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Conservation Program Manager at Marin Resource Conservation District - 12869

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Conservation Program Manager
Marin Resource Conservation District
80 4th Street, Suite 202
94956 Point Reyes Station , CA
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Job Description: 

Seeking highly motivated and creative Conservation Program Manager dedicated to the successful
planning, permitting and implementation of soil and water conservation projects and programs on
private and public lands in Marin County. The Conservation Program Manager will play a vital role in
the achievement of rancher’s efforts to meet water quality targets by accelerating producer adoption
and implementation of carbon farming practices, assisting with climate-friendly plan development,
and serving as an educational resource. To effectively understand and communicate natural resource
protection and farming concerns, it is important that the Conservation Program Manager has an
agricultural science background, with a specific understanding of soil and water science and the
economic and social influencers of agriculture. This position will work throughout the district
including ranches within the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

a) Manage programs with budgets totaling over $1 million dollars.
b) Coordinate with local, state and federal agencies and organizations in program
development and implementation. Promote contacts and positive relationships between
agencies and District.
c) Coordinate with public and private landowners in making sound environmental improvements.
d) Coordinate with RCD staff, partners, consultants and construction contractors in the
development of projects.
e) Adhere to contract funding terms and conditions.
f) Resolve complex conservation program problems related to the development of planning
g) Assist in environmental review and the development of NEPA/CEQA compliance, permit
documentation, applications and adherence to permit conditions.
h) Develop, and monitor adherence to, program budgets.
i) Arrange and coordinate monthly partner agency team meetings to coordinate
the implementation of programs.

a) Capable of managing a project with a budget over $1 million.
b) Complete carbon farm, water quality and grazing plans with ag producers.
c) Manage individual implementation projects taken on by Marin RCD outside of programs.
d) Manage outside contractors and implementation crews for successful completion of projects.
e) Develop budgets, monitor performance, inspect for design adherence.
f) Adhere to District construction policies and procedures and applicable state and federal laws.
Follow bidding procedures, arrange bid tours and arrange authorization of construction
g) Monitor progress of projects, inspecting for design adherence, directing activities of
consultants and contractors and ensuring timelines are followed.
h) Complete all project related administrative tasks, including creating and signing reports and
invoices to funders.
i) Develop and negotiate Landowner Authorization Agreements.

3) GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS: With assistance from the District Manager: 15%
a) Design landowner assistance programs.
b) Seek and write grant proposals to fund projects.
c) Develop Grant Agreements for project work with agencies.

a) Report to Executive Director.
b) Work as a team with other RCD staff to carry out the mission of the District.
c) Prepare monthly progress reports on project activity to the Board to insure the Board is
fully informed of project(s) status.
d) Prepare and present project materials and decision alternatives in preparation for public
meetings so that Board may make informed program decisions.
e) Attend Board meetings regularly to present Action Items.

a) Assist Executive Director in preparation of long-range plan, annual workplan and annual reports.
b) Assist Executive Director in new program development.
c) Provide financial data to assist Executive Director and Bookkeeper in preparation of
annual District budget.
d) Assist Executive Director in strategizing staff workload and budgets each fiscal year.

a) Represent and promote the District within the community at all times.
b) Participate in watershed and community groups as appropriate
c) Arrange educational activities (workshops, field tours, etc.).
d) Prepare and present educational materials (pamphlets, PowerPoint presentations etc.) at
Board meetings, conferences and other appropriate forums.
e) Participate in outreach activities (producing press releases, making other media
contacts, attending stakeholder meetings, etc.).
f) Assist with written and visual content for annual report, publications, website, social media,
and presentations.
g) Contribute to the Marin RCD website.

7) OTHER: 5%
a) Other duties as may be assigned by the District Manager.

Education & Experience: 

1. B.S., B.A., M.S. degree in Environmental Planning, Natural or Applied Sciences (e.g.
Watershed Management) or equivalent education and experience. Knowledge of
agriculture, water quality, rangeland management, weed management, GIS a plus.

2. Six+ years' experience working in the natural resources conservation field, in the execution of
grants and contracts. Experience in the execution of Landowner Agreements a plus.

3. Significant experience with environmental compliance associated with restoration projects
including NEPA/CEQA compliance, 1600 Department of Fish and Game, 401 Regional
Water Quality Control Board, 404 US Army Corps of Engineers.

4. Proficient in analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing a variety of geographic data,
including aerial photography, topographic maps, and GIS products.

5. Significant experience in the construction of projects including adherence to
bidding procedures, prevailing wage requirements and budgets. Construction
skills a plus.

6. Experience and knowledge in accessing funding sources, detailed grant writing, and
contract creation and interpretation. Provide writing sample upon request.

7. Must possess demonstrated verbal and written communication skills to communicate with
private landowners, private contractors, government agencies, general public, news media,
and partner resource professionals. References required.

8. Valid California driver's license, clean driving record, automobile insurance.

Application Instructions: 

Find full job posting here:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Darrylin Mollath at with
“Conservation Program Manager” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled. To be
considered with the first round of applications, please submit materials no later than 5:00 PM Pacific
Standard Time on April 30, 2021. Qualified applicants may be asked to submit additional information
during the interview process.

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