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Verified Pay $36.00 to $41.00 per hour
Hours Full-time
Location Santa Monica, California

About this job

Senior Watershed Specialist

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.

Heal the Bay’s Senior Watershed Specialist is assigned as the Watershed Coordinator for the Safe Clean Water Program (SCWP) in the Central Santa Monica Bay. Duties and responsibilities of the Watershed Coordinator center on building inclusive and meaningful engagement amongst area stakeholders (community and municipalities) in pursuit of SCWP Goals. The coordinator ensures the LA County contract deliverables are met including: monthly reports to the LA County Flood Control District, meeting with city staff, CBOs/NGOs, and coalitions to conduct community engagement to identify and support projects that improve water resilience in the central Santa Monica Bay watershed area.

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 collaborative to conduct community engagement, education and developing new stormwater capture projects in the central Santa Monica Bay watershed area.


  • Integrate community, municipality, and regional health priorities through partnerships and extensive networks.
  • Using existing relationships across the departments within the City and County of Los Angeles, facilitate collaborative efforts to develop and implement actions that address community health and water resiliency.
  • Engage municipalities, community groups and other stakeholders to Identify and develop nature based or multi-benefit infrastructure project concepts with an emphasis on under resourced communities.
  • Organize public outreach events to educate stakeholders.
  • Identify additional funding sources and future grant opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned related to organizational mission and programs.


A successful candidate will have deep (>5 years) experience in:

  • Track record of establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective relationship with City and County staff, schools, neighborhood and community groups.
  • Urban planning/studies, environmental science, public policy/health or relevant field;
  • Proven track record in management, communication, interpersonal, and team leadership skills;
  • Deep experience as a collaborator and resource connector;
  • Proven facilitation experience with a diversity of interested parties.


  • A self-starter with strong organizational and time management skills; proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, prioritizes tasks, and follow projects to completion on schedule;
  • strategic planning and program design/development experience;
  • Flexibility, initiative, and a collaborative spirit; professional, positive, work ethic.
  • Knowledge of environmental justice, regional water resource issues and other community needs in the region;
  • Ability to provide guidance and instruction to co-workers and to effectively work with team and consultants;
  • excellent written and verbal presentation skills;
  • Plan, organize and implement outreach and engagement activities;
  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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 including other staff and volunteers.

Physical Demands:

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

How to apply:

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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 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.

Compensation details: 36-41 Hourly Wage