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Policy Analyst

Heal The Ocean
Santa Barbara County, California, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Policy / Legal
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Job Announcement: Policy Analyst

Date Posted: May 2, 2022

Applications Due: May 15, 2022

Start Date: June 8, 2022, or sooner.

About Heal the Ocean:

Heal the Ocean is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Santa Barbara, California, that focuses on water quality issues and wastewater infrastructure -as well as practices that have contributed to ocean pollution. We are focused on Santa Barbara County, but our methods serve as a model for other coastal communities across the country.

About the Position:

Heal the Ocean's Policy Analyst (40 hours/week) will support staff on a variety of projects within the organization - mainly working with the Executive Director on Heal the Ocean's mission and helping with Heal the Ocean's growing policy projects and workload. Our ideal candidate will have experience in environmental policy advocacy, demonstrate a professional and positive persona, and competently assist our organization with policy work through strategic planning on mission point issues, research, comment letter writing, attending public meetings, giving public comment, communicating with public officials, and synthesizing reports, studies, and policy documents for use in Heal the Ocean outreach materials.

This individual will be tracking Heal the Ocean's policy interests, and is responsible for reporting on relevant meetings, tracking deadlines, and researching information on a variety of subjects related to Heal the Ocean's mission. Potential areas of coverage include, but are not limited to: septic to sewer conversion, wastewater infrastructure, recycled water advocacy, sea level rise adaptation and mitigation, Styrofoam recycling, plastic pollution, abandoned and leaking oil well capping, groundwater contamination and remediation, derelict boat policy development, homeless encampment environmental cleanups, water quality issues, coastal zone development projects, and more. The policy analyst will be responsible for monitoring meetings and tracking policy development at local, regional, and state agencies including: City Council, Board of Supervisors, IRWM, City and County Planning Commissions, City Water Commission, California Coastal Commission, Ocean Protection Council, Regional Water Quality Control Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, LAFCO, Montecito Sanitary District, Montecito Water District, Los Olivos Community Services District, and more. General knowledge of marine or local environmental issues is desired. Knowledge or familiarity with the local political landscape results in a higher starting salary. This position has opportunity for growth.


• Reviews weekly public meeting agendas and interprets agenda relevancy (reads staff reports included in agendas) and produces a memo with a weekly meeting schedule sent via email to the Executive Director.

• Monitors or attends meetings (via Zoom and/or in person) for mission-related projects.

• Takes notes on public meetings and produces detailed memos for internal and external distribution following meetings.

• Analyzes and synthesizes political documents and scientific reports such as environmental impact reports, climate change adaptation plans, and regulatory policy materials.

• Works with Executive Director on comment letters on regulatory and policy issues.

• Works regularly with Executive Director to outline political and project strategies.

• Conducts research on relevant topics and produces reports for distribution.

• Provides summary materials on policy projects for use in Newsletters, E-letters, social media, and other outreach materials.

• Attends public education or outreach events to speak to the public about Heal the Ocean's work.


• Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred).

• Three to five years of experience working in environmental advocacy at a local, regional, or state level.

• Strong sense of initiative and ability to support various Heal the Ocean policy project goals.

• Excellent writing skills - experience writing memos, briefs, reports, and comment letters


• Strong research skills, including the ability to effectively synthesize reports and articles on a wide range of environmental issues.

• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and succinctly with consideration to various audiences.

• Demonstrated ability to work with the public, comfortable with leading educational programming and presentations such as beach cleanups, public tabling events, or school lectures (this duty is shared or alternated with other staff members).

• Knowledge of ocean issues and local coastal landscape.

• Knowledge of or experience with CEQA and NEPA.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Google Suite.

• Ability to work in a flexible office environment.

Essential Requirements:

• Remote work is sometimes allowable but candidate should plan on working primarily in-person at the Heal the Ocean office in Santa Barbara, CA.

• Must have a car and possess valid, insurable driver's license.

• Ability to sit at a desk, type, bend, twist.

• Ability to lift or move up to 15 pounds.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a one-page writing sample to Heal the Ocean's Operations Coordinator, Alison Thompson ( by May 15, 2022. Selected candidates will be invited to our office for interviews the week of May 23, 2022.

NOTE: Only completed application packages with a resume, cover letter, and one-page writing sample will be considered.
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