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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County seeks Forest Health Program Specialist

Summit FireThe Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) is a non-regulatory special district that helps people protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through information, education, and technical assistance programs. The RCD has ongoing projects that promote natural resource conservation in relation to farming and ranching operations and watershed-based habitat restoration. The RCD Board of Directors and staff work closely with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a number of projects.

The RCD seeks a Forest Health Program Specialist to join a dynamic team of conservation professionals. The Program Specialist will work closely with RCD staff and partners to lead forest health and wildfire resiliency programs throughout Santa Cruz County, providing technical assistance and planning services for large and small-scale projects in cooperation with owners of forested lands to facilitate fire resiliency, fire prevention/preparedness, and improved watershed function.

Example projects the Program Specialist will lead include but are not limited to:

  • The RCD’s no-cost chipping program which helps landowners create defensible space adjacent to structures and along private roads
  • Neighborhood-scale fire prevention projects (i.e. shaded fuel breaks)
  • Landscape-scale forest health projects geared towards creating ecosystem resiliency in the event of wildfire (i.e. forest stand improvement, prescribed fire, strategic vegetation management, etc.)
  • Associated education and outreach events

The Program Specialist will work closely with partners including Fire Safe Santa Cruz County, CAL FIRE, the Central Coast Regional Prioritization Working Group, the Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network, tribes, neighboring RCDs, and the NRCS. The work environment is fast paced, collaborative, and creative.

The ideal candidate is an experienced forest/fire ecologist, forester, or related natural resource conservation project manager with a background in forest health and fire resiliency and a solid history of landowner collaboration. The successful candidate must have working knowledge of forest ecology and related resource concerns, ideally with experience relevant to Central Coast forests and plant communities. Experience with conservation planning, overseeing project implementation, managing contracts and subcontractors is essential, as is a demonstrated ability to be self-directed while working collaboratively with other staff members and partners. Additional experience with permitting and construction project management is a plus.

This position is funded through contracts between the RCD and local, state, and federal agencies. The position is funded for 32-40 hours per week. This position will report to the RCD Executive Director and will work closely with other district staff to fulfill the RCD mission and the scope of work from the local, state and federal contracts.


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DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS: Position is open until filled. Application review will begin November 4, 2019


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