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Job Announcement - Putah Creek Council Stewardship Coordinator



Application Deadline:  April 30, 2015 (12:00 midnight)

Target Hire Date:  May 18 – June 1 for a 6-8 week part-time training period.

Full-time employment to start mid-July, 2015

Putah Creek Council seeks applications for a dedicated, highly motivated and enthusiastic Stewardship Coordinator to lead our volunteer Stewardship Team and carry out community stewardship events to protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the Lower Putah Creek watershed and adjacent waterways.


Putah Creek Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement and protection of Putah Creek through advocacy, education, and community-based stewardship.

Putah Creek Council was founded in 1988 by a group of local nature enthusiasts to protect and increase local appreciation for the remaining riparian habitat along Putah Creek.  A year later, a severe drought affected northern California and large sections of Lower Putah Creek dried up, impacting the fish, wildlife and riparian habitat.  Putah Creek Council found itself spearheading (and eventually winning) a 10-year legal effort to ensure environmental stream flows and safeguards for Putah Creek fish and wildlife.

While Putah Creek Council is renowned and highly respected for the legal work to protect flows for the creek, we believe the most enduring protection for Putah Creek comes from a community of people that understands the creek’s local and regional significance and takes action to enhance it.  We continually seek ways to connect our community with projects to improve fish and wildlife habitat and the overall creek environment.

We seek staff with a passion for the environment and who are resourceful and wish to help continue this tradition of local environmental stewardship and education.

Summary of the Position:

Putah Creek Council is a small organization that takes a team approach to its work. Our current stewardship and education programs focus on engaging community volunteers in habitat planting events, creek cleanups, growing and tending native plants from local sources for planting in our watershed and providing both classroom and outdoor creek-based education opportunities for children, youth and adults. 

The Stewardship Coordinator oversees all aspects of a suite of contract and grant-funded community stewardship projects, including managing volunteers and volunteer events, database management, and the outreach, publicity and administrative tasks necessary to ensure project success and grant compliance. The Stewardship Coordinator works with the Education Coordinator and Executive Director and our professional partners to coordinate all tasks necessary to successfully carry out each assigned project.  The Stewardship Coordinator may also be assigned tasks on projects being lead by other staff when necessary.  In addition, the Stewardship Coordinator will actively work with the Executive Director to plan and fund current and future initiatives in support of Putah Creek Council’s strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will be a resourceful individual who is comfortable taking the initiative on projects, is conscientious and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility.  He/she will need to be flexible and willing to take on new tasks and projects as Putah Creek Council’s stewardship and education program opportunities evolve and/or change with new funding sources. 

The Stewardship Coordinator must have a passion for the environment and have knowledge of ecosystem and watershed concepts and an understanding of the local natural history of Yolo and Solano counties, including native plants, plant communities, and fish and wildlife species and their habitats, water quality issues, and stream geomorphology and hydrology.  Some experience with habitat restoration, volunteer management, community engagement, environmental education, and/or outreach is also required. The Stewardship Coordinator must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with a broad range of individuals and advocate for the creek while honoring private property rights.

Position Information:

This is a full-time position (depending on secured funding). Main work hours will be during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm), however, early morning, evening and weekend work is required regularly throughout the year.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $17.00 - $23.32 hourly / $35,360 - $48,500 annually
  • Starting pay is commensurate with education, experience and skills.
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Supportive board of directors and partner organizations
  • $400/month medical insurance stipend
  • Cell phone stipend
  • Paid vacation, holidays and sick time
  • Fidelity Simple-IRA Plan and 3% company match

Application Process:

  • Qualified applicants please submit:  1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) writing sample via email only.
  • The writing sample should be from a newsletter, press release or other outreach piece. If not available, please substitute something you believe conveys your ability to clearly interpret the natural world with the general public.
  • Submit all three pieces together in one document (MSWord or PDF) no later than 12:00 midnight on April 30, 2015 to:

Carrie Shaw, Executive Director

Putah Creek Council



Stewardship Coordinator

Type:  Full-time, Nonexempt. 40 hours per week through March 1, 2016 (with potential to continue full-time dependent on available funding).

Pay Range:  $17.00 - $23.32 hourly / $35,360 - $48,500 annually. Starting pay is commensurate with education, experience and skills.

