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Closing Date: November 30, 2019


The Marine Protected Area (MPA) Collaborative Network is looking for a creative, organized, self- directed, versatile individual with an ability to work independently to provide administrative and programmatic support to the Director. The South Coast Specialist will assist with preparation and hosting of MPA compliance workshops, enforcement trainings, agency statistics tracking, and court officer outreach for the South Coast.  In addition, they will provide support to Collaborative Network members in the five south coast collaboratives.

Who We Are:

The MPA Collaborative Network was created in 2012 to give stakeholders and local agencies an active voice in the ongoing stewardship and management of California’s network of 124 marine protected areas. Developed in close partnership with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and local stakeholders, California’s MPA collaboratives bring together community members from all walks of life: marine scientists and reserve managers join fishermen, tribal representatives, conservation organization members, and local, state, and federal agency staff. The goal of each collaborative is to work together on identifying and addressing local issues facing marine protected areas. The MPA Collaborative Network is made up of 14 coastal chapters, or “collaboratives”, that cover all 15 coastal counties and consists of over 600 individual members representing 385 organizations and agencies.

The MPA Collaborative Network is supported by a small core staff. CN staff support this diverse network through facilitating communication between collaboratives and with state agencies, launching and supporting the development of collaborative projects, sharing, public relations, conflict resolution, and more.

Duration and Salary:

Position is part-time for one year with the potential for renewal dependent on funding, not to exceed $30,000. Position is at the contractor level and does not include benefits.

Tentative start date: December 2019/January 2020.


  • Administrative support to the Director, including project tracking and correspondence
  • Assist south coast collaborative co-chairs with meeting scheduling and project management
  • Establish relationships with south coast enforcement agencies and lifeguard departments and assist them in tracking their MPA contacts and enforcement efforts
  • Organize MPA photo contests for each south coast collaborative and create mobile displays using contest photos for compliance workshops and other events
  • Assist with integrating new mapping technology into existing outreach materials
  • Attend select collaborative meetings and speak on behalf of the Collaborative Network as needed
  • Assist collaborative co-chairs with identifying and applying for funding
  • Other tasks as determined by the Director

Qualifications and Skills:

  • General knowledge of marine protected areas and ocean conservation
  • Experience and interest in communicating with diverse stakeholders from a variety of disciplines/backgrounds, including public agencies, non-profits, tribes, coastal businesses, etc.
  • Experience assisting a manager in any capacity
  • Experience in community organizing, particularly grassroots oriented approaches
  • Excellent organizational, project tracking, writing, and strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with colleagues
  • Proficiency with social media and web-based platforms
  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office Programs
  • Ideal candidates will be based in the south coast of California with the ability to work remotely
  • Experience in ocean lifeguarding or coastal enforcement preferred
  • Occasional travel, evening and weekend work might be required


Minimum Bachelor’s Degree. Degrees in Environmental Science, Management, Education, or Policy preferred

Application Process:

If interested in applying, please email a cover letter and resume with references by COB November 30th, 2019 to MPA Collaborative Network Director, Calla Allison (

Job Opportunities with Partner Organizations

Postdoctoral Scholar – UC Davis School of Education

The Center for Community and Citizen Science (CCCS) and the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior (CEPB) seek an accomplished quantitative social scientist to lead a project focused on human use of coastal and ocean resources. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct analyses of data generated by MPA Watch, an innovative citizen science project in which volunteers collect data about onshore and offshore human activities along the California Coast (learn more at The position requires high-level statistical methods in R, including spatial models and the capacity to estimate models that include missing data and data that is only partially observed across geography. The role also involves working with state agencies and non-profit partners involved in the adaptive management of California’s network of marine protected areas.

This full-time position is funded for 18 months, beginning early 2020. The scholar will be jointly supervised by the CCS Executive Director and CEPB Director, and will participate actively in the respective intellectual communities in those two centers.

Review the full job announcement here.

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