Environmental Services Coordinator

Name: Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains

Email: info@rcdsmm.org

Position: Environmental Services Coordinator
HOURS: 30-40 hours per week depending on contracts and grants

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
• Report directly to Executive Officer/Architect, work with Senior Conservation Biologist and Senior Planning/Design staff.
• With support of senior staff, develop customer base and assist landowners with biological inventories and assessments in support of environmental permitting.
• With support of senior staff, develop customer base of developers and contractors to assist them with ecological constraints analysis and ecologically appropriate site planning in support of permitting.
• Spearhead sustainable agriculture and urban farming program development, research and connection with local landowners.
• With support of senior staff, develop contacts and work with local vintners, permaculturists and equestrian properties to reduce impact of farming on habitat and wildlife and to improve creek water quality per permitting requirements and best practices.
• Develop, implement and find funding for additional programs promoting sustainability for local public and private landowners.
• Provide GIS services to landowners and the RCD for reports, permits and conservation design and planning, while coordinating as needed with partner agencies such as NPS, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, etc.
• Assist RCD Architect and Senior Conservation Biologist in designing habitat restoration, green infrastructure, bioswales, etc.
• Promote and conduct Keep Your Green site-based consultations.
• Advise and work with government agencies, private groups or individuals.
• Assist with coordinating sub-contractors, including but not limited to: civil engineers, traffic engineers, surveyors, construction staff, etc.
• Assist with supervision of the Watershed Steward Program and other interns.
• Assist in developing and maintaining working relationships with leaders in the local and environmental community.
• Prepare comments on EIRs and other development and planning documents.
• Represent RCDSMM at public meetings and special events, including some evenings and weekends.
• Plan and lead discussion groups and workshops on resource issues.
• Assist with developing and designing brochures, web content and social media content for new and existing programs.
• Assist with data entry and management.
• May assist with monitoring of, and research on, native trees, southern steelhead trout, other fish species, southwestern pond turtles, amphibians and other wildlife.
• May assist with field work, including but not limited to hiking, snorkeling, revegetation, invasive plant removal, and lifting/moving equipment.
• May assist with designing and staffing environmental education programs for all ages.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Required or Preferred:
• Education: Minimum of BS in Biology, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture or related field, Masters preferred.
• 3 years minimum experience in professional practice.
• Experience with biological monitoring of construction projects.
• Knowledge of Federal, State and County environmental regulations and permitting requirements.
• Experience writing and/or reviewing EIRs, CEQA documents and permitting reports preferred.
• Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Google Earth, and ESRI ArcGIS.
• Experience with field mapping tools (i.e. Garmen GPS, Trimble GPS, etc.).
• Strong writing skills.
• Experience with watershed coordination, conservation easements, land trusts, “greenprint” or other regional planning and suitability analysis preferred.
• Broad scope of knowledge in natural resource issues with special emphasis on the ecology of the Santa Monica Mountains preferred.
• Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Santa Monica Mountains preferred.
• Experience with CAD and conversions to GIS preferred.
• Self-directed and able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Organize time and resources efficiently.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Flexible in terms of total work hours and schedule.
• Ability to provide required reports and data within time specified.
• Ability to take initiative and solve problems
• Physical fitness for field work.
• Ability to report on time to all work assignments.
• Sense of Humor!
Additional Desireable Skills:
• Experience snorkeling and diving.
• Certified Arborist or experience toward certification.
• Experience with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, SWAMP, and/or National Marine Fisheries Service field protocols.
• Experience working with endangered species and knowledge of the Endangered Species Act.
• Current California Scientific Collecting permit(s).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
• Current CPR and first aid certification (RCD will provide if needed).
• Current valid California drivers license.
• Reliable transportation to and from the RCD Office, various locations within the Santa Monica Mountains, and other field locations as needed.

COMPENSATION:
Hourly rate ranges between $25.00-35.00 per hour, depending on knowledge and experience. The RCDSMM also offers a health insurance stipend, CalPERS pension, 457 contribution plan, 13 holidays and a supportive, passionate and dynamic work environment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please submit a complete application package electronically containing the following to Lyn Rauls (info@rcdsmm.org with the subject line ESC application) no later than 5 p.m. February 20, 2018:
• Cover letter
• Resume/CV
• Biological Report or other comparable writing sample
• GIS mapping sample (can be part of the biological report)
• Minimum of 3 references with both email and phone contact information

We will respond within two business days of your transmission indicating whether your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Candidates must be available to interview one afternoon between February 27 and March 1, 2018.

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