The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) is currently seeking applications for a highly motivated Conservation Resource Technician to assist in the project oversight and implementation of various fire prevention, fuels reduction, and habitat restoration programs in Eastern Madera County. The incumbent, in collaboration with other staff, will be involved in all aspects of conservation projects, including initiating community outreach, identifying conservation needs, developing conservation plans, facilitating permits, supervising construction/installation, and post‐construction monitoring.
The incumbent will assist the Firewise© Coordinator for the Madera Firewise© Communities Program, using the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) principals. Duties include outreach to aid in establishment of new Firewise© communities in Eastern Madera County, support of established Firewise© communities, implement annual fuel reduction activities to complete defensible space and reduce wildfire hazards; collaboration with community, nonprofits, Firesafe Councils and government fire officials, and elevating outreach and education on Firewise© principals and partnerships.
This position will also work on a team to develop, promote, and implement conservation management measures and practices such as forest, range and pasture management, fire prevention, erosion and sediment control, and habitat restoration using National Resource Conservation Service programs and other grant programs to assist private landowners in our District.
Other responsibilities include assisting with writing grant proposals and managing administrative aspects of current grants, participating on technical advisory committees, presenting at educational and training events and working collaboratively with partner organizations and agencies to provide input on technical documents and reports.
- Ability to embrace and achieve the mission of the RCD: To promote, protect, and improve the diverse natural resources of Eastern Madera County
- Knowledge of wildland fire prevention and mitigation, fire behavior and authoritative fire agencies/organizations
- Knowledge of natural resource conservation principles and science, specifically forestry, rangeland management, nutrient management, erosion, storm water runoff, and/or native plant and animal communities
- Experience engaging and collaborating with diverse groups and stakeholders including landowners, growers, industry representatives, researchers, nonprofits, public agencies, and citizens
- Public speaking and presenting, including agenda development and meeting facilitation
- Ability to provide technical assistance and educational programs to landowners, helping them voluntarily conserve natural resources
- Computer proficiency, in particular Microsoft Office Suite and presentation software with the ability to create and edit concise tracking documents
- Ability to work remotely and independently from home or other locations and as part of a team.
- Ability to exercise professional judgment in the planning, design and implementation of conservation projects and take initiative in fulfilling programmatic and grant related obligations.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and multitasking ability
- Highly motivated and self-directing and the ability to prioritize and coordinate workload.
- Approximately one third of time devoted to conducting field activities, possibly in inclement weather and across uneven terrain
- Ability to meet grant reporting deadlines
- Ability to follow direction and work cooperatively with others, including partner organizations
- Ability and willingness to follow Federal, State and Locally mandated orders as directed by Public Health agencies including working remotely; ability and willingness to wear mask or face shields and maintain a minimum 6-foot social distance when meeting property owners or other partners; CRCD follows vaccine mandates set by Madera County for all employees
- Proficiency with ARCGIS and GPS.
The Conservation Resource Technician position is a 30-40 hour/week position that is flexible with some weekend and evening duties. Job related travel is required, and some weekend and overnight travel may be necessary. Approved travel expenses incurred while conducting official RCD business will be paid on a reimbursement basis. A valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance is required. Benefits include paid holidays, earned PTO and sick leave with a health benefit stipend and allowance for internet and phone.
Financial compensation will be commensurate with applicable experience ($20-$25/ hour DOE).
Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for at least 3 professional references to:
Attn: Julie Konno
The position is open until filled.