General Information:

Under supervision of the Executive Director, the Stewardship Coordinator works as a team with the Council’s Education Coordinator and Executive Director and our restoration partners, to coordinate and carry out all necessary duties to successfully complete a suite of community stewardship projects, including conducting volunteer events and managing volunteers and the associated outreach, publicity and administrative duties necessary to ensure program success and grant compliance.  The Stewardship Coordinator may also be assigned duties or asked to assist on stewardship events or projects being lead by other staff when necessary.  In addition, the Stewardship Coordinator will actively work with the Executive Director to plan and help develop funding for current and future initiatives in support of Putah Creek Council’s strategic plan.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Stewardship Team/ Community Stewardship Events ~ 70%
    • Recruit, train, motivate and manage Putah Creek Council Stewardship Team members.
    • Work with the Education Coordinator to plan and carry out annual Stewardship Team and Lake Solano Docent Training (October) and interim training events as warranted.
    • Coordinate closely with our restoration partners (Putah Creek Streamkeeper, Yolo County and Solano County Resource Conservation Districts, U.C. Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, Cities of Winters and Davis, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Center for Land-Based Learning, Audubon California, etc.) to plan, advertise, carry out and document assigned community stewardship events (habitat restoration, native plant propagation, erosion control, etc.).
    • Recruit and manage community volunteers for assigned stewardship events.
    • Maintain accurate records of community volunteers, the events they participate in and a record of their liability waivers.
  2. Native Plant Nursery – 15%
    • Assist the Putah Creek Streamkeeper with operation and maintenance of the LPCCC / CALFIRE native plant nursery (e.g., plant inventories, project invoicing, nursery cleaning).
  3. Creek Cleanups – 10%
    • Help secure funding for one or more cleanup events annually.
    • Plan the annual Coast and Creek Cleanup event (September) and coordinate staff involvement.
    • Plan and carry out additional, targeted spring cleanup event (funding permitting)
  4. Miscellaneous – 5%
    • Assist the Education Coordinator and Executive Director on projects when necessary, (annual potluck, summer internships, education events, etc.).
    • Perform other outreach and administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications and Required Experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major or significant coursework in the life and/or physical sciences, for example:  biology, environmental science/studies, natural resources, geography, geology, hydrology, ecology, plant or soil sciences, landscape architecture, nature interpretation
  • At least two (2) years of professional and/or volunteer experience in environmental education, watershed restoration, habitat enhancement, or closely-related fields.  A graduate degree may be substituted for some of this experience, if appropriate.
  • Experience with native vegetation restoration techniques
  • Experience managing and supervising volunteers
  • Experience with community engagement, environmental education and/or outreach
  • A demonstrated history of volunteerism and a commitment to environmental stewardship
  • A valid California driver’s license and the ability to operate various vehicles such as passenger cars, delivery trucks and 4x4 pickup trucks with trailers
  • Advanced computer skills, especially with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), web browsers, email, and calendaring

Knowledge of:

  • Ecosystem and watershed concepts
  • California native plant species, plant communities, noxious weeds and fish and wildlife species and their habitats
  • Water quality issues, and stream geomorphology and hydrology. 

Ability to:

  • Manage projects and events successfully, including:  planning, implementation, time management, organization, attention to detail and ability to complete staff work on time and within budget.
  • Problem-solve and be creative in working through obstacles
  • Prioritize a full workload and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Work a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours as necessary throughout the year
  • Write and speak publically in a professional manner
  • Communicate with the public clearly through publicity, marketing and outreach pieces, for example, press releases, newsletter articles, brochures and newspaper articles
  • Learn and use the open-source website editing program Drupal and volunteer/contact management/donor database CiviCRM
  • Work positively with a variety of people including community volunteers of all ages, partner organizations and agencies, landowners/farmers, scientists/academics and the general public
  • Take a leadership and mentoring role, especially with community volunteers and student interns
  • Share a passion for nature and teach children, youth and adults about nature and the importance of Putah Creek to the communities of Yolo and Solano Counties and our region
  • Safely use a variety of hand and small power tools

Additional Desired Skills:

  • A sense of humor and easygoing temperament
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification (required, training provided)
  • Familiarity with, or willingness to learn, the Adobe Creative Suite including: Adobe, InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator
  • Ability to drive a flatbed truck with a clutch/stick shift
  • Experience using an ATV, mower, power washer and string trimmer
  • Ability to make project maps with Google Earth and/or GIS
  • Familiarity with GPS
  • Good photography skills
  • A basic understanding of HTML
  • Familiarity with the non-profit model of business
  • Grant writing and grant management experience

Physical Requirements:

This position is approximately 50%-50% office work and outdoor field work. Office work requires frequent computer and telephone use.  Field work requires the willingness and ability to work in a variety of outdoor settings and occasionally in inclement weather on uneven terrain/irregular surfaces. 

Considerable physical ability and stamina is required and may involve walking up to two miles, regular lifting of up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds, stooping, squatting, twisting, kneeling, reaching, bending etc.