Associate Director, California River Restoration and Dam Removal – American Rivers

Nevada City or Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The River Restoration Manager will lead American Rivers’ efforts to restore rivers through dam removal in California. We are looking for candidates with the leadership to build partner coalitions to programmatically remove dams in California, the expertise to manage dam removal projects, and the initiative to cultivate additional dam removal projects. This includes leading an effort to strategically build regional capacity to remove dams with nonprofit, municipal, state, federal, and tribal partners. Our ideal candidate will have the ability and aspiration to be a national leader at restoring rivers through dam removal.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to increase California’s capacity to remove dams by working with partners to develop and implement a strategy that will likely include fostering new project managers in partner organizations, identifying and increasing funding sources, clarifying and/or working to coordinate permitting and regulatory approvals, and identifying incentives for dam owners to remove dams.
  • Work to increase the number of dam removal projects in California and serve conservation partners in the region by providing technical assistance on projects, helping to identify and generate new projects, and connecting potential dam removals with project managers.
  • Lead development of a dam removal assessment tool that builds on California’s Passage Assessment Database to identify and prioritize dam removal projects. Work with partners to maintain a list of active California dam removal projects.
  • Manage strategically selected dam removal projects, including developing and managing project budgets, schedules, scopes of work, and contracts.
  • Effectively communicate dam removal approaches and benefits to a wide array of audiences using a variety of mediums, including but not limited to traditional and social media, public and professional conference presentations, and potentially through published reports or papers. Represent American Rivers at conferences and other events.
  • Regularly respond to requests for assistance on dam removal and potentially other river restoration-related issues.
  • Work with American Rivers Restoration Program staff, California Regional staff, and development staff to coordinate dam removal efforts with other aspects of the California Program, fundraise for Restoration staff and projects in California.
  • Be an active teammate with the American Rivers California Regional Team and the National River Restoration team, engaging in team meetings, collaborating with colleagues on project ideas and approaches, working with team leaders to develop, refine, and implement effective restoration strategies, and participating in team retreats and other related activities.
  • Position location is negotiable with a preference for the Sacramento area.
  • Work will involve travel throughout California for partnership meetings, site visits, etc., as well as traveling nationally for conferences, trainings, and other American Rivers, California Program, and Restoration Program events as needed.
  • Some aspects of the job description may be tailored to fit the specific skills and interests of our selected applicant and may include other duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Thorough understanding of effectively applied river restoration approaches, including demonstrated experience developing and managing on-the-ground restoration projects. Experience with fundraising, partnership building for restoration work, western water issues, and dam removal are plusses.
  • A team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as the ability to work well with a diverse range of people. Experience working in multicultural environments is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated experience meeting challenging project deadlines.
  • Ability to manage budgets and project tasks in Excel spreadsheets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and the ability to effectively communicate with partners and agency representatives.
  • Demonstrated strength in critical thinking, judgment, and dependability.
  • Must show initiative, coupled with creative and strategic thinking.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in river restoration or an appropriate combination of education and relevant experience in an adjacent field.

Location: Flexible: Nevada City, Sacramento, Berkeley, or home office elsewhere in the Central Valley or Foothills

To Apply:

For more information please see the position description.

Director, California Land Program – The Nature Conservancy

Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The Land Program in The Nature Conservancy of California advances a portfolio of strategic initiatives aimed at conserving and restoring terrestrial ecosystems so they can sustain biodiversity in the face of climate change and provide a suite of ecosystem services that benefit society. Its strategic approach is to collaboratively develop and demonstrate science-based solutions to major environmental challenges in California, and to “scale up” successful models through policy change or dissemination to effect conservation more broadly.

