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OPC is hiring an Environmental Scientist

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to manage its Proposition 1 (Prop 1) grant program and provide support for OPC’s other priority programs (climate change, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and marine debris), as needed.  For more information on how to apply, please click here.

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (otherwise known as Prop 1) allocates $30 million to the OPC for a competitive grant program for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities. OPC is working to fund projects that meet Prop 1 criteria and fulfill of the mission of the OPC to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. The Environmental Scientist will be responsible for leading all aspects of OPC’s Prop 1 competitive grant program, including but not limited to: revising grant guidelines, if needed; leading public outreach efforts; screening applications for compliance with the program; scoring applications; managing the review committee’s evaluation process; and scheduling site visits.  The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management including developing grant/contract content, tracking deliverables, processing invoices, and coordinating with grantees.  The Environmental Scientist may also provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other priority areas, including grant management of Proposition 84 funds.  The Environmental Scientist should have a strong working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues in California; experience managing grants and contracts, leading public outreach efforts and stakeholder engagement, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are highly desirable.

The OPC is a state entity that works to (1) coordinate activities among ocean-related state agencies to improve the effectiveness of state efforts to protect ocean resources, (2) establish policies to coordinate the collection and sharing of scientific data related to coastal and ocean resources between agencies, (3) identify and recommend changes in state and federal law and policy to the Governor and Legislature, and (4) allocate and execute delegated bond funds and other designated funds in a manner that is transparent and in line with OPC’s priorities.

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — April 26th, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 1 PM, the Ocean Protection Council with hold a public meeting at the Natural Resource Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento.

Watch Meeting Live (link will become active on the day of the meeting)

DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00am

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00am to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery and discuss and potentially develop initial proposals for the California Dungeness Crab Task Force’s (DCTF) consideration regarding the long-term functioning of the DCTF and the California lost fishing gear recovery program.

Litter Strategy Update

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is updating its 2008 Implementation Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Ocean Litter (Strategy), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program.

For more information on the process and how stakeholders can engage, please click the link above.

Updated Timeline for Proposition 1 Funding Process

OPC had originally planned to solicit projects for Round 2 of the Proposition 1 funding process in May 2017.  Staffing capacity issues have resulted in a revised timeline; OPC now anticipates updating its Proposition 1 grant guidelines in Summer 2017 and announcing a solicitation for projects in Fall 2017.  Additional information on Round 2 and OPC’s Proposition 1 Grant Program will be posted to OPC’s website as the updated process gets underway. If you have questions, please contact OPC’s Deputy Director, Jenn Eckerle, at

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