Job Title: Working Lands Program Manager
Status: Part time to full-time
Reports to: Executive Director (ED)
Application Deadline: Open until Filled. Application review will begin after September 8, 2016.
Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) seeks a highly motivated candidate with excellent qualifications to work with the Executive Director to develop a new Working Lands Program, which will provide technical and financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and public and private land managers. The position requires independent initiative solving complex problems with limited resources in cooperation with a broad array of staff, partners, and clients. Employees are expected to enthusiastically support CCRCD’s public service mission to deliver voluntary conservation on working landscapes. The ideal candidate is a team player with a diverse skill set who demonstrates integrity, high standards, and a passion for generating enduring conservation results. We anticipate hiring a full time position, however, a part time position may be considered for the right candidate.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
Working Lands Program
Work with the Executive Director and agency partners to:
• Survey local agricultural producers to assess demographics, resource concerns, and adoption of conservation practices.
• Recruit local farmers to implement demonstration projects that improve soil health, irrigation efficiency, water quality, water retention, and yield other natural resource benefits. Establish CCRCD as an active hub of the CA Soil Health Network.
• Research and develop tools to support carbon beneficial practices on Contra Costa farms, ranches, and other working lands.
• Research and develop policies to help County departments and local municipalities incorporate working lands (e.g. farms, ranches, urban ag.) into green infrastructure plans, climate action plans, and watershed plans.
• Organize technical workshops for farmers, ranchers, private landowners, public agencies, and homeowners to increase awareness of stewardship practices that protect soil, water, and habitat, and improve watershed health.
• Serve as CCRCD liaison and staff support to the San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Coalition, Contra Costa Farm Bureau, reclamation districts, irrigation districts, local fire-safe councils, weed management areas, and other community groups.
• Raise awareness of Contra Costa agriculture and improve urban – rural connections, by developing initiatives such as re-engaging the Contra Costa Food Systems Alliance, supporting County development of an agricultural ombudsman program, and/or working with partners to expand local, urban agriculture programs.
• Assist other staff with CCRCD’s Watershed Program and the Alameda – Contra Costa Livestock Pond Initiative.
Work with CCRCD staff, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and local partners to:
• Identify fundraising opportunities, prepare grant proposals, and manage grant agreements for projects and programs.
• Hire and manage consultants and contractors, including RFPs, contracting, and enforcement of scope, budget, and timeline.
• Obtain and manage regulatory permits, CEQA compliance, water rights, and landowner agreements for projects.
• Conduct field work to assess site conditions, plan projects, verify contract and permit compliance, and monitor resources.
• Prepare progress reports and financial updates for landowners, funders, regulatory agencies, ED, and Board.
CCRCD Program Support
Carry out administrative, education, and outreach for the Working Lands Program, including:
• Organize an annual local workgroup meeting with CCRCD and NRCS to identify local resource concerns.
• Develop and deliver presentations at community events, meetings, and workshops.
• Prepare compelling written and visual content for annual report, publications, website, social media, and presentations.
• Assist ED and Board with strategic plan, organizational policies, and new project development.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
• Advanced degree in soil science, biological or physical sciences, agricultural or range management, or closely related field.
• Professional certification as an NRCS conservation planner, certified crop advisor, licensed agricultural pest control advisor, certified range manager, watershed planner, or other land management qualifications.
• Experience with resource assessments, watershed/land management planning, or implementation of conservation practices.
• Proficiency with Arc GIS modeling, scientific study design and statistical sampling, and/or field monitoring skills.
• Working knowledge of California specialty crops, livestock production, and/or direct agricultural experience.
• Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in natural sciences, resource management, civil engineering, or related field and three years professional experience in a related field. Advanced degree may substitute for experience.
• Excellent two-way communication skills, strong writing skills, and demonstrated public speaking ability.
• Ability to work independently with a minimum supervision and work cooperatively with diverse stakeholders.
• Strong organizational skills, including ability to prioritize daily and long term objectives, manage complex multi-organizational projects effectively, and meet deadlines. Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills are critical.
• Competency with current computer technologies, including MS Outlook; Word; Excel; PowerPoint, and GPS/ArcGIS mapping.
• California driver’s license and a clean driving record.
Work and office hours are typically during business hours, however, the position requires periodic work during early morning, evening, and weekend hours to fulfill client, partner, and CCRCD needs. The primary place of employment is the Contra Costa NRCS/CCRCD Field Office in the City of Concord, California. Public speaking at meetings and large community events is required. Field work may be required. Local travel within Contra Costa County and occasionally within the greater Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is required. Per CCRCD’s personnel policy, employment is at-will.
The primary workplace is an office with moderate noise level. Long hours required at a computer under artificial lighting. Repetitive hand use, eye/hand coordination, and extended periods of sitting or stationary activity in front of a screen is required. Periodic field work requires the ability to hike up to 2 miles over uneven terrain, in remote areas, with exposure to a wide range of adverse weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, etc.), and to safely operate 4WD, standard transmission vehicle.
CCRCD offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, with an expected pay range between $26 -35/hour depending on qualifications and experience. Employees working 30-40 hours per week receive 100% medical coverage, pro-rated holiday, sick, and vacation benefits, and access to a voluntary deferred compensation program. Employees working 20+ hours per week receive pro-rated medical, holiday, sick, and vacation benefits. Program positions are grant-funded and currently funded for a period of 12-months with excellent opportunity for continued employment.
If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and CCRCD’s job application to the attention of Teresa Hunter, Office Administrator, at 31TUthunter@ccrcd.orgU31T Additional information is posted on the CCRCD website at http://www.ccrcd.org/.
The recruitment process may consist of, but is not limited to, an evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications, one or more interviews, and a written exam. Any part of the recruitment process, including a decision to hire, repost, postpone, or cancel, may be modified as needed by CCRCD. CCRCD may consider candidates that respond to this announcement for future positions, without further posting, for up to one year from the application deadline. The focus of future positions may include specialty areas such as rangeland, farmland, and watershed planning, soil health, hydrology, water quality, green infrastructure planning, carbon planning, and project management. AA/EOE.