Sonoma Ecology Center is a 28-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health of our community’s land, air, water, and biodiversity – the foundation of our high quality of life.

Each year, we provide in-depth environmental science instruction to over 1,200 students, manage over 4,000 acres of public and private land including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, raise thousands of native plants and restore critical native habitat, and provide research and technical support on timely issues affecting the region. We have over 20 professional staff and manage numerous large grants and contracts, often in partnership with other nonprofits and agencies that, by working together, significantly leverage our work and impact.



The Research team collects field data, analyzes and synthesizes datasets, produces maps, performs GIS analyses, and monitors a variety of watershed health indicators. Our work generally focuses on the Sonoma Creek Watershed, and we work collaboratively with a variety of agencies in the North Bay Region. The GIS & Research Technician must be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills and ability to support the needs of our Research Program. The Research Technician will report directly to our GIS Manager under the general guidance of the Research Program Manager.

32-40 hours per week (may fluctuate)
Salary $23 – $28 per hour DOE

Reports to:
Research Program Manager
GIS Manager


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to)

  • Perform reliable, independent research, communicating with outside experts or online
  • Data management: data download, entry and transcription, file management
  • GIS analysis: prepare, revise and maintain spatial datasets
  • Cartography and map production
  • Data mining & compilation
  • Configure, conduct, troubleshoot GPS navigation and data collection using tablet and handheld GPS
  • Assist with stream sampling including streamflow and water quality testing
  • Observe and record field data with consistency and precision
  • Read and interpret map information while assessing the project area
  • Analyze spreadsheets: create professional graphs, summaries, statistical analysis
  • Other assigned duties



  • Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop10.x
  • Familiarity with GIS concepts, including data creation and management, cartography, spatial analysis, GIS digitizing, data queries, and raster analysis
  • Experience with conducting fieldwork in steam/riparian systems
  • Excellent writing ability, to suit technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to represent the organization in a positive, professional manner
  • Ability to speak about environmental issues in non-partisan, neutral language
  • Passion for our mission and vision
  • Must have a strong work ethic, be motivated, detail oriented and focused
  • Has a valid CA Driver’s License, passes a DMV check and meets personal auto insurance requirements
  • Maintains a working vehicle and working mobile phone throughout employment



  • Open source GIS
  • ArcGIS online and other web-mapping tools
  • ArcGIS pro
  • Python programming and model builder
  • MS Access database
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Experience assessing erosion, stream channels, culverts and other geologic or geomorphic processes
  • Experience with water quality testing protocols
  • Familiarity with Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP’s) concepts
  • Environmental health indicator monitoring



  • Bachelor or Associate Degree in natural sciences (Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Biology, or similar)
  • Three years of successful fieldwork post-degree



This position is primarily office-based but also requires fieldwork to assist with data collection. In the office, one will use a computer, phone, copier, and may sit for long periods. To perform the fieldwork portion of the position, one must be able to perform accurate fieldwork for long days; work in outdoor weather; move about varied terrains, such as creeks, creek beds, riparian areas; and erosion sites. Evening and weekend work is infrequent but required. Fieldwork includes bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, climbing, crawling, wading, and standing for long periods. The candidate must be able to safely lift and carry up to 40 lbs. One will be exposed to inclement weather, including rain, heat, and exposure to the sun, high winds, cold, and standing in cold water. Safety measures and common sense are expected. Sonoma Ecology Center is a drug-free workplace.



After successful completion of the 90-day introductory period, full-time employees are offered the following:

Eligibility to enroll in one of two Kaiser Permanente health insurance plans, of which SEC pays 60% of the employee’s premium (not that of dependents), paid holidays, vacation accrual, sick accrual, and the ability to enroll in a self-funded TIAA 403(B) account.

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status. Sonoma Ecology Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodations to the application and interview process should notify our Human Resources Department.

To apply: Please submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and a list of three references, preferably in one document, to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist, at Please write GIS in the subject line. No phone calls, please.