Publications Editor – California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

Sacramento, CA (remote)

Position Summary:

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Publications Editor is an experienced editorial professional, modern storyteller, and advocate for California’s native plants. Reporting to the Senior Director of Public Affairs, the Publications Editor will work with other staff, editorial board members, designers, and subject matter experts to:

  • Concept, develop, and edit CNPS publications content
  • Ensure CNPS publications adhere to the highest editorial, stylistic, and journalistic standards
  • Help more people appreciate the value, beauty, and significance of native plants
  • Identify and give voice to the diverse topics and people of the native plant movement
  • Provide current and prospective members with inspiring and relevant information that builds and sustains their support for the CNPS mission
  • Grow CNPS brand-awareness
  • Translate complex scientific concepts into meaningful take-away messages for people who love native plants but have many other issues competing for their attention
  • Shape the messages to help foster a growing community of Californians dedicated to protecting our native ecosystems and restoring our connection to the natural world
  • Manage Publications Program Coordinator

Duties:

Flora Magazine Managing Editor– 40%

Oversee all operations of the organization’s quarterly magazine.

  • Work with Senior Director of Public Affairs and other CNPS staff to plan each 48-page issue
  • Oversee and ensure Flora magazine conforms to publications budget
  • Engage a diverse stable of staff, volunteer, and freelance contributors
  • Oversee coordination with designer, contributors, copy editor, and printers
  • Write ~40% of each issue’s content; edit 100% of content
  • Explore fresh approaches to content and design
  • Work with Public Affairs colleagues to evolve publication for the digital environment
  • Expand reach of CNPS publications through content promotion and syndication
  • Oversee publication advertising and distribution
  • Identify and pursue publication grant opportunities and awards

Artemisia Journal Editor – 40%

Oversee all aspects of the Society’s bi-annual scientific publication.

  • Coordinate editorial board, facilitate meetings, and plan two 48-page issues per year
  • Attract and retain diverse authors and editors, with assistance from staff and editorial board
  • Oversee contract designers, illustrators, and proofreaders
  • Manage journal budget
  • Develop and manage online system for author submissions and respond to reader queries
  • Edit entire issue; write 1-2 articles per issue as needed, including letter from the editor
  • Identify opportunities for the digital environment and strategic use of Artemisia content
  • Reduce barriers to participation for diverse authors and editors
  • Oversee publication advertising and distribution

Special Projects – 20%

In partnership with Public Affairs staff and other CNPS programs, provide project management for CNPS Press, and editorial support for special publications including:

  1. CNPS Press book projects
  2. Annual reports
  3. Special publications like the CNPS Fire Recovery Guide

Qualifications:

  • At least 7-10 years of professional experience in digital or print publications, editorial project management, agency or corporate communications
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and compellingly in writing for a lay audience
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and translate scientific or other complex concepts
  • Demonstrated experience in Associated Press style; equally strong understanding of Chicago Manual of Style and MLA
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Google suite
  • Experience in WordPress and Photoshop a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Strong grounding in the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ); keen understanding of how those values intersect with your work as a writer and editor
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to remain flexible and juggle multiple projects at a time
  • Calm under deadlines and able to handle a rapidly changing environment
  • Experience working with designers and printers

Salary: starting at $87,450.00.

To Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter and resume here along with five writing or publication samples. (Samples can be provided as links or pdf attachments.)
  • The deadline to apply is June 10, 2022.
  • Please include any pertinent information, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to the position.

For more information please see the position description.

Rare Plant Scientific Coordinator – California Native Plant Society

Remote/Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The Rare Plant Scientific Coordinator is a full-time position with responsibility for developing status review documents utilized to formally add, delete, or change plant information in the highly esteemed CNPS Rare Plant Inventory (RPI). The incumbent will also develop scientific rare plant accounts to satisfy an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to identify potential Species of Conservation Concern (SCC). This position is supervised by the Rare Plant Botanist and collaborates with a team of scientists in the CNPS Rare Plant Program as well as rare plant and conservation chairs of the CNPS chapters.

Duties:

The breadth of duties in the Rare Plant Scientific Coordinator position requires highly developed scientific reviewing and writing abilities, detailed data entry and organizational skills, and a broad depth of botanical knowledge.

