Community Stewardship Manager

JOB TITLE:              Community Stewardship Manager

CLASSIFICATION:    Full-time, Exempt

HOURS:                   40 hours per week, Occasional Weekend and Evening Hours Required

SALARY:                   Depends on Experience; Competitive Benefits Package

REPORTS TO:           Programs Director 

Position Summary

LandPaths seeks an individual with a passion for building a diverse, healthy and whole community connected with the land. The ideal candidate is driven, energetic and creative; excels in an active work environment, is committed to equity in access to nature, and loves the outdoors.

The Community Stewardship Manager will provide overall strategic vision and expertise to LandPaths’ Community Stewardship Initiative; ensuring that LandPaths’ Community Preserves are well stewarded for ecological health and climate resilience, and are centers of activity, where people experience belonging and engage in nature-based opportunities to enrich their connection with the land and each other.

The Manager will provide leadership and oversight to LandPaths’ Preserve Stewardship and Community Hub programs through collaborative goal setting, planning, budgeting, staff management, and evaluation. Relevant disciplines in addition to being a dynamic leader and creative thinker with a passion for supporting equity, people and nature include: ecology, natural resources and land management, traditional ecological knowledge, facilities management, environmental education, landscape planning.

Position Duties


  • Collaboratively develop multi-year Community Preserves vision aligning with LandPaths’ mission including natural resources management plans, site facilities planning and development;
  • Advance deep structural perspectives and improvements for equity and justice within the organization and in access to and caring for the land;
  • Active collaboration on Leadership Team, responsible for all initiatives, and cross-initiative communication;
  • Present to community and larger public forums;
  • Develop and deepen through active listening and mutual understanding, relationships to expand the network supporting and advancing LandPaths’ mission, and community-focused strategy; 
  • Cultivate, participate and take leadership roles in relationships, partnerships, collaborations and initiatives to advance community connections with the land including stewardship and land tending; 
  • Represent LandPaths in the community, aligning LandPaths’ work with communities, and larger County-wide collective impact efforts


  • Manage all aspects of LandPaths Community Preserves; natural and infrastructure planning, community-centered stewardship, and communication with neighbors, partners and other relevant forums;
  • Hire, mentor, motivate, review and retain a high performing team; ensure team is prepared to contribute at their highest level; hold all team members accountable, and ensure they have the knowledge, skills, ability and resources needed to succeed;
  • Develop, manage, and assess budgets; determine the most effective use of staff time and resources for program excellence within strategic priorities;
  • Support fundraising including grant proposals;
  • Provide contract and successful grant management for deliverables and reporting


  • A demonstrated passion for equity with an understanding of the dynamics of power and privilege
  • At least 5 years’ experience leading and managing projects, programs, and people  
  • Experience building programs from an idea all the way through implementation and evaluation
  • Experience with site planning, permitting, regulations and CEQA;
  • Knowledge of the local ecology, including fire resilience and the impact of climate change;
  • Experience working in community, especially under-represented communities and volunteers;
  • Strong communication skills: articulate with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively; 
  • Strong leadership and management skills with an entrepreneurial spirit; 
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors and potential partners; 
  • College degree or relevant work experience


  • Share LandPaths’ commitment to fairness and equity; 
  • Thrive in a creative, problem-solving atmosphere of shared leadership and desire to have a positive impact;
  • Enjoy learning and supporting the work of others; 
  • Excel in a strong team-centered, collaborative work environment, while able to work independently;
  • Work best in busy work environment, managing multiple variables with divergent goals;
  • Possess high integrity and strong commitment to program and organizational goals; 
  • Demonstrate confidence in area expertise, and flexible, able to engage with new ideas and approaches; 
  • Enjoy and contribute to a positive work environment;
  • Patient with process and impatient for progress; 
  • Willingness to engage with and work to address issues of power, privilege, and inequity 


Interested applicants should send a BRIEF AND SPECIFIC cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume to LandPaths ~ Attn: HR, 618 4th Street, Suite 217, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 or Open until filled.

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