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The Santa Lucia Conservancy is seeking a Land Stewardship Manager to lead and implement natural lands
stewardship and sensitive habitat restoration in the Santa Lucia Range near Carmel, California. This is a
permanent, full time position that may supervise 1-3 staff and/or volunteer positions.
Established in 1995, the Santa Lucia Conservancy protects and manages over 18,000 contiguous acres of highly diverse native habitat including redwood forest, oak woodlands, grasslands and riparian habitat within an exurban conservation community called The Santa Lucia Preserve. The Conservancy staff is a
multidisciplinary team which works with landowners, agency and academic partners to study and sustain
ecological diversity and cultural values on our conserved properties.
As one of several core strategies, the Conservancy has initiated an ambitious, science-guided Conservation
Grazing program to pioneer sustainable techniques using cattle and other livestock to mimic natural processes and restore coastal prairie and oak savanna habitat on approximately 5,500 acres. In addition, we are currently experiencing the effects of the Soberanes Fire, and anticipate fire-related recovery planning and
execution to be a programmatic priority over the next several years.
The Land Stewardship Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for developing and
implementing ecological management and restoration programs designed to sustain biodiversity on the
Conservancy’s protected lands. The position also manages and contributes to monitoring and stewardship
activities associated with our fee lands and conservation easements, consistent with Land Trust Alliance
standards and practices, including supporting the resolution of property related issues such as easement
violations and property encroachments. Typical land management activities may include: establishing
ecological goals for stewardship activities, planning and implementing restoration efforts, weed control,
construction projects related to wetland restoration, and coordinating with landowners on habitat
management, development and infrastructure maintenance activities adjacent to or within protected areas.
This position is best suited for an individual who is well-organized, energetic, comfortable working
independently both in the office and in the field, and able to effectively prioritize and follow through on a wide variety of tasks. The ability to manage complexity, thrive in a dynamic environment and interact with team members and the public in a productive and positive manner is essential. This position will coordinate closely with the Conservancy’s Senior Wildlife Biologist and our Conservation Grazing Manager, and is typically the main point of contact for the Stewardship Program. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
The position does not require frequent or extended off-site travel.
Ecological Goal Setting and Analysis (20%):
for sustaining biodiversity, natural processes and ecosystem health of the Santa Lucia Preserve;
and monitoring strategies, including baseline and performance monitoring, botanical assessments
and adaptively managing seasonal and annual grazing plans; and
Land Stewardship Activities (40%):
Ecological and Easement Monitoring and Documentation (25%):
to management treatments, hydrological processes, and erosion;
including photo documentation and condition descriptions; and
Program Administrative Support (15%):
The Land Stewardship Manager position is responsible for a high level of professionalism in field, office and
community relations environments. As a member of a small, dedicated, multidisciplinary team, this essential
position provides both expertise-based leadership and hands-on program implementation. This requires a
high level of energy, productivity and durability. The qualified candidate will have:
management or a related field;
expertise in California grassland ecology;
restoration strategies in Mediterranean-type ecosystems;
independently and with direction and support from the Executive Director;
inclement weather, and under physically or mentally demanding conditions;
The right candidate will be socially and culturally astute and have skills in identifying issues and promoting
inclusion and responsiveness in all aspects of their work. This position requires fluency in English, familiarity
with Microsoft Office Suite, and a demonstrated ability to safely operate vehicles, trailers, and hand-held power equipment in challenging environments. Experience using GPS and GIS software is highly desirable.
The salary range for this position will be $60,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on experience. The Santa
Lucia Conservancy offers a very competitive benefits package including health and retirement benefits.
For consideration, please email your resume, three references and a cover letter noting relevant
experience and salary history to: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 19, 2016.
The Santa Lucia Conservancy is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes interest by
military veterans, minorities and people with disabilities. For more information about us, please visit
www.slconservancy.org. No phone calls or recruiter solicitations, please.