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Advisory Committee Youth Member
Acquisitions Specialist

Advisory Committee Youth Member

Ag + Open Space is currently recruiting two youth members to join its Advisory Committee – a citizens’ advisory committee that provides review and advice on real property transactions, provides broad-based citizen input on Ag + Open Space operations and acts as ambassadors for the agency within the community. The committee includes representatives from each of the supervisorial districts, the Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association, as well as individuals representing youth, agriculture, the environment, real estate, and business.

What are the responsibilities and qualifications required of the youth members?
Young people interested in being an official youth member should:

  • Live or attend school in Sonoma County and be between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Serve through June 2022 (with option for extension)
  • Participate in a new member orientation*
  • Attend regular meetings – the fourth Thursday of the month from 5-7pm*
  • Contribute your input and perspective and vote on action items
  • Work closely with an adult ally that is a current committee member
  • Share news and information with your school and community
  • Optional: Participate in a subcommittee
  • Optional: Complete a project educating your peers about district issues

*At this time, all meetings and orientations will be conducted via Zoom

What are some of the benefits and incentives for participating?
This is a great opportunity if you want to make a difference. Other benefits could include:

  • Earn community service credit required by many high schools and colleges
  • Develop your leadership skills and get involved in Sonoma County government
  • Explore new career opportunities
  • Learn about issues affecting your community and how you can take action
  • Develop strong peer relationships with adults, including working with an adult ally
  • Meet new people while having fun!

How do interested young people apply?
Please download the application (PDF) here and email your completed application to amy.ricard@sonoma-county.org.

Positions open until filled.


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Acquisitions Specialist

Compensation: $88,702.60 - $107,820.62 annually
Opening Date: April 20, 2022
Closing Date: May 18, 2022

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Acquisitions Specialist - a critical team member who will manage, oversee or lead land conservation projects of Ag + Open Space. This is an excellent opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a passion for protecting lands that contribute to Sonoma County’s scenic beauty, local agriculture, native habitats and recreational lands.

Duties

The Acquisitions Specialist will be part of a dynamic team developing and implementing land conservation through real estate transactions, primarily conservation easements, including appraisals, title work, due diligence, escrow and closing. Working with landowners the Acquisition Specialist will negotiate transactions that benefit healthy communities, clean water and air, diverse habitats, sustainable agriculture, and climate resiliency throughout Sonoma County. In support of the Ag + Open Space land conservation mission, the Acquisitions Specialist will collaborate with and present to the public, with easement landowners, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and oversight bodies including the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and Fiscal Oversight Commission.

Requirements

Any combination of education and work experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with coursework in conservation planning, agriculture, ecology, geography, environmental science, resource management, landscape architecture, agribusiness or other related fields, and three years of experience involving increasingly responsible project management in land conservation, preferably in a governmental, non-profit land trust, land management, or similar organization. Significant coursework in and/or experience with conservation easement design and negotiation, graduate level study, and experience working as a project lead capacity are highly desirable.

Application Process

The job posting period is April 20 - May 18, 2022. All applications must be received by midnight May 18th. Interviews for selected candidates will be held June 21st and 24th via teleconference. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Application instructions are provided on: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sonoma


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