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Project Lead

Grassroots Ecology
Redwood City, California
Starting salary is $60,000
Closing date
Oct 30, 2022

Job Details

Grassroots Ecology is a non-profit organization with over 30 years of experience engaging and educating the community to restore local California ecosystems in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. We are recruiting a new Project Lead to engage local community members in public land stewardship projects in Redwood City. We are looking for someone who is excited to connect with youth and other volunteers in an outdoor setting.

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  • Manage a team of two part-time Habitat Restoration Interns to conduct restoration ecology and educational activities at Stulsaft Park and other project locations in Redwood City
  • Coordinate and lead volunteer workdays and nature education for a variety of ages and identities, including running a weekly high school Youth Stewards program, high school and college field trips, and community workdays
  • Collaborate with community groups, schools, community colleges, and governmental partners; strengthen new partnerships; seek and connect with potential partners in order to engage the full diversity of our local community 
  • Develop and implement an annual work plan, track and report on activities, and adhere to project budget
  • Plan and conduct regular field work including invasive weed removal, native plant care, site maintenance, tool maintenance, and monitoring
  • Create and deliver educational content and interpretive materials for students, park visitors, and volunteers
  • Engage in regular staff meetings, site sharing workdays, trainings/workshops on best practices for community engagement and land management and support other projects as needed 
  • Expect to work an average of 1-2 weekend days per month

Required Skills

  • Ability to connect with volunteers, park visitors, and community partners of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience planning, coordinating, and/or implementing projects
  • Experience or interest in environmental justice
  • Self-motivated with strong time management and communication skills
  • Ability to work outside, including in physically demanding sites and situations
  • Positive attitude, willingness to learn, and flexibility in order to accomplish a variety of tasks
  • Valid CA driver's license with clean driving record and access to a personal vehicle

Desired Skills

  • Experience providing education to youth and/or leading youth groups in an outdoor setting
  • Experience leading volunteers
  • Experience working in ecological restoration or land management
  • Experience managing staff
  • Existing relationship and/or familiarity with the community of Redwood City
  • Knowledge of CA native plants, ecology, and watersheds
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position with a starting salary of $60,000 and includes full medical, dental, and vision benefits, 403(b) plan with matching, generous vacation, sick leave, and annual professional development stipend. 

Location and Start Date: This position is primarily field-based in Redwood City with other in-person duties in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Administrative tasks can be completed remotely. Anticipated start date is January 2023.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter as a PDF attachment to Closing date is October 28, 2022. Background checks will be conducted on final candidates. No phone calls please. 

Grassroots Ecology values the participation of people from all identities and backgrounds. We recognize that there have historically been many barriers keeping certain communities from participating in the environmental field. We strongly encourage people who identify as BIPOC, LGBTIQ+, first- and second-generation immigrants, and other groups underrepresented in the conservation field to apply.


Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of volunteers to create healthy lands across San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. We restore native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, steward creeks and watersheds, and provide hands-on nature education.

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