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.
The Water Quality Scientist is a key member of our science, programs and policy team and is responsible for a variety of technical and policy projects related to local water resources. This consists of critically evaluating stormwater permits, programs and pollution controls, wastewater management and recycling permits and programs, and other water quality and water resources-related policies and regulations, from both a scientific and policy perspective. The Water Quality Scientist represents Heal the Bay at public meetings and in stakeholder groups, serving as Heal the Bay’s primary advocate for strong water quality-related policies and regulations. The Water Quality Scientist will also support our Programs and Policy work through grant management, including budget oversight and reporting. The position may involve field work.
- Track select science and policy issues at regional and state levels (e.g. municipal stormwater permits, bacteria provisions, water plan development and implementation, integrated water management plans, etc.) and ensure that deadlines are met for public comments and other products;
- Critically analyze and provide written comments on scientific, technical and policy issues related to water resources;
- Represent Heal the Bay’s positions at public meetings, hearings and other forums;
- 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;
- Develop issue paper topics to investigate water resources management problems and conduct associated research and analysis;
- Support educational and outreach campaigns with internal and external participants around key issues;
- Distill policy and technical information into easily understandable written materials 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 environmental science, engineering, or related field is required at minimum; graduate degree is preferred;
- Strong background in water quality policy; understanding of relevant laws, regulations, and policies; knowledge of policy-making processes; and experience with local issues relating to water resources;
- 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 a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
This is a full time salaried position with health, dental, vision and vacation benefits. Participation in some weekend and evening events, and regional and statewide travel is necessary.
Salary Range: $50-60,000 annually, based on experience
Benefits: Heal the Bay offers full benefits (medical, dental, vision). A retirement option is available after one year of employment.