  • Independently reviewing and interpreting complex, peer-reviewed scientific literature on plant systematics, plant taxonomy, plant morphology, plant genetics, phylogeny, and floristics.
  • Reaching out and effectively communicating with a broad diversity of volunteers, botanical experts, academics, NGOs, and industry and agency personnel throughout California and the nation.
  • Gathering, reviewing, and organizing information from field survey forms, scientific literature, herbarium data, online botanical resources, and from appropriate experts on the distribution, taxonomy, ecology, and conservation status of plants proposed for status change or addition to the RPI and/or that meet the criteria for potential SCC status.
  • Writing scientific reports that summarize your extensive research on specific plants proposed for status change or addition to the RPI and/or potential SCC.
  • Reviewing and collating geospatial plant population data and georeferencing plant occurrences based on written location descriptions using ESRI ArcGIS and/or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s BIOS Viewer applications.
  • Maintaining and organizing large amounts of digital and physical rare plant data and files, including ongoing digital filing and record keeping.

Qualifications:

  • Strong background in plant science, knowledge of the California flora, with experience in the key responsibility areas. Strong commitment to the CNPS mission.
  • General knowledge of plant conservation and the state and federal laws and regulations that pertain to California rare plants.
  • Proven ability to research, review, and interpret complex scientific literature.
  • Proven ability to write accurate, technical, scientific reports and data summaries.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate daily tasks.
  • Enthusiasm, positive attitude, and ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Willingness to work within CNPS agenda and be open-minded while exercising good judgment.
  • Committed to engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) initiatives.

Salary: Hourly rate starting at $30.57/hour

To Apply:

For more information please see the position description.

Operations Director – NatureBridge

El Portal, CA (Hybrid)

Position Summary:

The Director of Operations (DO) reports to the Yosemite Campus Director and leads all aspects of Yosemite campus operations for our residential Environmental Science programs. The DO is responsible for successful execution of all program logistics and exceptional customer service. The job involves overseeing onsite operations in multiple campus locations within Yosemite National Park. The DO works closely with all departments and Directors to support collaboration across the organization.

This position takes place at our campus in Yosemite National park and is a hybrid position, allowing for some work to be done remotely.

Your primary job will be to:

  • Ensure smooth program delivery and implementation by developing and supporting logistical systems.
  • Establish and maintain respectful, supportive and compassionate relationships with staff, volunteers and participants.
  • Identify opportunities to optimize business processes and systems across teams; determine priorities, create project plans, lead and manage implementation with campus and department partners.
  • Oversee onsite operations in multiple campus locations within Yosemite National Park.
  • Lead campus use of Salesforce.
  • Manage and help develop annual budgets
  • Partner with Risk Management to ensure the safety and security of staff, schools and programs.
  • Maintain productive working relationships with key National Park Service management and oversee NatureBridge operations with the Yosemite National Park Concessionaire.
  • Oversee the hiring, training and supervision of Operations staff that includes 1-2 Operations Managers and 4-8 Site Managers and Evening Managers dependent on site needs; provide backup support as needed for each direct report.
  • Ensure a high level of customer service for all customer groups, solicit and respond to feedback
  • Oversee contracts, maintenance and use of all administrative equipment and supplies.
  • Develop the On-Call Manager schedule and serve in the On-Call Manager rotation.
  • Respond as needed to the campus urgent response system on weekends and evenings.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills who prioritize creating positive relationships and culture in the workplace
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Exceptional professional integrity and commitment to NatureBridges mission.
  • Five or more years of experience in nonprofit management or school administration, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Previous experience leading and developing teams and individuals across multi-functional areas.
  • Proven project management skills; able to keep track of logistical details with excellent planning and execution ability
  • Strong technical skills in technology platforms, Microsoft office suite, Salesforce and other database management systems
  • Willingness to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Must have a valid drivers license.

Salary: $58-60,000 annually

To Apply:

  • Submit your application to our Online Career Portal.
  • Please include a resume and cover letter addressed to Jen Latham (Ms.), Campus Director, that addresses how your skills and experience set you up for success in this position.
  • Position open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

Environmental Science Educator – NatureBridge

El Portal, CA

Position Summary:

As an Environmental Science Educator at NatureBridge, you will report to a campus Education Manager and provide student groups with meaningful experiences in the outdoors. Programming is guided by the integration of our three pillars: science, social and emotional learning, and equity, inclusion and diversity, as outlined in our Theory of Change. This position takes place completely on campus and does not allow for remote work.

