The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service overseeing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — 84,000 acres of national parkland spanning the San Francisco Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz Island. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.
With our local and federal partners, the Parks Conservancy is committed to the work of supporting Bay Area national parks as places where we can further racial and social justice for our community and climate resilience for these protected lands.
The staff within the department provide planning, project management, and project implementation expertise across a rich suite of projects. A few of our past accomplishments include projects at Lands End and the Presidio Coastal Trail. We are excited to progress our current projects, including projects at Rancho Corral di Tierra, Marin Regional Forest Health Strategy, and Bothin Marsh that have an increased focus on community design, forest health, and sea level rise adaptation.
The Associate Project Manager will work with project managers and senior project managers on the Park Projects and Design team, as well as other staff across the Parks Conservancy and partner organizations, to deliver high quality park improvements. The Associate Project Manager will assist with all phases of complex project implementation, including project initiation, community and stakeholder engagement, design, compliance, bid, construction, and stewardship, and manage small projects or components of projects independently.
Reports To: Senior Project Manager, Park Projects and Design
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Assist with Complex Project Management Tasks, Lead Small Projects
o Assist with managing all phases of complex park improvement projects.
o Lead small projects or components of complex projects, with guidance from senior project manager or project manager, as appropriate.
o Assist in hiring and managing consultants needed to deliver complex projects. Lead on small projects, or components of large projects.
o Assist in developing and managing project schedules, budgets and contracts. Lead on small projects, or components of large projects.
o Assist in tracking project progress and deliverables. Lead on small projects, or components of large projects.
o Assist in organizing meetings, agendas, meeting notes. Lead on small projects, or components of large projects.
o Assist in scoping potential funding and developing grant applications.
o Assist in developing graphics and messaging needed for projects including presentation boards, flyers, etc.
o Assist in working with Parks Conservancy staff and partners to plan for and execute community design work related to projects.
o Work with partner organizations, public agencies, and communities to advance project goals.
Field Work Advancement
o Work with project managers and senior project managers to advance field work. May include coordinating with land managing partners to supervise field contractors, evaluating construction progress, working with on-the-ground volunteers or stewardship crews, etc.
o Work independently, with preparation and guidance from project managers and senior project managers, to ensure contractors, field staff, and/or volunteers follow best management practices related to project compliance, such as protection of biological and cultural resources, stormwater and/or erosion controls, etc.
o Participate in developing and maintaining a culture of safety. Exercise situational awareness and self-care, sometimes in remote and/or back country settings. Ensure contractors and staff follow safety procedures designed to keep workers and visitors safe during project activities.
o Participate in field/site visits related to community engagement, project scoping and design, pre-project surveys related to biological and/or cultural resources, and agency partner coordination.
Team Advancement and General Department Support
o Provide general department support
o Work with project managers to develop project-specific and long-term partnerships
o Coordinate with team members to strategize on team development and organizational goals
o Work with Director to advance team priorities, relationships, and partnerships
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
o A passion for Golden Gate National Park Conservancy’s mission and a passion for social justice and climate resiliency issues are essential.
o Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, be accountable, and ask questions to supervisor when they arise.
o Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice issues.
o Familiarity with or willingness to learn about San Francisco Bay Area ecology and natural processes, such as forest health and ecosystem function.
o Ability to work as part of a team and support Parks Conservancy and partner staff.
o Ability to multi-task, meet schedules, and achieve long term goals
o Ability to be well-organized and detail oriented.
o High degree of creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness
o Excellent oral, written and graphic communication skills
o Proficiency in Spanish or Chinese a plus.
o Basic graphic design skills a plus: Adobe Creative Suits, PowerPoint. Familiarly with collection, management, and application of GIS data also a plus.
o Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA candidates, Bay Area native/local are strongly encouraged to apply.
Education and/or Experience:
o Demonstrated experience in related field, such as project coordination, community science, community engagement, stewardship, environmental education, environmental design, natural resource management, etc.
o Demonstrated ability to assist with project management and field work advancement tasks on complex projects and lead these tasks on small projects or components of complex projects.