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Advisory Committee Youth Member
Stewardship Supervisor
Vegetation Management Coordinator (Program Manager)

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 2021 through June 2022 (with option for extension)
  • Participate in a new member orientation during summer 2021*
  • 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 either email your completed application to amy.ricard@sonoma-county.org.

Positions open until filled.


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Stewardship Supervisor

Compensation: $104,648.20 - $127,189.09
Opening Date: June 30, 2021
Closing Date: The job posting period is continuous. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. More details below.

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Stewardship Supervisor - a critical team member with a leadership role in Ag + Open Space's Stewardship Program. This position reports to the Ag + Open Space Stewardship Manager. 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 Stewardship Supervisor leads a team of professional staff responsible for supporting stewardship activities for Ag + Open Space protected properties, including monitoring and enforcement of conservation and open space easements, and management of properties owned by Ag + Open Space. The Stewardship Program is responsible for stewarding Ag + Open Space protected lands in ways 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 Stewardship Supervisor 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 which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with significant coursework in business or public administration, real estate, planning, geography, environmental studies, agricultural or resource management, conservation, or other related field and five years professional level experience in one or more of the following areas: real estate, land conservation, open space or resource planning, park planning, environmental protection, land use or other related field, combined with experience in real estate negotiations, land acquisition program and project management and supervising staff. Experience in a similar agency and a Master's degree, or equivalent, are highly desirable.

Application Process

The job posting period is continuous. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Application instructions are provided on: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sonoma


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Vegetation Management Coordinator (Program Manager)

Compensation: $107,737.13 - $130,966.78
Opening Date: June 14, 2021
Closing Date: The job posting period is continuous. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. More details below.

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Vegetation Management Coordinator (Program Manager) - a critical team member who will coordinate the vegetation management community grant programs through June 8, 2024. This position reports to the Ag + Open Space General Manager. This is an excellent opportunity to join a mission-driven organization and with a passion for protecting lands that contribute to Sonoma County’s scenic beauty, local agriculture, native habitats and recreational lands through fire resiliency tools and practices.

Duties

The Vegetation Management Coordinator will coordinate planning, development and implementation of funding and incentive opportunities for wildfire mitigation, through vegetation management efforts on public and private lands in Sonoma County. The Vegetation Management Coordinator will have oversight of the vegetation management community grant program funded by the County PG&E settlement, including tracking spending of awarded grants, identification of additional funding streams, and collaboration across county departments to ensure fire and climate resiliency throughout Sonoma County. The Vegetation Management Coordinator will collaborate with and present to the public, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and oversight bodies including the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.

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, in planning, ecology, geography, environmental studies, agricultural or resource management, landscape architecture, business or public administration, economics or other related field; and five years of professional level experience in one or more of the following areas: land conservation, open space or resource planning, park planning, environmental protection, land use, vegetation management or other related field, combined with some experience in project management and supervising staff. Experience in a similar agency and a master’s degree are highly desirable.

Application Process

The job posting period is continuous. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Application instructions are provided on: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sonoma


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