This position is scheduled around the standard school year and includes a summer furlough.

Your primary job will be to:

  • Use a student-centered approach to lead participants through multi day, hands-on, experiential & investigative learning in outdoor settings.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content that presents multiple perspectives and connects to students’ lived experiences.
  • Create and lead differentiated programming, including 1-3 evening programs a week, that honor the needs and backgrounds of each group of participants.
  • Manage students’ physical safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions.
  • Work to support an inclusive workplace community by establishing and maintaining respectful, supportive, and compassionate relationships with staff, volunteers, and participants.
  • Keep records and assessments of student experiences in order to provide insight on student learning and program outcomes, as well as to share stories from the field with staff, board members, and donors.
  • Participate in continuous professional development, as well as personal and professional goal-setting.
  • For those in provided housing, follow NatureBridge housing policies and work agreements; cultivate a respectful home environment by setting and being accountable to agreements and boundaries among housemates.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned, such as supporting donor engagement events, program support tasks, providing feedback on special projects, participating in campus beautification or attending conferences.

Compensation:

  • $15/hour, daily and weekly work hours vary based on programming demand. This position is considered full time and exempt.
  • Housing may be provided as a benefit of employment. By providing housing, NatureBridge can ensure that educators are available and accessible to provide support for program participants in emergency situations, and that educators can work odd hours and split shifts required during typical programs.

Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education.
  • The social and emotional skills to build rapport and positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and workplace community. We especially encourage you to apply if you have lived experience as a member of (and/or extensive experience working with people from) any communities that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has limited access to environmental education, or the outdoors in general.
  • The ability to communicate clearly to different stakeholders, including students, coworkers, supervisors, and educational partners.
  • A desire to learn and grow, and an openness to feedback and coaching.
  • A valid Wilderness First Responder Certification or a willingness to attain the certification prior to the start date.
  • The ability and willingness to perform physically challenging work outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain; able to hike 5-7 miles in uneven terrain
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education, training, or experience in science, environmental or multidisciplinary studies, or a relevant field.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and split shifts, including evenings and occasional weekends.

To Apply:

  • Submit your resume and 3 references to the online application, please respond to the short answer application questions in lieu of a cover letter.
  • Review the season start dates before applying! Yosemite National Park (El Portal, CA) – Fall Start: August 24, 2022

For more information please see the position description.

Membership Coordinator – Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT)

Bishop, CA (Hybrid)

Position Summary:

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is seeking a Membership Coordinator to join our nationally accredited land trust. This is a part-time position based out of Bishop, California, with a hybrid (in-office and remote) work option.

The Membership Coordinator is responsible for the management of critical and confidential donor data contained in our Donor Perfect Online (DPO) database. This includes data maintenance, data integrity, staff training, and the development and management of new and ongoing database policies and protocol(s). This position also manages gift processing, acknowledgment letters, data entry; and produces reports and materials for the Development & Communications Committee, Board of Directors, Bookkeeper, and as requested by the Executive Director/CEO. The Coordinator serves as the primary conduit to the bookkeeper for monthly and quarterly income reports and reconciliations and works closely with the Operations Director to provide additional administrative support when requested. The Coordinator will be supervised by the Philanthropy Manager and will work closely with the Executive Director/CEO providing timely and efficient support in compliance with Standards & Practices to ensure donor relations needs are met.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Management of the Donor Perfect donor database: enter data, manage and keep data clean and updated by following set data entry protocols, expanding notes, combining duplicate records, tracking individual relationships, and running queries and exports. Develop and implement data entry standards, procedures, and best practice guidelines and ensure adherence to these standards throughout the organization.
  • Monthly status reports and recommendations: design and implement database queries and data exports to analyze giving trends and outcomes; work with the Philanthropy Manager to develop monthly status reports and recommendations.
  • Produce agenda, reports, and materials for the Development & Communications Committee, and distribute one week in advance of the quarterly meetings.
  • Prepare and manage all mailing lists from Donor Perfect for fundraising, educational, and outreach needs. Mail merge data from Excel lists into Word documents and emails.
  • Coordinate volunteer assistance, prepare materials, and ensure mailings are assembled per USPS requirements.
  • Support the Philanthropy Manager, assist with donor stewardship programs, including prospect research, data analysis to determine the effectiveness of focused efforts, and special correspondence with targeted audiences.
  • Manage donation process: oversee bi-weekly gift entry into the database, the transmittal of payments and payment information, and processing of accurate and updated acknowledgment letters; track invoice pledges and other special gifts.
  • Oversee the monthly, quarterly, and year-end gift reconciliation with bookkeeper.
  • Review current Volunteer Program and work with Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member to propose strategies to strengthen and grow the Program.
  • Analyze, research, and track potential and current grant funding for all programs.
  • Attend trainings and seminars to keep skills current: analyze current practices and procedures and implement process improvement where necessary; utilize Donor Perfect features for efficiency.
  • As a Development Team member, participate in monthly planning meetings with Communications program regarding donor campaigns; attends staff meetings.
  • Provide key support for fundraising and member events.
  • Provide administrative support to the Operations Director when requested
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the organizational mission required
  • An analytical mindset with problem-solving skills
  • Two years of previous development, administrative, and/or service experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure without losing productivity or attention to detail
  • Professional attitude; team player; able to collaborate to set and meet team goals and deadlines
  • Ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining confidentiality and good working relationships
  • Knowledge of database structures, preferably Donor Perfect
  • Strong data analysis, organizational, communication, administrative, and computer skills required
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to communicate warmly and clearly in person, over the phone, and through email; a good awareness of self
  • Ability and desire to be in a work environment that values working as a team, relationships, and giving and receiving honest feedback
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; DonorPerfect, G-Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or equivalent experience preferred

