Restoration Project Scientist


Save The Bay is the oldest and largest membership organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion, Save The Bay is committed to making the Bay cleaner and healthier and to connect residents to it. Save The Bay has been actively restoring salt marsh transition zones habitats adjacent to tidal marshes in San Francisco Bay for over 12 years. This year, Save the Bay will engage thousands of volunteers in restoring Bay wetlands and will provide Bay recreation and education opportunities for more than 5,000 students and adults.

The Restoration Project Scientist is responsible for the day-to-day management of Save The Bay’s habitat restoration projects at sites around San Francisco Bay. The Restoration Project Scientist leads project planning, project monitoring and data analysis, report writing, and implements best science practices and development. The Restoration Project Scientist maintains communication and works with agencies and site partners to achieve common habitat restoration goals. The Project Scientist also works closely with the Habitat Restoration Director to establish and implement sound scientific practices and goals of the Habitat Restoration Team.



The Restoration Project Scientist is responsible for restoration site planning and day-to-day management of Save The Bay’s community-based restoration and science program at 9 regional habitat restoration sites in San Francisco Bay. The Restoration Project Scientist leads site planning, monitoring and reporting, field staff training, and management and coordination of project logistics for volunteer restoration programs at multiple tidal wetland sites around San Francisco Bay. This position works closely with the Native Plant Nursery Manager who manages two wetland native plant nurseries, located in Oakland and Palo Alto, to produce 35,000 seedlings annually.

We seek an individual with a strong science background, who can work independently and as part of a team with at least 2-3 years of experience in science-based habitat restoration planning and implementation, site-stewardship, data analysis, and report writing. Community-based restoration experience is a plus.

The Restoration Project Scientist reports to the Habitat Restoration Director and works closely with other Save The Bay staff and agency site partners.

Restoration Scientist Responsibilities:

  • Lead restoration science team in developing 2-5 year written restoration project plans for sites and subsites.
  • Coordinate day-to-day restoration project planning, including development of restoration techniques and activities.
  • Serve as primary liaison with site partners to plan schedule of activities, communicate weekly logistics, conduct regular on-site planning meetings and report on activities and accomplishments.
  • Work with Native Plant Nursery Manager to coordinate seasonal restoration program activities, including schedule of native seed collection, invasive plant removal, outplantings for programs, and site planning logistics.
  • Input restoration activity project records, statistics for grant proposals and reports, and communication and reporting with site partners.
  • Coordinate restoration program goals with Habitat Restoration Director to ensure successful restoration project implementation.
  • Conduct and organize all site monitoring and data analysis
  • Lead and coordinate with Nursery Manager to design planting palettes and landscape designs for each restoration site
  • Assist Habitat Restoration Director with grants and proposals
  • Support Habitat Restoration Director in development of Transition Zone Restoration and Management Plan
  • Design and implement scientific experiments that can be recommended to the restoration community
  • Act as lead scientist for transition zone restoration projects
  • Oversee all science based studies conducted by staff
  • Lead trainings for partners and staff
  • Act as science representative for Save The Bay at regional practitioner meetings and forums
  • Present talks and posters at conferences and to external audiences



  • Masters degree in wetland ecology, wetland science, restoration or equivalent.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in habitat restoration planning and implementation, and/or site-stewardship programs
  • Experience in tidal marsh wetlands of San Francisco Bay
  • Knowledge of San Francisco Bay Estuary ecology
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong data analysis and reporting skills
  • Strong public speaking and communication skills
  • Independent worker who can also work as part of a team
  • Clean background check
  • Valid California driver’s license and clean driving history
  • Ability to lift at least 40 pounds

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, life insurance, 403(b) plan, paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time.

How to apply

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to the attention of the Habitat Restoration Director at Please include the subject line: Restoration Project Scientist This position is open until filled.

Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer.

Oakland, , California
Save The Bay

1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland, CA, 94612, US