Project Manager, Hazardous Fuel Reduction

Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
Saratoga, California, US
Jul 02, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Project Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Responsibilities & Scope of Work

Primary responsibility is the hazardous fuel reduction and vegetation management projects.

Under direct supervision of the HFR Program Manager or Managing Director, the Project Manager will work collaboratively with our agency partners, professional tree contractors, and SCCFSC team members.

Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project management

Coordinate hazardous fuel reduction projects such as brush chipping, defensible space clearing, and construction and maintenance of roadside and wildland fuel breaks.

Project planning includes:

Review hazardous fuel reduction project parameters as defined in our funding agreements, community wildfire protection plan, and new project proposals.
Evaluate site conditions.
Apply for and track necessary permits.
Assist with biologic reviews in cooperation with our agency partners.
Develop pre-project treatment plans and maps in cooperation with Planning Program Mgr.
Insure CEQA documents, scope of work and bid requests are aligned for treatment prescriptions.
Write bid requests and evaluate proposals.
Select contractors or specify conservation crews as appropriate.
Schedule vegetation treatment, monitor work and guide crew supervisors.
Ensure compliance with prescribed treatments, safety protocols, environmental mitigation measures and other project elements.
Keep project timelines and budgets proceeding for deadline completion.
Prepare post-project reports.
Update of written Standard Operating Procedures and documentation processes.

Education: Education, Skills & Abilities

The HFR Project Manager position requires minimum education at the level of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, five years or greater work experience in vegetation management in the field and entry level supervisory responsibility of three to fifteen persons. Additional education and/or training in fire science, wildland firefighting, environmental studies, arboriculture, forestry, landscape construction, project management, and communications or other related fields is helpful.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: NFPA Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone certificate (can be accomplished on the job), Valid Driver's License, access to reliable all-weather vehicle, insurance

Desired Qualifications

Candidates who bring a range of natural resource management skills, landscaping, forestry or arborist training, wildland firefighting, leadership and project management, and other related skills are desired. Knowledge in the following areas is desired, although training will be provided for candidates who meet most qualifications, but lack experience in other areas.

Hazardous fuel reduction project planning and implementation
Wildland fire behavior; defensible space inspection
Tree removal, pruning, and brush removal; arboriculture
Managing operations on roadways using traffic control
Understanding of CEQA process and document preparation
Forest management; forestry; silviculture
Habitat restoration; landscaping
Identify native and non-native trees and plants
Program management
Project management
Public relations
Teamwork and leadership skills
Project site mapping and ownership/jurisdiction identification
Cartography and project graphics production for public outreach
GIS skills in Google Earth and ESRI ArcGIS
Biological assessments and monitoring

Functional Capacities

The following functional capacities are required to perform the duties outlined above. The ability to:

comprehend technical information and complex written materials
remember information and track progress of work
analyze, plan, organize and solve complicated problems
interpret topographic and other maps and remain oriented in off-trail environments
see and read printed material, and media displayed on a computer monitor or handheld device including text and images
see details at a distance in the landscape and perceive movement in the periphery
hear and gather information on the telephone, in person, in a group setting, and outdoors in wind and adverse conditions
Speaking, including public speaking
communicate in writing, orally, and with hand signals in loud environments
manipulate items such as pens, markers, paper and flagging tape, camera, GPS and cell phone, computer, printer, and other office equipment.
lift and carry up to 40 pounds
climb, descend, and traverse natural slopes up to 100% grade.

Additional Information

The HFR Project Manager is a 20-40 hour a week, non-exempt position with supervisory responsibilities. Since some work is seasonal, there will be times of less activity. Compensation range is between $35 and $45 per hour, depending on experience. Approximately 70% of the Project Manager's effort will be field based, with computer, phone, and collaborator meetings comprising the balance of the work load.

Majority of FireSafe Council staff work from home when not in the field; however, an office is available after COVID-19 restrictions change. The office building is currently closed.

Work schedules will be coordinated with others; however, the Project Manager will usually set their own hours. Most projects only take place on weekdays. This position is grant funded. Retention of all FireSafe Council staff is dependent on program funding.

To Submit Your Application

To be considered, please email us at Attach a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for the FireSafe Council, and summarize your qualifications and experience. Also attach your resume. Applications will be considered as they are received. There is no due date; however, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The SCCFSC is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants. In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and SCCFSC policy, we prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, age, genetic information, medical condition, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, gender transitioning, religion, military and veteran status, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or any other status or condition protected by Federal, State and local laws.

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C, 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).

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