Senior Watershed Specialist

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action, and advocacy to fulfill our mission. We educate people about the undersea wonders of our local Santa Monica Bay, the causes and impacts of local water pollution, the need for an improved resilient water supply, and what everyone can do to make a difference.  

California’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Heal the Bay is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, or age. We are focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse team of employees, fostering a positive environment where inclusive behaviors are the norm, prioritizing our work through an equity and inclusivity lens, and embedding accountability for diversity throughout the organization. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, are treated with dignity and respect, and are in a position to contribute to our success.  

About the Role 

Heal the Bay’s Senior Watershed Specialist serves as the lead watershed coordinator for LA County’s Safe, Clean Water Program (SCWP) in the Central Santa Monica Bay Watershed area. The major function of the Watershed Coordinator centers around connecting interested parties, such as municipalities, schools, NGOs and neighborhood groups, with technical resources and support in pursuit of SCWP goals: 

  • Help protect public health, ensuring safer, greener, healthier, and more livable spaces for all. 
  • Update LA County’s water system to capture more of the billions of gallons of water we lose each year. 
  • Help protect our coastal waters and beaches from the trash and contaminants in stormwater that make people sick and threaten marine life. 
  • Modernize our 100-year-old water system infrastructure using a combination of nature, science, and new technology. 
  • Prepare our region for the effects of a changing climate – including recurring cycles of drought, wildfire, and flooding. 

In addition, the Senior Watershed Specialist is an integral member of the Heal the Bay’s Outreach Team and is expected to contribute to departmental and organizational efforts and goals. This position will also work very closely with the Science & Policy Department.  

Position Overview 

The Senior Watershed Specialist ensures the SCWP contract deliverables are met including: monthly reports to the LA County Flood Control District, meeting with existing coalitions and collaboratives to conduct community engagement, education and soliciting new stormwater capture projects in the Central Santa Monica Bay watershed area. 

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Engage municipalities, community groups and other interested parties to identify and develop project concepts with special focus on under-resourced communities.  
  • Work with Technical Assistance Team to bring resources to stakeholders interested in making neighborhood change. 
  • Identify and help leverage and secure additional funding sources. 
  • Provide leadership in community outreach efforts related to watershed planning. 
  • Facilitate collaborative decision-making to develop and implement actions that address community priorities. 
  • Integrate community, municipality, and regional priorities through partnerships and extensive networks. 
  • Organize public outreach events to educate interested parties. 
  • Collaborate with all other Safe, Clean Water Program Watershed Coordinators to help ensure consistency in implementation and inform each other of effective efforts, outreach, and communication approaches.  
  • Design program materials, including marketing, worksheets, surveys, etc.  
  • Carry out effective Program Evaluation tasks, under the guidance of the agency Evaluation team. 
  • Assist in modification or creation of new program materials where applicable, 
  • Other duties as assigned related to Heal the Bay’s organizational mission and programs.  

Minimum Requirements & Qualifications

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in program management;  
  • Strong project management, communication, interpersonal, and team leadership skills; excellent written and verbal presentation skills;  
  • A self-starter with strong organizational and time management skills; proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize tasks, and follow projects to completion on schedule; strategic planning and program design/development experience; 
  • Desire to work in a team environment;  
  • Flexibility, initiative, and a collaborative spirit; professional, positive, work ethic.  

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Considerable knowledge of environmental justice, regional water resource issues and other community needs in the region;  
  • Skillset to facilitate meetings and engagement efforts with a variety of interested parties;  
  • Team player; 
  • Spanish language skills a plus;  
  • Ability to: 
  • Plan, organize and implement outreach and engagement activities;  
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationship with City staff, schools, neighborhood and community groups, and environmental advocacy groups;  
  • Communicate and work effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds and assist them in using available resources and building capacity;  
  • Prepare and present clear concise oral and written reports;  
  • Assess and comprehend community problems and recommend and implement appropriate courses of action; and  
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to move throughout the Central Santa Monica Bay project area. 

Compensation

This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  $36.00-$40.00/hour depending on experience, with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld.  

Benefits

Dental, medical, health insurance, and vacation benefits are included as part of employment. Heal the Bay will cover 90% of benefits. 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 90 days of employment. All Heal the Bay recognized Holidays will be compensated in accordance to time worked. 

Schedule

Participation in some weekend and evening events, as well as county wide travel. Heal the Bay operates in hybrid manner, in the office 2 days per week. Heal the Bay offers a dynamic work environment with highly motivated colleagues. 

Physical Demands: 

The employee is occasionally required to work in outdoor conditions, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  

How to Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume here.

Review of applications will be on a rolling basis with position to be filled as soon as possible.  


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.