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19 Oct 2021

Preserve Manager – Center for Natural Lands Management

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Preserve Manager – San Diego County

Position Summary and General Duties 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), Sky Ranch (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 for best effective and 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.

Open until filled, but for fullest consideration please apply no later than November 12, 2021.

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