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07 Jul 2021

Director of Conservation Science and Stewardship – Center for Natural Lands Management

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The Preserve Manager – San Diego will be responsible for managing several preserves in San Diego County that have been permanently protected for conservation purposes. That initial portfolio of Preserves – Rattlesnake Mountain (Santee), Woodridge (Lakeside), and Blossom Valley Summit (Blossom Valley) – are all owned and managed by CNLM. These Preserves include habitat types such as coastal sage scrub, southern mixed chaparral, and coast live oak woodland. The species that command the stewardship focus on these preserves include coastal California gnatcatcher, Cleveland’s goldenstar, coast live oak, and barrel cactus. Other significant species that reside within this portfolio include orange-throated whiptail, Rufous-crowned sparrow, coast horned lizard, and southern mule deer (See CNLM website for more information on these preserves).

CNLM has a deep conservation history in San Diego County with some of our first preserve acquisitions here as well as there being more CNLM preserves in San Diego County than in any other county in California. The number of CNLM preserves is also an indicator of the rich diversity in species encountered and the opportunity to contribute significantly to wildlife corridors, research on particular species of concern, and climate resilience considerations. The new Preserve Manager will join the San Diego conservation team that includes currently three other preserve managers and rangers. In addition to managing their own portfolio of Preserves, the Preserve Manager will—as part of the conservation team—work with other CNLM staff on some other preserves as reasonable to achieve the best effect and for efficiency.

The Preserve Manager will be responsible for managing the Preserves at both landscape and population levels. Stewardship activities include occasional restoration or enhancement activities; integrated pest management including chemical control of exotics if needed and/or mechanical control; biological monitoring; revising management plans; preparing annual budgets, work plans, and reports; and active engagement of regulatory agency personnel and other collaborators and contractors needed for specialized services. Public trails on some of the Preserves implies some engagement of the public and management of any trail-related issues.

The Preserve Manager will provide resource management in accordance with the conservation values and regulatory requirements of the Preserves, CNLM’s stewardship standards and practices (which also reflect and exceed Land Trust Accreditation Commission standards), and the preserve-specific management plans. This position requires maintenance of a home office for which CNLM provides a stipend. A company vehicle may be provided at management’s discretion. There is a considerable degree of autonomy (and responsibility) associated with this position because of CNLM’s organizational structure which focuses on preserve management rather than high levels of administration and supervision. In addition to the management of this portfolio of preserves, the Preserve Manager will contribute to CNLM’s expertise and documentation of ‘best management practices’ for managing rare and protected plant and animal species. The Preserve Manager will participate in internal and external stewardship and conservation science events and, as needed, participate in the acquisition of new preserves.

The closing date is July 24, 2021.

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