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Joel Magsalin


Previous positions

  • Environmental Resources Technician at County of Orange
  • Biologist/ Biology Instructor at Ocean Institute


University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science – BS, Biology, General




A full stack web developer with 20 years of experience in database operations, science research, and statistical analysis. Growing up, I always had an interest in web development and software engineering, but I also had a love of science, specifically biological science. So I decided to go on the path of biological science when deciding on my major when I enrolled at UCLA. I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and have had a great career in the life and environmental sciences. I have spent the last 13 years in environmental science. I have been able to work on and develop many interesting projects. This experience has taught me many important skills including being a flexible member on a team but also taking a leadership role when needed. Although I enjoyed working on all of my projects, what really piqued my interest was working with the data management group. Working with them provided me with my first taste of coding when asked to learn R, a coding based statistical software program. Although I was never able to fully delve into R, I felt that coding was something that I could do and have a passion for. R coupled with my user experience with our SQL database gave me the incentive I needed to fully delve into the world of coding and web development at LEARN Academy. Learning full stack web development has broadened my horizons as I have really taken to front end web development as well as furthered my knowledge in back end development and databases. I am currently interning at Notch8 as a full stack web developer working on the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU Manager) website. This internship has provided the opportunity for me to use my web development training on a deployed website and become involved in the process of creating a newer version of the website. I look forward to further my knowledge and experience in web development and data science in any and all future opportunities.


  • Full-stack Developer


    July 2019 – Present(3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    – Programming Version 3 of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Manager website – Developing front end and back end of REU Manager website using Ruby on Rails and React – Pair programming with multiple staff on their specified projects

  • Environmental Resources Technician

    County of Orange

    July 2005 – February 2019(13 years 7 months)

    – Implemented and designed programs and studies for the Water Quality Improvement Plan and Transitional Monitoring Programs for compliance with the NPDES permits. This included design and implementation of a comprehensive flow study of south Orange County to prioritize drainage studies in conjunction with bioassessment and water quality data. – Collected water and sediment quality samples in channels, basins, lakes, streams, bays, and estuaries. – Conducted environmental monitoring on construction projects which includes water and sediment quality, data reporting, and data analysis to ensure construction site environmental compliance. – Performed contract management of aquatic and sediment toxicology analytical service price agreements which includes verifying and submitting invoices, writing the agenda staff report for the contract, and maintaining contact with laboratory staff. – Conducted bioassessment surveys throughout Orange County which includes aquatic life collection and identification, flora identification, and water quality and sediment quality monitoring. – Made presentations to multiple agencies and stakeholders regarding water quality monitoring programs and special studies – Lead and represented the County of Orange in multiple agency and stakeholder programs including preparing sampling protocol, providing and maintaining a budget and presenting data and results. – Performed statistical analysis of environmental quality data to find general trends in data and correlations between sets of data including the use of statistical programs such as SigmaPlot and Excel. – Performed data management of toxicology data for annual assessment reports for the purpose of submittal to various agencies including a calculation of toxicity identification evaluation metric. – Performed specialized physical and chemical analysis of various compounds including surface water, soils, sediments, and other environmental samples.

  • Biologist/ Biology Instructor

    Ocean Institute

    April 2002 – July 2005(3 years 3 months)Dana Point, CA

    – Performed scientific surveys along the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge. – Performed naturalist duties such as giving biological information to the general public while on tidepool surveys or biological cruises. – Provided science instruction to students who travel to the facility on field trips. – Performed aquarist duties such as maintaining aquarium displays, maintaining the animal life support systems, and ensuring the optimal living conditions for the animals. – Collected animals for displays and scientific instruction purposes.

  • Biological Science Technician

    MEC Analytical Systems

    November 1999 – April 2002(2 years 5 months)Carlsbad, CA

    – Performed taxonomic sorting of marine invertebrates from benthic infaunal samples including projects from Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) and the City of San Diego. – Performed water quality monitoring and collection from programs including the OCSD plume monitoring and Encina Wastewater Treatment Facility – Conducted scientific SCUBA surveys for projects including post-abandonment surveys for Gaviota and surveys along the San Diego coastline for SANDAG. – Performed fish trawling and identification for the Long Beach/Los Angeles San Pedro Harbor Baseline Survey


Skills & Expertise

  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Statistical Software
  • React
  • Ruby
  • Web Development
  • Front-end Development
  • Back-End Web Development
  • Ruby on Rails
  • HTML
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Full-Stack Development
  • Software Development
  • SQL