Career Opportunities

Conservation Specialist- Full Time

Job Purpose

The Conservation Specialist assists the Project Manager in the planning, implementation, and tracking of natural resource management and restoration projects and assists in program development with the Executive Director and Deputy Director, including water conservation, soil health, outreach and education, and volunteer recruitment.  The position is responsible for on-the-ground duties including implementation, maintenance, and monitoring and working to develop long-term strategies to improve overall effectiveness of conservation practices and programs.

 Job Description

  1. Project coordination & administration (assist Project Manager with various current technical projects)
  2. Manage the Mobile Irrigation Laboratory Program (perform outreach, coordination, audits & reporting)
  3. Monitor and maintain project sites, oversee monitoring, maintenance and reporting calendar for projects
  4. Grant writing, assist Executive Director and/or Project Manager with research, narratives, budgets and technical components of grant applications.
  5. Undertaking wildlife observation and species surveys
  6. Promoting environmental conservation via awareness events such as RCD and partner workshops, community events, etc.
  7. Liaising and negotiating with stakeholders, regulatory authorities, wildlife groups and other professionals such as engineers, planners, funders and surveyors to develop and carry out projects and/or programs
  8. And other administrative duties as assigned


-Bachelor's Degree 

-Minimum two years experience in natural resources work- field and office setting

-Ability to work independently and in a small office setting with a team

-Ability to navigate steep and rough terrain in various weather conditions

-Ability to lift 50 pounds

-Knowledge of GIS and GPS

Salary And Benefits

Salary range is expected to be between $47,000 and $53,000 annually, commensurate with experience. In addition, full time employees receive a $560 monthly health benefit stipend and $30 cell phone stipend.

How to Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and three professional references to (redacted)

The closing date for this position is July 31, 2019. The expected start date is September 3, 2019.


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Join the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards program (WSP)

Join a team of 48 committed individuals throughout California engaged in watershed protection, community outreach education, and restoration!

  • Spend 10.5 months (1700 hours) working alongside natural resource professionals with one of WSP’s 25 organizations within California.
  • Earn a monthly stipend of $1,905 and an AmeriCorps Education Scholarship of approximately $5,900.
  • Other benefits include: no-cost medical insurance, industry recognized trainings, student loan forbearance, and access to WSP’s broad alumni network.
  • Open to anyone 21+ with 25 credits of college-level science or 6 months of equivalent experience with fisheries, habitat restoration, invasive removal, etc.

The Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District will be hosting two Watershed Stewards Members for the upcoming service year.