Training & Support Manager – Youth Outside

Oakland, CA

Do you believe in our mission of advancing racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement? Are you passionate about leading consultancy and facilitation work on these issues, both managing and growing a robust client portfolio? If so, this position might be for you!
The Training & Support Manager will play a lead role in supporting clients with our suite of consultation services. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, securing new client partnerships, maintaining new and existing relationships, managing contracts, tracking deliverables, and facilitating trainings about racial justice, equity, inclusion, and cultural relevancy.
We invite you to read the full the job description, apply for the position if it feels like a strong fit, or forward it to colleagues whose skills and interests align with our work. Please also visit our employment page for more information on other local and state-wide job opportunities.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Youth Outside

Outreach Coordinator

North Fork, CA

Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (the Council) is seeking an Outreach Coordinator (OC) to help coordinate the organizations general outreach, outreach activities associated with several of their grant funded projects, along with some council operations. OC performs multiple tasks associated with Council communications, outreach, membership relations, community/partnership relations, image/branding and media relations. Furthermore, the OC conducts several annual and monthly tasks associated with Council annual, quarterly, monthly and other (as needed) meetings.  This will be a full time position for at least 16 months, with potential for continuation dependent on fundraising and contracts.

Job Description: HERE

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to and CC: by October 16, 2020

California State Manager

North Fork California


American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. Established in 1875, American Forests has been restoring forests for more than 140 years. And, while we may be the oldest national conservation organization, our work today is more important than ever. Our projects, which have taken place in all 50 states, have recovered hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, safeguarded vital watersheds, absorbed millions of tons of greenhouse gases and protected some of the most stunning landscapes in America.


The California State Manager serves as the point person between American Forests California State Director and the successful execution of on-the-ground project work. In this capacity, the California State Manager provides administrative support, grant/project management, and engagement responsibilities. The California State Manager role is ideal for highly organized and detail-oriented candidates that are able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously. The California State Manager has the opportunity to gain diverse experiences and skills around forest restoration and social issues while making a positive impact. Specific responsibilities can be found below.


Ability to demonstrate equivalent education and/or experience in the field of natural resources, forest management, environmental science or other applicable fields. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required. Experience, trainings, or certification in project management, grant writing/management, or financial management is a plus. Experience in California forest restoration project or program activities is favorable. A combination of education and experience will be considered in determining relative candidate qualifications.

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Juggle competing priorities
  • Work effectively with teams
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel & Power Point)


The majority of work is performed in a general office environment, with occasional opportunities to travel or be in the field. American Forests headquarters is in Washington D.C. however the California office is located in North Fork California which is an hour north of Fresno and 40 minutes south of Yosemite National Park (south entrance).

TO APPLY:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Position will remain open until adequate and competitive candidates submit apply. Please note that we are hoping to fill the position ASAP. *American Forests in an equal opportunity employer.


  1. Project Management and Administration (60%)
    • Provide oversight on projects, including tracking project progress and documenting outcomes and deliverables
    • Review, create and manage contracts
    • Participate and enhance climate adaptation planning processes while incorporating and tracking scientific information from project efforts
    • Direct management support for California grants including but not limited to Climate Change Response Framework initiatives.
    • Prepare and review program budgets and financial reporting
  1. Science Engagement (20%)
    • Contribute to climate adaptation science development and implementation efforts
    • Analyzed and summarize research projects for scientific publications and reports
    • Develop, research and/or synthesis research program needs
  1. Community/Partner Engagement (15%)
    • Run/host public meetings and all pre/post meeting logistics (i.e. meeting prep, meeting minutes, follow up communications or research)
    • Support or assist public forums/workshops
    • Represent American Forests CA State Director in partner meetings
    • Build and maintain relationships with nonprofit conservation organizations, federal agencies and other forest conservation stakeholders.
  1. Other (5%)
    • Support California State Director on a multitude of initiatives
    • Participate in/on fundraising opportunities
    • Engage in program development efforts
    • Conduct site visits to evaluate restoration projects
    • Other duties as assigned


California’s forests are facing unprecedented threats from rising temperatures, increased and prolonged drought, and larger and more intense wildfires. The combined effects of these changes and extreme events are severely stressing the region’s iconic forests and diminishing the natural benefits of California forests provide including carbon sequestration, water supply and quality, wildlife habitat, recreation, and timber production. The science is clear that action is needed now to protect these natural benefits.

