Call for Manuscripts: Environmental Citizen Studies in Freshwater Science

We are delighted to share this effort led by Topic Editors Janet Anstee, CSIRO; Igor Ogashawara, IGB-Berlin; Erin Roger, CSIRO; and Hilary Snook, USEPA.  Drs Anstee and Ogashawara are members and leaders within GEO AquaWatch!

Frontiers in Environmental Science currently has a call for manuscripts for the Research Topic: Environmental Citizen Studies in Freshwater Science.

Manuscript Submission Deadline: May 8, 2023

from the call…..

The purpose of this Research Topic is to explore the value and potential of freshwater citizen science to address knowledge gaps and improve understanding of the hydrodynamics of freshwater systems. It also aims to show how technological advances and metadata (e.g. FAIR- findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) principles, have enabled critical evaluation of citizen science data leading to a greater uptake of freshwater citizen science data.

We welcome articles on themes including, but not limited to:
•Physical, chemical or biological sampling citizen science programs.
•Monitoring freshwater restoration projects using citizen science data
•Freshwater citizen science quality assurance
•Integration of citizen science data with traditional monitoring programs
•Citizen science data for analysing the freshwater quality
•Addressing gaps in freshwater citizen science’s knowledge base.
•Citizen science’s rapid response to pollution, fish kills or algal blooms in freshwaters
•Freshwater citizen science data and the UNSDGs
•Using Earth Observation data and freshwater citizen science data

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California Water Quality Job

Environmental Scientist (permanent, full-time) position in water quality and estuarine ecology, California Dept. of Water Resources

Job Posting: Environmental Scientist

Link to Online Application:

Job Description and Duties

Join a diverse, dynamic team of professional environmental scientists as part of the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) and the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP). Our program conducts monthly ecological monitoring in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, sampling over 25 discrete stations aboard our research vessel, R/V Sentinel. The incumbent is responsible for leading water quality and biological sampling for EMP onboard our research vessels or by vehicle. The incumbent should have a background in water quality, scientific fieldwork, managing large datasets, and statistical analyses. The incumbent will act as crew lead in the field, mentor seasonal and temporary staff, and contribute to the communication, QA/QC, and sharing of research data and analyses via written technical reports, oral/ poster presentations, and peer-reviewed articles. The incumbent will represent EMP at relevant DWR and IEP project work teams.

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-358976

Position #(s): 840-370-0762-015

Working Title: Environmental Scientist


Salary: $4,145.00 – $7,926.00 (monthly)

# of Positions: 1

Work Location: West Sacramento, Yolo County, CA, USA

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time


  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Telework Opportunities
  • Free Parking
  • Health, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Paid Sick & Vacation
  • Retirement
  • Basic Group Term Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) & 457 plans
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Long Term Care
  • Group Legal Services

Minimum Requirements: You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST

Special Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, geoscience, ecology, or a related field and possession of a valid driver’s license. Field sampling may occur on weekends and at night. Must be able to work on boats without incapacitation due to seasickness.

Department Information

Division of Integrated Science and Engineering

Ecosystem Monitoring, Research, and Reporting Branch

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Section

Discrete Environmental Monitoring Unit

Department of Water Resources (DWR) was established in 1956 by the California State Legislature.  We manage California’s water resources, systems, and infrastructure, including the State Water Project, in a responsible sustainable way. At DWR, we are embedding climate change response into every project we undertake. We have set standards to help evaluate how each project incorporates climate resilience principles and ensure consistency across the Department.  Our mission is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments. DWR also strives to create a trusting and welcoming workplace where employees embrace diverse viewpoints and treat each other with civility and respect.  An important component of DWR’s equal employment opportunity program centers around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Department Website:

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other – Cover Letter
  • Other – See Supplemental Questionnaire information under Special Instructions below.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to elicit information regarding each applicant’s abilities, knowledge, and experience in relation to the advertised position. Please complete these questions and identify a reference who can verify your knowledge and/or experience.  If you do not have experience regarding the question, then include examples of similar experience that would demonstrate your ability or potential to perform the specific function.  Please limit your answer to approximately one page (double-spaced, Arial 12 pt font and 1″ margins).

Supplemental Question: 
Discuss school or work-related experience you have in analysis and synthesis of water quality and biological data.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Scientific field experience including work on boats; experience working in remote, rugged, or arduous conditions; interest in working outdoors in the San Francisco Bay-Delta; knowledge of water quality, biology, and ecology; experience with water quality and biological monitoring; demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others as part of a team; experience with statistical analysis of scientific data, including use of software such as R, RStudio, Python, ArcGIS, MiniTab, or similar; experience performing data QA/QC; strong technical writing and oral communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office; detail-oriented.

