Biodiversity Program Manager
California Ocean Protection Council
Final Filing Date: 2/21/2023
Job Description and Duties
The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help lead its efforts to enhance coastal, marine, and estuarine biodiversity in California. The Environmental Scientist will advance these strategic priorities, as outlined in the Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean, in coordination with OPC staff, state and federal agencies, California Native American tribes, local governments, scientists, non-profits, community members and others. 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 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, and experience working on projects and/or research related to coastal, marine, and estuarine ecosystems in California or elsewhere. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must. Specific knowledge and experience related to the land-sea interface, habitat restoration and protection, marine protected areas, biological and environmental monitoring, data management and analysis, and proficiency reading and speaking Spanish are preferred. Experience working with the state’s natural resource management agencies is beneficial but not required.
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.
**We are currently unable to accept drop-off applications.
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Please see the Duty Statement link, found in the Additional Documents section, for more information.
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.
Flexible Work Schedule: This position is considered Remote-Centered, which means incumbent would telework 50% or more of the time within a work month from an alternate work location. The position incumbent can telework with a management approved telework agreement and schedule.
OPC staff are required to work from the office in Sacramento a minimum of two days a month.
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
Job Code #:
Biodiversity Program Manager
$4,145.00 - $5,132.00 A
$5,037.00 - $6,250.00 B
$6,375.00 - $7,926.00 C
# of Positions:
Permanent, Full Time
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) is a state cabinet-level agency in the government of California. Through its 40 departments, conservancies, boards, commissions, councils, and museums, the California Natural Resources Agency is responsible for protecting historical, natural, and cultural sites, monitoring and controlling state lands and waterways, and regulating fish and game use.
The current Secretary for the California Natural Resources is Wade Crowfoot and he serves as a member of Governor Gavin Newsom’s cabinet. As Secretary, Crowfoot oversees an agency of 19,000 employees charged with protecting and managing California’s diverse resources.
Mission statement: To restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved.
All job applicants must provide their employment history on the application form (State Application STD 678) rather than attaching a resume to the form, otherwise the application may be considered incomplete.
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Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts/diploma for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined a candidate does not meet the Minimum Qualifications, the candidate will be withheld from the eligibility list, rendering them inactive and ineligible to be hired for the position. Candidates who have been withheld may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board.
The minimum qualifications can be found in the Environmental Scientist classification specifications.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.Application Instructions Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.Final Filing Date: 2/21/2023Who May ApplyIndividuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).How To ApplyComplete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:Address for Mailing Application PackagesYou may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:Natural Resources AgencyAttn: Classification and Hiring - Personnel Technicianc/o Department of Forestry and Fire ProtectionP.O. Box 944246Sacramento, CA 94244-2460Address for Drop-Off Application PackagesYou may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:Natural Resources AgencyClassification and Hiring - Personnel Technicianc/o Department of Forestry and Fire ProtectionP.O. Box 944246Sacramento, CA 94244-2460Please Note: We are currently unable to accept drop-off applications.08:00 AM - 05:00 PMRequired Application Package DocumentsThe following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position. Resume is required and must be included. School Transcripts Supplemental Application - A Supplemental Questionnaire is REQUIRED and must be submitted with your application to be considered for this position. Failure to include the Supplemental Questionnaire as required shall result in disqualification from the hiring process. Please see the section labeled "Supplemental Questionnaire" for further information.
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Supplemental Questions for ES Biodiversity Program Manager Position
Describe your management, policy or scientific experience working on issues related to protecting coastal or marine biodiversity, including development or analysis of research, policy, or legislation, and/or any relevant lab/field work and data analysis.
Describe your project management experience, including grant management and stakeholder outreach and coordination.
Describe your experience analyzing and translating complex and large scientific data sets for use by local, state, or federal governments and/or communicating with a range of audiences including high-level decision-makers and members of the public.
Please provide the name and telephone number of a former supervisor/ reference who can verify the work and/or experience you described above.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
• This is a deep class position with increasing responsibilities; candidate’s experience and/or education will determine the range they will be placed in.
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A completed State Application (STD. 678), a Resume, and any other relevant documents (e.g. transcript copies, copies of degree(s), cover letter, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareer Account, by U.S. mail, or by dropping your application package off. Both addresses are listed in this Job Advertisement.
Please reference Job Control 353231 and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section on the STD. 678. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please note you can only apply for one Job Control per application submission.
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