OPC is Hiring a Senior Biodiversity Program Manager – Apply by April 6, 2023

We are hiring a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) to lead its Biodiversity Program and advance work related to marine protected areas, kelp forest resilience, marine biodiversity conservation, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and the state’s 30×30 initiative for coastal waters. The Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) will advance these strategic priorities (and others, as needed) 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 Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) will also supervise several Environmental Scientists, serve as OPC’s Tribal Liaison, and contribute to higher-level strategic planning led by OPC leadership. The incumbent is also responsible for grant and contract management including developing scopes of work and budgets, tracking deliverables, and coordinating with grantees.

Applicants should have a strong scientific background, working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working with California Native American tribes, and experience working on projects and/or research related to coastal and marine 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 habitat restoration and protection, marine protected areas, biological and environmental monitoring, data management and analysis, and proficiency in reading and speaking Spanish are desired.

View the minimum qualifications for a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory), 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 April 6, 2023.  For more details and to apply, please visit the job posting on the CalCareers website.

Categories: 30x30, Career Opportunities, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity