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25 Aug 2021

Senior Ecologist and Stewardship Manager – Sonoma Land Trust

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Want to play your part in protecting our Sonoma County from the impacts of climate change? Ready to roll up your sleeves to help achieve tangible results on the ground? Want to be part of a talented, deeply committed and national award-winning conservation organization? Then please read on!

Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) seeks a passionate and experienced systems ecologist with an advanced degree in an ecosystems-focused discipline and with significant experience in applying scientific solutions in the field. Join our dedicated band of conservation practitioners and help us navigate the rapid changes brought on by climate change, including tackling wildfire, drought, biodiversity loss and community safety.

The Land Trust serves a diverse audience with broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders and orientations. We encourage applications from candidates who reflect and value the audiences and populations we serve.

The Senior Ecologist will lead our important work addressing the challenges of climate change in Sonoma Valley and throughout the county. They will lead our work on nature-based solutions that bolster the resilience of our natural and human communities, focusing on wildfires, wildlife corridors and natural lands management. The successful candidate will drive key conservation strategy decisions using the latest science, as well as identifying areas of future applied science research that SLT will need to advance biodiversity and climate resilience in Sonoma County. Over time, the position will be central to growing our ecological science resources and staffing, and leading the development and implementation of science and nature-based solutions for the protection and enhancement of essential ecosystem functioning in Sonoma County.

General Duties
The Senior Ecologist and Stewardship Manager will implement on-the-ground management and restoration on SLT preserves in Sonoma Valley and on Sonoma Mountain. The position will require practical experience in natural resource management and grassland/forestry/stream enhancement and restoration, as well as infrastructure maintenance, contracting, invoicing and grant administration. The ideal candidate has the ability to both do and teach these skills and will supervise preserve management staff. The Senior Ecologist and Stewardship Manager should possess excellent communication skills in various settings and audiences to explain our work and advocate with decision-makers and stakeholders for nature-based solutions.

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