The Preserve Manager – East Bay (PM, or Preserve Manager) will be responsible for an initial portfolio consisting of four preserves – the 1,200-acre Windemere Ranch Preserve, 700-acre Dublin Ranch, 149-acre Connolly Ranch, and the three-acre conservation easement known as the Patrick Connolly Preserve. CNLM has perpetual responsibilities and legal authority for conducting conservation activities on these preserves through conservation easements and perpetual management and funding agreements. These preserves are located in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin counties and include habitat types such as California annual and perennial grassland, freshwater wetlands, valley foothill riparian, natural ponds, and riparian woodlands. The species that command the stewardship focus on these preserves include California red-legged frog, San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander, burrowing owl, and golden eagle. (See CNLM website for more information on these preserves).
The Preserve Manager will be responsible for managing the Preserves at both landscape and population levels. Stewardship activities include occasional restoration or enhancement activities; integrated pest management including chemical control of exotics if needed and grazing management; biological monitoring; revising management plans; preparing annual budgets, work plans, and reports; and active engagement of regulatory agency personnel and other collaborators and contractors needed for specialized services. Grazing is an important means of vegetation management and the Preserve Manager will work with the Regional Preserve Manager and the grazing lessees to achieve appropriate vegetation structure while providing appropriate conditions for cattle.
The Preserve Manager will provide resource management in accordance with the conservation values and regulatory requirements of the Preserves, CNLM’s stewardship standards and practices (which also reflect and exceed Land Trust Accreditation Commission standards), and the preserve-specific management plans. This position requires maintenance of a home office for which CNLM provides a stipend. A company vehicle may be provided at management’s discretion. There is a considerable degree of autonomy (and responsibility) associated with this position because of CNLM’s organizational structure which focuses on preserve management rather than high levels of administration and supervision. Supervision will be provided by the Regional Preserve Manager – Northern California and by the Director of Conservation Science and Stewardship. In addition to the management of this portfolio of preserves, the Preserve Manager will contribute to CNLM’s expertise and documentation of ‘best management practices’ for managing grassland and wetland habitats, and rare and protected plant and animal species. The Preserve Manager will participate in internal and external stewardship and conservation science events and, as needed, participate in the acquisition of new preserves.
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