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Stewardship Coordinator
Job Code:2019-GBI-015
Location:Reno
State:Nevada
Program:Great Basin Institute
Contract Length:Over 12 Months
  

Job Description:
The GBI Stewardship Coordinator will report directly to the GBI Executive Director and will work closely with GBI staff and project partners to provide project management, agreement and contract management, and program development support. The incumbent is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing collaborative stewardship and conservation programs with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, other land management agencies, communities, conservation NGOs, and private sector partners to support strategic initiatives and long-term goals primarily in California. Additionally, the incumbent will support raising funds to support strategic initiatives and long-term goals in California. This position is based in the Reno, Nevada and will focus on GBI’s program of work on the Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia National Park, but may also support project implementation activities on other lands.

Position Duties and Responsibilities. 
- Building and maintaining close and mutually beneficial collaborative relationships among federal and state land management agencies, NGO partners, and GBI to implement effective community-based conservation and stewardship partnerships; 
- Partnering with GBI staff, federal and state land management agencies, and partners to help develop scopes of work for stewardship and conservation projects across various land ownerships and land uses; 
- Coordinating with the agencies to develop, modify, manage, and track all aspects (including budgets, contracting mechanisms, and accomplishments) of large-scale Stewardship Agreements and Challenge Cost Share Agreements associated with forest restoration projects (e.g., hand thinning, mechanical thinning, mastication, biomass removal prescribed fire); 
- Supporting GBI staff, agency partners, and grant administrators to ensure timely and accurate monthly invoicing and reporting efforts, including identifying and executing necessary amendments, for contracts and grant-funded stewardship work;
- Participating in education and outreach programs and activities for youth and adults related to topics including public land management, stewardship activities, collaborative landscape-scale restoration, forest health, forest carbon, and wildfire risk. Promoting activities within the communities to increase awareness of and support for stewardship, restoration, and conservation activities on public and private lands. Developing and maintaining project websites with assistance from a web designer and partners.
- Supervising 2-4 full-time and/or seasonal GBI staff who responsible for working directly with the contractors, consultants and nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground restoration projects;
- Strengthening GBI ability to support on-the-ground restoration and recreation projects that benefit communities, conserve natural systems and expand outdoor experiences by supporting activities that help build new partnerships; 
- Maintaining a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the field of stewardship activity and conservation programming to enhance GBI strategic efficacy;
- Serving as a point of contact for GBI conservation activities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
 

Contract Timeline:
Beginning October 2019

Location:
Reno, NV

Compensation and Benefits:
- 55 – 70K, DOE.
- Full medical, dental, vision
- 4% matching contribution

Job Qualifications:

GBI expects the Stewardship Coordinator to possess the following educational and experiential qualifications:

Education: Minimum of an undergraduate degree, with graduate degree preferred, in conservation, forestry, planning, landscape design, recreation planning, environmental science or related field;

Work Experience: At least two years of work experience managing stewardship projects, or similar conservation programs, including project planning, and/or project implementation, preferably on state or federal lands;

Project Management: Experience managing project planning and implementation that involves multiple organizations, stakeholder teams, and funders, including experience managing grants and/or contracts, project budgets and timelines, contractor oversight and compliance monitoring, and reporting and invoicing requirements;

Project Coordination: Experience in project planning and implementation activities that involve multiple partners and diverse scopes of work; 
Outreach and Engagement: Experience with community outreach and education efforts about land management, wildfire mitigation, restoration, forest health, or other conservation-related topics across diverse stakeholders is preferred. 

Federal Agreements: Experience working with U.S. Forest Service, or other federal agency, agreements, such as or similar to Stewardship Agreements and Challenge Cost Share Agreements;

State Agreements: Familiarity with state-funded grant programs in California, including the California Climate Investment program, CAL Fire Forest Health Grants, and other funding opportunities through statewide propositions. Familiarity with organizations such as Sierra Nevada Conservancy, who help administer a range of funding programs, is also desired. 

Land and Watershed Management: Experience with land and watershed science, policy, and management, including forest restoration, forest health, fire science, vegetation management, wildlife conservation, and/or meadow and stream restoration. Experience or familiarity with carbon calculations under different forest management scenarios is ideal;
A strong understanding of natural resource issues in the Sierra Nevada Mountains;
Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills; and
Strong writing skills and public speaking experience.

Abilities and Skills. 
GBI expects the Stewardship Coordinator to possess:
- Ability to work with a wide range of people with differing and sometimes conflicting opinions, and to maintain neutrality at all times;
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly, work in outdoor conditions, and maintain a flexible work schedule, including participation in weekend and evening events;
- Ability to work well, and be flexible in a team-oriented environment;
- Ability to represent GBI in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills; and
- A strong attention to detail, with skill in working in a timely and well-organized fashion.

Other Job Information (if applicable):
Please send a brief cover letter and resume by to Jerry Keir at jkeir@gbinstitute.org with the subject line: “Application for GBI Stewardship Coordinator”.

EEO Statement
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