description

  • Posted: April 9, 2024

  • First review of applications: April 30, 2024

  • Application closing date: position open until filled

SFEI is seeking a Technology Analyst to work in the Environmental Informatics and Clean Water Program teams. This is a full-time position for a candidate with a Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant scientific, information management, or data science field, with an interest in environmental issues.

The Analyst will be a member of the Data Services team which is responsible for the smooth operation of all enterprise-level production databases at SFEI and for providing database management services. The Analyst will assist in uploading, maintaining, and displaying environmental data and performing data management tasks required for the San Francisco Bay Area's Regional Data Center efforts.

SFEI has a thirty-year track record of informing key environmental decisions through the use of credible, high-quality data. As a part of the Data Services team, the Analyst would contribute meaningfully to this remarkable legacy.

Primary responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Tracking and processing data submittals from contract labs and research partners

  • Reviewing, uploading and maintaining monitoring data according to the Institute’s standard operating procedures and relational database structure

  • Building and/or modifying scripts to transform, load, review and access data 

  • Reviewing and comparing submitted data to project goals for accuracy, precision, sensitivity, contamination and completeness

  • Resolving issues with data submittals by working with Institute staff and staff from contract laboratories and research partners.

  • Assisting in the assembly, analysis, and presentation of data for technical reports, web-based tools, and other products

If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this, or one of our other roles.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a pertinent scientific, information management, or computer science field, with an interest in environmental issues, plus minimum 2 years of experience in working with relational databases.

Required Skills

  • Must possess strong knowledge of spreadsheet applications, especially Excel and/or Google Sheets

  • Experience in database querying and strong understanding of relational database structure  

  • Experience reviewing complex data sets for quality assurance and other issues

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and also in a team environment

Useful Additional Skills

  • Knowledge of relevant software (e.g. MS SQL Server, postgreSQL, R, Python/pandas, Git/version control)

  • Experience working with CEDEN or SWAMP

  • Familiarity with database programming/scripting

  • Knowledge of subjects relating to environmental science (e.g. chemistry, biology, geology, ecology)

  • Interest in working in a mission-driven environmental science non-profit

Salary & Benefits highlights:

  • This will be a Technology Analyst position. The anticipated salary range for full time employment is $73,000-$80,250 for this position (Bay Area salary ranges are listed; note that salary ranges for other locations are 10-15% lower depending on location). Salary ranges take into account many factors for making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, education, internal equity, and organizational needs. We generally do not offer salaries at or near the top of the range. 

  • Matching contributions to retirement plan (immediate vesting) (403b)

  • Medical Insurance: health, vision, dental with employer and employee contributions

  • 12 paid holidays

  • Vacation days starting at 3 weeks/year

  • Hybrid workplace with opportunities to work in the office and remotely

About the Program

The Environmental Informatics Program utilizes the latest technology and design concepts to deliver scientific information to a wide range of stakeholders in dynamic, expressive, and cogent ways.  The Data Services (DS) team specializes in managing data associated with a variety of environmental sample types and standardizing results using consistent data vocabulary and business rules. Over 4 million environmental data records are maintained by the DS team. Furthermore, the Clean Water Program is one of the nation’s premier water quality science programs. It anticipates and meets the water quality data needs of policy-makers, resource managers, and the public. It helps the public, regulators, and those who discharge into our waters create more effective policies to ensure the health of our waters.

About SFEI

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has a 25-year track record of providing robust and innovative science to decision-makers, policy-makers, practitioners, and community members to measurably improve the health and resiliency of Bay-Delta ecosystems. As a boundary organization, SFEI operates at the interface between science and policy, recognized nationally for our ability to build consensus to support effective environmental decision-making and policy. Our mission is to deliver visionary science that empowers people to revitalize nature in our communities. 


SFEI employs an interdisciplinary staff of more than 70. Our operations and IT staff are the backbone of our organization and keep everything running smoothly. SFEI has three major programs: Clean Water, Environmental Informatics, and Resilient Landscapes. Our program staff represent numerous scientific and technological fields, including chemistry, modeling, ecology, wildlife biology, landscape planning, historical ecology, geomorphology, geospatial analysis, and web development. 


For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute website.  

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer

At SFEI, we celebrate the diversity of our staff and the places we serve, and recognize the value and strength of diversity. We are committed to growing together and creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. In 2022, SFEI developed and adopted mission and vision statements for DEIJ within and beyond our organization. We also created an action plan which is currently underway. We strongly encourage applications from women-identified people, people of color, and people with other identities commonly under-represented in environmental science. We invite you to share what you like about your professional experience as well as about yourself personally. 


San Francisco Estuary Institute is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, family or parental status, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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