Watershed Restoration Project Manager – Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

Taylorsville, California

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Watershed Restoration Project Manager with responsibilities for a growing suite of watershed restoration projects. The Sierra Institute’s watershed restoration work emphasizes the collaborative development of meadow and stream restoration and forest road infrastructure improvements that improve ecological function and protect critical aquatic resources. The current project portfolio is centered on a million-acre focal landscape for the South Lassen Watersheds Group, a collaborative addressing forest and watershed management, climate resilience, and economic development in critical upper watersheds of Battle Creek, Mill Creek, Deer Creek, and the upper North Fork of the Feather River.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a talented natural resource professional who is excited to join a collaborative organization expanding capacity for restoration across the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades. The selected individual will work closely with Sierra Institute staff, non-governmental partners, and federal land management agencies to advance watershed restoration as part of multiple large landscape restoration projects to improve forest resilience across the only anadromous watersheds on public lands in the Sierra Nevada, as well as support post-fire restoration in the Dixie Fire footprint.

Core functions for the Project Manager will include assessment, project identification, design, implementation, and monitoring of meadow and riparian restoration projects, as well as for road and stream crossing improvements. The selected individual will also be expected to apply technical and analytical expertise to support the completion of environmental analysis to meet state and federal legal standards (i.e., California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act), as well meeting permitting requirements (e.g. Army Corps 404 Permits, Clean Water Act Sec. 401 Permits, and CDFW Lake and Streambed Alteration Permits). The Project Manager will have responsibility for tracking and achieving key deliverables across multiple grants, agreements, and contracts, budget control, leading fieldwork including implementation, supervising seasonal and permanent staff, and coordinating the work of multiple subcontractors and partners.

See the full position description for a list of required and preferred qualifications.

Anticipated salary range $55,000 – $85,000, commensurate with experience.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Watershed Restoration Project Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

A hybrid work arrangement may be negotiated; however, the Watershed Restoration Project Manager will be expected to reside within reasonable commuting distance of the Sierra Institute’s office in the rural northern Sierra town of Taylorsville to enable regular engagement in the field, with staff at the office, and with local partners. This position works both indoors in an office setting and in the field to collect data, coordinate and oversee implementation, and complete monitoring activities. Some travel for meetings, site visits, and workshops is expected, with occasional overnight stays.

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