Employment & Internships

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Senior Planner
Advisory Committee Youth Member

Senior Planner

Compensation: $90,455.78 - $109,970.35 Annually
Opening date: June 21, 2019
Closing date: July 30, 2019

Sonoma County Ag + Open Space is currently recruiting for a full-time Senior Planner to support planning for the land conservation activities of the organization. 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.

As a critical member of the Conservation Planning Program, the Senior Planner will be part of a dynamic team that develops and analyzes data in support of Ag + Open Space land conservation efforts. The Senior Planner oversees and manages complex spatial and non-spatial databases; develop reports, maps, and other planning documents; performs GIS analysis and mapping; procures professional consultant services; as well as leads stakeholder meetings. In support of the Ag + Open Space land conservation mission, the Senior Planner will collaborate with and present to the public, including easement landowners, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and oversight bodies such as the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors.

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, ecology, geography, environmental science, resource management, landscape architecture, or other related fields, and three years of experience involving increasingly responsible project management in open space planning, preferably in a governmental, non-profit land trust, land management, or similar organization. Significant coursework in and/or experience with GIS, graduate-level study, and experience working in a lead capacity are highly desirable.

All applications must be received by midnight, July 30, 2019. Interviews for selected candidates will be held August 20 and 21 in Santa Rosa. Position details and application instructions are available here: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sonoma/jobs/2483655/aposd-senior-planner

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Advisory Committee Youth Member

Ag + Open Space is currently recruiting two youth members to join its Advisory Committee – a citizens’ advisory committee that provides reviews and advises on real property transactions, provides broad-based citizen input on District 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 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 a one-year term from August 2019 through June 2020 (with option for extension)
  • Participate in a new member orientation during the summer 2019
  • 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

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 either email your completed application to amy.ricard@sonoma-county.org or mail your application to:

Sonoma County Ag + Open Space
Attn: Amy Ricard
747 Mendocino Ave, Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Positions open until filled.

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