Natural Resource Manager

Santa Cruz, California
$60,000 per year plus benefits
Oct 11, 2018
Dec 20, 2018
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Salary Type

Natural Resource Manager

Job Description

  • Stewardship

Reports to                       Conservation Director                             

Target start              January 2019                                                                          

Compensation            $60,000/year with generous benefits

Status                         Full time, exempt professional position          


The Natural Resource Manager is responsible for natural resource management on land trust properties, including supervision of staff, contractors and volunteers. This position collaborates with other staff on easement monitoring, financial management, public access, events and communications. Focus lands include Watsonville Slough Farm, Glenwood Open Space Preserve, our Sandhills Preserves, Star Creek Ranch, Byrne-Milliron Forest, Fairway Coastal Terrace Prairie, Marywood, and other properties as they are added to our holdings.

  • Land Management Operations (~30%)
  • Execute and supervise activities for habitat management and restoration, erosion control, water quality protection, wildlife protection and hazard remediation.
  • Coordinate with growers, timber operators, and grazing operators for sustainable and commercially successful working lands.
  • Manage contracts and contractors for natural resource projects.
  • Collaborate with staff, technical advisors, neighbors, partners, regulators, work crews, volunteers and others.
  • Resolve trespass, including encampments, marijuana grows, etc. professionally and efficiently.
  • Implement integrated pest management of invasive species including use of herbicides.
  • Supervise one or more assistants.



  • Land Management Coordination and Administration (~30%)
  • Maintain annual management plans for our properties.
  • Organize, prioritize and manage fulfilment of organizational responsibilities related to permits, grants, contracts and other obligations.
  • Coordinate and edit staff updates to the monthly Stewardship Report.
  • Prioritize projects and activities, under the direction of the Conservation Director.
  • Maintain assigned equipment, vehicles, and facilities in good working order and keep supplies in stock.
  • Develop, under the direction of the Conservation Director, grants to fund stewardship projects.
  • Maintain the Land Trust’s Pesticide Operator’s ID current with County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. Oversee herbicide storage and safety equipment. Provide required annual training to staff who use herbicides.
  • Conservation Science and Planning (~20%)
  • Perform and coordinate monitoring, data management and reporting for rare plants and animals (particularly Ohlone tiger beetle).
  • Maintain U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Permit and California Scientific Collection Permit for Ohlone tiger beetles, and train staff to assist this work.
  • Produce basic maps using ArcGIS Pro. Maintain Esri licenses. Maintain online GIS database for the organization.
  • At the direction of the Conservation Director, coordinate with partners, agencies, funders, etc. to solve conservation and public access challenges, and develop associated project plans, designs and reports.
  • Coordinate access and investigations by researchers.
  • Support other Land Trust Programs (~20%)
  • Collaborate with the Access Manager on public access, engagement events, trespass and security.
  • Assist the Easement Manager in easement monitoring.
  • Collaborate with the Easement Manager and Finance Director to maintain land trust accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance.
  • Assist with facilities and Access Program property maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Knowledge, Skills, Ability & Experience

  • Enthusiasm for a highly dynamic workplace.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong prioritization and time management skills.
  • Ability to maintain clear and accurate records.
  • A collaborative mindset especially related to managing natural resources on working lands (agriculture, grazing, logging) and with recreation (hiking, biking, horseback riding, dog walking, fishing).
  • Proficient with technical tools: Microsoft Office, GIS, GPS, maps, compass and cameras.
  • Safe use of manual and power tools, including off-road vehicles and chainsaws.
  • Capable of interpreting legal documents (e.g. contracts, easements).
  • Driver’s license and capable of driving safely in city, rural and 4-wheel drive conditions
  • Safe practices in potentially dangerous situations associated with natural areas (e.g., unstable slopes, hazard trees, ticks, wasps, rodent nests), and around transient camps, potentially aggressive people and dump sites.
  • Physically capable of extended walking in adverse terrain (steep, muddy, heavily vegetated, sandy), and extended outdoor labor such as digging, reaching, lifting up to 40 lbs, squatting, pulling, etc.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in natural resource science or management.

Application process: See our web link below for additional information.