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OPC is hiring an Environmental Scientist in our Marine Protected Area Program

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to manage its Once-Through Cooling Interim Mitigation Grant Program and provide support for OPC’s other priority programs (climate change, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and marine debris), as needed. 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.

In 2010, California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted a Policy on the Use of Coastal and Estuarine Waters for Power Plant Cooling (Policy). This Policy requires the phasing out of once-through cooling (OTC) to reduce the harmful effects on marine and estuarine life associated with cooling water intake for power generating facilities. OTC facilities are required to pay fees to mitigate the environmental impacts until they come into compliance with the requirements of the Policy. The OPC is designated to administer up to $5.4 million annually of these fees to increase marine life associated with the State’s Marine Protected Areas in the geographic region of the facility.

The Environmental Scientist will be responsible for leading all aspects of OPC’s Once Through Cooling Interim Mitigation Grant Program (Program), including but not limited to: creating and revising grant guidelines; consulting scientific experts to inform Program decision making; leading public outreach efforts; screening applications for compliance with the program; scoring applications; creating and 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 and budgets, processing invoices, and on-going coordinating with grantees.  The Environmental Scientist may also provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other priority areas, including the MPA Management Program. 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. Experience with restoration, mitigation and related work in southern California are highly desirable. The position is located in Sacramento, California.

Deadline for application is February 13, 2018.  For more information and to apply, please visit

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