OPC is Hiring a Coastal Adaptation Program Manager – Apply by December 21, 2022

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to help lead its efforts to support local and regional jurisdictions plan and prepare for the impacts of sea-level rise. 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 and sea-level rise planning and adaptation 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 coastal resiliency, habitat restoration and protection, grant management and development, and proficiency reading and speaking Spanish are preferred. Experience working with the state’s natural resource management agencies is beneficial but not required.

This is a full-time, 12-month limited term position.

View the minimum qualifications for an Environmental Scientist, including necessary education and experience. 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.

Flexible Work Schedule: This position is considered Remote-Centered, which means the 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 application deadline is December 21, 2022.  For more details and to apply, please visit the job posting on the CalCareers website.

Categories: Career Opportunities, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity