OPC is Hiring a Water Quality Program Manager – Apply by September 1, 2023

We are hiring an Environmental Scientist (Water Quality Program Manager) to help advance strategic priorities and inform policies related to improving coastal and marine water quality in California. The Environmental Scientist will lead OPC’s efforts related to water quality and will be responsible for supporting implementation of our mission, the California Natural Resources Agency’s policy initiatives, and embedding equity and environmental justice into programs and actions related to reducing impacts from point and non-point source pollution, harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, plastics, emerging contaminants, and additional threats to coastal and marine ecosystems.

The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management for projects related to improving coastal and marine water quality, 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 and policy background, working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, experience working on projects or research, and/or developing or analyzing regulations, policy, or legislation related to coastal or ocean water quality in California or elsewhere, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency reading and speaking Spanish is preferred. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must.

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 September 1, 2023.  For more details and to apply, please visit the job posting on the CalCareers website.

We Are Also Hiring a Marine Protected Areas Program Manager

View job description and apply online by August 17, 2023.

Categories: Career Opportunities, Equity and Environmental Justice, Marine Pollution, Ocean Acidification, Plastic Pollution, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality