Who We Are:

Sonoma Ecology Center is a 27-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.  We are respected throughout the North Bay and beyond for our contributions to important initiatives in land, water, biodiversity, and climate.

Each year, we provide in-depth environmental science instruction to over 1200 students, manage over 4,000 acres of public and private land including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, raise thousands of native plants and restore critical native habitat, and provide research and technical support on timely issues affecting the region.  We have over 20 professional staff and manage numerous large grants and contracts, often in partnership with other nonprofits and agencies that, by working together, significantly leverage our work and impact.

General Description of the Position:

Sonoma Ecology Center seeks a qualified, full-time Restoration Program Manager (RPM).  Our Restoration Program provides ecological restoration; which includes, native species propagation and revegetation, invasive weed control, erosion control, stream maintenance and landscape construction, minor construction, monitoring, flood and debris management, and adaptive land management practices.  The RPM will oversee the day-to-day management of the Restoration Program as well as establish and implement a long-term strategic vision to further build the program.  The RPM will also work closely with other senior management staff to collaborate on cross-programmatic projects.

Responsibilities Include but are Not Limited to:

  • Manage, motivate and mentor the Restoration Team which includes Senior Restoration Ecologist, Restoration Specialists, and Encourages professional development and appropriate training.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a Restoration programmatic strategic plan in order to sustain and grow our program, working internally with key senior staff.
  • Considers multiple scales, regional, city, local, site, at the same time.
  • Obtains appropriate Permits when necessary.
  • Leads the project planning, implementation, and management process for all restoration projects and contracts.
  • Assists grant writer with proposals from inception to award.
  • Communicate and collaborate with Operations and Finance Manager for fiscal management of restoration projects.
  • Responsible for developing the program budget as well as managing project budgets using a customized
  • Manages contracts according to the contracted scope of services and budget. Manage any necessary and agreed to work order changes.  Complete reporting requirements timely.  Manage contractor and consultant contracts as necessary.
  • Carefully monitors billable/non-billable time, expenses, schedule changes and overtime. Ensures that staff payroll hours have been entered correctly.
  • Works closely with bookkeeper on monthly and quarterly invoicing processes.
  • Apply adaptive management standards and best practices to ensure the quality of all projects associated with the program.
  • Uses logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions or approaches to problems.
  • Sets high safety standards, through quality training, appropriate staff supervision and swift implementation of any corrective actions.
  • Responsive to client and agency needs build relationships with contacts and replies to project inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Able to collaborate and communicate successfully with project stakeholders.
  • Prepares written reports and project outreach materials and delivers public presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Schedules public meetings, keeps comprehensive notes, and addresses community concerns.
  • Able to articulate design concepts and master plans to diverse audiences.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in natural resource management or related field and five (5) years of associated professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) years of associated professional experience.
  • C-27 (Landscaping) CA State Contractor’s License.
  • Experience managing a grant program and program budgets.
  • Experience in managing contracts, monitoring and tracking progress.
  • Encyclopedic knowledge of native and non-native plant species.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to set a long-term vision for the program and support execution of the vision.
  • Highly skilled in full Microsoft Suite.
  • Valid Driver’s license maintains at least the minimum of personal auto insurance and can pass a DMV background check.
  • Ability to safely use equipment such as chainsaws, augers, Weed Wacker’s, brush mowers, circular saw, and various hand tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with CA Public Works contracts, prevailing wage implications, DIR requirements, OSHA standards, and DOL requirements.
  • Has partnered with CA Conservation Corps and/or AmeriCorps.
  • CA Qualified (Pesticide/Herbicide) Applicator License (QAL) or willing to obtain one after a 90-day introductory period.
  • Certification in Stormwater/erosion control or other professional license.
  • Ariel-lift training.
  • Spanish speaking a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Works well in a team environment while comfortably maintaining a leadership
  • Excellent writing skills, including technical report writing.
  • Experience applying for and managing large grants.
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized.
  • Owns the full life-cycle of the project. Writing; permitting; planning; budgeting; coordinating subs and partners; scheduling; managing crew; reporting.
  • Can establish and maintain professional networks.
  • Ability to remain calm under stressful and challenging circumstances.
  • Can prioritize and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Can determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Work Style:

You are a person of integrity, are dependable, innovative yet pragmatic, shows initiative, cooperates, is flexible, persistent, detail oriented, analytical, adaptable, shows patience, self-control, has high-stress tolerance and is a role model for others.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Work is performed in the field and in the office.  In the office, one will use a computer, phone, copier, and may sit for long periods of time.  Fieldwork includes bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, climbing, crawling, kneeling, wading or standing in water, and standing for long periods of time.  The candidate must be able to safely lift and carry up to 60 lbs.  One will be exposed to inclement weather, including rain, heat, exposure to the sun, high winds, and cold.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety precautions are often required.  Sonoma Ecology Center is a drug-free workplace and an EEOC employer.

Evening and weekend work is sometimes required for public meetings, volunteer days, and in order to respond to project emergencies.

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status.

Benefits Include:

After successful completion of the 90-day introductory period, full-time employees are offered the following:

Eligibility to enroll in one of two Kaiser Permanente health insurance plans, of which, SEC pays half of the employee’s premium (not that of dependents), paid holidays, vacation accrual, sick accrual, and the ability to enroll in a self-funded TIAA 403(B) account.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, and three references, to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist, celina@sonomaecologycenter.org, preferably in one PDF document.  Absolutely, no phone calls, please.

If you need assistance in the application process or during the interview process, please contact the Human Resources Department.  We will try to provide reasonable accommodations when considered appropriate.



Full-time (40 hours per week)

Salary DOE

Reports to:

Operations & Finance Manager