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Stewardship Specialist

Background

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) was established in 1990, the first local land trust in Sacramento County, CA. SVC preserves open space for agricultural, scenic, recreational and habitat purposes. SVC has protected over 18,000 acres of land including regional trail systems, farms, vernal pool preserves and oak woodlands. SVC is governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees, and has six full-time staff, four part-time staff, more than 70 dedicated docents, hundreds of volunteers and various consultants.

Responsibilities

SVC’s Stewardship Specialist monitors and ensures proper reporting and record-keeping for SVC’s owned and easement properties, and assists in managing land stewardship and habitat restoration projects (especially with regard to land management issues such as fencing, illegal dumping, weeds and trespassing). The Stewardship Specialist works in coordination with the Program Coordinator and reports to the Stewardship Director. All SVC employees ultimately report to the Executive Director.

1. Land Stewardship (60% of time)

  • Conduct Conservation Easement inspections annually.
  • Monitor owned (fee) and preserve management properties quarterly, including annual Residual Dry Matter (RDM) assessments.
  • Produce reports and maps documenting monitoring visits by utilizing GIS, Microsoft Office, Adobe and other software
  • Recordkeeping: Contribute to SVC Stewardship and Activity Logs; ensure property records, contacts and other associated information are up-todate; and electronically post/archive data and reports.
  • Assist Stewardship Director with management of land stewardship activities & habitat restoration projects, including consultant and contractor recruitment and coordination, and farmer and rancher coordination.
  • Coordinate and lead service days with both volunteers and the County Sheriff Work Program (at least two per year at Deer Creek Hills and as needed at other preserve sites).

2. Program Administration (30% of time)

  • Distribute, archive, and file all required monitoring reports and property documents per Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
  • Manage stewardship equipment, including service vehicle, tools, supplies, etc.
  • Support the Stewardship Director, Administrative Director, Communications and Marketing Director, Acquisition Director and Executive Director, as needed, to meet land stewardship and communications goals, objectives and initiatives. This support may include fundraising event assistance and other as needed tasks; such as assistance with newsletters, enews, budgeting, grant writing, etc.

3. Public Outreach (10% of time)

  • Help train and manage, or supervise training and management, of staff and volunteers.
  • Work with staff to ensure accurate and current donor data.
  • Assist in communication of SVC’s mission and share conservation accomplishments with the public by coordinating with Communications staff on social and print media.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public, as needed, or when directed by Administrative or Executive Director.

The Stewardship Specialist may fulfill other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Personal accountability under limited supervision.
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and organization skills.
  • Outgoing and friendly personality with the ability to meet new people easily and quickly earn confidence.
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for land conservation, diverse land issues, and landowner views.
  • Background in land stewardship, easement monitoring, RDM (residual dry matter), biological and/or botanical monitoring, public outreach, outdoor field guide or natural interpretive trips, managing consultants and habitat restoration/stewardship projects, administrative duties and database management. Generalists with expertise or experience in a variety of these areas are preferred, as are people with experience in non-profit, land trust, or related outdoor/nature organizations.
  • Knowledge of California vegetation communities and wildlife, and associated land management practices.
  • Experience in enlisting and working with volunteers to develop and implement service day projects.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, including farmers and ranchers.
  • Experience with rural property maintenance, related tools, and fence repair.
  • Current CPR certificate (post-hire, if needed).
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of clean driving record required.

Physical and Mental Work Demands

  • Must be able to hike on uneven terrain and hills for extended periods of time while carrying a backpack or hip pack with emergency first aid supplies and water (about 10-20 pounds).
  • Must be able to drive a 4WD vehicle and trailer on dirt roads, including mud, gravel and water crossings.
  • Ability to perform a variety of property maintenance tasks, including lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to lead a diverse group of volunteers and hikers, including potential emergency response coordination on hikes, like use of a cell phone, basic emergency first-aid.
  • Must be able to work on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, especially for SVC Service Days and Special Events.

Compensation

This is budgeted as a fifty to seventy five percent-time position. Compensation is paid by actual hours worked during each pay period. Time will fluctuate during the year, depending on monitoring and management needs. Flexible hours and benefits package, includes 403b, benefits and retirement account.

Please submit resume on or before 3/29/2021.

Contact: Kelly Hopkins, Executive Director, khopkins@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org

Copy to: Marshall Gorham, Stewardship Director, mgorham@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org

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