Clean beaches and rivers are critical for public health and our economy in southern California. For over 25 years, Heal the Bay has been a powerful advocate for cleaning up polluted rivers and beaches and maintaining high standards that protect public health for recreational users of our local waters. Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card (BRC) and NowCast systems are well-known and scientifically robust tools for communicating water quality problems to decision-makers and the public, and our new River Report Card (RRC) will serve a similar purpose for the LA River and other freshwater recreation sites.
The Water Quality Scientist & Policy Analyst (Science & Policy Analyst) works with the department Director to set the Recreational Water Quality Program direction, and performs day to day management of the program. The Science & Policy Analyst is also responsible for tracking, analyzing, commenting on, and advocating for water quality protection and improvements related to recreational waterbodies, at the state and local levels.
Heal the Bay’s RRC and NowCast programs are growing and require ongoing technical development of statistical models, grading systems and communication tools. The Science & Policy Analyst works closely with government agencies to ensure timely data collection for report cards and modeling, and to provide input on their policy developments. S/he oversees our water quality monitoring program and in-house laboratory and staff, and represents Heal the Bay at regulatory hearings, stakeholder meetings, and other public forums.
Additional responsibilities of the Science & Policy Analyst include providing comments and testimony on bacteria regulations; investigating sources of impairment at bacteria-polluted beaches and reviewing source investigation/identification studies; analyzing beach monitoring data; supporting Heal the Bay’s role in epidemiological studies of ocean users; studying the impacts of pollution on marine resources; and helping secure funding for this work. The Science & Policy Analyst also represents Heal the Bay in recreational water quality stakeholder groups. Further, the Science & Policy Analyst will oversee a staff member (Water Quality Modeler) who is responsible for daily, weekly, and annually running of the BRC, RRC, and NowCast.
Experience and Skills Required:
The employee is occasionally asked to reach with hands and arms; the employee is regularly asked to talk or hear;
Lifts Weight or Exerts Force Work Environment
The employee is asked to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds;
The employee is occasionally asked to be in outdoor weather conditions;
This is an exempt, full time salaried position with health, dental, vision, sick leave, retirement, and vacation benefits. Salary Range is $50-60,000 annually, based on experience. Participation in some weekend and evening events, and regional and statewide travel is necessary. Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce.
Please email/submit your cover letter and resume with subject line “Water Quality Scientist Application” to:
Dr. Katherine Pease, Director of Science & Policy
Heal the Bay 1444 9th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (310) 496-1902
Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2018