Restoration Program Manager

Ojai, California
Approximately $60,000 per year based on skills and experience + benefits
May 21, 2021
Jun 11, 2021
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type


Full-Time, Exempt

Location: Ojai, CA


The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is non-profit organization working to protect and restore the open space, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and views of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations. OVLC manages over 2,300 acres of preserves. The restoration program currently works with a wide variety of supportive agencies and partners on 65 acres of land on the preserves and with private landowners. OVLC seeks to grow its restoration work to enhance the Ojai Valley’s ecological resilience to climate change. Wetland and riparian restoration as well as oak restoration are focal areas of the restoration program. The Restoration Program Manager will be the lead staff person guiding and growing OVLC’s restoration activities. 


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Restoration Program Manager will lead, develop, manage, and implement restoration activities. The ideal candidate will be skilled at project and time management and to successfully perform duties such as grant writing, project management, and managing staff and contractors. This position requires both time in the office and in the field. The work may often be in relatively remote locations and in difficult conditions. Duties include but are not limited to: 


  • Planning, designing and implementing ecological restoration projects 
  • Managing grants and contracts by tracking project details, schedules, budgets, and interacting with external agencies 
  • Managing restoration field crew 
  • Identifying and securing additional grant funding 
  • Supporting OVLC’s fundraising as needed 
  • Developing project materials, implementation plans, and cost estimates 
  • Securing and ensuring compliance with required regulatory permits 
  • Assisting with the overall management of the OVLC’s native plant nursery program 
  • Performing ecological monitoring using various methodologies as required by regulatory or funding agencies 
  • Overseeing bids, contracts, schedules, and work of subcontractors 
  • Coordinating volunteers and leading restoration volunteer events 
  • Coordinating landowner outreach to build community support for new projects 


  • Managing grants and contracts and meeting with funding agencies 
  • Writing required monitoring reports 
  • Assisting with ArcGIS technical support and creating maps 


  • Representing OVLC and partners with landowners and at meetings, conferences and OVLC events 
  • Supporting development staff by creating outreach materials and assisting with communications and fundraising 
  • Maintaining strong working relationships with government officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure continued support of OVLC 
  • Providing mentoring and training in technical skills to field staff 


  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or closely related field (Bachelor’s Degree considered with the right mix of professional and academic experience) 
  • At least three years of experience in a related field, which included responsibility for program/project management and staff supervision 


  • Experience designing and implementing projects that are related to ecological restoration 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience in writing proposals, creating contracts, and managing budgets 
  • Experience with or understanding of regulatory compliance and permitting (i.e., CEQA, NEPA, ESA, etc.) 
  • Experience supervising/managing staff, volunteers, and contractors 
  • Commitment to conservation and support for a team-based work environment 
  • Knowledge of local habitats, plant ID and ecosystems 
  • Knowledge of watershed management and erosion-control restoration practices 
  • Ability to meet project goals/deliverables 
  • Ability to work independently yet collaboratively 
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions 
  • Familiarity with vegetation monitoring using a variety of methods 
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS, Microsoft Office 
  • Must hold a valid California driver’s license 


  • Proficiency in native plant identification 
  • Ability to drive large 4×4 work trucks off-road 
  • Ability to perform CPR and wilderness first aid 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus 

This position sometimes demands highly physical work and/or adverse working conditions in relatively remote locations. Extensive walking/hiking in uneven terrain is common. 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: 

Submission Deadline: June 11, 2021

All applicants who are offered employment with OVLC may be subject to a background check.