OPC is Hiring a Senior Environmental Scientist

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring a Senior Environmental Scientist to help lead its Marine Protected Area (MPA) Program.  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 the 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.

The Senior Environmental Scientist will be responsible for leading aspects of OPC’s MPA management program including outreach and education, research and monitoring, compliance and enforcement, and policy and permitting, in collaboration with OPC’s other MPA program staff and external partners.  The Senior Environmental Scientist will also direct funding efforts focused on marine protected areas in coordination with OPC staff, state agencies, local governments, scientists, non-profits, and other constituents. The position involves grant and contract management including developing grant/contract content, tracking deliverables, processing invoices, and coordinating with grantees.  The Senior Environmental Scientist will also provide additional organizational support and capacity, as needed.

Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working on projects and/or research related to MPAs in California or elsewhere, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must. Experience with public relations, such leading communications campaigns and/or drafting content for memos, newsletters, press releases, websites, or social media posts is a plus.  The position is located in Sacramento, California. 

The application deadline is September 12, 2018.  For more details and to apply, please visit: https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=124697