Research Scientist Application 2022

Research Scientist  

Salary Range:  $46,500 – $66,500, Full Time Equivalent   

Job Classification:  Regular, Exempt   

Minimum Hours Required:  36 Hours Per Week 

Supervisor:  Senior Scientist 

Location: Hybrid remote and in person Portland, Oregon. Regular travel and on-location field work required for this position.  

Application Due Date: Friday, November 4, end of day

Position Information 
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a Research Scientist to support the Estuary Partnership’s ecosystem monitoring and habitat restoration action effectiveness monitoring programs. The position supports these programs by collecting field data, providing data quality assurance, management, analyses and reporting as well as assisting with managing subcontractors and ensuring environmental compliance. This position offers a great opportunity to gain professional field and lab experience to those pursuing a career in natural resource conservation or related field. We place a priority on applications from candidates who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income communities.  

This position is based out of our Portland, Oregon office. The work will regularly take place in a field setting that requires regular travel throughout the Estuary Partnership study area between Bonneville Dam and the Pacific Ocean along both sides of the Columbia River. Fieldwork occurs in wetlands or on the river, in various weather conditions, and includes navigating difficult terrain on foot and carrying field gear to monitoring sites. The position requires a valid driver’s license. 

Please find the position description here.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affirmation 

The Estuary Partnership is committed to increasing diversity in the environmental field by providing supportive career development opportunities for people of color. People from communities of color, underserved communities, and low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply. We place a priority on applications from people who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income communities. 

Non-Discrimination Statement 

The Estuary Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, or military or veteran status. The Estuary Partnership is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and values the hiring of protected veterans or individuals with veteran status. Discrimination is not tolerated at the Estuary Partnership. 


Application Instructions 

The Estuary Partnership will only accept online applications for this position.  

To apply, please follow the application instructions below, fill out the online form, and upload a single PDF or Microsoft Word document that contains the required information.  

Applications must include the following, or they will not be accepted as responsive: 

  • Cover Letter: Your letter should discuss your specific experience relevant to the job description.  

  • Detailed Resume: Your resume should provide dates and specific duties of current and past employment. 

  • Professional References: Provide the names, organizations, and titles of three professional references. References will not be contacted without your prior permission.

  • Question Response: Submit your answers to the following three questions.  Your answers will be evaluated for writing style, clarity, and content. Use no more than 500 words per answer.  


  1.  Please tell us how your background has prepared you for this position. Please talk about a project where you were involved in project design and data analysis, including your experience with data visualization and tools/software for analyses.  

  1. This position involves periods of working independently and collaborating with different researchers. Specifically, while fieldwork in this position will be conducted as a team, most data entry and lab work will be done independently. Please describe your skill at self-managing at tasks and provide an example if you can. 

  1. What is your philosophy on diversity, equity, and inclusion? Tell us about your experience working with diverse groups of people and/or communities.