Compensation:

  • This position is part-time and non-exempt at a minimum of 20 hours per week, with the possibility for an increase in hours that will be discussed at time of hire.
  • Salary based on experience ranging from $20 -22 per hour.

To Apply:

  • Send cover letter, résumé, and three references to info@eslt.org with the subject line: Membership Coordinator.
  • No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
  • Application review will begin May 15, 2022, with an anticipated start date of early June. Applications submitted after May 15, 2022, will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For more information please see the position description.

Education and Outreach Coordinator – South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

Nevada City, CA

Position Summary:

The Education & Outreach Coordinator will provide a central role in recruiting and coordinating volunteers from the community to serve in a variety of programs and will also act as a point person for SYRCL conducting education and outreach for our projects. The Education & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the oversight, management, and production of a successful River Ambassador Program involving approximately 50 volunteers over the summer.  This includes hiring, training, and supervising three part-time River Captain employees and the River Ambassador volunteers. In addition, they will assist with the Yuba River Cleanup in September.

The Education & Outreach Coordinator will develop outreach and training materials, coordinate volunteer training, write e-news articles, and provide support at all Community Engagement events.

NOTE: The Education & Outreach Coordinator must be available to work weekends, May through September. The weekly work schedule will be Thursday through Monday.

Program Description:

SYRCL’s mission is to unite the community to protect and restore the river. The Education & Outreach Coordinator will work at the intersection of multiple SYRCL programs including Watershed Science, River People (Community Engagement), Education, and Restoration. This role serves to assist SYRCL in recruiting, organizing, and engaging volunteers to participate in volunteer opportunities in all SYRCL programs and outreach events.

In 2012, SYRCL launched the River Ambassadors Program, a volunteer-based initiative to educate and motivate the thousands of annual visitors to the Yuba River within the South Yuba River State Park to help keep the park clean and safe. The program was created in response to the reduced services provided by the state park staff.  By talking face-to-face to visitors at river crossings, at beaches and on trails, SYRCL’s corps of volunteer River Ambassadors vastly expand outreach about the Yuba and how visitors can care for it.

In September, SYRCL coordinates the Yuba River Cleanup and Restoration Day within the Yuba Watershed. This program involves volunteers removing trash at over 30 sites along 80+ miles of shoreline, and additionally includes several small-scale restoration projects.

Duties:

  • Coordinate with River Ambassador volunteers to confirm scheduling each weekend.
  • Pick up outreach materials and set up booths each shift.
  • Supervise and train volunteer River Ambassadors on Saturday and Sundays.
  • Model non-confrontational interactions with visitors who are encountered along trails, at beaches, and parking lots with the help of River Ambassadors.
  • Educate visitors about river stewardship and remove trash, dog waste, and fire pits as needed.
  • Educate visitors on SYRCL’s programs. Encourage membership and volunteerism.
  • Maintain daily logs detailing contacts made, litter-collected, and other data.
  • Sessions, a mid-season potluck and end-of-season volunteer appreciation event.
  • Develop outreach materials as needed.
  • Maintain organized and fully stocked River Ambassador supply bins.

