Biologist - Environmental Services Department

  • San José
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Jan 08, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Positions & Duties

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is recruiting for a Biologist with our Wastewater Compliance Group in the Sustainability and Compliance Division (SCD).  Under general supervision of the Supervising Environmental Services Specialist, the Biologist performs professional and technical work of moderate difficulty to support regulatory compliance and special studies at the Facility.  The position performs fieldwork in the lower South San Francisco Bay and tributary areas with occasional work in an environmental laboratory.  Fieldwork involves performing clean sampling techniques for water and sediment sampling for chemical and environmental quality measurements. 

Qualitative and quantitative water quality, biological, chemical analysis and sample collection in marine and freshwater environments, oftentimes aboard a boat.  Laboratory work includes calibrating and maintaining sampling and monitoring equipment, and mathematical or statistical analysis of monitoring results.  This position conducts a variety of technical and specialized analyses and studies to evaluate future compliance with new and proposed environmental regulations, assessing environmental conditions, and supports programs that affect City of San Jose operations.  This position also participates on assigned technical teams as a responsible, proactive, and professional member.

Typical duties for this position may include:

•Performs sampling of estuarine water using oceanographic sampling equipment.

•Collects water quality data using laboratory and field instrumentation and wet chemistry techniques for water quality measurements.

•Performs research related chemical, biological, and toxicological analyses of water, wastewater, sediment, and air.

•Determines sampling procedures and protocols, implements quality assurance/quality control program, and recommends procedures for implementation into laboratory and field operations.

•Compiles records and manages laboratory data and records relating to work performed.

•May train or lead laboratory technicians, interns, or junior staff in biological, chemical, or toxicological studies or analyses.

•Evaluates data, sample collection and sample analysis performed by contractors and in-house laboratory staff.

•Collects, monitors, analyzes, and evaluates environmental program data using a variety of modeling and statistical methods and techniques.

•Represents ESD and SCD at conferences, public forums, and with inter-agency groups and committees; may conduct presentations related to City's environmental programs.

•Researches and prepares technical reports as a member of assigned technical teams; prepares written correspondence as necessary.

•Participates with other city departments, community service providers, consultants, other jurisdictions and agencies in environmental program development and coordination efforts, including pollution prevention outreach and messaging.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor of Science degree in biology, marine biology, ecology, or a related discipline.

Experience:  Two (2) years of professional experience working in a laboratory environment.  Field work experience for this position is highly desirable.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices; knowledge of Citywide and departmental procedures/policies as well as relevant Federal and State rules and regulations; including:

•Knowledge of local, state and federal environmental regulations.

•Knowledge of principles of marine biology, aquatic toxicology, ecology, limnology and chemistry.

•Knowledge of modern laboratory and field procedures, techniques and equipment and ability to utilize field sampling equipment for the collection and analysis of water, sediment, and biota.

•Ability to analyze data and interpret and evaluate technical information and problem solve technical issues.

•Ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise written technical reports.

•Ability to work on board a boat.

Communication Skills - effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

Analytical Thinking - approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Getting Results - seeks to accomplish critical tasks with measurable results; develops clear and challenging but achievable personal and organizational goals.

Initiative - exhibits a workplace behavior that includes a proactive approach of anticipating and planning to meet expected goals, as well as persisting in overcoming challenges that arise that would otherwise delay the completion of tasks and goals; displays an overall commitment to improving their work environment and process.

Problem Solving - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Reliability - completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

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$71,905.60 - $87,360.00 Annually