Climate Change Program Manager, California Ocean Protection Council

currently remote, Sacramento, CA

Job Title: Climate Change Program Manager

Organization: California Ocean Protection Council

Type of Opportunity: Under the close supervision of the of the Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) Environmental Program Manager I (EPM I) (Supervisory) and working with other program Senior and Staff Environmental Scientists, the incumbent conducts high level tasks related to statewide marine and coastal conservation and protection, with a specific focus on coastal resilience and adaptation to sea-level rise in California. The incumbent will also support implementation of OPC’s mission and broader strategic priorities related to safeguarding coastal and marine ecosystems and communities in the face of climate change, as well as the California Natural Resources Agency’s policy initiatives.

Applicants should have a strong scientific background, working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues and stakeholders in California, coastal resilience and sea level rise adaptation policy, planning and/or research experience especially focused on the use of nature-based solutions in California, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working on offshore renewable energy is a plus. Proficiency reading and speaking Spanish is preferred. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks is a must.  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; information on the examination can be found here.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all OPC staff are currently working remotely.  However, once staff return to the office, this position will be located in Sacramento, California.


35% Policy Development and Analysis

  • Develop, coordinate, and make recommendations to implement strategic investments and policy/management tools to increase coastal resilience and adaptation in California.
  • Identify opportunities and make recommendations to implement actions that advance cross-cutting efforts across OPC’s strategic plan goals of climate change, equity, biodiversity and the sustainable blue economy.
  • Apply scientific methods and conduct critical, sensitive analyses, research, and investigations using best available science to inform recommendations for advancing coastal resilience and adaptation efforts in California.
  • Provide analyses of state, local, and federal policies and legislation as they relate to coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Develop and/or analyze regulations, plans, policies, procedures, and guidelines associated with coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Consult with and advise other agencies and institutions engaged in related environmental analysis, management, planning, regulation, investigation, and research.
  • Meet and confer with scientists, stakeholders, tribes, and other governmental and non-governmental entities.
  • Prepare staff reports, recommendations, and presentations for OPC Council meetings.
  • Present scientific data and analyses and the consequent policy implications at symposia, conferences, workshops, and before the legislature.

30% Contract and Grant Management

  • Develop innovative opportunities for contracts and grants for projects that advance the goals and mission of OPC related to coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Seek opportunities to leverage additional funds and expertise for synergistic purposes.
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of contracts and grants.
  • Review and evaluate achievements associated with the contracts and grants. Coordinate with technical and administrative support.
  • Ensure timely completion of project objectives and required deliverables

25% Facilitation of and participation in interagency government working groups

  • Convene and facilitate interagency government working groups related to coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Identify working group members, establish meeting agendas, and provide relevant policy analyses to the working groups.
  • Consult with and advise agencies and institutions engaged in environmental analysis and regulation related to coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Represent OPC in policy implementation, program budgeting, and strategic planning.

10% Other related duties as necessary and assigned

  • Substitute for the EPMI (Supervisory) in meetings with agency leadership or external partners related to coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Participate in hearings and field investigations as a staff expert on issues related coastal resilience and adaptation.
  • Prepare various reports and correspondence.

Salary/pay: $3,851.00 – $7,364.00 per Month

Application Deadline: February 26

How to Apply: Click here to view the full jobs description and to apply