Now Hiring: IT/Admin Assistant

The Council is seeking skilled and experienced applicants for the IT/Admin Assistant position in Anchorage!

We are seeking an IT and administrative professional with experience in hardware, software, and digital platforms. Their role will be to maintain the reliable operation of our IT systems, ensuring they function efficiently and securely, as well as provide document management, and general office coordination and administrative support. This position will contribute to our mission of promoting the environmentally safe operations at the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tankers.

The IT/Admin Assistant responsibilities include:

  • Provide IT support to staff members and maintain positive work relationships.
  • Manage and maintain equipment, including tracking inventory, soliciting quotes, and developing replacement plans.
  • Oversee equipment support agreements, software subscriptions, and domain registrar accounts.
  • Administer and procure software, including managing accounts and tracking licenses.
  • Collaborate with the IT contractor to oversee security and network activities and develop security policies.
  • Oversee network infrastructure, Active Directory, and database management.
  • Develop and implement IT policies, procedures, and security protocols, and coordinate staff training.
  • Perform general administrative tasks such as mail processing, inventory management, and participating in the emergency response team.
  • Act as the administrator of the digital document management program.
  • Collaborate with members of the document management inputting team to upload and digitize archival documents.
  • Assist with updating contingency plan manuals and electronic copies, and any spreadsheets to track updates.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, plus IT training and certification. At least 2 years of IT or general administrative experience, or lesser experience with an approved training and education program.

This is a non-exempt position with a starting base hourly wage of $26.70/hr + DOE. After 60 days of successful employment, an additional 25% of base pay is added for optional benefits, bringing total compensation to $33.37/hr.

A complete job description can be found at: IT/Admin Assistant Job Description (PDF)

To apply

Applications will only be considered when received from this link: IT/Admin Assistant – Online Application

During the application process at the site linked above, you will be asked to upload the following:

  1. Current resume.
  2. Cover letter. Your cover letter should address the reasons you feel your education, work experience, and career goals are a good match for this position and why you want to work for the PWSRCAC.
  3. List of references. The list of references should include at least three professional references with contact information.

Finalists may be subject to criminal and credit background checks and verification of education and past employment.

Open until filled – first review of IT/Admin Assistant applicants: June 20, 2024.

Questions?

Please email us at: info@pwsrcac.org

About the Council

The Council was formed in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill with the mission of promoting the environmentally safe operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and the associated tankers. The Council has an annual operating budget around $4.2M with a total staff of 18 and over 50 volunteers.

Prince William Sound citizens’ council remains committed to its mission

By Donna Schantz and Robert Archibald

Donna Schantz is executive director for the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. Robert Archibald is the president of the Council’s board of directors and represents the City of Homer.

Photo of Prince William Sound with water in the foreground and mountains in the background. The focs of the image is the fluke, or tail, of a humpback whale peeking out of the water.
Correcting the record: the Council is concerned about protecting whale populations from impacts of the oil industry in our region.

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is an independent nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote the environmentally safe operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated oil tankers. Our work is guided by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and our contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Although the Council is funded chiefly by Alyeska, we are completely independent from industry and serve in an advisory role.

The Council’s member organizations are communities in the region affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, as well as commercial fishing, aquaculture, Alaska Native, recreation, tourism and environmental groups.

At a recent Council board meeting, held in Valdez on May 2-3, 2024, a draft resolution in support of voluntary speed reductions for oil tankers in Prince William Sound was presented by an outside individual. A recent opinion piece contained incorrect information about the Council’s position on this issue and mischaracterized the discussion that took place. The Council would like to correct the record.

The Council has been studying the issue of vessel speed reductions to reduce whale strikes through its technical committees for some time. The Council recognizes that vessel-whale strikes are a widespread problem and that reducing vessel speed is currently the most effective way to lower the number of whale strikes. We also recognize that while there is currently a lack of information and research specifically regarding the prevalence and risk of tanker-whale strikes in Prince William Sound, lack of information does not necessarily mean an absence of harm.

We want to make it clear that the Council is concerned about protecting whale populations from impacts of the oil industry in our region.

