Point Blue Conservation Science of Petaluma, CA is seeking applications for a full-time staff biologist in our Farallon Islands Program. The Farallon Biologist will spend a minimum of 18 weeks per year in three 6 week shifts living and working with a small group of volunteers and biologists on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge.

They will oversee a small field crew and be responsible for all island operations. The great majority of this time, if not all of it, will be during the spring/summer seabird breeding season. On island accommodations are in restored lighthouse keeper’s housing, with a fully equipped modern field station to accommodate year-round occupation by biologists. When not in the field, the biologist’s time is dedicated to managing, analyzing, and interpreting data collected in the field, as well as preparing reports and publications. Additionally, the Farallon Biologist will lead, and help fundraise for, new science based on Farallon datasets to help meet the organization’s strategic goals. Non field time would be based out of Point Blue’s Petaluma office. Mainland accommodations are not provided. This position requires a minimum 3 year commitment.

Under co-operative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Point Blue has conducted continuous research and stewardship of the unique natural resources of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge since 1968. The Farallon Islands are 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and just a few miles from the continental shelf in the rich coastal upwelling region of Central California. The islands host globally significant breeding seabird populations (over 350,000 individuals of 13 species), are a major haul out and breeding site for 5 species of pinnipeds, and a key feeding site for White Sharks. The islands also host a variety of migrant landbirds, an endemic salamander population, and unique plant and insect communities. Most research on the Farallones involves multi-decadal and continuous time series.

Essential Duties

Essential responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following activities:



Compensation will be competitive and dependent on experience. This full time position would receive a generous benefits package including medical and dental coverage, and 401k match, and accrued vacation and comp time for extended shifts on the Farallones.

Preferred Start Date

March 15, 2017

To Apply

Send a cover letter, CV, and list of 3-5 references to the Farallon Biologist Hiring Committee: marinedirector at pointblue.org by January 15th, 2017. Please include references for all supervisory field positions you have held. If applicable, attach PDF’s of your publications and/or reports you feel are relevant to your application.


Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.