Now Hiring: Maritime Operations Project Manager

The Council is seeking skilled and experienced applicants for the Maritime Operations Project Manager position in the Valdez office!

Applicants must have strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, industry, and regulators to promote environmentally safe and responsible transportation of crude oil through Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.

The Maritime Operations Project Manager responsibilities include:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain all aspects of maritime operations projects and programs as assigned, including project plans, determination of resources needed, budget development and contract management, in line with PWSRCAC’s mission and Long Range Plan.
  • Coordinate with other project managers and management to ensure uniform approach to accomplishment of assigned projects.
  • Recruit and facilitate PWSRCAC project teams and working groups as needed.
  • Maintain PWSRCAC office Automatic Information System (AIS) unit and related information.
  • Review U.S. Coast Guard Local Notice to mariners and incident reports, and relay relevant information to PWSRCAC staff and volunteers.
  • Observe and provide written reports on towing and tether exercises and drills as needed.
  • Develop recommendations for Board review and/or approval of maritime operations contracts and projects.
  • Prepare and deliver reports to PWSRCAC technical committees and/or Board of Directors
    Work with PWSRCAC stakeholders to implement Board-approved recommendations.
  • Participate in PWSRCAC and external (industry and /or regulatory) working groups related to assigned projects , including the Valdez Marine Safety Committee.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Communications to respond to media inquiries related to assigned projects and respond to such inquiries as directed.
  • Perform research as needed, including literature review, archival research, and field work.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred, but relevant experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Maritime operations (or a related field), project management, and contracting experience preferred but not required.  Experience in a scientific or technical discipline would also be helpful.

This is an exempt position with a starting annual base salary of $109,300+ DOE. An additional 10% of base salary is provided for Valdez cost of living adjustment. After 60 days of successful employment, an additional 25% of base salary is added for optional benefits, bringing total compensation to $147,555.

A complete job description can be found at Maritime Operations Project Manager.

>> Questions? Email info@pwsrcac.org

To apply

Applications will only be considered when received from this link: Criteria Assessment Center for PWSRCAC – Maritime Operations Project Management. You will be asked to provide:

  1. 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.
  2. Current resume.
  3. List of references. The list of references should include at least three professional references with contact information.

After submitting, candidates may also be asked to take a series of tests to verify your skills.  Finalists may be subject to criminal and credit background checks and verification of education and past employment.

Open until filled – first review of Maritime Operations Project Manager applicants: March 13, 2024.

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.

Workshop: Tsunami hazards guidance for vessel operators

The Council is partnering with the City of Valdez to hold a workshop to further our understanding of the risks posed to vessel operators by tsunamis, including those generated by landslides.

Participants will represent a diversity of vessel operators, emergency managers, and researchers studying the subject. A portion of this workshop will take place with Stan Stephens Cruises, traveling through Prince William Sound, with a visit to the world-famous Columbia Glacier.

Based on workshop results, we will develop a report detailing preliminary guidance for vessel operators facing the threat of a tsunami and a list of research topics that could improve future guidance. The proposed guidance will be designed to be applicable in Prince William Sound and similar areas that have complex steep shorelines, and which face the potential of landslide-generated tsunamis.

This workshop will be held in Valdez on June 3rd and 4th, 2024.

Registration will be opening soon. For more information and/or notification when registration opens, please email Nelli Vanderburg.

Now Hiring: Director of Administration

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is hiring a full-time Director of Administration to work in the Council’s Anchorage, Alaska office!

The Director of Administration functions as an important member of the management team. Responsibilities include:

  • general administration and management functions
  • ensuring good governance practices and adherence to adopted policies and procedures
  • oversight of human resources functions
  • oversight and coordination of the Long Range Planning Committee process
  • management functions related to company insurance, travel, procurement, and contracting policies
  • oversight of the document management and information technology functions
  • assisting the Executive Director and Financial Manager with internal financial controls.
  • promote a positive work environment that fosters a collaborative team approach among staff and volunteers.

Qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, a related and relevant field, or substantial and equivalent experience. A minimum of five years’ experience in management, preferably for a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors.

This is an exempt position with a starting annual base salary of $100K+ DOE, plus benefits.

A complete job description may be found at Director of Administration.

>> Questions? Email 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.

To apply

Applications will only be considered when received from this link: Criteria Assessment Center for PWSRCAC – Director of Administrative. You will be asked to provide:

  1. 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.
  2. Current resume.
  3. List of references. The list of references should include at least three professional references with contact information.

After submitting, candidates may also be asked to take a series of tests to verify your skills.  Finalists may be subject to criminal and credit background checks and verification of education and past employment.

>> Questions? Email info@pwsrcac.org

Open until filled – first review of Director of Administration applicants: February 21, 2024. 

About the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Exxon Valdez tanker leaking oil in Prince William Sound, April 13, 1989. Photo by Charles N. Ehler. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Collection, ARLIS. ARLIS’ EVOS photos

On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a charted rock, Bligh Reef, in Prince William Sound. The grounding occurred after the vessel left the designated tanker lanes to avoid icebergs reported to be in the area.

The tanker spilled an estimated 11 million gallons (257,000 barrels) of Alaska North Slope crude oil, enough to fill 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Below are some of our recommended resources on the history of the spill.

What happened?

The executive summary of the Alaska Oil Spill Commission’s Final Report “Spill, the Wreck of the Exxon Valdez” has a synopsis of the incident and their investigation, which includes details about what went wrong. See also: Full report and appendices (Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) website)

Stats and FAQs:

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (EVOSTC):

The Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) has an extensive collection, including some unique resources such as trial transcripts and audio recordings:

Photo collections:

Lessons learned:

Then & Now: 35 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – This report reviews both what changes have been made since the spill and what’s left to improve.

The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster – This book features interviews with over 60 people who experienced the spill first-hand. They include Alaska citizens; government agency personnel involved with the spill and cleanup; elected officials who dealt with the spill; and oil industry personnel involved in the spill and cleanup. Contact the Council for a free copy: info@pwsrcac.org

 

History of Alaska’s Oil Spill Response Planning Standard – This report documents the history and intent behind Alaska’s standard for spill response plans.

History of the oil spill prevention and contingency plan in Prince William Sound – This report details how planning has improved since 1989, describes contentious issues and how they were resolved, notes significant trends, and documents remaining issues. The report also documents changes to the regulations and how regulations have been interpreted at different times.

Exxon Valdez Project Jukebox – The Council worked with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to archive this collection of audio and video interviews of people who experienced the spill firsthand. (UAF website)

Stories from a Citizens’ Council – This publication contains personal reflections on the formation and early years of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council.

More questions?

We are happy to help find additional information, please contact us:

General questions and requests: info@pwsrcac.org

Media requests: Please contact the Council’s Director of Communications.

Educators: Please check out the Council’s Alaska Oil Spill Lesson Bank (free lesson plans for hands-on learning which meet applicable NGSS) or email the Council’s Outreach Coordinator.

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