While American Forests is actively engaged in activities across the country, leadership has prioritized California as both an area of concern and opportunity. As such, American Forests has committed resources to best accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration efforts through collaborative conservation. As a non-governmental organization that can truly work across landscapes (public and private lands with public and private funds), American Forests hopes to provide support, innovative science-based solutions, technical assistance, and policy insights to build upon state-wide efforts.

Currently the California office of American Forests is having critical conversations with organizations across the state. Efforts include but are not limited to:

  • Program and project development with landowners throughout the Sierra Nevada to best leverage resources and expand on-the-ground impacts that provide key ecosystem services around water and carbon for the entire state.
  • Working with public land managers to execute large scale reforestation efforts on iconic fire scars across the state while encouraging climate-smart site preparations and planting techniques.
  • Designing and executing a climate-smart planning process for the Sierra National Forest through Climate Change Investment funds.
  • Playing a leadership role in state-wide discussions, including the involvement in the Governors Forest Management Task Force.

American Forests has a long history of partnering with the USDA Forest Service, State of California, Conservation Districts and other partners to implement restoration projects. Since 1991, the work has led to the planting 6 million trees in the state. This position will play a key role in strengthening and deepening American Forests’ role in California.

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Manager of Watershed & Recreation

Mokelumne, California

The Manager of Watershed and Recreation is responsible for managing and supervising, directly or through subordinate supervisors, a variety of developmental, operational, resource protection, and maintenance work on 28,000 acres of watershed land in the Mokelumne basin that includes five recreation areas at Pardee and Camanche reservoirs.

This manager represents East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) before Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, and San Joaquin county agencies, special interest groups, and the media. Policy coordination with federal, state, and local agencies is a major responsibility. Responsibilities include:

• Preparing memos, technical reports, and correspondence.
• Supervising the fire prevention and suppression program on EBMUD watershed lands including coordination with outside agencies.
• Monitoring lessee compliance with lease stipulations in a variety of watershed and recreation contexts.
• Preparing and administering recreation area concession contracts including review of fees and capital improvement programs, and overseeing and monitoring concession operations.
• Developing the budget; analyzing cost effectiveness of all assigned recreation operations; recommending staffing needs and measures to improve operations.
• Participating in various watershed and recreation committees, boards, and councils.
• Preparing and administering law enforcement and security contracts.
• Managing maintenance programs for recreation trails, fire access roads, and service roads.
• Planning short and long-range improvements to recreation areas, coordinating recreational studies with concessionaires, other departments, and agencies.
• Ensuring all programs comply with existing regulatory framework in managing natural resources, including the state and federal endangered species act, CEQA compliance as well as adhering to existing EBMUD interagency agreements.
• Managing EBMUD’s Integrated Pest Management practices and guidelines in administering watershed and range programs.
• Supervising range and forestry studies and recommending improvements; implementing range and forestry enhancements to prevent soil erosion and to prevent the degradation of water quality; monitoring timber harvesting activities upstream of EBMUD for water quality impacts.
• Directing the gathering of data to determine resource and habitat status, preparing monthly grazing reports, compiling and analyzing range condition, composition and utilization data, etc.
• Overseeing preparation of brochures, slide shows, news releases, displays, lectures and similar public relations activities relating to range, forestry, watershed and recreation management; as well as educational outreach events and activities.
• Providing leadership and supervision to subordinate staff.
• Promoting and modeling EBMUD’s core values of stewardship, integrity, respect, and teamwork.

The annual salary is $129,444 up to $186,984. Initial placement within the range is based upon qualifications. Appointment is typically made at or below the control point ($168,276 per year).

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals over forty years of age, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical, including AIDS and HIV), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy, pregnancy disability leave status, or any other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.

Watershed Science Director

Nevada City, CA

TITLE:                     Watershed Science Director
REPORTS TO:        Executive Director
JOB STATUS:         Full time, exempt
LOCATION:            Nevada City, CA

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and again. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 37 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader from the Sierra headwaters to the lower Yuba River for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security, water quality, forest health, and education and engagement within our community.

