Senior Stewardship Project Manager

Peninsula Open Space Trust
Palo Alto, California, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jul 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Are you a passionate conservation professional with experience leading complex projects to achieve tangible conservation outcomes on the ground? This is an opportunity to join one of the most successful land trusts in the country and to protect and care for the spectacular landscapes of the San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay, and Santa Cruz Mountains for the benefit of all. The Senior Stewardship Project Manager is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a portfolio of conservation projects that advance Redwood and other program priorities on POST properties and at a regional scale.

In particular, this position will lead POST's engagement with our conservation partners in managing San Vicente Redwoods (SVR), a nearly 9,000-acre forest managed for multiple benefits including forest restoration, fire resilience, wildlife habitat, water quality, timber production, and public access in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. At SVR, which was significantly impacted by wildfires in 2020, our innovative management practices over the last decade set an example for sustainable forestry, restoration, and habitat protection, influencing conservation efforts at a landscape scale. To achieve these outcomes the Senior Project Manager cultivates and fosters relationships with key partner organizations, stakeholders, consultants, and the community to further POST's land conservation mission.

  • Leads all aspects of stewardship projects on POST properties - with a primary focus on San Vicente Redwoods - including coordinating with partners to budget, plan, permit, and execute projects.
  • Works closely with Redwood and other program managers to develop and implement program visions, goals, and strategies.
  • Develops and implements projects including forest and fire management, habitat enhancements, erosion control, road maintenance, building improvements, invasive species management, and water resource management.
  • Coordinates with partner organizations in regional restoration planning to achieve POST goals.
  • Represents POST with donors and in the community.

  • Provide mentoring and training for other stewardship staff by sharing experiences, collaborative strategizing and problem-solving, and engaging in a learning culture within the stewardship team.

  • Minimum five years of directly related work experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Direct knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource protection.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and effectively collaborate and communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully planning and managing complex, multi-stakeholder land conservation projects.
  • Experience with project budgets and accounting, managing and implementing grant funded projects, and managing contractors.
  • Knowledge of local geographic area, natural systems, and regulatory environment strongly preferred.
  • Highly self-motivated and demonstrated self-initiative.
  • College degree in a relevant field of study. Equivalent and relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of a college degree.
  • Valid California Driver's License and insurable driving record.

  • This position requires using a computer and office software, applications, and equipment on a continual basis, and sometimes in the field. Requires regular and accurate communication with others using telephone and video technology, and ability to interact effectively with digital and printed materials. The person in this role will sometimes need to move or transfer materials weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Regularly drives company vehicles to remote locations as a required part of the job.
  • Regularly traverses uneven, rough, or inclined terrain while in the field in order to carry out essential duties in managing land projects. The individual will regularly be exposed to outdoor elements.
  • There are occasional events or duties that occur outside regular work hours.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow individuals to perform the essential functions of this position.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from people of under-represented groups to contribute to the diversity of our staff. By supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, everyone in our region can feel a greater sense of ownership over the future of our landscape and enjoy meaningful connections to nature that grow and endure for generations to come.

Please submit your resume with a cover letter telling us about your interest in POST and our mission, and how this position fits into your career goals. We would appreciate your highlighting any professional and personal experience that you want us to consider that you feel is relevant to the role.