Shared Stewardship Advisor – The Sierra Institute of Community and Environment

Taylorsville, California

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a collaborative-minded professional with excellent communication, relationship-building, and conflict resolution skills to fill the full-time position of Shared Stewardship Advisor.

For more than 10 years, Sierra Institute has brought forest collaboratives in California together through the SCALE project to address shared barriers to advancing landscape scale forest restoration while improving local socioeconomic conditions. The selected individual will continue this work, as well as playing a direct technical assistance and capacity-building role for collaboratives and partners in the Central Sierra. This position will play a key role in advancing the organization’s long-standing work bringing together a wide range of partners to advance collaborative forest management. We anticipate a start date in January 2023.

The individual will work closely with collaboratives, agencies, and community partners throughout the Central Sierra Zone, which covers the Plumas NF, Eldorado NF, Tahoe NF, and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, to support a comprehensive approach to addressing watershed and fireshed issues regionally by assessing and building capacity for deepening implementation partnerships and the use of shared stewardship tools (e.g., Stewardship Authority, Good Neighbor Authority, etc.). This work will support advancement of new projects and partnerships in pursuit of mutual goals to increase forest and wildfire resilience.

In addition, the individual will take a lead role in the planning and coordination of regional meetings, as well as supporting collaborative forestry policy work, and other related research to advance collaborative practices. The Shared Stewardship Advisor must be capable of handling coordination among staff and partners, serving in a leadership role at times, overseeing diverse partner relationships, and will be required to balance a variety of tasks. The individual is expected to participate in all aspects of the Sierra Institute’s work, operating with significant independence under the supervision of the Collaborative Forestry Program Manager and the Watershed Coordinator.

This position is funded for an initial two-year term, and has long-term growth potential for increased project responsibilities, and potential for assuming increased staff leadership responsibilities. This position works primarily indoors in an office setting, and is required to work at a computer for the majority of each day. Field visits may occur, particularly during the summer and fall seasons. Some travel for meetings, site visits, and workshops is expected (up to 30%), with occasional overnight stays (generally less than 3 nights per month). Work will fall primarily within the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM Monday-Friday, though some variation is expected to accommodate field work and other needs.

Qualifications

  • Interest in collaborative forestry issues in rural mountain communities;
  • An undergraduate degree or other related experience in natural resources or related field;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative social science research methods;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel);
  • A willingness to work and live in a rural, mountainous area that receives snow and ice in winter;
  • A team-oriented perspective with a productive level of self-guidance and initiative;
  • An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the workplace;
  • A personal vehicle for transportation outside of work;
  • Experience living and/or working in a rural setting and a strong desire to learn about rural issues.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Skills or experiences that can fill in for desired qualifications may be considered.

Salary range $58,000 – $62,000, commensurate with experience. Sierra Institute offers a competitive benefits package. Staff housing may be available.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Shared Stewardship Advisor” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2022. Please call (530) 284-1022 with questions.

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