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LandPaths is Hiring!

Moonlit Craig Point '13

Job Title:              Development Coordinator

Classification:      Part-time, non-exempt

Work Hours:          20 hours per week; with flexibility for increased hours to begin

Reports To:            Executive Director

 

Position Summary:

LandPaths seeks an energetic and focused professional who excels in a fast-paced, multi-tasking work environment.  This is a new position, and as such will require strong organizational skills to enjoy and translate a “creative storm” into a system of structured engagement.  Strong initiative and ability to problem solve independently will be hallmarks of the successful candidate.  The Development Coordinator will be responsible for all administrative support required of an active and robust donor management system.  This position will support the donor development activities of the Executive Director (ED), Assistant Director (AD) and, Board of Directors (BOD).  These activities may include donor database management (input, reporting and analysis), donor relationship support, annual fundraising appeals, small and larger special events.

 

JOB DUTIES:

  • Manages, with ED and AD, LandPaths’ Fundraising Plan donor development element, especially major gifts
  • Provides support to the ED in managing donor relations, including
    • research
    • scheduling
    • communication
    • database management and reporting
  • Manages information flow from ED to database
  • Maintains accurate donor files, with special focus on information required for MOVES management
  • Supports BOD on specific fundraising events and related efforts, focusing on the Board Fundraising Committee
  • Supports AD in appeals and other donor outreach and asks

 

REQUIRED skills:

  • At least 3 years of development or relevant nonprofit experience and ability to thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced environment
  • Highly organized and able to assess and adapt existing systems for greater efficiency
  • Strong verbal and written skills underscored with a proclivity for conciseness
  • Excellent computer skills spanning word processing; high database proficiency
  • Interest in, and resonance with, LandPaths’ mission.

 

DESIRED skills:

  • Knowledge of conversational Spanish
  • Knowledge of the region’s ecological and agricultural landscape
  • Event coordination experience
  • Experience with volunteer management

 

COMPENSATION:

$18 - $22 per hour

 

TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should send a BRIEF AND SPECIFIC cover letter and resume to:
LandPaths ~ attn: HR, 618 4th Street, Suite 217, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 or hr@landpaths.org

Posted at 13:44

Los estudiantes de IOOBY cuidan la tierra

Desde el inicio del año escolar 2014-15, El programa de LandPaths, en nuestro propio patio (IOOBY), ha tomado más de 30 grupos de estudiantes en excursiones educativas a sitios de todo el condado. Su hijo volvería a esta propiedad un total de cuatro veces durante el año escolar con IOOBY.

Cada visita se centra en un tema específico. Esperamos que después de 4 visitas al mismo lugar (aunque algunas escuelas visitan sitios múltiples) su hijo tendrá mas interés en comprensión, aprecio y deseo de cuidar del mundo natural.




El tema de la primera visita fue de descubrimiento y exploración. El objetivo de esta primera visita es conseguir que los alumnos se familiaricen con el lugar. La mayoría de los viajes incluyeron una gran cantidad de caminatas para conseguir un sentido de lugar. Aquí están algunas otras actividades en las que su hijo ha participado:

Canción y Danza consigue que sus niños bailen y canten cada mañana. Pregunte a sus hijos si pueden recordar la canción de las raíces, tallos, hojas.

• Las actividades del Jardín se llevaron a cabo en el Jardín Rancho Mark West y Granja Bayer. Una variedad de salsas, papas fritas, ensaladas frescas del jardín y quesadillas con verduras fueron preparadas y compartidas con otras clases.

• Duplicación caza tesoros ejercita la memoria de su hijo y habilidades de identificación y genera grupos para encontrar duplicados de los objetos naturales recogidos. Nos reunimos para la discusión y comparación.

• Carrera de basura de relevos es una manera interactiva para enseñar a su hijo acerca de dónde va nuestra basura, la forma de ordenar el reciclaje, abono, reutilizable, y artículos de basura, y nuestra política "no dejar rastro".

• Sitios para sentarse es un tiempo para que su hijo encuentre consuelo en la naturaleza. Esperamos dedicar unos 30 minutos en cada viaje a la tranquilidad, y observación. Su hijo volverá al mismo lugar en cada visita para desarrollar su propia relación personal con la naturaleza.

¿Qué es IOOBY?

