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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


Managing Director (Part-Time) – Laguna Ocean Foundation

Laguna Ocean Foundation (LOF) is seeking an experienced part-time Managing Director (MD) to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its goals and responsibilities, to strengthen and grow the foundation to the next level of organizational development and mission impact. The desired MD is a highly organized and entrepreneurial coordinator of people and projects. Key duties include
administration and support of programs, staff, volunteers and service providers, along with exploring funding opportunities consistent with LOF’s mission and strategic planning

See Full Job Description Here.


Various Openings – Heal the Bay

California’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Heal the Bay is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, or age.

We are focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse family of employees, creating awareness of diversity issues, fostering a positive environment where inclusive behaviors are the norm, and embedding accountability for diversity throughout the organization.

We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, are treated with dignity and respect and are in a position to contribute to our success.

More information and available job openings here. 

Programs Assistant – Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

Seasonal (April to September), Part-time (20 hours per week)

The Programs Assistant helps the Programs Manager with education and stewardship programs managed by Stewards in the Russian River Sector of the Sonoma Mendocino Coast District. They assist with recruitment, training, scheduling, evaluation and retention of volunteers in the State Parks’ Volunteers in Parks programs and Stewards’ education and stewardship programs. They assist with outreach in the greater Sonoma County community. In addition, the Programs Assistant helps with scheduling schools and groups of all ages that request docent-led programs. They also assist with scheduling workshops, certification programs and seminars for the public’s enjoyment and education. The Programs Assistant helps to ensure that environmental education programs for youth meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards and conducts programs as needed.

Review and download the full job description with qualifications and benefits.

Application Procedure:

Submit resume and cover letter to Michele Luna, Executive Director at

Job will be open until filled. Check website for job status before submitting your application.

No phone calls please. Your application will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Estimated start date: April 6, 2020.

Seasonal Service Aides – Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is hiring! If you’d like to join our team as our one of our Seasonal Service Aides, and enjoy working with the visiting public, in our state park this is the job for you. 

The perfect candidate works great on a team, can work up to 20 hours per week or more depending on workload with weekend days required. Has excellent customer service skills, communicates great in both spoken and written words and is able to multitask like a champ. This person pays attention to details, is comfortable working with volunteers and other staff on trail projects, is okay with some campground maintenance, cleaning restrooms, litter removal and more. The candidate will be able to lifting up to 60 lbs, and has fine hand motor skills, can work a cash register and has prior money handling experience. Prior experience with hand and power tools is an added bonus and a clean driving record is a must. Salary is $12.00 per hour.

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Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is the public benefit organization that works in partnership with California State Parks in the Russian River area of Sonoma County.

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is an equal opportunity employer.

Submit resume and cover letter by email to MS Word or pdf files only. Phone calls will not be accepted. Open until filled.

Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard (Summer 2020) – City of Laguna Beach Marine Safety Department (Closing 3/19/20)

Ocean Lifeguards, under general supervision, patrol beaches with the overall goal of providing protection to life, limb and property. Ocean Lifeguards guard an area of beach from an assigned station, patrol a section of the beach, participate in marine and other related emergencies, and make rescues and prevent marine accidents.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Volunteer and Citizen/Community Science Opportunities

  • MPA Watch
    • A network of programs that support healthy oceans through community science by collecting human use data in and around our protected areas.
  • Snapshot Cal Coast
    • Document coastal biodiversity in this annual, statewide bioblitz using iNaturalist.
  • Save Our Shores
    • Ensuring Monterey Bay thrives today and for decades to come. Become a Sanctuary Steward, a certified volunteer that plays an integral role in the organization, or volunteer at one of their many events and beach clean-ups.
  • Phytoplankton Monitoring Network – NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
    • A community-based network of volunteers monitoring marine phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs).
  • California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP)
    • Volunteer anglers collect valuable data on economically important marine species.
  • Reef Check
    • Volunteer to monitor California’s rocky reefs inside and outside of marine protected areas (MPAs).
  • LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students)
    • Citizen science program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. Citizen scientists monitor the coastal ecosystems of California’s national marine sanctuaries, increasing awareness and stewardship of these important areas.
  • Trinidad Coastal Land Trust
    • There are a variety of volunteer opportunities with Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT) and its partners. The goal of TCLT’s volunteer program is to provide the training and support to community members interested in helping further TCLT’s mission of protecting the natural beauty and character of Humboldt’s north coast from Little River to Big Lagoon. 
  • Seabird Protection Network
    • Chapters often seek volunteers and citizen scientists to conduct seabird monitoring.