Land Programs Manager

Save Mount Diablo

1901 Olympic Blvd, Suite 320, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Job Description: Land Programs Manager

Founded in 1971, Save Mount Diablo, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, California non-profit corporation, acquires and preserves land on and around Mount Diablo.

This is a professional level, exempt position that reports to the Land Programs Director, requiring advanced knowledge of land preservation techniques, including land use and planning, as well as several years’ experience in management and supervision. Knowledge of land acquisition and/or stewardship techniques is desirable.

Under the general supervision of the Land Programs Director, and in coordination with other staff members, the Land Programs Manager is responsible for:

  • Daily management of the Land Program; Departmental Planning, Budgeting & Administration.
  • Supervision of Land Conservation Manager, Land Conservation Associate I and II employees, Land Program consultants and volunteers, including involvement in hiring and evaluating of Land Program employees.
  • Land Use Program project analysis, review and interpretation, and in developing strategy, land campaigns, grass roots advocacy and other responses to development proposals.
  • Liaison with agencies related to land use, County, City, etc.
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating the Planning Agency Outreach Program.
  • Representing SMD at community meeting, planning commissions, city councils and Board of supervisors.
  • Land Acquisition Program project review, interpretation and analysis; contracting for appraisals, inspections, etc.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating a Land Owner Outreach program.
  • Planning and implementing the Land Stewardship Program, including stewardship of SMD properties, creation of resource management plans, project planning and budgeting.
  • Some oversight of stewardship projects, such as trail design, restoration projects and environmental cleanup.
  • Oversight of GIS program, photo, map and other graphic materials and presentations.
  • Supervision of and involvement in SMD’s Grass roots advocacy, and hike program.

    Additional responsibilities include:

  • Outreach and Marketing. The Land Programs Manager works with other staff members to market SMD’s land conservation objectives and participates in public relations and community outreach programs.
  • Fund Development. The Land Programs Manager works with other staff members to assist with the implementation of fundraising events and programs.
  • Programs. The Land Programs Manager collaborates with other staff on programs to support SMD’s land conservation objectives.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Advanced work experience in land use planning and/or land acquisition, and land stewardship, including resource analysis and interpretation; laws related to land use planning; knowledge of CEQA, ESA and other regulation; contracting for and analysis of appraisals, environmental assessments and other resource evaluations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Environmental Planning, or Land Use, or related field
  • Political or paralegal skills desirable
  • 2-3 years’ experience in supervision
  • Computer proficiency: Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, ArcInfo, Google Earth
  • Proven high level of competency in research, writing and public speaking
  • Ability to be accurate and detailed in accomplishing a variety of daily tasks
  • Ability to effectively relate to volunteers, program participants, and the general public
  • Outgoing personality & sense of humor
  • Appreciation of environmental issues
  • Appreciation of outdoor recreational activities
  • Ability to work independently

Essential Requirements:

  • Expectation of regular evening and weekend meetings and events
  • Possess valid California driver’s license
  • Daily access to a motor vehicle
  • Ability to hike, occasionally on rugged terrain
  • Ability to lift, carry/move small boxes, furniture, equipment and supplies of up to 25 lbs.

Salary: Dependent upon experience Benefits Include: Health, dental, retirement

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, references, salary history and two illustrative examples of your writing skills, such as, a management plan, an advocacy comment letter, a published article, a briefing memo or a project analysis to: No phone calls please.

Walnut Creek, California
Save Mount Diablo
Human Resources