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Wet Meadows Restoration Program Coordinator

Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
Gunnison, Colorado
$52,600 – $78,900 (based on qualifications & experience)
Closing date
Jun 3, 2024

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Salary Range (Based on Qualifications and Experience): $52,600 – $78,900
Job Summary: This is a full-time, fully benefited position within the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (District). The position involves leading the cooperative, multi-agency Wet Meadow Restoration and Resilience-Building Project (Wet Meadows Program). The Wet Meadows Program Coordinator works closely with a diverse Project Team to ensure successful implementation of riparian, stream, and wet meadow restoration projects on private and public lands within the District’s watershed boundary. This position reports to the District’s General Manager.
About the Wet Meadows Program: The project focuses on utilization of Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration (LTPBR) methods (both rock- and wood-based structures) to restore hydrologic function, reduce erosion, and improve wildlife habitat, primarily in brood-rearing habitat of the Gunnison sage-grouse. The project relies on active participation of several federal and state agencies, private landowners, and local stakeholder groups. It is funded by a combination of District taxpayer funds and grants and cooperative agreements with the partner agencies. More information about the Wet Meadows Program can be found at
Required Qualifications:
•Bachelor’s degree in hydrology, natural resource management, physical or natural sciences, and/or equivalent related work experience.

•Ability to work independently.

•Ability to foster and maintain deeply collaborative professional relationships with a diverse range of people with varied viewpoints, including state/federal/county representatives and private landowners/grazing permittees.

•Experience utilizing a conservation planning process to implement conservation and/or restoration project(s) from start to finish.

•Experience interfacing and successfully communicating with members of the public in formal and informal settings.

•Experience as a leader/supervisor/team-player, especially for field crews.

•Proficient in MS Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).
Preferred Qualifications:
•Master’s degree or combination of five or more years of related experience in project management, natural resource policy, community engagement, watershed restoration and management, etc.
•Experience with Esri products (ArcGIS Pro/Online, FieldMaps, Survey123) or other GIStools.
•Familiarity with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs.
•Basic Colorado water rights knowledge.
•Grant writing and administration experience.

Job Responsibilities:

Coordination & Organization
•Coordinate the Wet Meadows Restoration Project Team and maintain collaborative efforts.
•Manage contracts for restoration professionals and crews, material and equipment suppliers, vegetation monitoring, etc., with support from District staff.
•Communicate openly and frequently with Project Team and contractors; establish program schedules and timelines.
•Foster consensus for short- and long-term strategies and action plans among Project Team.
•Coordinate scheduling for work crews, crew training, material orders, and equipment, all belonging to multiple partner agencies.
•Provide support for partner agencies' project permitting processes (National Environmental Planning Act and National Historic Preservation Act), pre-construction notification to applicable agencies, and addressing other permitting requirements as needed.
•Prioritize planning and implementation of new projects, as well as maintenance of previous projects, on both private and public land sites.
•Field work, including assessment, planning, and implementation support at restoration sites (though primary responsibility is coordination).
oFrequently required to walk and hike moderate terrain.
oSome manual labor involved: Ability to use hands to manipulate objects and operate tools as well as ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
•Act as direct supervisor for 1-2 UGRWCD staff members.

•Write grant funding proposals to cover activities including project coordination and implementation, education and outreach, capacity building, design, and engineering.
•Oversee fiscal aspects of the Project with support from District staff.
•Responsible for preparing and submitting annual reports to partner and grant funding entities.

Monitoring and Research
•Assist in coordination and implementation of Wet Meadows Restoration Program monitoring, including long-term vegetation response monitoring.
•Serve as point person for Project-related studies and research opportunities.
•Maintain organized database for all restoration research and related monitoring activities.

Education & Outreach
•Respond to requests and develop opportunities for educational outreach to inform the public, educate youth, and build capacity.
•Work with Project Team to organize trainings and coordinate volunteer events.
•Responsible for maintaining Wet Meadows Program website content with support from District staff.
•Assist with other public outreach activities as assigned by the General Manager.
Performance Criteria:
•Effectively and efficiently carries out the job responsibilities listed above in a professional and timely manner.
•Pays attention to detail.
•Responds favorably to requests and maintains a positive attitude.
•Effectively sets priorities and stays organized under pressure.
•Reacts resourcefully to problems as they occur and exercises sound judgment.
•Exercises discretion and handles confidential information professionally.
•Works hard to ensure effective communication.
•Gets along well with the Board of Directors, other workers, and the public.
•Follows established policies and procedures.
•Willingness to learn new skills and take on new projects.

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and three references to by Friday, 31 May 2024. Use subject line “Wet Meadows Coordinator application.”


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