Native Stewardship Corps Field Supervisor

Website Amah Mutsun Land Trust

Background:

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) is a non-profit organization founded by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to promote traditional cultural and spiritual indigenous stewardship of Amah Mutsun tribal territory through research, conservation, restoration, and education. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band are the indigenous peoples of the greater Pajaro River watershed and Santa Cruz areas.

The AMLT Native Stewardship Corps (NSC) is comprised primarily of members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The NSC performs resource stewardship work in support of AMLT’s mission to protect and restore cultural resources and landscapes. Native Stewards engage in a variety of fieldwork, cultural learning, and education/outreach tasks, and are at the forefront of AMLT’s and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s efforts to revitalize indigenous stewardship of the tribe’s traditional territory and restore balance to Mother Earth.

Position Description:

AMLT seeks a Field Supervisor to lead the field activities of the NSC. The Field Supervisor reports to, and receives support from the NSC Program Director who is also in the field. The Field Supervisor directs a team of 8-12 Native Stewards in field-based resource management work. This work consists primarily of vegetation removal using hand tools and chainsaws, and some prescribed fire. Other field activities include vegetation surveys, maintaining native gardens, gathering from and tending native plants, and assisting in ecological research fieldwork.

These activities are physically demanding and require working full days outdoors in variable weather conditions, often in backcountry areas without running water or toilet facilities. Occasionally the work demands staying overnight in a backcountry spike camp.

Work takes place primarily along the coast in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Room and board during the work sessions, plus mileage reimbursement for travel, is provided. Depending on the season, the Field Supervisor will either have access to shared on-site staff housing, or will be staying in an on-site tent camp with access to indoor facilities.

All Native Stewards take part in maintaining a safe, clean, and smooth functioning work camp, which includes some responsibilities in the off-work hours. Each Native Steward commits to upholding AMLT policies, as well as embracing the qualities of Native Stewards defined by Amah Mutsun Tribal Band elders, at all times. The Field Supervisor will be responsible to see that these standards are maintained at the work site.

General Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to AMLT core values and ensure that all organization standards are
  • Actively contribute to NSC performance, and the accuracy, confidentiality, and thoroughness of all program policies and procedures; records and reports.
  • Follow all applicable internal policies, federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Contribute to company-wide communication and best practices.
  • Keep informed of all new developments within the AMLT and NSC.
  • Balance multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines, often in stressful and high-pressure situations.
  • Maintain relevant job related knowledge and skills through continuing education and training.
  • Perform any and all other job-related duties as assigned.

Field Supervisor Duties:

  • Manage and lead the NSC crew in day-to-day conservation field work, assign work to crew members, and ensure the delivery of high-quality project outcomes.
  • Work to create a positive, cohesive crew environment where everyone is treated respectfully and fairly.
  • Keep staff motivated and on-task, and delegate tasks as appropriate.
  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety at the work site.
  • Proactively identify issues and concerns that impact the work environment, and think critically to resolve issues and solve problems.
  • Communicate effectively to help coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leaders, & AMLT staff.
  • Help develop leaders by implementing skills training at the work site and facilitating intentional discussions to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.
  • Provide support and oversight to lead Stewards and help establish performance standards.
  • With the Program Director, facilitate regular group meetings and ensure the entire team knows the duties and expectations of the week and the day.
  • With the Program Director, manage time efficiently and help the group maintain a concise schedule.
  • Keep a daily record of field activities, including work accomplished (i.e. how many trees felled, progress made towards completing work in assigned zones), challenges encountered, and any supervisory actions taken.
  • Help track mileage and program expenses with program administrators.
  • Ensure all staff understand and follow AMLT policies. Recommend disciplinary actions to be taken to the Program Director.
  • Interface professionally with AMLT project partners and visitors to the NSC, including tribal elders, cultural practitioners, and volunteers.
  • Serve as a positive role model for other field team members.
  • Identify ways to implement both quality and continuous improvement efficiencies.
  • Participate in culture and ethnobotany teachings.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Compensation: $22-$25 hourly, based on experience.

Position Type: Variable hour, non-exempt employee

Duration: This position includes approximately 10-15 days of fieldwork per month on an ongoing basis. Fieldwork sessions typically run Monday through Friday, 2-3 weeks per month, though workdays occasionally include weekend dates. Some off-site planning work will occasionally be required as well.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience in a resource management, wildland fire, or other fieldwork setting.
  • Possess a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew fieldwork and production within a 40-50-hour work week.
  • Possess strong leadership qualities.
  • Ability to resolve interpersonal conflicts among staff.
  • Be committed to learning about and honoring Mutsun culture.
  • Ability to regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions and in dense stands of poison oak.
  • Ability to walk 2-4 miles per day in the backcountry (including off-trail) while carrying tools and equipment.
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and working personal vehicle with insurance, and be able to operate a vehicle on unmaintained road surfaces.
  • Possess strong time-management skills.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
  • Willing to follow and enforce all AMLT policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent the organization.
  • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Trained in chainsaw operation, ideally S-212 or comparable courses
  • Certified wildland firefighter at FF2 level or higher
  • Knowledge of and connection to Native Californian culture
  • Working knowledge of California natural history ethnobotany
  • Proficient knowledge of backcountry travel, Leave No Trace principles, and backcountry safety risks (e.g. poison oak, ticks, dehydration, etc.)
  • Knowledge of wilderness first aid

Drug and Alcohol-Free Statement

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust has a strict policy prohibiting the use of drugs and alcohol among staff for the entire duration of all AMLT field sessions. This includes any products containing psychoactive amounts of THC. Any violation will result in immediate termination.

HOW TO APPLY

As of May 1, 2019 the position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Please send a resume and cover letter describing your fit for the position to sreid@amahmutsun.org.

Contact: For more information or questions, email AMLT Director of Programs and Development Sara French at sreid@amahmutsun.org.

To apply for this job email your details to sreid@amahmutsun.org