Required Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in natural resources, communications, biological, or environmental sciences and/or equivalent experience
  • Passion to engage, coordinate, and educate volunteers on environmental topics and hands-on stewardship techniques through both written and oral communication
  • Experience creating presentations (to communicate SYRCL’s work to the public)
  • Experience and comfort presenting to groups, i.e., strong public speaking skills
  • Excellent “people skills” and a commitment to positive interactions with diverse community members
  • Experience in supervising and coordinating volunteers
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, and exercise good judgment
  • Good leadership and team skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Available to work weekends and occasional evenings
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Personal transportation for work assignments; travel reimbursement provided
  • First Aid experience a plus

Desired Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish; ability to comfortably and confidently speak with river visitors in Spanish.
  • Ability to read and write in Spanish.
  • Previous community engagement, outreach, and tabling experience
  • Graphic design experience: Photoshop and InDesign a plus
  • PR-marketing experience, including social media, Craigslist, WordPress, Mailchimp
  • Experience producing press releases, e-news articles, blog posts, etc.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Salary: Compensation will range from $16-18 per hour, negotiated based on experience and includes travel reimbursement or company vehicle from the SYRCL office (if available).

To Apply:

  • Apply online.
  • Position open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

Archaeology Crew Lead – The Great Basin Institute

Various, CA

Position Summary:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting Archaeology Crew Leads to complete Section 106 cultural resource surveys, site recording and monitoring for various projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities in cultural resource management including increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control; and increased technical experience. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g., forestry, wildlife, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. These positions will serve USFS vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources.

Archaeology Crew Leads will perform a variety of activities to support all stages of project work. Leads will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, provide or assist in training, and communicate with agency and GBI staff as needed. Crew size will range between 2-6 people.

Primary archaeology field duties will include:

  • Lead archaeology crew to conduct and complete field surveys to document, assess and characterize the status of new cultural resources;
  • Monitor existing sites and complete site updates and condition assessments;
  • Prepare California DPR site records, GIS maps, and photographic records in addition to inputting data to the USFS heritage database;
  • Lead and collaborate with agency personnel and all other crew members to support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting efforts.

This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide Archaeology Crew Leads with rewarding exposure to some of California’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, snow or rain. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days with 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Camping near a work site for several days may be required to meet project objectives.

Contract Timeline:

  • The timing of these positions is tentative and may be impacted by weather and/or the COVID-19 pandemic. Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions.
  • April/May-October/November 2022
  • Full time, minimum 40 hours per week

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wage: $17 – 20/hour with overtime at 1.5x the hourly rate
  • Camping per diem: $15 as applicable

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school);
  • Two years of fieldwork experience including archaeological survey, site recording, monitoring, GPS data collection, and associated reporting;
  • Ability to recognize and record prehistoric and historic artifacts, features, and architecture;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
  • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes the possibility of overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline and at least one year of field leadership experience;
  • Completion of an accredited archaeological field school;
  • At least six months of field leadership experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States;
  • Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
  • Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass;
  • Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management;
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.

To Apply:

  • Apply online.
  • Position open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

Biological Technician (Wildlife) – Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

Mineral, CA

Position Summary:

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute), in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), is hiring one Biological Technician (Wildlife) to work with and assist the LAVO Wildlife Biologist in all tasks associated with wildlife inventory and monitoring in the park. The work will include specific tasks such as conducting surveys for California Spotted Owl, Northern Goshawk, and American pika, installing and maintaining remote cameras for wildlife monitoring, and assisting with operation of the parks Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. This position may also assist with small mammal trapping on occasion. Other duties may include bear hazing and public education and assisting other programs within the Resource Management Division as needed. The applicant should be capable of hiking up to six miles daily while carrying a pack weighing up to forty pounds. The position is a field position and will get to visit a large area of the park and includes work in some of the most sensitive and beautiful areas. This position may also participate in similar activities to advance other collaborative restoration projects in Plumas and Lassen Counties.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the wildlife species that inhabit the park and surrounding areas while honing wildlife identification skills through hands assessment and capturing of birds and small mammals.

