Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader
The Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader will be responsible for executing the strategy and achieving the outcomes of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program (described below). As such, the SMAL will develop and refine Climate-Smart approaches for restoration practitioners, scientists, land managers, and land trusts working on meadow conservation in the Sierra Nevada to incorporate into the meadow conservation work they are carrying out. The SMAL will help innovate climate smart approaches to meadow restoration and management. They will help develop and disseminate science-based policy and natural resource management recommendations.
The Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader will work as part of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program team and play the primary role in delivering conservation outcomes to our partners by integrating the best available science and expertise into conservation decisions. To be successful, the SMAL will need excellent partnering skills, ability to interpret science into conservation actions for a diversity of audiences, a proven track record in fundraising, meeting facilitation skills, and a solid knowledge of the science relevant to restoration ecology and climate impacts on the Sierra Nevada ecosystem. THE SMAL will work extensively with external partners but will also develop cross organizational projects, especially related to our Climate Smart Restoration and Water and Wildlife on Working Lands Initiatives. Supervision will be provided by Point Blue’s Sierra Nevada Group Director.
Location: Base location is negotiable (HQ in Petaluma, CA, the Sierra Nevada, or Sacramento area)
Hours/Benefits: Full time w/competitive benefits
Sierra Meadow Program
Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program focuses on catalyzing the Sierra Meadow Partnership (http://caltrout.org/book/sierra-meadows-strategy/mobile/index.html) to achieve its goal of restoring/conserving 30,000 acres of Sierra Meadow by 2030. This position will help ensure the Partnership achieves the acreage target while maximizing ecological services that will endure for centuries to come. By working with partners to identify the best places and practices to restore and manage meadows in the face of climate change, they will increase the ecological benefits of these restoration and protection activities. Working with government agencies, NGO’s and other key stakeholders, our approach is to find and help implement the solutions that best protect wildlife populations, their habitat, and other ecological services healthy meadows provide. We help our partners incorporate climate-smart principles into their prioritizations, restoration designs, easement terms, and management plans. Our goals: the conservation actions we take in the next 13 years will sustain vibrant, diverse, ecosystems; enhance ecosystem services; improve the ability of nature and humans to adapt to change; and use nature to sequester carbon and reduce climate change impacts whenever possible.
Essential responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following activities:
• Co-develop and drive Point Blue’s Sierra Meadows work plan in collaboration with appropriate Point Blue staff and external collaborators to achieve Point Blue’s climate-smart conservation strategic outcomes and address Sierra Meadow Partnership needs
• Develop/implement Climate-Smart frameworks for Sierra meadow restoration and land trust acquisitions
• Participate in developing and promoting effective approaches to climate-smart adaptation, incorporating the latest scientific results and evolving needs of stakeholders
• Work with Point Blue project leaders and other staff and external collaborators to develop and deliver science-based recommendations for specific meadow restoration efforts and for the Sierra Meadow Partnership overall
• Represent Point Blue at meetings and conferences relevant to Sierra Meadows, including developing and delivering public presentations communicating Point Blue scientific findings and recommendations
• Prepare grant proposals to fund Sierra Meadow priorities in collaboration with partners and other Point Blue staff
• Facilitate cross-organizational climate adaptation project development
• Lead or participate in the writing of reports, manuscripts, and other literature.
• Create and manage project budgets
• Be a contributor to our “One Point Blue” culture and assist in other Point Blue projects as prioritized by the organization
• Must have a passion for nature and conservation
• Undergraduate degree in conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental policy and planning.
• A graduate degree or equivalent experience in similar fields as above or hydrology, geomorphology, or restoration ecology strongly preferred.
• Experience in successful grant writing and/or other fundraising
• Previous experience working in meadow or riparian habitat or Sierra Nevada ecosystem a plus
• Experience with natural resource management methods and interactions with ecosystem function
• 3+ years of effective project design, planning, implementation and people management experience
• 3+ years of experience working with diverse stakeholders and developing partnerships to achieve strategic goals
• Well-developed understanding of climate change impacts to ecological communities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated success in clearly and concisely translating science to diverse audiences via public speaking and written materials
• Meeting facilitation skills
• Ability to stay abreast of recent developments in relevant scientific research
• Self-directed and highly motivated team player with a good sense of humor.
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence and integrity in all aspects of work.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary is competitive, reflecting qualifications and experience. Point Blue offers a 401(k) plan with employer match contribution, 100% health care coverage for employees, full dental care, and partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners. This position will require occasional travel and will involve working some weekends and evenings.
E-mail: (1) cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest in this position and Point Blue, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SMAL” in the subject line. Applicants may be subject to background checks. Position open until filled, but priority given to resumes submitted by June 15.