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03 May 2022

San Joaquin Valley Regional Director – River Partners

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River Partners is recruiting a leader to bring new life back to river landscapes in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley is the most productive agricultural region in the world and was historically one of the most productive and diverse ecosystems on earth. Today, it is facing a social and ecological crisis. The economically disadvantaged region has the fewest acres of parks and open space per capita than any other region of California. Climate change will bring severe drought and flood cycles that will further threaten the regions’ fragile social and ecological fabric unless we act now to build a more resilient future for the natural and human communities of the Valley. If you want to serve as a catalyst that creates a brighter future for California, there is not a better place to offer your talents than the San Joaquin Valley.

Who We Are:
A tenacious nonprofit founded in 1998, River Partners brings life back to California rivers. We advance an innovative model of conservation that harnesses the power of restored riverways to create a thriving future for the states’ environment and communities. We revive and reconnect entire river landscapes, critical wildlife corridors, and vast ecological regions across California. We achieve this bold pace and scale of restoration by blending modern farming practices, cutting-edge science, and diverse alliances. Each year, we plant hundreds of thousands of native trees and vegetation across thousands of acres along California’s most imperiled rivers.

Why We Do It
Healthy rivers are essential for a vibrant California. They provide fresh water for growing our food, economy, communities, and wildlife found nowhere else. Rivers support more species and in greater numbers than any other ecosystem in California – making our state a worldwide biodiversity hotspot. Yet just 5% of our native riverside habitat remains. What’s left needs reviving. The actions we take during this decade will decide California’s future. With their exponential benefits for wildlife, natural resources, and communities, healthy rivers are critical for a flourishing Golden State for generations to come.

Why Our Work Matters
Our work supports a range of wins for wildlife, flood safety, climate resiliency, water conservation, healthy communities, and local economies statewide. This includes supporting the recovery of dozens of imperiled species, boosting flood safety for communities in flood-prone regions, and growing California’s climate resilience by planting more than 2.5 million trees that capture 1 million tons of greenhouse gases each year.

We’ve led hundreds of major projects in more than 20 watersheds across nearly 17,000 acres throughout California. River Partners has restored more habitat along impaired California rivers than anyone else in the West.

Position description:
The San Joaquin Valley Regional Director is responsible for developing grant-funded channel and floodplain restoration projects for our organization across a broad geographic range, extending from the Delta to the Kern River. The San Joaquin Valley Regional Director works with the Directors of Development, Acquisitions, Conservation, and Science to identify potential on the ground projects, match projects with funding opportunities, and secure funds through grant writing and partner engagement. The Director will be responsible for networking with restoration partners and evaluating the conservation landscape to identify new project opportunities and secure funding to plan, design, permit, and implement multi-million dollar and multi-year restoration projects.

The San Joaquin Valley Regional Director reports directly to the Development Director.

Significant travel in the region is required. Travel is expected and could require upwards of 6 days per month.

Download job description here.