There will be opportunities to join other resource management crews and gain experience in numerous other tasks. This position is part of an exciting partnership between Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and Lassen Volcanic NP to complete a variety of important Wildlife monitoring activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Implementation: The incumbent works as team member to safely conduct surveys for wildlife. Conducting surveys and monitoring wildlife is important to ensure wildlife populations remain unimpaired for future generations. This project will provide an incredible opportunity for the incumbent to gain critical skills that may lead to future work in national parks throughout the western US. The position is considered a developmental opportunity and will train the individual in proven and common methods of wildlife inventory and monitoring.
  • Operations and Safety: The work required of the incumbent involves objective hazards. The incumbent is expected to practice situational awareness, directly addressing and/or raising safety concerns as they arise. Training will be provided to ensure the incumbent’s ability to safely execute job functions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma; preferred college or community college experience; must be 18 to apply
  • Demonstrated interest in wildlife or other natural resource management, this may include but is not limited to biological research and survey work, land conservation, wildland fire, etc.
  • Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous environments (i.e hike 6+ miles a day with a 40 lb pack)
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in backcountry travel
  • Sufficient equipment to perform the work, including sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for a range of environments
  • Good communication skills to effectively interact with the public and co-workers
  • Interest in, or familiarity with, principles of wildlife management, forestry, or botany
  • A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with wildlife and wildlife identification (using field guides) in California or other western states
  • Any current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT)
  • Leave No Trace or other backcountry ethics training
  • Interest in, or familiarity with, wildlife species of the southern Cascades

Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent will be expected to walk 4-8 miles per day with a weighted field pack, ample water, and tools over rough terrain and in variable weather conditions, which will likely include high temperatures in the summer months.
  • Strenuous and repetitive physical effort will be associated with conducting biological surveys, and long days of hiking in beautiful places.

Position Dates: June-October 2022

Compensation:

  • Compensation is $17.00 per hour for 20 weeks, weather and fire permitting.
  • Housing is available for a fee in Mineral, CA at the Lassen Volcanic NP headquarters. Housing includes a room of one’s own and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities in a limited occupancy house.

To Apply:

  • Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Biological Technician (Wildlife)” in the subject line.
  • Application review and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • Position is open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

Lake Tahoe Ambassador Program – Sierra Nevada Alliance

Lake Tahoe Area, CA & NV

Position Summary:

Ambassadors will work interacting face-to-face with the public sharing information about Lake Tahoe’s natural environment and ways to protect Tahoe. Ambassadors will be stationed at popular locations (Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Tallac Historic Site, Emerald Bay, Explore Tahoe at the Heavenly Village, East Shore Bike Path, Tahoe City Commons Beach and more) around the Lake during the busiest days and hours of the day Thursday-Monday. 

Ambassadors will:

  • Motivate and inspire community members and  visitors to recreate responsibly while enjoying Lake Tahoe’s parks, trails, and beaches
  • Share information about ways to recreate in Tahoe, favorite hikes and bike trails and more
  • Model good stewardship by picking up trash, calling maintenance when trash cans are full, and handing out pet waste bags as needed
  • Track observations and interactions with the public using a Citizen Science phone app 
  • Present natural history information 
  • Receive training and certifications in environmental science specific to our region and college credit
  • Participate in restoration, clean up, and beautification projects

High School and College students may be eligible for elective credit for  work-based learning experience. Senior citizen docent positions are also available and will provide mentorship with youth. 

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Attend all in-person training sessions to learn about the uniqueness of Tahoe’s environment, the greatest threats to the environment, and the best ways to be a good steward, and knowledge of local ordinances 
  • Participate in professional development and environmental webinars, and weekly Alliance staff meetings 
  • Follow protocol methods and collect data on observations in the field
  • Participate in community clean and restoration days

Required Qualifications

  • A willingness to learn about Tahoe’s environment, sound stewardship practices and local ordinances
  • Self-motivation and drive to approach visitors to engage them in conversation about how to be good stewards 
  • Capable of communicating and interacting in a respectful and inclusive manner with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Good time management and punctuality
  • Capable of standing and walking outdoors in variable weather conditions for up to 8 hours at a time
  • English and Spanish conversational skills desired, but English only speakers will be considered

Compensation:

  • Ambassador positions: $18/hour, about 24 hours/week
  • Ambassador supervisors: $20/hr, about 30 hours a week

Training/Hours:

  • Ambassadors will begin orientation and training in early June.
  • The work schedule will not conflict with students’ class schedules and after-school commitments. There will be some obligations in June for team building and more training.
  • Ambassadors will work about 4 days/week starting in June through Labor Day weekend.

