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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to)

  • Various aspects of fieldwork including: habitat restoration; vegetation management; irrigation installation and repair; project site maintenance; field monitoring; documenting work; native plant installation; invasive species removal
  • Mapping and digitizing non-native invasive weeds through GIS and GPS
  • Assist with maintenance, propagation, and project planning in native plant nursery
  • Assist with grant writing and reporting
  • Co-coordinate and lead volunteers in specific restoration projects
  • Conduct outreach to property owners in a positive manner
  • Track, document and report project progress
  • Attend program and staff meetings, and periodic, check-ins with supervisor
  • Detailed time tracking in QuickBooks
  • Occasional weekend work is required
  • Supervises college or high school interns and meets monitoring and reporting requirements

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES

  • Experience in native plant restoration and weed management
  • Familiarity with San Francisco Bay Area flora and fauna
  • Responds positively and quickly to training and feedback
  • Consistent in punctuality and attendance
  • Works well with project team, volunteers, youth, and members of the public
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Represents organization in a professional manner at all times
  • Shows initiative, produces quality work, and is efficient
  • Excellent written communication skills

ADDITIONAL COMPENTENCIES

  • Practiced in Microsoft Suite and ability to learn new software
  • GPS/GIS mapping and/or AutoCAD drafting skills a plus
  • QuickBooks a plus
  • Experience using and maintaining mechanical equipment, i.e. chainsaws, brush cutter, Weed Wacker, and auger
  • Experience using and maintaining hand tools, i.e. Pulaski, Mcloud, hand pick, pick mattock, and other necessary equipment

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Education or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • 0-3 years of experience in related field
  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • Chainsaw safety certificate or willing to obtain one after 90 days

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.

BENEFITS

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.

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.  Sonoma Ecology Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons.  Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify our Human Resources Department.

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references, preferably in one document to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist via Craigslist email relay.  No phone calls, please.  For more information about the Sonoma Ecology Center, please visit www.sonomaecologycenter.org.

Classification:

Non-exempt

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Salary $15 – $19 per hour DOE

Reports to:

Operations & Finance Manager