OPC is Hiring a Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Program Manager – Apply by February 2, 2024

We are hiring an Environmental Scientist (Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Program Manager) to help advance strategic priorities related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient fishing communities, and thriving fish and wildlife populations in California. The Environmental Scientist will work in OPC’s Biodiversity Program and will lead OPC’s efforts related to climate-resilient fisheries, the development of a statewide aquaculture action plan, and the protection of marine mammal and sea turtle populations.

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 fisheries management in California, with a specific focus on working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission. 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 the implementation of broader OPC and California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) 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 February 2, 2024.  For more details and to apply, please visit the job posting on the CalCareers website.

Categories: Aquaculture, Career Opportunities, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Strategic Goal 4: Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems