OPC is Hiring Two Environmental Scientists

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring two Environmental Scientists to help advance priorities in the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean. One position will help lead efforts related to coastal wetlands, watersheds, coastal and marine water quality, and equity; information on this position and how to apply can be found here. The other position will support California’s MPA management efforts related to outreach and education, research and monitoring, compliance and enforcement, and policy and permitting; information on this position and how to apply can be found here.

Job Announcement for Environmental Scientist Position: Marine Protected Areas Program

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help advance strategic priorities in its Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Program. The Environmental Scientist will support California’s MPA management efforts related to outreach and education, research and monitoring, compliance and enforcement, and policy and permitting, in collaboration with OPC’s other MPA program staff, state and federal agencies, Tribes, local governments, scientists, non-profits, and others. The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management including developing scopes of work and budgets, tracking deliverables, processing invoices, and coordinating with grantees. The Environmental Scientist will also provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other strategic priorities, as needed.

Applicants should have a strong scientific background, working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working on projects and/or research related to marine protected areas in California or elsewhere, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency reading and speaking Spanish is preferred. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must. Completion of the Environmental Scientist State Civil Service Examination is required, and exam scores must rank in the top three tiers within the applicant pool to be further considered in the application process; information on the examination can be found here. The position is located in Sacramento, California.

OPC is a Cabinet-level state policy body that works to ensure healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems by advancing innovative, science-based policy and management, making strategic investments, and catalyzing action through partnerships and collaboration.

The application deadline is May 11, 2020. For more details and to apply, please visit: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=201243

Job Announcement for Environmental Scientist Position: Coastal Wetlands, Watersheds, Coastal and Marine Water Quality and Equity

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help lead its efforts related to coastal wetlands, watersheds, coastal and marine water quality, and equity. The Environmental Scientist will advance these strategic priorities in coordination with OPC staff, state and federal agencies, Tribes, local governments, scientists, non-profits, and others. The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management including developing scopes of work and budgets, tracking deliverables, processing invoices, and coordinating with grantees. The Environmental Scientist will also provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other strategic priorities, as needed.

Applicants should have a strong scientific background, working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working on projects and/or research related to coastal wetlands and watersheds in California or elsewhere, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency reading and speaking Spanish, as well as experience working on issues related to equity and environmental justice (including work with underserved communities and Tribes) is preferred. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must. Completion of the Environmental Scientist State Civil Service Examination is required, and exam scores must rank in the top three tiers within the applicant pool to be further considered in the application process; information on the examination can be found here. The position is located in Sacramento, California.

OPC is a Cabinet-level state policy body that works to ensure healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems by advancing innovative, science-based policy and management, making strategic investments, and catalyzing action through partnerships and collaboration.

The application deadline is May 11, 2020. For more details and to apply, please visit: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=201176

California Sea Grant Research Funding for New Faculty

California Sea Grant is now soliciting applications for one-year research projects by early-career faculty. Proposals, up to $60,000, will support the research of a new faculty member employed at a California-based university to address topics aligned with California Sea Grant’s strategic plan and state priorities.

In order to help align faculty research proposals with state needs, this solicitation includes information from the Resources Agency Sea Grant Advisory Panel (RASGAP) identifying state research priorities within the context of Ocean Protection Council’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean.  Input from RASGAP helps advance science that supports coastal and ocean management and policy decisions in California.

This year, additional emphasis will be on proposals that respond and target objectives specific to California Sea Grant’s Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture focus areas. Please read the full Request for Proposals for details and application instructions.

Deadlines:

Letters of Intent: May 18, 2020 – 5 PM PT

Full Proposals: June 15, 2020 – 5 PM PT

 

DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – April 14, 2020

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DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 1:00pm

Listen only/call-in: (669) 900 6833 | Meeting ID: 232 288 639
Zoom access link: https://zoom.us/j/232288639 

Meeting Agenda

Goal of the Executive Committee (EC) Conference Call: To provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery, the status of DCTF recommendations, and marine life entanglements in the California Dungeness crab fishery as well as begin brainstorming on priorities identified in the 2019-21 Work Plan.

  1. Welcome, introductions, agenda overview. 
  2. Public comment on matters not on the agenda.
  3. Updates on issues involving the Dungeness crab fishery, including, but not limited to, the status of the DCTF recommendations identified during the October 2019 in-person meeting, regulatory updates, active legislation, latest hearings, the Dungeness crab account, etc. 
  4. Learn about the efforts by the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group and state of California to reduce marine life entanglements risk including, review recent risk assessment recommendations, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director’s most recent determination(s), etc. 
  5. Begin a discussion and brainstorm around a potential buy-out for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery as directed by the DCTF’s 2019-21 Work Plan.
  6. Adjourn

Agenda items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the DCTF Administrative Team (Admin Team).

* *Public Participation and Comment: All members of the public, including non-EC DCTF members, will be automatically placed on mute upon entering the call. Phone lines will be opened during public comment periods. When the Admin Team opens the call to public comment, you may press *6 to unmute yourself if you wish to provide comments. 

Meeting materials will be posted to the DCTF website as they are available. A meeting summary will be made available via the DCTF website.  

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to info@dungenesscrabtaskforce.com or 805-845-9852. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this DCTF meeting should contact Rachelle Fisher (rachelle@strategicearth.com or 805-845-9852) no later than five days prior to meeting. 

For more information about the DCTF please visit the DCTF website at http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/04/dungeness-crab-task-force/

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