The Land Program Director is responsible for leading three main program areas: 1) The protection via acquisition or easement of the private lands and waters that are most important for building out a network of public, private and tribal conservation areas that will connect and fully represent California’s diverse ecosystem types. Doing this at the scale needed will require new funding and investment models. 2) Accelerating restoration of priority landscapes by eliminating the key stressors causing degradation and restoring the key species, natural communities and ecological processes that sustain diversity, enhance resilience, and maximize co-benefits such as carbon retention and groundwater recharge. 3) Advancing best practices in efficient and effective land management by using TNC’s extensive and dispersed conservation estate as a platform for experimentation and conservation constituency building. Through our network of land holdings across the state, the Program will strive to understand and predict climate-driven changes in natural systems and to develop practices to keep pace with them, such as by assisting the migration of species outside of their historic ranges. The Land Program Director leads and manages the team of conservation professionals driving this work and ensures that the Conservancy provides the leadership and results in terrestrial biodiversity conservation needed at this urgent moment of the global extinction, climate and sustainability crises. The Director works in close partnership with the Director of Science for the Land Program and the Director of External Affairs for California.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides executive leadership in a dynamic, fast-paced organization.
  • Develops and advances strategies to increase the pace and scale of biodiversity conservation, with an aim of demonstrating innovative, multi-benefit and collaborative approaches to conservation that are effective in California and that can be scaled and exported for application elsewhere.
  • Manages the Chapter’s 500,000+ acres of conservation interests, including iconic nature preserves such as TNC’s Santa Cruz Island Preserve and the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve.
  • Provides overall direction of the Chapter’s critical land protection efforts with investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Recruits, manages, and develops a talented, high-performing team of conservation professionals.
  • Fosters a culture of collaboration, initiative taking, and accountability for delivering meaningful results.
  • Cultivates and manages strategic relationships, and serves as the Program’s principal contact for industry, government agencies, conservation organizations, tribes and foundations.
  • In partnership with philanthropy staff, leads the Program in fundraising from public and private sources.
  • In partnership with marketing staff, utilizes strategic communications to advance conservation goals.
  • In partnership with technology and finance experts, develops and deploys innovative approaches to conservation.
  • Holds overall responsibility for financial management of the Program, including setting financial goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions.
  • Negotiates complex agreements and oversees policy initiatives, often in political environments.
  • Manages financial, legal, and reputational risks to the organization and leads Program staff in risk identification, assessment, and management.
  • Communicates effectively and compellingly in oral, written and graphical forms; is called to speak publicly and to various audiences on a regular basis.
  • Travels frequently within California and occasionally outside of California, including internationally.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops, communicates, and drives a compelling vision for the Land Program.
  • Leads and manages a multi-disciplinary, decentralized and matrixed staff to deliver significant conservation results.
  • Designs, implements, and directs a portfolio of complex and diverse projects, coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization.
  • Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives, including science, policy, and conservation practice.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, experience, and context, often with broad organizational impact.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and 12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience networking with high-level conservation contacts.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic and creative initiatives.
  • Experience in negotiation success.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and 12-15 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Passion for conservation, and the roles of protected areas and land stewardship in advancing it.
  • Knowledge of California ecosystems and conservation issues and trends in the state.
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental affairs.
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills.
  • Politically savvy.
  • Multi-lingual and or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

To Apply:

  • To apply for job ID 51485, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on May 29, 2022.
  • Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

For more information please see the position description.

Recreation Technician – American Conservation Experience

Eldorado National Forest, CA

Postion Summary:

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Eldorado National Forest, is seeking 5 Recreation Technicians. The Recreation Technicians will perform work assignments related to the monitoring, assessment, planning and maintenance aspects of recreation management. This opportunity is intended for candidates with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The Recreation Technicians should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Tasks:

Project objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Performs minor maintenance of developed and dispersed recreation area facilities, including campgrounds and trailheads (cleans restrooms, cleans campsites, maintains fire-safe areas, paints picnic tables and bulletin boards, etc.).
  • Provides excellent customer service by enthusiastically answering questions, greeting and assisting visitors.
  • Performs patrols of the campgrounds, trailheads, OHV areas and dispersed sites to ensure it stays presentable and address/and or report discrepancies as they occur.
  • Ensures visitors comply with rules and regulations.
  • Assists in trail maintenance activities, including but not limited to brushing, tread work and logging out.
  • Collects fees and may assist in the management of group reservations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • May require camping for up to two nights per week in a remote recreation area without on-site cell phone service.
  • May be required to operate a chainsaw; training provided for members who start early enough in the season.

This position requires the balancing of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult scenarios.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Required Qualifications:

  • Public outreach and making contacts with visitors is a key component of this role contact is to educate visitors in recreation management and law enforcement objectives and policies, to obtain compliance with laws/regulations, to resolve problems, and to provide assistance to forest visitors. Contacts will include dealing with some persons and/or groups that may be uncooperative, hostile and who have different viewpoints
  • Members must have a high fitness level and be comfortable in various indoor and outdoor work environments, and at times adverse weather conditions
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must be able to work alone and in small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently
  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Preferred Skills:

  • Chainsaw and First Aid/CPR Certification highly desired; training may be provided.
  • Have working knowledge of detailed recreation rules and regulations to assist Forest visitors, and to detect and report violations
  • Have demonstrated skills and knowledge of basic procedures for cleaning and maintaining recreational areas, facilities and/or trails
  • Experience and/or ability to learn the use of a GPS unit

Start Date: May-June

End Date: Approximately 22 weeks after start date

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $740/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Provided by USFS at low daily rate

To Apply:

  • Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here
  • Early consideration will be given as resumes are received
  • This position may close at any time

If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFS Member Manager, Amanda McGarry at amcgarry@usaconservation.org.

