Heal The Bay

Coastal and Marine Scientist

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater L.A. safe, healthy and clean. Progress toward the mission is achieved by effectively combining the use of science, advocacy, community outreach, and public education to create positive change in our local environment. Healthy, resilient, and functioning coastal and marine ecosystems are critical for the well-being of the public and wildlife as well our economy in southern California. For over 30 years, Heal the Bay has been a powerful advocate for protecting and cleaning up polluted beaches and coastal ecosystems.

Position Summary:

The Coastal and Marine Scientist is a key member of our science, policy and outreach team and is responsible for technical and policy projects related to California’s coastal waters. The Coastal and Marine Scientist critically evaluates proposed policies, permits, regulation, and legislation that impact local coastal resources from the scientific and policy perspectives. Topics include plastic pollution, marine protected areas, fisheries, coastal development, climate change impacts, oil and gas development, and others. The Coastal and Marine Scientist is Heal the Bay’s primary advocate for strong coastal and ocean protection and represents Heal the Bay at public meetings and on stakeholder groups. The Coastal and Marine Scientist will also support our Programs and Policy work through campaign planning, grant management, budget oversight and reporting. The position may involve field work, in-state travel, and evening and weekend hours.


Functions Include:

  • Track science and policy issues at regional and state levels and ensure that deadlines are met for public comments and other products;
  • Coordinate and manage contracted lobbyist for statewide legislative work;
  • Critically analyze and provide written comments on scientific, technical and policy issues related to coastal and marine resources;
  • Represent Heal the Bay’s positions at public meetings, hearings and other forums, such as California Coastal Commission, California Fish & Game Commission, City Council meetings, and others;
  • Represent Heal the Bay on stakeholder groups, technical committees, and other working groups;
  • Assist with leadership of Heal the Bay’s MPA Watch program and facilitate the integration of the organization’s public science programs and data into policymaking and statewide programs;
  • Work closely with other Heal the Bay staff on inter- and intra-departmental projects and programs;
  • Manage project grants, including budget oversight and allocations, progress tracking and reporting;
  • Create and maintain relationships with government agency staff, nonprofit partners, scientific researchers and other environmental stakeholders;
  • Support organizational campaigns by developing strategy, and preparing supporting analyses and documents;
  • Research and analyze issues and develop issue papers on coastal and marine resources management challenges from a scientific and policy perspective;
  • Support educational and outreach campaigns around key issues;
  • Distill policy and technical information into easily understandable written materials (FAQs, blogs) and oral presentations;
  • Support scientific field work, as needed;
  • Participate in weekly department meetings, regular meetings with manager, monthly staff meetings, and occasional board meetings.


Experience and Skills Required:

  • Strong passion for Heal the Bay’s mission and a love for the environment;
  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, coastal ecology, or related field is required at minimum; graduate degree is preferred;
  • Strong background in coastal and ocean policy; understanding of relevant laws, regulations, and policies; knowledge of policy-making processes; and experience with local coastal issues;
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, with public speaking experience;
  • Strong writing skills, with policy analysis or advocacy writing experience preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and project planning skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, multitask and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel and Power Point), with CRM Salesforce experience a plus;
  • Ability to travel throughout the Los Angeles area, and occasional trips to Sacramento or other locations throughout the state;
  • Some evening and weekend work is required; and
  • Must have access to reliable transportation


Physical Demands

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;

Work Environment

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.

To apply

Please email/submit your cover letter and resume with subject line “Coastal & Marine 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