Preserve Manager – East SF Bay, California

Center for Natural Lands Management
East (San Francisco) Bay, California
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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. PLEASE SEE FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION ON OUR WEBSITE ( )
REQUIREMENTS • Master of Science (or Arts) degree (strongly preferred) in Natural Resource Management, Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Range Ecology, Botany, or related field; or compelling evidence of equivalent experience and self-education that would result in understanding of core principles and ability to use statistical, preserve design, ecological, and genetic principles in preserve stewardship and decision-making • Relevant experience in land stewardship, including application of good management practices, restoration, and management of rare or fragile species; at least three years of such experience is desirable • Experience in management of California grassland and freshwater wetland habitats is desirable • Strong background—from formal education, experience, or a combination—in ecology, with an emphasis in plant and/or wildlife biology or range management, is highly desirable • Knowledge—identification, life history characteristics, management—of northern California native plants is highly desirable • Excellent communication skills; ability to write professional stewardship-related plans, reports, and other documents • Demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively and professionally at public and client meetings • Proven self-starter, able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision, and able to appropriately use initiative to meet habitat management goals; seeking advice and policy guidance when needed and appropriate • Able to quickly learn and effectively use the PAR3© (Property Analysis Record) software, including the due diligence required for proper application of this financial tool • Able to prepare annual budgets and manage Preserve activities within them • Able to structure time effectively and meet deadlines • Ability to operate from a home office, to provide a safe location for a CNLM vehicle if one is provided, and to make efficient use of the limited funds available for transportation in traveling to/from the Preserve and conducting other work-related responsibilities • Working knowledge of GIS and GPS technologies and associated software and a working knowledge of Windows operating systems and PC applications such as Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with statistical analyses and associated software is desirable • Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license and safe driving record • Understanding of basic statistical principles for designing monitoring protocols, simple field trials, and analyzing resulting data is highly desirable • Familiarity with federal, state, and local environmental legislation and codes such as the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts and ability to work with appropriate discretion in a context involving listed species and regulatory requirements • Possession of US Fish and Wildlife Service permit to monitor any of the listed wildlife species found on the preserves or the ability to quickly acquire the skills and experience that would lead to acquiring such permit is desirable. How to apply: Qualified applicants must provide a letter of interest, a detailed resumé, and two examples of written communication for which the applicant was the sole or senior author (such as a report or publication). Electronic submissions strongly preferred. Email or mail these materials to: Center for Natural Lands Management 27258 Via Industria, Suite B Temecula, CA 92590
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