For more information please see the position description.

Visitor Information Services Assistant – American Conservation Experience

Eldorado National Forest, CA

Position Summary:

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Eldorado National Forest, is seeking multiple members to contribute to projects alongside Forest Service Staff.

This opportunity is intended for a candidate with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The VIS Assistant should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management, policy, and/or wilderness.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Tasks:

  • Providing excellent customer service by enthusiastically answering questions, greeting and assisting visitors
  • Work closely with recreation staff, seasonal and other permanent staff to provide current and accurate information with a welcoming environment for visitors
  • Inform visitors of rules and regulations, safety risks and recreational opportunities
  • Evaluate public inquiries in order to provide the most useful and appropriate information or to suggest other options or redirect caller to the appropriate District staff
  • Assist with tracking visitor use
  • Respond to radio traffic in support of District personnel
  • Administrative work including computer programs, paperwork, filing, answering multi-line phones, cleaning and organization at the Visitor Information desk
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Serves as Collection Officer to sell forest timber permits, and other items, such as maps and passes, in accordance with Forest Service manual and handbook requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Preferred Skills:

  • Competitive applicants for this position can have relevant experience in subject areas such as Recreation Management and/or Natural Resources.
  • Ability to educate visitors in responsible recreation and/or other natural resource topics in accordance with Forest Service objectives and policies, to reinforce compliance with laws/regulations, to resolve problems, and to provide assistance to forest visitors. Contacts may include dealing with some persons and/or groups that may be uncooperative, hostile and who have different viewpoints.
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must be able to work alone and in small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently
  • Public outreach and making contacts with visitors is a key component of this role.

Start Date: May-June

End Date: 20 weeks after start date

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $660/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Provided by USFS at low daily rate

To Apply:

  • Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here
  • Early consideration will be given as resumes are received
  • This position may close at any time

If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFS Member Manager, Amanda McGarry amcgarry@usaconservation.org.

For more information please see the position description.

Bookkeeper – Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT)

Grass Valley, CA

Position Summary:

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is hiring a Bookkeeper to fill a key role in the organization, with principal responsibility for the systems and processes that support a dedicated and collegial staff committed to a common mission. Core responsibilities include ensuring that BYLT maintains an accurate and organized financial management system, complies with legal requirements, provides reliable data, and supports realistic projections of revenues and expenses. The Bookkeeper will work closely with the Management Team to maintain an infrastructure that supports each other’s ability to work efficiently on grant and program development, implementation, and evaluation. The Bookkeeper will work to enhance internal systems to optimize productivity and minimize risk, and will provide program support to further BYLT’s mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Record and manage accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Semimonthly payroll through TSheets and Intuit Quickbooks Online Payroll
  • Cash flow reporting and management
  • Grant and job invoicing and tracking
  • Respond to requests for information
  • Expense and labor allocations
  • Responsible for preparation of and filing timely payroll tax deposits, payroll tax returns and Form 1099s
  • Monthly bank and other account reconciliations
  • Monthly and quarterly financial reports
  • Attend finance meetings
  • Annual budget
  • Provide financial information for annual member report
  • Sales tax tracking and payment
  • HR and administration duties as required
  • Manage annual external audit process & 990’s
  • Manage release of restricted funds for projects and grants
  • Operate as a primary or secondary contact person (as appropriate) for agents, contractors and vendors that include insurance carriers and financial institutions
  • Maintain appropriate, affordable insurance for business, directors and staff
  • Assist with the Re-accreditation process with Land Trust Alliance and ensure ongoing compliance with Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices
  • Other
    • Participate as a member of the Finance Committee
    • Participate in staff and Board meetings
    • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

Personal qualities and professional capabilities must include the following:

  • Relevant previous experience in nonprofit finance and operations including bookkeeping, with small or medium sized organizations
  • Familiarity with accounting software (QuickBooks Online), timesheet system (QuickBooks Time), and donor management software (Salesforce)
  • Practical knowledge of employment regulations at the state and federal level
  • Time management skills that balance flexibility and responsiveness with adherence to deadlines
  • Record of integrity, discretion, confidentiality, and ethical decision-making
  • Ability to work independently with a high level of accountability and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, patience, and a sense of humor
  • A commitment to excellence, teamwork, continuous learning and creativity
  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Accounting, Non-Profit Management, or related field is preferred. Work experience can substitute for degree.

Salary: $24 – $28/hr

To Apply:

  • Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to info@bylt.org
  • Application reviews begin immediately
  • Open until filled, application closes June 1, 2022

For more information please see the position description.

