Marine Protected Areas Senior Environmental Scientist

The Marine Protected Areas Senior Environmental Scientist will be responsible for leading aspects of OPC’s MPA management program including: outreach and education; research and monitoring; compliance and enforcement; policy and permitting; and preparation for the 2022 adaptive management review of California’s MPA network, in collaboration with OPC’s other MPA program staff and external partners. The Senior Environmental Scientist will also direct funding efforts focused on marine protected areas in coordination with OPC staff, state agencies, local governments, scientists, non-profits, and other constituents. The position involves grant and contract management including developing grant/contract content, tracking deliverables, processing invoices, and coordinating with grantees.  The Senior Environmental Scientist will also provide additional organizational support and capacity, as needed.

Applicants should have a strong scientific background, knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working on projects, research, policy and/or management related to MPAs 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. Experience with public relations, such leading communications campaigns and/or drafting content for memos, newsletters, press releases, websites, or social media posts is a plus.  The position is located in Sacramento, California.  Candidates who do not want to work in Sacramento five days a week should not apply.

The application deadline is December 19, 2018.  For more details and to apply, please visit:

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