Water Resources Project Manager: California

Mendocino County Resource Conservation District
Ukiah, California
Job Category
Full time Positions
$52,000 - $74,880
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Mendocino County Resource Conservation District The mission of the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) is to conserve, protect, and restore wild and working landscapes to enhance the health of the water, soil, and forests in Mendocino County. MCRCD is an independent Special District, governed by Division 9 of the State Public Resources Code and led by an Executive Director and a 5-member Board of Directors. Water Resources Program MCRCD’s Water Resources Program has a mission to promote and protect clean water and healthy streams, which are critically important to aquatic ecosystems and human communities. We work in partnership with landowners, property managers, schools, road associations, Tribes, government agencies, and the public to enhance, protect, and restore water resources in Mendocino County. Together, we engage in outreach, education, technical assistance, promotion of cost-share and grant opportunities to:  Demonstrate water conservation best management practices,  Promote and implement water quality improvement projects,  Support stormwater pollution prevention strategies,  Support sustainable groundwater efforts and strategies,  Restore fisheries habitat and riparian connectivity on a landscape level, and  Enhance stream flows and engage in climate beneficial practices throughout Mendocino County. General Responsibilities The Water Resources Project Manager is responsible for assisting the Assistant Executive Director in the day-to-day operations of the MCRCD Water Resources Program. The candidate will work both independently, and on a team, to conduct field work associated with the execution of contracts and manage existing projects within the Water Resources Program. The candidate will work closely with the MCRCD’s Assistant Executive Director, and MCRCD’s partners to secure funding for this program. This position requires continual interface with public and agency partners. The Water Resources Project Manager is expected to develop and maintain good working relationships with diverse community stakeholders, organizations, and resource agencies, and to represent the District at public events, meetings, and functions. Candidate must be a team player, and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and professionally, representing the best interests of the MCRCD. The successful candidate must maintain high level of confidentiality for sensitive landowner information.   Primary responsibilities Water Resources Program Support and Project Management (50%) • Assist the Assistant Executive Director in development of projects for watershed restoration, water conservation, monitoring and other related projects. • Assist in the development of funding proposals, in collaboration with MCRCD staff, landowners, and partners. • Manage multiple water-related projects, including budget tracking, quarterly and annual reporting, contracting, permitting, working with partners to achieve project objectives, and attending and conducting meetings in person and remotely, • Perform other project manager functions as needed by the Assistant Executive Director. • Manage grant-funded projects that protect water quality, promote water conservation, and enhance/conserve aquatic habitat. • Develop projects and submit grant applications that accomplish the above-mentioned goals. • Assist the Assistant Executive Director with various projects associated with the Water Resources Program. • Perform monitoring of physical and biological attributes associated with MCRCD’s projects. • As needed, represent the District at local and regional meetings. Fieldwork (25%) • Conduct stream and aquatic habitat inventories and other monitoring to describe site characteristics and to identify natural resource concerns related to watershed health. • Conduct groundwater elevation monitoring and groundwater quality testing. • Conduct invasive aquatic species monitoring. • Assist various funding program participants with implementation of projects related executed grants. • Supervise the implementation of watershed restoration projects, including project layout, arranging contractors, and project reporting. Organizational Management (25%) • Assist with project reports and compilation of invoicing materials. • Monitor project budgets and provide updates to Assistant Executive Director as needed. • Perform data entry associated with fieldwork. • Represent MCRCD to build partnerships with landowners and other agencies. • Assist in the development of educational and outreach materials for the MCRCD website, social media, and other venues.
Required Qualifications • Bachelor of Science degree in aquatic ecology, hydrology, water resources, or a related natural resources subject. • Field experience working on a natural resource-related project. • Excellent organizational, communication, and collaboration skills. • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities • Ability to write clear, accurate, and effective reports and grants. • Proficiency with spatial analysis and mapping software such as ArcGIS. • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. • Proficiency with social media (Facebook, Instagram, posting to websites, etc.). • Proficiency with budgeting and project management. • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously and follow through to completion. • Ability to lift 25 pounds, hike on uneven ground outside, bend, squat, stretch, reach overhead. • Valid California Driver's license, and proof of insurance. Desired Qualifications • Experience working with Native American Tribes in Mendocino County. • Spanish language proficiency • Experience conducting sampling and monitoring of aquatic habitats and biological resources. • Familiarity with the operations of grant-funded organizations. • Experience driving off-road vehicles • Project Management (PMI) certifications Physical Requirements The work requires the ability to talk, listen, observe, stoop, reach, sit, stand, move, climb and descend stairs, use repetitive motions, and traverse uneven terrain. The position requires the ability to operate a telephone, computer keyboard, copier, other typical office equipment, and motor vehicle, vision to read materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Work requires lifting or moving up to 25 pounds and the ability to safely use landscaping hand tools and power tools, and operation of off-road vehicles. Work requires strenuous hiking. When necessary, the position requires the ability to work unusual shifts, including weekends. Once the employee is established in the organization (as determined by the Executive Director), regular remote work is permitted for office duties. Video conferencing capability and an ergonomic set up is required for remote office locations. MCRCD is an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability. Annual Compensation Range: $52,000 - $74,880 • Salary commensurate with experience. • Full-time not exempt status. • 4 weeks paid time off per year. • Employer contribution to IRA.
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