Natural Sequestration Initiative Manager – The Climate Center

Remote, CA

Position Summary:

The Climate Center seeks a driven, high-performing team player with expertise in natural climate solutions, excellent project management abilities, proven partnership, and coalition building skills, as well as policy analysis and development experience to lead our Natural Carbon Sequestration Initiative. This initiative is a cornerstone of our collaborative Climate-Safe California campaign, with the goal of equitably achieving net-negative emissions– drawing down more past climate pollution from the atmosphere than we are emitting– by 2030.

The Natural Sequestration Initiative Manager (NSIM) will lead The Climate Center’s Natural Carbon Sequestration (NCS) Initiative, developing and building support for policies such as the Natural Carbon Sequestration and Resilience Act of 2022, guiding relevant research and analysis, and, organizing and participating in internal and external coalitions around this work. The NSIM will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the rest of our team, including other initiative leaders, regional organizing staff, and our Communications Director. The NSIM does not have any reports at this time.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a strategic plan, annual work plan, and annual budget for the NCS Initiative in collaboration with the COO and others on the Sequestration Team;
  • Organize and lead the Sequestration Team;
  • Strengthen existing and build new relationships with public and private entities, individuals, producers, state and local decision-makers, and others to advance policies that accelerate the scaling up of climate-friendly management of natural, working and urban lands and waters (NWL) to significantly increase NCS in California by 2030;
    • Work with a full range of stakeholders, including public and private landowners and managers, federal agencies, resource conservation districts, businesses, local governments, land trusts, tribes, and other nongovernmental organizations, community organizations and leaders, and labor organizations.
    • Programs need to maximize co-benefits, such as enhanced biodiversity, water conservation, and climate resilience, prioritize avoided conversion of natural and working lands, and facilitate conservation practices such as compost application, cover crops, hedgerows, shelterbelts, windrows, irrigation water management, silviculture,  planned grazing, urban forestry, riparian restoration, restoration of tidal flows to wetlands, and other forms of wetland restoration, among other relevant practices and need to do so with attention to the monitoring and technical assistance that facilitates these goals.
  • Engage with existing coalitions such as the Natural and Working Lands Working Group to advance accelerated, equitable NCS policies, learn from partners, and share updates and strategy insights with our team;
  • Engage in and monitor relevant state planning processes representing The Climate Center and the Climate-Safe California goals, such as the CA Dept of Natural Resources Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy and Pathways to 30×30: Accelerating Conservation of California’s Nature, CA Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Initiative, and the CA Air Resources Board’s NWL portion of Climate Change Scoping Plan;
  • Monitor, develop, and promote policies to accelerate and achieve significant NCS outcomes including regional policymaking and demonstration projects with key partners such as the Carbon Cycle Institute, including work on statewide legislation such as the Natural Carbon Sequestration and Resilience Act of 2022;
  • Play an active role as a member of the organization’s Policy Team to strategize how to respond to and enact relevant legislative and regulatory changes, including requests for state budget allocations;
  • Track, testify, and provide written comment before legislative and relevant regulatory bodies working closely with the Government Affairs Manager;
  • Research and draft policy positions and other guidance on NCS and relevant topics;
  • Help produce reports, op-eds, blog posts, slide presentations and related material explaining the role of NCS and particular policies of The Climate Center working with other relevant staff;
  • Write and implement grant proposals on NCS.
  • Engage in public speaking about NCS before elected officials, government agencies, media, partners, climate activists and others as needed;
  • Assist in the development of and follow up from webinars, conferences and other events on NCS topics

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7-10+ years of policy advocacy and/or lobbying experience, especially within the California environmental or regenerative agriculture movement
  • Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in nature-based solutions, natural carbon sequestration, forestry, conservation, and/or regenerative agriculture policy and practice, preferably in California or the West
  • History of design, management, and completion of  projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to perform complex policy, regulatory and bill analysis
  • Works well under pressure; flexible
  • Knowledge and familiarity with working lands conservation practice standards e.g. cover crops, hedgerows, planned grazing, compost application, etc.
  • Expertise in building relationships and engaging in coalitions to achieve shared goals
  • Experience monitoring legislative, regulatory, and budget processes, preferably in California
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize tasks as needed, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated history of producing quality memos, reports, fact sheets, and other written communications for lawmakers, organizational leadership, and the public
  • Deep commitment to The Climate Center’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Familiarity with the Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel, and the ability to perform basic quantitative analysis in Excel
  • Proven ability to speak/present about NCS and climate change to diverse audiences, including lawmakers, state agency staff, media, partners, and the public
  • Dedication to advancing bold and equitable climate targets; alignment with The Climate Center’s mission, vision, and values
  • Proven team player with strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral communication skills including active listening and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently, navigate obstacles, discern priorities, meet competing deadlines and handle multiple projects
  • Sense of humor
  • Comfortable with a remote work culture
  • Commitment to accelerated, equitable climate action
  • Enjoys people and has a positive attitude in the face of adversity
  • Valid driver’s license, car, and insurance

