Restoration and Fuels Reduction Specialist (Seasonal)

JOB TITLE:               Restoration and Fuels Reduction Specialist 

CLASSIFICATION:      3 positions available; seasonal, non-exempt 

HOURS:                          September 13 – February; 40 hours per week 

Weekend and Occasional Evening Hours Required  

SALARY:                            $20 Per Hour 

REPORTS TO:            Community Stewardship Manager 

POSITION SUMMARY 

LandPaths seeks individuals with a passion for building a diverse, healthy and whole community connected with the land through restoration and land stewardship.  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 Restoration and Fuels Reduction Specialist will work on a small crew under the direction of staff within the Community Stewardship initiative to enhance ecosystem health and fire resiliency in our preserves.  The Restoration and Fuels Reduction Specialist will represent LandPaths during staff and volunteer workdays in a manner that builds collaboration with partners, volunteers, and fellow stewardship initiative members to implement stewardship projects and fuels reduction in the field. 

The Restoration and Fuels Reduction Specialist is a position meant to engage and grow young, local leaders in Sonoma County with a focus on professional development, specifically: building ecological understanding and knowledge, skills around community-based restoration, leadership, and fire fuel load reduction. The position will consist of crew work days doing heavy fuels reduction work using manual tools and power equipment, and volunteer work days; including engagement of volunteers, safety and tracking of work accomplished. 

POSITION DUTIES 

  • Become knowledgeable and conversant in all aspects of LandPaths’ mission, strategic plan, preserves and community programs; 
  • Develop and deepen through active listening and mutual understanding, relationships to engage and expand volunteer participation, advancing LandPaths’ stewardship goals;  
  • Become trained on specific fuels management and stewardship activities, and best management practices; 
  • Work with the stewardship lead to prioritize, plan, and implement fuels reduction needs; 
  • With support from the stewardship lead, plan and implement goals surrounding professional growth; 
  • Perform equipment repair and maintenance in the field at all LandPaths’ preserves; 
  • Work as part of team to facilitate field day program, including pre-program task of assessing site conditions and preparation, leading large and small groups of volunteers and recording attendance and post-program tasks of recording volunteer hours, work performed, and contact information and clean-up and gear storage; 
  • Communicate and coordinate with volunteers and interns in all day-of activities; 
  • Coordinate all field day necessities (weather, gear, logistics, safety);  
  • Reflect on field days for effectiveness and impact, including photography and volunteer feedback; 
  • Act as a stewardship intern mentor; 
  • Attend weekly meetings with team, respond to emails in a timely fashion, and submit timesheets and other administration paperwork on time.   

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS 

A successful candidate will have comfort leading community programs, including the following qualifications:   

  • A genuine passion for stewardship and for equity in access to nature; 
  • Experience with a variety of tools, including experience in basic hand and power tools, openness to learn chain saw and other small engine equipment use and safety; 
  • Ability to hike at least 5 miles, carrying heavy gear, in inclement weather; 
  • Interest in working with volunteers and leading groups; 
  • Comfort and confidence in the outdoors, both alone and with groups; 
  • Ability to quantify and summarize work accomplished, and keep up-to-date records; 
  • Bi-lingual and/or having cross-cultural experience or understanding;  
  • HS diploma or equivalent, some college and or relevant work experience. 

ATTRIBUTES 

A successful candidate will embrace LandPaths’ values and culture, including the following: 

  • Embrace LandPaths’ values, inclusive of our commitment to fairness and equity; 
  • Thrives in a creative, problem-solving atmosphere of shared responsibility and unrelenting drive to improve; 
  • Curious; enjoys learning and supporting the work of others;  
  • Excels in a strong team centered work environment, while able to work independently; 
  • Focused on team, as well as self-improvement with a drive to make the most positive impact possible; 
  • High integrity and strong commitment to program and organizational goals;  
  • Enjoys and expresses joy as part of a positive work environment. 

COMPENSATION 

Pay for this position begins at $20 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

Recommended deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 31; expected start date: Monday, September 13. 

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