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Advisory Committee Youth Member
Stewardship Specialist (Planner)

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 2023 (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 complete this online application. If you have questions, please email Amy Ricard, Community Resources Manager at amy.ricard@sonoma-county.org.

Positions open until filled.


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Stewardship Specialist (Planner)

Compensation: $81,335.07 - $98,887.75 annually
Opening Date: August 15, 2022
Closing Date: September 8, 2022

We are currently recruiting for a Stewardship Specialist (full-time Planner) - a critical team member who will support the land stewardship activities 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

Duties of the Stewardship Specialist will be focused on conservation easement stewardship, and may include review of conservation easement language, preparing easement baseline documents, processing easement permitted use requests, processing easement amendment requests, and serving as project lead on select easement enforcement matters. On occasion, duties may include completion of resource management and infrastructure maintenance projects on Ag + Open Space-owned properties. Duties will also include preparation and presentation of staff reports to a variety of audiences, including oversight bodies and the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors.

Requirements

Any combination of education, training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include graduation from a college or university with coursework in planning, geography, environmental studies, resource management, landscape architecture, architecture, economics or other related fields, and three years of experience in open space, parks, environmental protection, land use or other related field. Coursework or experience with Geographic Information Systems is desirable.

Application Process

The job posting period is August 15 - September 8, 2022. All applications must be received by midnight, September 8th. Interviews for selected candidates will be held on September 26th and 28th via teleconference. Application instructions are provided on: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sonoma


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