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience writing and completing successful grant proposals
  • Existing relationships across the CA environmental NGOs and environmental justice  community, and/or regenerative ag community
  • We are interested in speaking with candidates from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds, so even if you don’t perfectly match the qualifications listed here, we welcome your application.
  • Bilingual Spanish

Salary: $80,000 – $100,000

To Apply:

  • Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, résumé, short sample of some recent communications (written, video, social media) developed primarily by you, and 3-5 references with your application.
  • Applicants should submit materials by May 23, 2022.
  • The position will remain open until filled.
  • Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

For more information please see the position description.

Development and Communications Director – Sierra Harvest

Nevada City, CA

Position Summary:

The Development and Communications Director (DCD) would refine and execute an annual fundraising and communications strategy while expanding SH’s support base, diversifying sustainable funding streams, and engaging donors with our programs and services. The position will emphasize identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors, family foundations, state and federal opportunities, and partnerships. This position reports to the Executive Director (ED) and plays a key role within the leadership team in the accomplishment of SH’s ends policies. They will supervise a Development Associate and Communications Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current funding programs and build strategies to maximize resources
  • Work with the ED to develop annual fundraising goals and metrics
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with donors and key stakeholders and identify new individual, business, foundation, and government prospects
  • Establish new funding streams that support existing and new programming
  • Oversees all donor events working closely with ED and Event Production Coordinator
  • Organize and refine funder communications staying on top of trends and technology
  • Provide monthly reporting on metrics and individual engagement to ED and Board of Directors
  • Oversee grants program including grant docket, proposal, and budget development, grant compliance, and reporting, and supervision of Development Associate and/or grant writers
  • Build and manage development budget
  • Prioritize a Community Centric Fundraising philosophy and educate staff, volunteers, and partners about this approach
  • Display a deep understanding of SH’s mission, history, and current programs
  • Oversee SH communications strategy for the organization including all print, enews, social media, etc. providing relevant and timely content for target audiences
  • Oversee production of marketing materials building the Sierra Harvest brand
  • Serve as a spokesperson and public advocate for SH’s mission publicizing the mission, goals, activities, and impact of all programs

Essential Traits:

  • Must have a strong alignment with the mission of SH and the ability to communicate, motivate and inspire others about our work with passion
  • Willingness to contribute to creating an environment of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through Community Centric Fundraising practices
  • Work experience that shows a deep understanding of relationship-based fundraising practices versus transactional
  • Demonstrated experience showing ability to attract, motivate, cultivate, and steward contributors of all resources including working with high net worth donors to secure major gifts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, editing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to self-organize priorities and manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Flexible mindset and innovative thinker
  • Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training

Qualifications:

  • Thoroughly enjoy raising money and love to ask!
  • Proven fundraising track record
  • Experience developing and maintaining productive working relationships with staff, volunteers, board members, and donors
  • Applies professional discretion and maintains confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Donor Perfect Online or CRM software preferred
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Basic understanding of communications platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Canva, Crello, WordPress, Constant Contact, EventBrite

Salary Range: $46,500 – $50,000

Job Status: Part-time (32 hours/week) with full-time potential, permanent

To Apply:

  • Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sierraharvest.org
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled

For more information please see the position description.

Northern Sierra Project Manager – Trout Unlimited

Truckee, CA

Position Summary:

Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to work as a restoration project manager in our California Inland Trout Program. The person will identify, plan, and implement opportunities for wild and native trout habitat restoration and connectivity projects across the Sierra Nevada, with a focus on the central and northern Sierra. The Northern Sierra Project Manager work closely with our California Inland Trout Program Director, science team and other field staff on a wide variety of headwater stream, meadow and associated habitat restoration projects. The person will work closely with state and federal agency partners, agricultural community members, conservation community partners and TU’s grassroots chapters. The person will ideally be based near the TU Truckee Office and report to the California Inland Trout Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and secure funding for Inland Trout Program conservation priorities and staff needs; meet strategic planning goals and objectives; implement conservation programs and projects.
  • Function as a project manager with direct responsibility for selecting, financing, and overseeing contractors implementing specific habitat restoration projects.
  • Lead field surveys, field crews, maintain equipment and manage data.
  • Understand state and federal policy and permits; work across internal interdisciplinary leadership teams; integrate the best available science; and build strong strategic partnerships.
  • Work collaboratively with the California Inland Trout Program Director and California Field Coordinator. Help provide supervision and mentorship for AmeriCorps members and interns or temporary field technicians. Help coordinate annual work plans and budgeting for the program.
  • Work closely with administrative, development, communications and conservation staff.
  • This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.