To Apply:

  • Complete the online job application.
  • Applications are due by May 16th for priority consideration, applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

If you have questions, please email jobs@sierranevadaalliance.org or call 530-542-4546.

For more information please see the position description.

Master Gardener Program Coordinator – University of California Cooperative Extension Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners

South Lake Tahoe, CA

Position Summary:

The Community Education Specialist 2, located in South Lake Tahoe, CA, will perform the full range of program implementation duties. Incumbent will be responsible for the coordination, management, and delivery of education to community members through a combination of direct education and volunteer management. This includes training, guiding, and supporting volunteer extenders with education, information and resources; evaluating program implementation; collecting and compiling enrollment, documentation, and evaluation data from volunteer extenders and participants; and writing reports in compliance with funding requirements.

The Community Education Specialist 2 helps to coordinate and monitor fiscal oversight and compliance of statewide program units (4-H, CalNat, UC MG, UC MFP), ensures compliance with statewide program policies and procedures, and effectively resolves conflicts and complaints.

Incumbent will build and maintain an informal network of partners, align special education projects with UC approved curricula and educational materials, develop news releases and news articles, and maintain subject matter competence.

This position’s primary focus will be on conducting, managing, and evaluating an education program to improve the environment of the school and community.

This position is a career appointment that is 50% fixed.

Key Responsibilities:

40%:

  • Recruits, trains, and provides support for agency and school representatives who act as educators/extenders to deliver UC approved curricula and activities. May recruit for other team members.
  • Coordinate with volunteers for lesson delivery and management as needed.
  • Reviews evaluation data when completed by volunteers to ensure minimum evaluation requirements are achieved. Makes recommendations to volunteers to ensure participant success. Completes required documentation of enrollment and evaluation for reporting purposes. Prepares all reports as necessary for documenting program accomplishments.

25%:

  • Using the UC approved curricula and lessons activities, delivers lessons utilizing adult and/or youth learning techniques. Lesson delivery will include preparing and implementing lesson activities such as demonstrating recipes, physical activity, gardening techniques, and/or other learner-centered activities.
  • May deliver lessons to youth or volunteers directly, or may coordinate the education delivery through the use of volunteers.
  • Extends education to community partners and/or program participants to utilize their skills and knowledge gained by recommending ways to make positive changes within their work and living environments. Promotes environmental changes in designed to influence the development of policy and systems change.

25%:

  • Assists in developing strategic outreach plans to ensure all eligible ethnic groups and races have received information regarding program education opportunities. Meets with local partners (i.e. community leaders, school administrators, teachers, parent educators) to discuss the delivery of lessons to their students and clientele.
  • Develops liaisons with and between other programs in order to coordinate outreach efforts. Attends community events representing the program. Maintains appropriate records tracking the partnerships, collaborations and community.

10%:

  • Works as a team member to assist in the development of annual work plan to optimize direct delivery, to manage volunteer extender programs, to develop recommendations for improvement, and to facilitate environmental change activities with partner agencies.
  • May provide leadership and mentoring to interns, new staff, volunteer extenders, and CESI staff, including working with them to assess the successes and challenges of lesson delivery.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of community education and/or teaching practices.
  • Working knowledge of conducting needs assessment.
  • Proficient in use of Windows-based computer with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Experience teaching and working with a diverse youth, adult and volunteer audience.
  • Familiarity with schools and community-based agencies in the local area serving eligible adults and youth.
  • Skills to communicate and work in large and small groups, give presentations and organize units of activities.
  • Ability to write newsletters, correspondence, and reports.
  • Associate degree in a related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Coursework in subject matter.

Preferred Skills:

  • Bilingual communication/translation abilities in English and Spanish or other language spoken in the community.

Salary/Hourly Rate: Min $18.82 to Mid $26.01

To Apply:

  • Apply online through the University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources.
  • Open Until Filled – For first round consideration, complete applications must be received by April 8, 2022.

For more information please see the position description.

