Forest Health Watershed Coordinator

Website South Yuba River Citizens League

The Forest Health Watershed Coordinators will manage the Yuba Watershed Forest Collaborative, providing technical support and promoting community and stakeholder engagement to establish and further the goals of the collaborative within the Yuba River watershed. The Forest Health Watershed Coordinator positions are funded by a grant from the California Department of Conservation (DOC) with matching funds from Yuba Water Agency and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Work will be conducted in partnership between SYRCL, Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP), The Tahoe National Forest, Yuba Water Agency, and many others. The program has four goals, which include improving forest health and forest resiliency, implementing an economically viable and environmentally sustainable forest products industry, engaging diverse stakeholders throughout the Yuba River watershed to promote and implement forest health and forest product projects, and raising funds through collaborative grant requests and alternative funding streams.

We are hiring two individuals who will work as a team over a period of 3-4 years to facilitate and manage the Yuba Watershed Forest Collaborative. Watershed Coordinators will build relationships with stakeholders and convene meetings focused on moving forward four total projects the North Yuba Project, the Forest Biomass Business Center, and two additional projects, yet to be determined. Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of ecological and sustainable forestry practices, have experience with biomass utilization and the forest product industry, have experience with collaborative groups, and have a passion for forest and watershed restoration. The coordinators will be strong advocates for innovative forest management and will revitalize the Yuba River watershed’s forest products industry.

While we are hiring two people, we do not anticipate that both people will possess all of the qualifications and skills we are looking for but rather that their skills will be complementary.  These are full time, exempt positions. Main work hours will be scheduled during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 9 am -5 pm) and evening and weekend work is often required.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Coordinators will oversee, fundraise for, and implement forest restoration projects and manage furthering an economically viable and environmentally sustainable forest products industry. This will require a significant amount of stakeholder engagement and knowledge in the fields of forest ecology or forestry.

General Responsibilities

  • Develop a working knowledge of existing all-lands forest collaboratives including their structure,      governance, outreach and engagement plans, conflict resolution procedure, and project development and approval processes.
  • Actively engage with existing and outreach to new stakeholders, providing them with information about the collaborative and encourage participation and/or support.
  • Convene stakeholder meetings and build relationships with stakeholders for large-scale and long-term forest landscape planning to develop and prioritize future projects.
  • Lead and support fundraising efforts, including grant writing and leveraging resources, necessary to identify and implement new projects.
  • Contract and grant management, including developing, negotiating, awarding, and administering requests for proposals, contracts, budgets, and reports
  • Secure permits and approvals and ensure compliance with NEPA and CEQA.
  • Communicate about the collaborative and project results to a broad range of audiences, including public presentations, conferences, in publications, and SYRCL and CCP newsletters and social media.
  • This position may manage other staff if the programs grows as anticipated.
  • Basic administration functions, including preparation of DOC financial and written reports.
  • Participate in the DOC Watershed Coordinator orientation and summits, as well as meetings with the Forest Management Task Force Sierra and Eastside Regional Prioritization Group.
  • Other duties as they arise.

Forest Health Projects

  • Develop, support, and oversee implementation of ecological forest restoration projects, possibly including commercial and non-commercial thinning, reforestation, prescribed fire, and invasive weed control to meet ecological and project goals.
  • Project planning, including selection of treatment type (prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, hand thinning, non-commercial and pre-commercial thinning, etc.) and intensity.
  • Supervision of contractors, including log/timber operators, forestry consultants, and field crews.
  • Serve as a resource for other forest health projects occurring in the watershed, tracking projects with an aim to facilitate collaboration and leverage resources for success.

Biomass and Forest Products

  • In partnership with CCP Bioenergy Project manager develop the local Forest Biomass Business Center (FBBC), small wood products business campus whose anchor tenant will be a 3 MW forest biomass to energy facility under California’s BioMAT program (SB1122).
  • Leverage and create partnerships to identify and outreach to desired current or potential wood product manufacturing businesses.
  • Support the completion of market feasibility studies, business plans, joint fuels contracting, or, possibly even, negotiating and contracting with co-located business(es).
  • Negotiate and execute long-term agreement for biomass from National Forest lands.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, natural resources management, or a closely related field.
  • 5-years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of forest ecology for conifer and mixed forests.
  • Knowledge of biomass utilization and the forest product industry.
  • Willingness to learn from and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Proven grant writing and project management experience including ensuring that awarded grants are tracked to make certain completion of deliverables, reporting, billing and invoicing.
  • Facilitation experience or training.
  • Proficient with GIS and mapping.
  • Demonstrated experience in creative problem-solving, opportunity development, effectively leveraging talent across diverse teams, and developing novel approaches with high-impact outcomes.
  • Team player and ability to interact effectively and respectfully with people from different cultures and experiences and those who live in nearby communities.
  • Effective communication skills necessary to develop and maintain lasting partnerships with government, agency, and community representatives, among others.
  • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious, and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility.
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick learning performer highly valued.  This position requires confidentiality, and a sense of humor is a must.
  • Possession of a registered and insured personal vehicle, and a valid California Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Understanding of USFS General Technical Memo-220, An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests, and GTR-237, Managing Sierra Nevada Forests.
  • Knowledge and experience of current state and regional trends in forest-based climate solutions and community development, prescribed fire practices and forest carbon accounting.
  • Knowledge of community scale biomass utilization.
  • Familiarity with traditional ecological knowledge principles and contemporary practices in indigenous communities in the Sierra Nevada is a plus.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk for extended periods; to read a computer screen; and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to walk to project sites within the forest.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California not-for-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits. The position requires occasional travel within California (Sacramento and Bay Area).  Available to work some nights and weekends.

Application Information
This position is open until filled.
Submit your cover letter and resume electronically to

No phone calls, please.
SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer.

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