Special Instructions: To be considered, submit a completed State application (STD. 678), cover letter, resume, and supplemental questionnaire to the address below.  Please reference SAP Position #50031575 and Job Control #358976 in the “examination(s) or job title(s) for which you are applying” section of your application.

Contact Information: The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Meagan Transue
(916) 855-8553

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department’s EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Workforce Equality
(916) 653-6952

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

CSIRO Mission AquaWatch Australia officially launched!

Congratulations to CSIRO and the entire Australian AquaWatch team!  We are planning to host a GEO AquaWatch webinar on Australian AquaWatch in a few months – so stay tuned!

CSIRO CEO Dr Larry Marshall, together with Australian Ministers Tania Plibersek and Ed Husic and other partners attended the launch in Canberra and Dr Alex Held (Mission Lead) is also currently in NYC with the Australian delegation at the UN Water Conference this week.

Australia creating world-first ‘weather service’ for water quality 

CANBERRA, AustraliaMarch 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has launched a mission to deliver a world first ground-to-space water quality monitoring system. 

The United Nations estimates three billion people could be at risk from unsafe water. Through AquaWatch Australia, CSIRO is working with partners internationally to help safeguard freshwater and coastal resources. 

AquaWatch will provide near real-time updates and predictive forecasting – a weather service for water quality – once fully operational. It will support better water quality management and can be used to monitor water quality for drinking, sanitation, aquaculture, environmental assessment and a wide range of other applications to help meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

CSIRO, with foundation partner SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, is bringing together research, government and industry with an initial co-investment of AU$83 million to design and develop AquaWatch.  

Data collected using an extensive network of Earth observation satellites and ground-based water sensors will be integrated at a central data hub where CSIRO’s capability in data analysis and artificial intelligence can provide forecasts a few days ahead. 

CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall said water is one of the world’s most important and vital resources. 

“In places where people still face the risk of unsafe water for basic needs like drinking and sanitation, a service such as AquaWatch could be a game-changer. 

“The ingenuity behind AquaWatch is it integrates Earth observation with other science capabilities like in-situ sensing, ecosystem modelling, engineering, data science and artificial intelligence.  

“It is the latest example of CSIRO’s Missions Program, which are large-scale scientific and collaborative research initiatives aimed at accelerating the pace and scale at which we can solve the greatest challenges.” 

CSIRO and its international partners are already working together on pilot projects in: 

  • California, USA in partnership with the University of California, Davis and University of California, Merced, focusing on turbidity in a major water storage 
  • Sarawak, Malaysia in partnership with Swinburne University Sarawak, focusing on carbon losses from mangrove forests 
  • Chile, focusing on salmon aquaculture and desalination 
  • Colombia, focusing on coastal wetlands 
  • Vietnam, in partnership with Vietnam’s National Center for Water Resources and Investigation (NAWAPI) and Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG), focusing on drinking water supplies and hydroelectricity needs. 

CSIRO is Australia’s pre-eminent national science organisation, accelerating innovation through global science.  

Source: CSIRO


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Extended! Call for Nominations GEO AquaWatch Management Team or Steering Committee


AquaWatch, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) water quality initiative is developing and building the global capacity and utility of Earth Observation-derived water quality data, products and information to support effective monitoring, management and decision making. GEO AquaWatch seeks nominations of individuals to serve on either our Management Team or our Steering Committee for the 2023-2026 triennium.  These roles are unpaid and voluntary.  Review of applications to serve has commenced and remains open until March 29th, 2023, with notification of selected candidates by April 15, 2023.

This call seeks individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise within the water quality community including governmental agencies; academia; industry representatives; and non-governmental-, non-profit-, and intergovernmental-organizations. A variety of stakeholder perspectives is sought for this role – from the data production to the end users.

The call seeks candidates with any of the following expertise:

  • Research Interest in the Earth Observation and Water Quality realm
  • Responsibility for protection and stewardship of inland and coastal waters;
  • Public administration supporting conservation planning, habitat restoration, ecosystem services, sustainable management practices;
  • Environmental law and standards, or policy and diplomacy of water quality uses;
  • Science communication, education, and outreach;
  • Hazard mitigation and disaster response management.

Read the full Call for Nominations here.

Self-nominations are welcome.  If you are interested in nominating someone to serve on the GEO AquaWatch Steering Committee or Management Team, please send the name and contact information of your nominee along with and brief statement on the nominee’s experience and expertise relevant to GEO Aquawatch (LinkedIn Profile, CV, resume or websites links) to with the subject line “Nomination for GEO AquaWatch Management Team” or “Nomination for GEO AquaWatch Steering Committee” before March 29th, 2023.

Register today for mid-June’s GEO Symposium and Open Data Workshop

Group on Earth Observation’s (GEO) invites you to attend two major GEO events that will take place back-to-back in Geneva in mid-June:

One-stop registration for both events is now open!  Please visit the event webpage links above to register and find out how you can contribute to the events!