Requirements

  •  Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree in natural resources management, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, forestry, fisheries ecology, public and environmental policy, or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of restoration project management experience on federal lands, including experience designing, implementing, and directing multiple projects at once, setting deadlines and providing project deliverables in a timely fashion.
  • Experience developing and successfully administering project budgets.
  • Ability to identify and build lasting relationships with Trout Unlimited chapters, agencies, landowners, and other partners. Ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner.
  • Understanding of California and Nevada water issues, wild and native trout, watershed science and restoration, and fishing related recreation.
  • Ability to work both independently and in partnership other Trout Unlimited staff on fundraising, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals and grant reports, developing relationships with funders and major gift donors to sustain the program.
  • Ability to motivate, lead and supervise AmeriCorps members, interns and/or seasonal field technicians.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex conservation issues and TU’s mission to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Understanding of basic communications, earned media, video production and use of social media platforms to conduct public outreach about TU’s work.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds required.
  • Love of fishing a plus.

Salary: $62,400-$72,400

To Apply:

  • Please upload a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system.
  • The position is open until filled

For more information please see the position description.

Desert Terminal Lakes Basin Project Coordinator – Trout Unlimited

Truckee, CA

Position Summary:

Trout Unlimited takes care of the rivers and clean water that trout, salmon and communities around the country depend on. We are a nationwide network of advocates, outdoor enthusiasts, volunteers, anglers and staff dedicated to protecting places where trout and salmon thrive and recovering rivers and fisheries that need help. We want to make sure healthy rivers and fisheries are available for all people to use and enjoy.  Trout Unlimited has 300,000 members and supporters supported by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. The California program has 20 staff located in Emeryville, Ft. Bragg, Truckee, and home offices around the state. Every year our team manages dozens of river flow and habitat restoration projects, with focal areas on the North Coast, Sacramento Valley, and the Sierras, and we advocate for strong conservation policies by the state and federal government.

Trout Unlimited’s CA Inland Trout Program, based in Truckee, works to improve CA’s wild and native inland trout populations across the Sierra Nevada, Eastern Sierra, and parts of Southern California. We work to improve headwater habitat, primary located on public land, with a variety of federal, state, natural resource agency, industry and other NGO partners. We also work to protect and improve high profile recreational sport fisheries so that they can support the anglers, businesses and rural communities that depend on them.

Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to work as a project coordinator in our California Inland Trout Program. The person will identify, plan, and implement opportunities for wild and native trout preservation, restoration, and conservation education across the Desert Terminal Lakes Basin (Truckee, Walker and Carson Basins), with a specific focus on the Truckee River Basin. This position will emphasize relationship building and engagement, working closely with state and federal agency partners, community members, conservation community partners and TU’s grassroots chapters/angling groups. The Desert Terminal Lakes Basin Project Coordinator will work closely with our California Inland Trout Program Director, science team and other field staff on a wide variety of projects. The person will ideally be based near the TU Truckee Office and report to the California Inland Trout Program Director.

Position-Specific Opportunities

  • Identify, plan, implement and monitor wild trout enhancement projects with the Truckee, Carson and Walker Rivers Basins (in both California and Nevada).
  • Work closely with Inland Trout Director to implement headwater restoration and protection projects, such as meadow restoration, fish passage removal and roads restoration/decommissioning to improve quality headwater habitat and connectivity.
  • Plan and implement volunteer activities and community engagement in support of conservation projects, river stewardship and public lands fishing access improvement.
  • Work closely with agency staff, landowners, and other watershed stakeholders to protect and improve streamflow conditions across these basins (emphasized focus on the Truckee River) to benefit fish and wildlife.
  • Engage youth and young professionals in conservation opportunities that provide emphasized on-the-ground engagement, such as hosting youth trout camps and managing Americorp interns.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and secure funding for Inland Trout Program conservation priorities and staff needs; meet strategic planning goals and objectives; implement conservation programs and projects.
  • Function as a project manager with direct responsibility for selecting, financing, and overseeing contractors implementing specific habitat restoration projects.
  • Support TU’s work to positively influence local, state and federal policy related to inland trout and mountain rivers, including, for example, fisheries management and public lands management plans.
  • Understand state and federal policy and permits; work across internal interdisciplinary leadership teams; integrate the best available science; and build strong strategic partnerships.
  • Work collaboratively with the California Inland Trout Program Director and other TU CA/NV staff. Help provide supervision and mentorship for AmeriCorps members and interns or temporary field technicians. Help coordinate annual work plans and budgeting for the program.
  • Work closely with administrative, development, communications and conservation staff.
  • Depending on the candidate, the position description may include management or participation in public land policy advocacy throughout the state, such as efforts to protect the best headwaters habitat from outside threats and to keep public lands in public hands.

