Marine science research technician (research technician II) – ORSP/EOS (506612)


Location: San Francisco, California

Department: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs/ Estuary & Ocean Science Center

Appointment Type: Temporary: Position will end on or before November 30,2022.

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.

Careers In Government (CIG), 25 November 2021. More information.

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