SYRCL’s interdisciplinary Watershed Science team works to ensure a healthy and resilient watershed through diverse restoration, monitoring, and water quality projects. Overseeing a team of nine, the Watershed Science Director brings scientific expertise to shape our vision for a healthy Yuba River watershed. This person will develop projects with staff and partner organizations; implement program goals, strategies, and work plans; and oversee deliverables such as scientific reports and other media. A strong presence as a scientific spokesperson in the local and the scientific community, as well as experience obtaining and managing large grants will also be expected.

Current projects include meadow restoration targeted at improving hydrology, biodiversity and carbon sequestration; floodplain restoration projects targeted at improving salmonid and riparian habitat; mine remediation and monitoring for sediment and mercury; invasive species removal targeted at reducing fuel loads and impacts in riparian areas; forest health work targeted at landscape scale habitat restoration and climate resiliency; and water quality monitoring to investigate trends and issues across the Yuba watershed.

As a community-based organization, public engagement is key to our work and is used to inform our scientific priorities and on the ground management actions. The Watershed Science team contributes to policy, advocacy, legal, communications, and education work organization-wide. This position will lead scientific engagement and build relationships with researchers in academia, government, and NGOs, while staying involved with our community.


  • Provide vision and leadership for SYRCL’s Watershed Science Program including river, stream, forest and meadow restoration, effectiveness monitoring, and water quality data collection with the goal of protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed.
  • Conduct scientific research in a relevant area of expertise and develop a long-term set of collaborations to implement research findings for the health of the watershed
  • Supervise and develop SYRCL’s Interdisciplinary Watershed Science Team, currently consisting of seven FTE plus two AmeriCorps members, providing direction on project timelines, goals, and objectives.
  • Develop and implement annual program and project goals, plans, and budgets.
  • Participate on the organization’s Leadership Team and help guide a positive culture for the organization.
  • Fundraise for a program with an annual budget of $1-$2million through identifying grant funders, writing proposals, and ensuring scientific validity of outputs.
  • Work collaboratively with federal, state, academic, local partners and contractors to develop and implement projects, maintaining existing relationships and fostering new ones.
  • Provide oversight and analysis support for data collected and report on findings through reports, peer reviewed journal publications, and presentations as appropriate.
  • Design and develop protocols and monitoring plans for specific projects in collaboration with staff and other scientists.
  • Maintain strong relationships with academic, government, and NGO scientists and researchers; attend and present at scientific meetings with an eye for interdisciplinary science that engages stakeholders.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a substitute for the specific education and experience listed below.

  • Advanced degree in an environmental, biological, ecological, or physical science, or a related field.
  • Experience in watershed science, restoration, fisheries, botany, ecology, geomorphology, or a related discipline.
  • Desire to continue in scientific research within the context of managing watersheds in collaborative partnerships.
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate, train, develop, evaluate and motivate program staff.
  • Proven experience obtaining and managing state and federally funded grant projects.
  • Effective leader with strategic vision and excellent judgment that combines scientific knowledge with political savvy.
  • Ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions, and collaborate with diverse interests.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints with minimal supervision.
  • Strong collaboration, time management, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills, and a track record of working effectively across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identities.
  • Skills and interest in developing and implementing restoration projects from conception to completion, including design, permitting, implementation, assessment, and adaptive management.
  • Computer skills required including proficiency with Word, Excel, and skills to become competent in R and GIS.
  • Possession of a properly registered and insured personal vehicle, and a valid California Driver’s License.

Work Environment:

  • Ability to perform under general office working conditions and variable outdoor working conditions.
  • The position requires regular travel within the watershed and often to Sacramento.
  • Requires working some nights and weekends.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to work on a computer including sitting at a desk for extended periods, reading on a computer screen, and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to hike long distances over variable terrain.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Preference will be given to applications received by September 27. We recognize this is a challenging time for hiring, both for the organization and candidate due to COVID-19. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel interview. Anticipated start date will be December 1, 2020. Applicants will be expected to provide two to three writing samples and participate in a timed writing exercise.

Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California non-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits.

This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Submit your cover letter and resume electronically at No phone calls, please.

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

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