Requirements

  • Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree in natural resources management, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, forestry, fisheries ecology, public and environmental policy, or related field, plus a minimum of 1 years of related work experience.
  • Project management experience, including experience designing, implementing and directing multiple projects at once, setting deadlines and providing project deliverables in a timely fashion.
  • Experience developing and successfully administering project budgets.
  • Ability to identify and build lasting relationships with Trout Unlimited chapters, agencies, landowners, and other partners. Ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner.
  • Understanding of California and Nevada water issues, wild and native trout, watershed science and restoration, and fishing related recreation.
  • Ability to work both independently and in partnership other Trout Unlimited staff on fundraising, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals and grant reports, developing relationships with funders and major gift donors to sustain the program.
  • Ability to motivate, lead and supervise AmeriCorps members, interns and/or seasonal field technicians.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex conservation issues and TU’s mission to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Understanding of basic communications, earned media, video production and use of social media platforms to conduct public outreach about TU’s work.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds required.
  • Love of fishing a plus.

To Apply:

  • Please upload a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system.
  • The position is open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

Development & Communications Associate – Feather River Land Trust

Quincy, CA

Position Summary:

The Development & Communications Associate is a core member of the Fund Development team and will work collaboratively with the team to achieve its fundraising and communications objectives. The Associate will support the Development Director in all aspects of the department’s functions including strategic communications, grant writing, fundraising, events, and member engagement.

They will play a key role in planning, scheduling, writing, and executing a series of communications for donors and the public, highlighting the impact of FRLT’s work, across a variety of digital and print channels including blogs, eblasts, social media, and print media (including postcards, fact sheets, brochures, etc.).

The Associate will also support fundraising activities, including annual and capital campaigns (appeals, presentations, campaign updates, impact reports), donor tours and events, grant research, writing, and reporting.

This role is well-suited to someone with several years of fundraising and communications experience and strong writing skills, but applicants with some of the required experiences are invited to apply. The Associate must demonstrate good judgement and integrity and be able to handle confidential information with discretion.

The Fund Development team at FRLT is a dynamic team of experienced professionals and is seeking a new team member who is thoughtful and creative, with a strong sense of personal initiative. We’re looking for someone who enjoys working collaboratively, who challenges themselves to learn and grow professionally and is comfortable giving and receiving feedback.

Duties:

  • Participate as a key member of FRLT’s communications team and help to produce quality public communications on a regular basis across digital and print channels, including website content, enews segments, eblasts, social media posts, short videos, newspaper or magazine articles, postcards, donor updates, and reports, taking direct responsibility for specific communications projects as assigned
  • Help manage an annual communications calendar and handle scheduling and coordination of communication pieces among the team, including coordinating content development and public announcement needs across departments
  • Support FRLT in communicating the impact of our work and raising funds to support our mission by creating compelling materials including project updates, fact sheets, donor communications and appeals
  • Help maintain FRLT’s website by creating, publishing, and updating web pages in accordance with our branding and communications guidelines
  • Conduct grant research, and prepare grant proposals and reports, as assigned
  • Support the planning and implementation of fundraising events, donor tours, and other fundraising functions
  • Attend and represent FRLT at various public events (including occasional weekend events)
  • Participate in fundraising appeals and campaigns: writing and signing letters, soliciting donations, preparing and mailing campaigns, thanking our donors
  • Support the Development Director in all aspects of fundraising, grant writing, and communications, being flexible and adaptable as required

Desired Qualifications:

The skills and attributes listed are guidelines. Your education and work experience (both paid and volunteer) and life experience all contribute to your skills and competencies. If you meet 75% of the qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply.

