Council hiring manager for science projects

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We are hiring!

The Council is seeking a Scientific and Environmental Monitoring Program Manager. This position coordinates a variety of science and environmental monitoring research projects that are consistent with the Council’s mission. This position is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the work of a team of scientists on the Scientific Advisory Committee,
  • Managing the contracts and activities of research consultants and scientists
  • Developing research programs and projects
  • Applying research results to oil spill contingency planning, policy positions, and scientific reviews
  • Disseminating research information to the public, industry, and regulators

The Council is seeking a candidate who works effectively with other team members; has strong organizational, research, and communication skills; works well under pressure; and is committed to its mission.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or relevant job experience. A Master’s degree in an appropriate field is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Three years of project management experience
  • Demonstrated contract management
  • Budget administration
  • Public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of the petroleum industry
  • Experience or education in environmental science, another relevant scientific field, or an engineering discipline.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office and Adobe products and document management software such as Filemaker Pro, is desirable.
  • Experience working with volunteers, the Exxon Valdez oil spill impacted region, cross cultural communication, and the Alyeska marine terminal and oil shipping in Prince William Sound are a plus.

The minimum base salary is $75,000 and may be adjusted depending on experience. An additional 25 percent of base salary is added after 60 days for benefits. This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit:

  1. A cover letter detailing your qualifications
  2. A resume
  3. At least three professional references

Candidates can apply via email at, or by mail addressed to 3709 Spenard Rd., Anchorage, AK 99503, Attn: Director of Administration.

For more information please download the full job description: 

The position will remain open until filled with the first review of applicants taking place on April 12 , 2019.

Lally joins Council staff

Joe Lally

The Council is welcoming a familiar face to its staff this spring. Former U.S. Coast Guard Commander Joseph T. Lally has stepped into the position of director of programs.

Lally served as commanding officer of the Marine Safety Unit Valdez from June 2014 through July 2017. One of the duties of that position is to represent the Coast Guard as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Council.

Lally served the Coast Guard for 27 years, most recently as compliance and analysis division chief at the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., before retiring earlier this year. Over the years, he held a variety of assignments. Lally has an extensive background in oil spill/hazardous substance response and prevention, including federal policy writing, conducting marine inspections and investigations, and leading emergency responses as the federal on-scene coordinator. He worked with agency and industry partners, and non-governmental organizations to enhance marine safety, prevention, preparedness, and response nationwide.

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Council hires director of external communications

Brooke Taylor

Brooke Taylor has joined the council’s staff in the new position of Director of External Communications. She will oversee public relations and media for the council.

Taylor has worked in public relations and communications for over 10 years. Most recently, she was the communications director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, or AEDC, where she oversaw all marketing, public relations and external communications. Before that, she was the public relations coordinator for the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center, director of development and public relations for the local nonprofit Victims for Justice, as well as community coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Alaska Division.

Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. She moved to Alaska in 2002 as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Taylor was awarded an APR (Accredited in Public Relations) certification in 2015. This accreditation program assesses competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities in public relations.

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Schantz appointed as head of council

Schantz (fourth from left), board members, staff, and legislative monitors who met with Juneau policy makers in March, were invited to lunch with former board member, now governor of Alaska, Bill Walker. Photo courtesy of the office of Governor Bill Walker.

Donna Schantz, long-time staff member, has been named as the council’s new executive director. Schantz had been serving as the acting executive director since the retirement of Mark Swanson, in November of last year.

“The council is very fortunate to have someone with Donna’s organizational knowledge and history to lead us into the future” said Amanda Bauer, president of the council’s board of directors. “I am confident her commitment to our mission and her demeanor will significantly strengthen relationships within the council, as well as with our industry and regulatory partners, as these positive relationships are a critical component to achieving our mission.”

Schantz joined the council staff in 1999 and served as director of programs since 2001. She is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island. Schantz previously served as acting executive director in 2009 after the retirement of John Devens.

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