Forest Health Project Manager – Tuolumne River Trust

Sonora, California


This is a posting for one or more full-time Forest Health Project Managers for the Tuolumne River Trust, functioning out of TRT’s Sonora office. This position is grant-funded, and will include project management, budget control, coordinating implementation of field work, leading field staff, and inspections. The Forest Health Project Manager will help TRT implement forest health projects across the landscape, with a focus on public lands management on the Stanislaus National Forest.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Forest Health Project Manager will advance TRT’s forest restoration program through project implementation, liaising with private contractors, the Stanislaus National Forest, and staff from Tuolumne County. They will be responsible for implementation of contracts, project design and layout, marking of boundaries, and project monitoring. The Project Manager will spend a significant portion of their time (50%) on project operations, managing fuels management activates to ensure targets are achieved, objectives are met, and mitigation measures are adequate. They will monitor fuels treatments, evaluate effects, identify potential problems, and take actions to solve them. This work will include designing and implementing fuels management surveys, evaluating treatments and effectiveness, and serving as the point of contact for contracted crews. Approximately 40% of the Project Manager’s time will be devoted to planning and coordinating, including, reviewing, and implementing land management plans, instructing field staff, writing and reviewing contracts, and tracking projects. 10% of the Project Manager’s time will be spent on program management, including soliciting grant funding, reporting project updates to grantors, and coordinating work between multiple partners and agencies.

Primary duties include:

  • Managing contractors, including:
    • Contractor selection for roadside fuel breaks, understory fuels reduction, timber harvest, weed control, reforestation, and other project work, including development of Requests for Proposals and review of submitted proposals.
    • Development of contracts for implementation of grant-funded work.
    • Establish pre-project flagging to mark work site boundaries, riparian buffers, etc.
  • Schedule and oversee contractor work, including:
    • Site visits.
    • Contractor trainings for wildlife and cultural resources awareness.
    • Daily or weekly site visits to ensure adherence to project scope and required mitigations.
  • Complete project documentation and monitoring, including:
    • Quarterly or semi-annual grant progress reports to project funders.
    • Project photo-monitoring, including establishment and documentation of photopoints.
    • Documentation of invasive plant occurrences, treated area extents, and other field data using mobile phone/tablet-based GIS software.
  • Fieldwork including (but not limited to)
  • Project design, layout and oversight.
  • Timber stand exams and Common Stand Exams.
  • Stake and Survival Exams.
  • Managing and leading field staff.
  • The Forest Health Project Manager may be asked to assist in grant writing efforts necessary to solicit funding for new projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Suggested Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, natural resources management, or a closely- related field, and A minimum of two years of relevant forest project management experience. Experience implementing and managing projects, including coordinating the work of other professionals and collaborating with internal and external partners.
  • Candidates should have an interest and commitment to environmental conservation.
  • Knowledge of forestry, vegetation management, wildfire behavior, watershed stewardship and conservation, resource management, basic hydrology, basic soil science, native plant and animal communities, and/or forest ecology.
  • Project goal oriented with initiative in fulfilling programmatic and grant-related obligations.
  • Understanding of forest mensuration, inventory, and treatment design.
  • Strong computer skills, including: Microsoft Word and Excel. ArcGIS (ArcPro and ArcGIS Online)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Team player and ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Physically able to work in the field (hiking off-trail through heavy brush, lifting, carrying supplies and equipment, etc.) during all seasons.
  • Ability to work from a home office with good internet connection.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, be fit and able to walk to forest project sites as well as be able to lift at least 20 pounds.


Project locations are typically within 1-3 hours of the Sonora office. The Forest Health Project Manager will be compensated for travel, but is responsible for transportation to and from project locations. Use of the employees’ private vehicle may at times be necessary, over roads in a range of conditions, from paved to rough national forest roads. Proof of a valid US Driver’s license and insurance will be requested at the time of employment.

Additional Details

This position will be based in our Sonora, CA office and report to the Headwaters Program Director. This salaried, grant-funded position will pay $60,000-$80,000 per year and will include benefits (medical, dental, and retirement). Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be at or near the lower end of the range. A candidate will land higher on the range to the degree to which they exceed the minimum qualifications.

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