En nuestro propio patio por sus siglas en Ingles IOOBY. IOOBY es el programa principal de LandPaths de educación ambiental que tiene como objetivo cultivar un nivel de comodidad, conexión, y aprecio ala naturaleza en los estudiantes involucrados. A través de cuatro excursiones temáticas, esperamos despertar los sentidos en cada uno de los estudiantes para el mundo que les rodea a través del descubrimiento y la exploración, avivar su curiosidad acerca del mundo natural a través de divertidas investigaciones de cuencas y vida natural, Por ultimo, inspirar a respetar y proteger la tierra.

Elija aquí para obtener más información sobre IOOBY.
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Posted at 11:21

IOOBY Students Discover and Explore!

In Our Own Back Yard teaches your child science, math, even language arts through hands-on learning. Each outdoor visit provides a great opportunity to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom, introduce new and exciting experiences for student learning, and the possibility of fueling the curiosity and imagination of your child!


By the end of the year, your child will be an accomplished recycler, have undertaken a stewardship project to help the land, and used nature as a outdoor classroom to hone skills necessary for academic success.  And, they will probably sleep very well after these field days.  The adventure will be all the more powerful, if you join in by asking questions, being interested, and if you can, getting outdoors to see your child in action.



The classes first visit was dedicated to Discovery and Exploration. On this field day students get to know their adopted property, right down to choosing a specific place associated with their site. Most trips included a LOT of hiking to get a sense of place. Here are some other activities that your child may have participated in:


(1) Duplication scavenger hunts engage your child’s memory and identification skills and beg groups to find duplicates of collected natural objects. We come together for discussion and comparison.

(2) Garbage relay game is an interactive way to teach your child about where our trash goes; how to sort recycling, compost, re- useable, and trash items, and our “leave no trace” policy.

(3) Sit Spots are a time for your child to find solace in nature. We hope to dedicate up to 30 minutes each trip to quiet, solo observations. Your child will return to the same spot on each visit and develop their own, personal relationship with the big outside.

(4) Song and Dance gets your kids moving and singing each morning. Ask your kids if they can remember the Roots, Stems, Leaves song.

(5) Garden activities were accomplished at Rancho Mark West and Bayer Farm. A beautiful spread of salsas, chips, and fresh garden salads and quesadillas with veggies were prepared for your children to enjoy!


What is IOOBY?
IOOBY stands for In Our Own BackYard. IOOBY is LandPaths' premier environmental education program that aims to cultivate a level of comfort in, connection to, and informed appreciation of the outdoors for students involved. Through four theme- based field trips, we hope to awaken each students' senses to the world around them through discovery and exploration, enliven their curiosity about the natural world through fun- filled investigations of their own watersheds and local habitats, and ultimately, inspire them to respect, protect, and steward the land.

 

 

Many thanks to our supporters:

Posted at 10:45

Fitch Mountain Now Wild Forever

FITCH MOUNTAIN NOW WILD FOREVER

Fitch Summit

On Tuesday afternoon November 18, a recorder’s rubber stamp at the County of Sonoma quietly closed a land protection chapter 20 years in the making. Fitch Mountain, a rock so resistant that Russian River currents could not wash it away, nor housing successfully climb its uppermost flanks, was purchased for future public parkland. 

A union of no less than four groups were united by the dogged persistence of 4th District Supervisor Mike McGuire to pull the deal together. First, Our County’s Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District provided funds to buy the land and seed funding for land stewardship. Second, the City of Healdsburg agreed to accept the property as a future public park. Third, the People of Healdsburg and beyond spoke with seeming unanimity in favor of saving the wildness of the mountaintop for its wildness and vistas and respite from the din of urbanized life. Last but not least, Land Partners Through Stewardship - better known as ‘LandPaths’ - agreed to own and steward the mountain until the City is able to take ownership in 2017. 

We've found that our People Powered Parks model works because it encourages those who care the most and know the land the best to get involved in its stewardship. LandPaths will be particularly focused on mentoring local high school students to care for this future park through helping reduce fire fuel loads, build trails and enhance native species on site.

Please see the calendar page of our website for future guided hikes and stewardship days on the property. Everyone is invited to celebrate the protection of this beautiful open space at a Fitch Mountain Celebration sponsored by the Fitch Mountain Fund this Saturday, Nov. 22, at noon at the Villa Chanticleer on Fitch Mountain Road. Click for more info & to register:/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=22493

Posted at 11:35

Thanks For Donating This October!

A special thank you to all who donated this October to our $25,000 Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Challenge from Will and Julie Parish.  We're happy to report that we raised $24,129.85 towards our goal!  Thank You!

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Posted at 11:00
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