During our May meeting, along with the above concerns, Council members discussed current speed limits for laden oil tankers; how slower speeds could reduce air emissions and noise pollution from tankers; the potential increase in crew hours resulting from slower speeds; and whether longer transit time through Prince William Sound could affect safety or have other unintended consequences.

A motion was then passed to issue an advisory letter acknowledging the known benefits of reduced vessel speeds and encouraging further scientific study to better understand the potential occurrence of vessel-whale strikes in our region. The advisory letter will outline the Council’s concerns, questions, and advice regarding the potential outcomes of reduced speeds to tanker operations as a method to mitigate whale strikes, among other environmental concerns. This letter will be directed to relevant regulatory agencies and the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) tanker operators.

The topic of full redundancy in engine and steering systems on all TAPS oil tankers has also recently been brought to the Council’s attention by a member of the public. The request we received was to promote an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requiring full redundancy in all newly built tankers in the U.S. The Council believes that, given the importance of the Act, any potential amendments to the legislation should only be considered after thorough vetting and with the utmost due diligence. The Council has not had the opportunity to vet this topic through our technical committees, which is how advice for improving safety is developed at the Council.

The U.S. Coast Guard annually certifies the Council as the federally approved citizens’ advisory group for Prince William Sound, pursuant to the Act. Since the Council was first certified in 1991, the Coast Guard has consistently determined that we foster the general goals and purposes of the Act, and are broadly representative of the communities and interests as envisioned therein.

The Council provides technically and scientifically supported advice and recommendations to promote the safe operation of the Valdez terminal and associated tankers, and reduce the environmental impacts of oil transportation through our region. Council Board and technical committee meetings are open to the public and recordings are available on request. Any member of the public interested in listening to the May board meeting is encouraged to contact the Council at 1-800-478-7221.

Council announces election of board officers to serve until May 2025

The Council held its annual board meeting in Valdez, Alaska, on May 2-3, 2024. Among other business, the Board convened to elect officers who will serve from May 2024 to May 2025.

The elected executive committee is comprised of:

  • President: Robert Archibald, representing the City of Homer
  • Vice President: Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez
  • Treasurer: Mako Haggerty, representing the Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Secretary: Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition
  • Three Members-at-Large:
    • Ben Cutrell, representing Chugach Alaska Corporation
    • David Janka, representing City of Cordova
    • Angela Totemoff, representing the Community of Tatitlek

“Of all the advances made in the safe transportation of oil since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, perhaps the most innovative and significant was the establishment of permanent, industry-funded citizen oversight for both Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound,” Robert Archibald said. “Everyone involved should be proud of what has been accomplished since the spill, but we also should never become so satisfied with the current services or processes that we become complacent. Constant vigilance is needed to prevent a return to the pre-1989 complacency that allowed this disaster to happen. I am honored to lead our board for another year as we work toward our shared goal of protecting our communities, economies and environment.”

The Council is grateful to have the support of its many volunteers from all over the Exxon Valdez oil spill region. The new executive committee is an excellent representation of the Council.

Meet the Executive Committee


Media release: PWSRCAC May 2024 Board officers press release 

Board meeting and public events in Valdez, May 2024

The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including seating of established directors and committee members, election of new board officers, and updates from Council ex officio members, staff, and committees. Other topics included on the agenda are:

  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort Response Vessel System operations, including an update on Alyeska’s efforts to address concerns identified in the Council’s report “Assessment of Risks and Safety Culture at Alyeska’s Valdez Marine Terminal.”
  • A presentation on the Pikka Project as it relates to the Valdez Marine Terminal by representatives of Santos.
  • An update from Council staff on work being done by the Alaska Regional Response Team’s Regional Stakeholder Committee Task Force.
  • Consideration of a resolution requesting a voluntary vessel speed reduction by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System tankers submitted by Oasis Earth.
  • A summary of the Council’s monitoring of drills and exercises in 2023.
  • An update on community outreach activities done by the Council over the past year.
  • A report from the Council’s legislative monitors and staff on political developments and prospects coming out of Washington, D.C. and Juneau.

Council Board meetings are routinely recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the Council or by the news media.


Agenda and meeting documents 


Media release: Prince William Sound RCAC board meeting and reception in Valdez, May 2024

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