Notice of Intention to Amend the Conflict of Interest Code of the California Natural Resources’ Ocean Protection Council

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the California Natural Resources Agency – Ocean Protection Council pursuant to the authority vested in it by section 87306 of the Government Code, proposes amendment to its conflict of interest code. A comment period has been established commencing on August 12, 2022, and closing on September 26, 2022. All inquiries should be directed to the contact listed below.

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Now Accepting Applications: OPC 2022 Summer Internship Program

OPC is hiring up to five Student Assistants for its 2022 Summer Internship Program. The purpose of the Summer Internship Program is to provide undergraduate college students with an opportunity to gain hands-on-experience with a small State agency focused on protecting and enhancing the state’s coastal and ocean ecosystems and ensuring easy, affordable access to and along the coast for all Californians.

OPC values diversity and equity at all levels of the agency and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from all backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcome and can thrive.  As such, OPC encourages applications from individuals from a broad range of identities and experiences. It includes those who have overcome personal hardship or other barriers that may complicate their continued progress in research careers, including financial, academic, and social barriers. … read more

OPC is Hiring an Environmental Scientist

Wind TurbineOPC is hiring a limited term Environmental Scientist (Offshore Wind Program Manager) to help advance strategic priorities related to offshore wind development in California. The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management including developing scopes of work and budgets, tracking deliverables, and coordinating with grantees. The Environmental Scientist will provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other strategic priorities, including ocean energy decarbonization, as needed.

Applicants should have a strong scientific and policy background, working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working on projects or research and/or developing or analyzing regulations, energy impact assessment on natural resources and the economy, policy, or legislation related to offshore wind development 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.

Minimum qualifications for an Environmental Scientist, including necessary education and experience, can be found here. 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.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all OPC staff are currently working remotely.  However, once staff return to the office, the Offshore Wind Program Manager will be required to work from the office in Sacramento one to three days a week. This position is limited term (minimum of two years) with the potential of becoming permanent.

The application deadline is February 3, 2022.  For more details and to apply, please visit: