Coastal Environmental Justice Solicitation Office Hours on April 14

OPC staff will be available for virtual “office hours” using a webinar format to answer questions from prospective applicants and provide technical assistance. Office hours are scheduled for April 14, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 PM. The Office Hours webinar will be conducted as an open Q&A session and speakers are limited to 5-7 minutes to allow time for others to ask questions. If you need more time to ask specific questions on your project, you may request a 15-minute pre-consultation meeting when registering for the Office Hours Webinar. Please fill out this form to register for the Office Hours Webinar and/or request an individual pre-consultation meeting: OPC Prop 1 Solicitation: Office Hours Webinar Registration Form.

For more information on OPC’s Coastal Environmental Justice Solicitation, please see the Prop 1 Webpage. Letters of intent are due April 23, 2021.

OPC is hiring a Policy and Communications Program Manager

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring a Policy and Communications Program Manager (Staff Services Manager I, Specialist) to help advance OPC’s strategic priorities, with a specific focus on policy, communications, and community engagement. The Policy and Communications Program Manager will be responsible for legislative tracking and bill analyses, supporting policy development, leading communications, and community outreach efforts to elevate the work of the Council, and increasing equitable engagement on efforts to protect California’s coast and ocean. … read more

Now Accepting Applications: Ocean Protection Council Summer Internship

OPC is hiring up to five Student Assistants for its Summer Internship Program (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. … read more

Coastal Environmental Justice Solicitation is Open!

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is pleased to announce the release of a solicitation for letters of intent on coastal projects that benefit communities entitled to environmental justice and improve water quality. Please see the solicitation for specific project types and priorities. OPC has up to $7.5 million to distribute through this round of funding, and letters of intent are due to on April 23, 2021.

OPC staff will hold an informational webinar for prospective applicants on March 29 from 2:00-3:00 PM. This webinar will include going over the solicitation, the LOI template, and answering questions. To register for the webinar and get more information please complete the Webinar Registration Form . Please see the Prop 1 webpage for more information about the solicitation, letter of intent submission materials, and consultation opportunities with OPC staff.

OPC is hiring an Administration and Finance Analyst

OPC is hiring a limited term Staff Services Analyst to provide critical support for grant and contract administration, accounting, and other administrative duties, as needed.  Applicants should have strong attention to detail, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, and experience related to accounting, budgets, invoice processing or other related work.  The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must. … read more

Request for Proposals: PSMFC Entanglement Risk Reduction

The Ocean Protection Council has provided funds to Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to issue a request for proposals to advance the science that will help managers reduce entanglements of whales and sea turtles in fishing gear while minimizing impacts on the fishing fleet.

The Request for Proposals is now posted on the procurements section of the PSMFC website. Proposals are due March 19th at 5pm (PST) for projects that will be in effect through December 2023.

PSMFC will disperse up to $1.85 million to fund proposals that directly support OPC’s Strategy for reducing the risk of entanglement in California fishing gear by implementing scientific research projects and fostering collaborative partnerships. Applications submitted in response to this solicitation should advance implementation of the OPC’s Strategic Plan and should support the principles outlined in the Entanglement Strategy. Therefore, all projects will be geared to developing, aligning and improving information to reduce entanglement risk to whales and sea turtles and minimizing impacts to the fishing industry. Some of these types of projects have been discussed in the entanglement science workshop held in 2020. (Please note:  This call for proposals does NOT include gear innovation work)

PSMFC/OPC expects to award funds to between 4 and 6 projects. Projects are likely to average about $300,000 and range between $250,000 and $600,000. Indirect cost rates are restricted to 15%.

OPC is hiring a Climate Change Program Manager

OPC is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help advance its strategic priorities related to safeguarding coastal and marine ecosystems and communities in the face of climate change.  The Environmental Scientist will support the work of OPC’s Climate Change program, with a focus on coastal resilience and adaptation, including nature-based solutions.  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. … read more