Outreach Program Associates

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making our coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action and advocacy. We educate the greater Los Angeles region about ocean conservation, the causes and impacts of water pollution, the need for a resilient water supply, and what we can all do to make a difference. We reach over 150,000 people annually through our Heal the Bay Aquarium, beach cleanups and community outreach programs.

About the Role

Heal the Bay is seeking two part-time Outreach Program Associates for its Angler Outreach Program. The Outreach Associates will educate the shoreline angling community and general public on fishing health risks associated with consuming fish caught in LA and Orange County. The principal method of outreach consists of interviewing anglers, often in multiple languages based on the preferred language of the angler and fluency of the team members. In addition to interviewing anglers, Outreach Associates will disseminate appropriate literature (health advisories, fish catch limits, etc.) to anglers and the public. The outreach will be conducted at eight local piers from Santa Monica Pier to Seal Beach Pier.

Heal the Bay will train team members on fish identification; fishing regulations and health advisories for Southern California; and the DDT and PCB contamination history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This is a great opportunity for college level students or concerned members of the community to get involved and make a difference.

Outreach Associates will also be expected to support other Outreach Programs, such as beach cleanups, Speakers Bureau, and tabling outreach at community events.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Educate the angler community and the general public regarding:
  • Risks of eating DDT, PCB, and mercury contaminated fish;
    • Proper techniques for cleaning & cooking fish that minimize contamination risks;
    • Bag and size limits for fish commonly caught;
    • Issues facing the Santa Monica Bay;
  • Handing out informational materials and filling out tracking sheet forms;
  • Data entry into Excel database; 
  • Supporting Science, Policy & Outreach Department in other outreach activities, such as attending tabling events, supporting beach cleanups, giving educational presentations, and more.

Preferred Experience/Skills

  • Bilingual, with preference for Spanish and Asian languages (e.g., Tagalog, Chinese or Vietnamese);
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task;
  • Interest in environmental and community health or marine science issues.

Compensation

$16.00 an hour. This position is a part-time (12-20 hours/week average) hourly position.

Schedule

Weekend and evening hours are required. The majority of the work takes place Friday-Sunday. Start date is as soon as possible. In accordance with California Labor Law, employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 30 days of employment. All Heal the Bay recognized holidays will be compensated in accordance to time worked.

Physical Demands

The employee is regularly required to work in outdoor conditions; occasionally asked to reach with hands and arms; the employee is regularly asked to talk or hear and navigate local piers. All piers are wheelchair accessible.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kayleigh Wade, Associate Director of Campaigns and Outreach at kwade@healthebay.org. Please use the phrase “Outreach Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin October 29, 2021.

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the hiring process. Once a conditional job offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.