This is a full-time position (one-year appointment with possibility of renewal) located in Olema, California.

The Watershed Biologist works with the Watershed Conservation Director to carry out large and small scale habitat restoration and conservation projects, and is a key part of a team working to restore creek habitat to recover critically endangered coho salmon in Marin County, California. The right candidate likes a dynamic work environment, is capable of physical labor, enjoys working outdoors and in an office, is comfortable speaking with the public, and works well as part of a team as well as independently.

What You’ll Do:

Habitat Restoration (70%)

  • Implement habitat restoration projects
    • Carry out habitat restoration projects on private and public lands
    • Oversee construction activities and environmental compliance
    • Assist with permitting, reporting, and project design
  • Monitor restoration projects for effectiveness
    • Collect data on restoration project outcomes and prepare reports of findings
  • Perform project maintenance
    • Invasive species removal
    • Install plant protective measures
    • Feed/fertilize/water/mulch plantings
  • Lead and supervise interns and volunteers to carry out tasks
  • Interface frequently with landowners and the community

Project Assistance (15%)

  • Data collection of streamflow hydrology
  • Perform adult and juvenile salmonid species population monitoring
  • Carry out documentation and reporting

Volunteer Management and Outreach (10%)

  • Plan and lead volunteer events
  • Supervise and train volunteers
  • Database entry
  • Volunteer recruitment

Other (5%)

  • Native plant nursery maintenance

What You’ll Bring: the basics

  • Experience in habitat restoration techniques (including seeding, irrigation, planting)
  • Experience leading groups and supervising volunteers
  • Knowledge of, or fast ability to learn, native and non-native flora and fauna
  • Understanding of ecological restoration and ecology
  • Interest in stream restoration and hydrology
  • Strong skills in data collection and entry
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable approach
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resources, ecology, hydrology, fisheries biology, or another related field

What You’ll Bring: what sets you apart!

  • Experience with stream restoration projects
  • Experience handling endangered species, fish, or other wildlife
  • Experience with Arc GIS and GPS
  • Experience operating heavy machinery (skid-steer, tractor, backhoe, etc.)
  • Experience with salmonid biology and research
  • Interest or experience in marine wildlife conservation
  • Grant writing experience


Candidates must commute daily to the Turtle Island Restoration Network office in beautiful, rural West Marin, California near Point Reyes National Seashore, to nearby work sites and meetings throughout Marin County.

About Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN):

TIRN is an award-winning marine wildlife protection organization with offices in California, Texas and Hawai’i, whose local initiative includes the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN). SPAWN is an innovative environmental organization that works to protect and recover endangered coho salmon of central California. This position is based in Marin County.


$40,000.00. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Benefits include a strong health/vision/dental benefit package, generous paid vacation time, sick leave, and access to 403(b) retirement account. Position is open until filled. TIRN is committed to creating a diverse workforce. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Applications are accepted immediately; position open until filled. Please email a resume and cover letter to Include “Watershed Biologist” in the subject line.