Job Posting: Marine Protected Areas Specialist

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Marine Protected Areas Specialist

$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/5/2022

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Habitat Conservation Program Manager (EPM I), the incumbent will independently conduct staff work critical to the managing, monitoring, and assessing of California’s Marine Protected Area (MPAs) Network. The incumbent will conduct a variety of high-level duties on marine conservation as it relates to the implementation of the Marine Protected Area Management Program, per the Marine Life Protection Act, Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act, guidelines from the 2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas, the Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Action Plan, and recommendations from the 2022 Marine Protected Area Decadal Management Review Report. Conduct complex analyses for management decisions. Duties require strong communication and writing skills and the ability to work well with others and include:

1) Liaison with numerous partners (e.g., governmental agencies, Tribal governments, non-government organizations, fishing industry) on complex issues related to marine protected areas management.

2) Conduct research and analysis on needed legislative and regulatory changes related to marine protected areas management for new legislation and existing legislation (e.g., the Marine Life Protection Act and the Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act). Lead the analysis on proposed legislative bills associated with marine protected areas management, data collection and policy as needed.

3) Independently research approaches to integrate fisheries and marine protected areas management pursuant to the Marine Life Management Act and the Marine Life Protection Act. Coordinate with other programs and functions within the Marine Region, especially the fisheries related programs, fisheries biologists from academic institutions, tribal governments, non-government institutions, state and federal agencies, global experts, and the Statewide Marine Protected Areas Management Project.

4) Investigate potential changes needed to marine protected areas in preparation for climate change (e.g., sea level rise and boundary changes, allowed take changes, etc.). Participate and represent the Department in statewide initiatives, advisory groups, and workshops related to marine protected areas resiliency to climate change.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The majority of work will be sitting long periods of time using a computer keyboard, attending meetings virtual or in-person meetings. Ability to work in an office or telework environment. Occasional travel for meetings, fieldwork, workshops, and training. Travel may be by car or air and require long periods of sitting and occasional overnight travel. Work with staff statewide to complete work assignments. Occasional work in the marine environment deploying research gear and handling wildlife.

*Other counties also considered: Humboldt, Sonoma, San Mateo, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Marine Protected Areas Specialist
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Monterey County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  As such, The Department of Fish and Wildlife values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians.  CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission. 

Join us and begin a meaningful new career.

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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
Knowledge of and experience with California’s Marine Protected Areas Network and Management Program and the Department’s management role and policies related to Marine Protected Areas. Provide technical expertise and scientific analysis of scientific monitoring projects related to Marine Protected Area management recommendations and goals. Work closely with representatives from other state and federal agencies, academic researchers, fishing industry, citizen scientists, and numerous partners; critical thinking skills to analyze and solve difficult technical problems; exceptional editing skills, analyze data and present ideas and information effectively; Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work with individuals of differing backgrounds, opinions, and skill levels. Demonstrated ability to act independently, open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact. Is self-motivated, dependable, reliable, and retains flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 10/5/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications - 1) Please describe your experience with large-scale, long-term habitat conservation planning, and collaboration on the development of measures to protect and maintain marine and estuarine fish, plant and wildlife habitats and populations.

    2) Please describe experience with marine protected areas, the foundational science, the development and challenges.

    Statement of Qualifications must be no more than one page in length, size 12 pt. Arial font.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Detailed oriented and must have the ability to multi-task in a quick paced working environment. Ability to easily adapt and fluidly work independently, as a lead person, or in a team setting depending on work conditions. Exceptional oral and written communication skills to interpret and explain highly technical scientific and analytical information in a manner understandable to the public or general audiences. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing; ability to produce and critically review professional documents including scientific reports, web-based outreach materials, press releases, and peer reviewed literature. Leadership skills, public speaking, effective meeting facilitation skills, and project management skills also desirable. Skills to utilize intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Power Point, statistical or relational database software) in performance of duties.


Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees' Retirement System website for Health Benefits at

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Kelly Denny
(916) 580-5045

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
(916) 902-9211
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Filing Instructions

Due to the recent impact of the Covid19 and the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the address indicated on the announcement.

Indicate Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) – 565-772-0765-086 & RPA# E-R7 MR 22-026 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

In response to increases in COVID-19 cases, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is implementing COVID-19 testing of all unvaccinated state employees working on site as an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing must provide evidence of vaccination.

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