Marine Protected Areas Program Manager
California Ocean Protection Council
The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help advance its strategic priorities related to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The Environmental Scientist will work in OPC’s Biodiversity Program and will lead OPC’s efforts related to MPA management in California, including outreach and education, research and monitoring, enforcement and compliance, and policy and permitting. The Environmental Scientist will collaborate with other OPC staff, state and federal agencies, California Native American tribes, academic scientists, non-profits, and others to ensure effective, equitable MPA management, including by implementing key recommendations from the recent MPA Decadal Management Review.
The Environmental Scientist will work with agency partners, academic researchers, tribes, and community science groups to develop and implement statewide MPA monitoring projects to inform MPA performance evaluation and adaptive management. 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/contractors. Finally, the Environmental Scientist will provide additional support and capacity for implementation of broader OPC and California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) priorities related to biodiversity conservation, such as habitat protection and restoration, and will support embedding equity and environmental justice into programs and actions.
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 related to MPAs, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must. Proficiency reading and speaking Spanish are preferred.
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.
Please Note: Due to postal service delays, electronic submission of application is recommended.
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.
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