Shared Stewardship Coordinator – Butte County Resource Conservation District

Oroville, CA

Position Summary:

Butte County RCD seeks an emerging resource professional to tackle challenging and innovative cross-boundary restoration projects in the role of a Shared Stewardship Coordinator. The emerging resource professional selected for this position will develop innovative, landscape-scale restoration projects to address megafires and climate adaptation challenges in critical upper-watershed zones.

The successful candidate will gain skills and training within their resource specialty (in both fieldwork and the administrative arts) and will take on increasing responsibility over a unique three-year engagement. They will regularly meet with their cohort of four fellow emerging resource professionals across the greater South Lassen Watersheds area to share lessons learned, collaborate on cross-boundary projects, and ultimately plan and implement the next generation of landscape-scale restoration projects. (The four fellows are hosted at the Sierra Institute, the RCD of Tehama County, here at BCRCD, and at Collins Pine.) This is a full-time, benefitted position starting at $26/hr, with potential for pay increases each year based on skill attainment and demonstrated commitment to the work. It is open to an emerging resource professional in one of the following resource specialties:

  • Wildlife biology
  • Hydrology/soils
  • Forestry
  • Prescribed/cultural fire
  • Cultural resources/Tribal collaboration
  • Fire ecology
  • Botany
  • Natural resource public administration (i.e. NEPA/CEQA practice)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (natural resource management field preferred)
  • At least 1 year’s experience in your resource specialty. Ideally, the experience should combine some field and some administrative experience. Work experience can be paid or volunteer but must be full-time.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently on projects as well as collaborate with staff, partners, and agencies when needed
  • Strong appetite for learning new things, implementing novel programs, and operating in unprecedented environments.
  • Ability to work safely in the field for potentially long periods of time in remote locations which will require navigating difficult terrain.
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, Adobe, ArcGIS Pro/Online, Quickbooks
  • Reliable transportation, some travel will be required for fieldwork and collaboration meetings (mileage reimbursement will be provided)
  • Valid California driver’s license and ability to pass a background check.

To Apply:

  • Please email a resume and cover letter to bcrcd@carcd.org.
  • Open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

District Manager – Butte County Resource Conservation District

Oroville, CA

Position Summary:

The Butte County Resource Conservation District is looking for a dynamic business leader with a natural resources background to run the District’s day-to-day organizational operations as well as lead long-term strategic planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the District’s ongoing and future program commitments
  • Advise and report to the Board of Directors on a wide range of organizational and programmatic matters.
  • Identify and develop new areas of programming and funding consistent with the strategic plans established by the Board of Directors.
  • Network and develop productive relationships with other agencies, groups, and organizations that share the BCRCD’s goals, participating in select working groups of federal, state, regional, or local committees.
  • Work with staff and the Board to assess the needs for and scope of conservation work within the district and recommend actions and programs to meet these needs.
  • Identify funding sources, recommend actions and prepare grant proposals for the District to secure operating funds.
  • Fulfill monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reporting requirements to funding agencies.
  • Hire, manage and support in-house or contract personnel as they implement district programs. Supervise and evaluate district contractors.
  • Develop district annual and project budgets. Ensure district financial accounting and invoicing procedures are carried out and coordinated through District’s outside bookkeeping service.
  • Prepare and post monthly business meeting agendas/ minutes for the Board of Directors’ regular and special meetings pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act.
  • Prepare annual reports for review by funding agencies and partners.
  • Develop and direct information campaigns to increase public awareness of district activities.
  • Track local, state, and federal laws/ events that affect conservation work within the district and keep the board informed on these issues. Where appropriate, respond with RCD Board’s viewpoints on pending legislation, regulation, or government programs.
  • Communicate with Human Resources on employment needs and issues
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience running a special district or similar natural resource focused organization
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Resource Management, Natural or Applied Science, Public or Business Administration, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Highly developed experience and knowledge in accessing funding sources, detailed grant writing, contract creation and interpretation, and fulfilling grant management requirements
  • Experience in administration, planning, budgeting, grant, and fiscal management, preferably in the natural resource conservation field.
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, Adobe, ArcGIS Pro/Online, Quickbooks
  • Well developed and demonstrated supervisory management skills for directing individuals and facilitating groups
  • Ability to interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures in the areas of local, state, and federal grant funding.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to develop effective and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Valid California driver’s license and ability to pass a background check.

To Apply:

  • Email your letter of interest and resume to: bcrcd@carcd.org
  • Position open until filled.

For more information please see the position description.

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