OPC is Hiring a Marine Protected Areas Program Manager – Apply by August 17, 2023

We are hiring an Environmental Scientist to help advance our strategic priorities related to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The Environmental Scientist will work in our Biodiversity Program and will lead 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 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.

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 August 17, 2023.  For more details and to apply, please visit the job posting on the CalCareers website.

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Categories: Career Opportunities, Marine Protected Areas, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity