JOB TITLE: Preserve Stewardship Lead
CLASSIFICATION: Part-time, Non-Exempt
HOURS: 20 hours per week, Occasional Weekend and Evening Hours Required
SALARY: $25 per hour; Competitive Benefits Package
REPORTS TO: Community Care Manager
LandPaths seeks an individual with a passion for building a diverse, healthy and whole community connected with the land. The ideal candidate is driven, energetic and creative; excels in an active work environment, is committed to equity in access to nature, and loves the outdoors. The Preserve Stewardship Lead will provide leadership and area-expertise to LandPaths’ Preserves, updating and maintaining Preserve Resource Management Plans to guide stewardship which enhances conservation, educational, and community goals in the context of the critical challenge of climate change. The Preserve Stewardship Lead will represent LandPaths in the North Bay land stewardship and preservation community, and build collaborations with local partners, conservationists, participants and volunteers. The Stewardship Lead will contribute to the development and implementation of projects that support long-term infrastructure development goals without compromising ecological functioning. The Preserve Stewardship Lead will be an active, engaged member of the Northern California conservation community and provide leadership across LandPaths’ initiatives.
Specifically the Preserve Stewardship Lead will provide leadership through program goal setting and planning, implementation and evaluation. The Preserve Stewardship Lead is responsible for developing and implementing excellent, up-to-date Resource Management and Preserve Plans, community partnerships and field-based stewardship programs that also educate and build community. The Preserve Stewardship Lead will partner with existing Stewardship Lead to train and mentor staff and volunteers and evaluate field programs.
- Assess current Stewardship program, including program delivery, and evaluation for excellence;
- Working with Community Care Manager, develop multi-year Stewardship vision and strategy aligning with LandPaths’ Strategic Plan;
- Active participation in the North Bay land stewardship and preservation community, taking leadership role in all LandPaths’ stewardship initiatives, including cross-program communication;
- Become knowledgeable and conversant in all aspects of LandPaths’ mission, strategic plan, preserves and community programs;
- Present to relevant community groups and agencies, articulating LandPaths’ positive impact on land conservation and resource management in order to promote LandPaths stewardship to partner groups and public;
- Develop and deepen through active listening and mutual understanding, relationships to engage and expand community stewardship relationships and volunteer participation, advancing LandPaths’ stewardship goals;
- Participate and take leadership roles in community partnerships, collaborations, and initiatives that advance land conservation in the County;
- Pursue funding opportunities and partnerships to advance LandPaths stewardship goals
Program Implementation & Administration
- Develop, update, and implement each property’s Resource Management Plan;
- Active in the development of Preserve Plans;
- Communicate stewardship work with partners, funders, municipalities, property owners and neighbors;
- Evaluate program effectiveness and impact;
- Communicate program accomplishments and impact for outreach and fundraising needs;
- Provide field back up support (illness, absences, other);
- Monitor budgets;
- Monitor contract, grant and program deliverables;
- Oversee completion of tracking and invoicing spreadsheets.
- Maintain strong communication with interested interns/volunteers from recruitment, selection, participation, field day reports, to project results;
- Mentor, train and monitor high performing team of field specialists; ensure team is prepared to contribute at their highest level and ensure they have the knowledge, skills and ability to succeed;
- Stay up to date on best practices and techniques, maintaining an awareness of changing standards in relevant fields, such as wildlife biology, conservation, and trail building.
- Develop and coordinate calendar (scheduling, themes, staffing ) for field days and program year;
- Lead field implementation (content, logistics, safety).
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
A successful candidate will likely have significant experience leading ecological conservation and land stewardship programs, including the following qualifications:
- A genuine passion for land conservation and ecology— and for equity in access to nature;
- 5-years or more experience leading conservation and stewardship programs;
- Knowledge of ecology, biology, geology and infrastructure maintenance;
- Knowledge of CEQA, land planning;
- Experience with land management funding programs, including EQIP, CSP;
- Experience with operations and planning of a preserve;
- Ability to lead crews working on invasive species removal, trail building, and other stewardship tasks;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Experience with program or project implementation;
- Ability to think long-term, big picture planning;
- Detail oriented, well organized;
- Strong communication skills: articulate with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively;
- Bi-lingual and/or having a significant cross-cultural experience or understanding;
- College degree or relevant work experience.
A successful candidate will embrace LandPaths’ values and culture, including the following:
- Embrace LandPaths’ values, inclusive of our commitment to fairness and equity;
- Thrives in a creative, problem solving atmosphere of shared leadership and unrelenting drive to improve;
- Curious; enjoys learning and supporting the work of others;
- Excels in a strong team centered work environment, while able to work independently;
- Works best in busy work environment, managing multiple variables with divergent goals;
- High integrity and strong commitment to program and organizational goals;
- Confident in area expertise, and flexible, able to engage with new ideas and approaches;
- Enjoys and expresses joy as part of a positive work environment;
- Practiced public speaker, energized by engaging with people on topics of land stewardship and conservation.
The specific compensation package is determined by position and experience. Pay for this position begins at $25 per hour and includes a competitive benefits package.
Interested applicants should send a BRIEF AND SPECIFIC cover letter and resume to LandPaths ~ attn: HR, 618 4th Street, Suite 217, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 27.