Council hiring manager for science projects

Council staffers Austin Love and Nelli Vanderburg work with the Smithsonian staff to survey Port Valdez. Photo by Kim Holzer.

We are hiring!

The Council is seeking a Scientific and Environmental Monitoring Program Manager. This science project manager 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.

Outreach coordinator Matlock leaves the Council

Lisa Matlock makes a new friend at the 2014 Copper River Wild! festival in Cordova.
Outreach Coordinator Lisa Matlock makes a new friend at the 2014 Copper River Wild! festival in Cordova.

After five years spreading awareness about the Council’s work to citizens in the communities affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Lisa Matlock recently left the Council. As outreach coordinator, she worked with all of the Council’s committees, but particularly with the Information and Education Committee, fostering public awareness, responsibility, and participation in the Council’s activities through information and education.

Matlock joined the Council in 2013 with twenty years of experience in science education and extensive knowledge of coastal Alaska. From her first days at the Council, she traveled the region, presenting educational programs, talking to city councils, and coordinating community receptions. She promoted programs that involve students in the Council’s mission and took the information booth to many conferences each year. Along the way, she encouraged young and old alike to become stewards of Prince William Sound.

Matlock is responsible for one of the Council’s most popular new programs in recent years: community tours of Alyeska’s oil spill response training for local vessels. Local mariners, mostly fishing crews, are trained each year in spill response techniques so that they are prepared to help in case of a spill. The trainings are held in Valdez, Cordova, Whittier, Seward, Kodiak, and Matlock’s former home, Homer.

“Each spring I watched a fleet of fishing boats carrying noisy, funny-looking machines and pulling long orange and yellow lines around in circles near the Spit,” Matlock has said about the program “I can remember asking, “What are they doing out there?””
When Matlock joined the Council in 2013, she found out. She decided more people needed to know about Alyeska’s program, so she set about making sure that happened.

The resulting program, a partnership between the Council, Alyeska, local businesses, and nonprofits, has travelled to Seward, Cordova, Homer, and Whittier so far. Hundreds of local residents now understand how this unique spill response program works. Today, this program strengthens an important bond between communities, fishermen, industry, citizen oversight groups, and marine conservation efforts.

New outreach coordinator

Betsi Oliver

Matlock’s replacement, Betsi Oliver, joined the Anchorage staff in September.

Her science educator background began with a job as a science camp counselor which led her to an internship as an environmental educator at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge soon after college. In the ten years since, she has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer creating outreach materials about Prince William Sound, worked at the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Creek Science Center, guided sea kayak tours from Seward for two summers, and ran the youth engagement program at Alaska Geographic.

Oliver created a new program for Alaska Geographic, guiding teens and local teachers on sea kayak expeditions in Prince William Sound, part of the Chugach Children’s Forest program. The program was co-funded by the Council as part of efforts to involve students in the mission of the Council.

Prior to joining the Council, she worked as the grants manager for Anchorage Park Foundation, taught wilderness first aid, and led courses for the Chugach School District.

“The overlapping combo of science, teaching, outreach, travel, connection to small Alaska communities, complex partnership cultivation, volunteer coordination, and in particular long-term impact to the communities and environment creates a work profile that feels very meaningful and fulfilling,” Oliver says about her new position.

Popovici moving on

Shawna Popovici
Shawna Popovici

Shawna Popovici, the project manager assistant for the Anchorage office, resigned in January.

Popovici worked closely with the Council’s Information and Education, Scientific Advisory, Legislative Affairs, and Board Governance committees and managed the Council’s extensive internal document management system.

Popovici accepted a management position with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. She will be heading up the Interpretation and Education efforts for the division.

Popovici joined the Council in 2015.

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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