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Advisory Committee Youth Member
Acquisitions Assistant

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 email your completed application to amy.ricard@sonoma-county.org.

Positions open until filled.


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Acquisitions Assistant

Compensation: $71,650.83 - $87,095.52
Opening Date: October 13, 2021
Closing Date: November 16, 2021

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Acquisitions Assistant - a critical team member who will support the land conservation 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

The Acquisition Assistant will be part of a dynamic team working to permanently protect lands in Sonoma County that benefit healthy communities, clean water and air, diverse habitats, sustainable agriculture, and climate resiliency. The Acquisition Assistant will participate in many aspects of our land conservation projects including the processing of new applications from landowners interested in Ag + Open Space programs, evaluating potential projects, developing project maps using GIS and other software, and providing general support to the Acquisition Program staff. In support of the Ag + Open Space land conservation mission, the Acquisitions Assistant will collaborate with the general public, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and oversight bodies.

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, in real estate, environmental studies, land use, conservation, natural resource planning, agriculture, geography, ecology or a related field, and one year of experience in land conservation, natural resource protection, parks, or another similar field, with a governmental agency or non-profit that includes experience working with GIS, including system functionality and map production.

Application Process

The job posting period is October 13 - November 16, 2021. All applications must be received by 11:59PM, November 16, 2021. Interviews for selected candidates will be held on November 29 and December 6 via teleconference. Application instructions are provided on: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sonoma


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