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Conservation Project Manager (forestry emphasis)

  • Placer Resource Conservation District
  • 02/27/20
  • Auburn, CA
  • 95603
  • 55k-69k / Yearly
  • Full-Time
The Placer Resource Conservation District is seeking a new team member to manage projects to improve wildfire resiliency and forest health, including vegetation management for defensible space for properties, emergency evacuation/access routes, and coordinating with local Fire Safe Councils, Firewise Communities and the Fire Alliance for Placer County. The position is a full-time, non-exempt role, working approximately 40 hours per week. It is grant dependent, currently funded through 2021 with the intent to secure ongoing funding. In the future, the position may manage projects in other resource areas depending on grant funds received. The position will report to the District Manager/ Executive Director and will work with other staff as needed to ensure the successful implementation of projects. The position will work closely with a broad array of partner organizations, government agency staff, and public and private landowners.

This position has no supervisory duties.

Collaborate with partners and stakeholders to develop, fund and
implement forest health and fuels reduction and other projects as needed such as defensible space for emergency access/egress routes; strategic fuel breaks; prescribed burning; forest stand improvement and invasive species removal and revegetation
Manage contracts with funders, consultants and subcontractors
Manage budgets, invoicing and reporting
Manage communications between project partners and stakeholders
Coordinate with project partners and consultants to develop environmental documentation and permits
Coordinate the development of project designs and logistics for project implementation
Provide oversight of implementation activities, including photo and biological monitoring
Assist staff on other projects as appropriate
Respond to landowner requests for technical assistance as appropriate
Oversee monitoring activities, including collecting data in the field, data entry, equipment preparation and maintaining supplies
Grant management- writing, reporting and meeting grant deliverables

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Successful applicants will wear many hats at the RCD. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.

Minimum Education/Experience
Bachelors degree or equivalent experience (4 or more years of professional experience) with focus in forestry, environmental studies, natural sciences, natural resource management, watershed science, conservation planning, or related field
Experience developing, planning, implementing and monitoring environmental conservation and restoration projects

Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of forestry, vegetation management, wildfire behavior, watershed stewardship and conservation, natural resource management, basic hydrology, basic soil science, native plant and animal communities, and/or restoration ecology
Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work with a variety of people with diverse interests and temperaments
Strong computer skills, including Word and Excel
Highly organized and motivated self-starter with the ability to prioritize
Creativity, sense of humor, can do spirit, collegiality, flexibility, strong desire to learn

Required Licenses, Registrations, etc.
Valid California drivers license, clean driving record, and current auto insurance

Desired qualifications
Proficiency with ArcGIS and GPS
Familiarity with local threatened and endangered species, including habitat needs and legal protections
Familiarity with local, state, and federal permits required for restoration projects
Experience working with fire safe councils, watershed groups or other conservation groups
Registered Professional Forester or related certification/experience
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and three or more references to Sarah Jones: Applications will be accepted through March 20, 2020. The RCD is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates reflecting the social diversity of California are strongly encouraged to apply.

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