  • Experience in digital communications and/or marketing, preferably for a nonprofit organization
  • Prior experience in fundraising and/or grant writing with a nonprofit organization
  • Experience with securing nonprofit funding through institutional grants or private gifts preferred
  • Demonstrable evidence of strong verbal and written communications skills, with experience using various media (print, web, social media)
    • Examples will be requested for candidates invited to interview
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, with demonstrated ability to prepare well-designed and formatted documents and presentations, and basic knowledge of working with Excel spreadsheets
  • Experience planning, coordinating, and/or executing public events for a nonprofit or business
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with diverse internal and external constituents (including donors and funding agencies) in an effective, inclusive, and professional manner
  • Self-motivated, and proactive team player who takes initiative to identify and pursue opportunities and solve problems
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and capable of managing a variety of tasks and projects independently
  • An interest in protecting nature and connecting people to it
  • Helpful but not required:
    • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Interest or experience in graphic design, photography, or videography
    • Experience with WordPress
    • Experience using donor databases or CRMs

To Apply:

  • Please send the following to Aubrey Pickerell at apickerell@frlt.org: An updated resume & a cover letter (1-page max): an opportunity to share more about your background/experience and why you think you’re a good fit for this role
  • Candidates invited to interview for the position will be asked to provide writing samples
  • Position open until filled

For more information please see the position description.

Archivist – The Great Basin Institute

Yosemite National Park, CA

Position Summary:

The Great Basin Institute seeks an Archivist to work cooperatively with Yosemite National Park (YOSE) staff to support the Park’s archives program. The GBI Archivist will support the Archives Program at Yosemite National Park by reformatting obsolescent archives for long term management and protection. Activities include pulling obsolescent media identified in a spreadsheet, cleaning the original VHS tape, and then reformatting it into digital media. Work may also include answering research requests, Integrated Pest Management, housekeeping, environmental monitoring, digitization, and assisting the park archivist with a variety of other duties as they arise.

In addition the Archivist will provide support to Kalaupapa, a National Historical Park located in Hawai’i. Work will include surveying, appraising, and cataloging 20-30 linear feet of archival collections, resulting in a catalog record in ICMS and a finding aid.

Job Qualifications:

  • Educational experience with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree focused on archive studies or a closely related field – applicants with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
  • Experience in archives management, including appraisal, arranging and describing, processing, cataloging, research, preservation, and housing of collections;
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision;
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, possessing strong organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines;
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the pubic, and agency personnel;
  • Intermediate or higher skill using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate, and graphically display data;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude;
  • Ability to work productively, consistently, and cooperatively independently or as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
  • Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more, regularly walk and drive between curation and other facilities.

Contract Timeline:

  • 49 week appointment beginning May 2022, or upon availability and successful completion of a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI)
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week

Wage: $18.00/hour

To Apply:

  • Apply online
  • Position open until filled

For more information please see the position description.

Communications Specialist – Defenders of Wildlife

Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The Communications Specialist is responsible for helping to plan and implement a wide variety of media activities to gain coverage for Defenders of Wildlife’s issues related to the organization’s mission. In this role, the Communications Specialist’s primary responsibilities include developing and implementing media plans, drafting news releases, factsheets and other press materials and providing to members of the media. Interacting with members of the media and building relationships is also an integral responsibility. In addition to other activities as assigned by the Media Relations Director and/or Vice President for Communications.

Regular interdepartmental collaboration for determining media opportunities, deadlines and messaging priorities/materials is essential in this role.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Writing: Generate press releases, statements, talking points, advisories, factsheets, op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial board memos and other press materials
  • Serve as a lead/central point of contact where there are media opportunities that span across several different beats, specifically in relation to Defenders’ Hill work, such as Interior Appropriations, NDAA, among others
  • Media & Messaging Strategy: Work with program staff and Communications Team to develop and implement media plans
  • Participate and represent Defenders on key coalition teams, collaborating with coalition partners in strategy, materials development and action
  • Media relations: Establish working relationships with reporters in beat areas. Call and email reporters to pitch Defenders-related stories; field inquiries from the media and forward reporters’ questions to pertinent program staff members
  • Research: Conduct research to develop talking points and other media relations and programmatic materials as needed
  • Press events: Work with appropriate program staff to coordinate, execute and publicize press events, teleconferences, and other promotional activities
  • Advertising: Develop strategies for advertising in relation for appropriate use within advocacy campaigns
  • Develop messaging strategy, copy and manage design of advertisements; work with vendors to place advertisements
  • Attend press briefings and activities and help prepare senior executives for interviews and media appearances
  • General support: Collaborate with and support Communications Team colleagues in daily communications department work
  • Perform all other work-related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, coordinating focus groups, and polling. Collaborate with Defenders’ Conservation Program Teams and Marketing Team for seamless communications across all forms of Defenders of Wildlife Communications including but not limited to publications and reports, press materials, social media, website and other outreach, etc
  • Supervisory Roles: When applicable, supervise seasonal Interns. Review candidate resumes conduct interviews, work with Communications Team to coordinate projects, roles and responsibilities

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent
  • Experience: 4 years of relevant experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

To Apply:

  • Apply online
  • Position is open until filled

For more information please see the position description.

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