The Restoration Ecologist works with River Partners’ restoration science, field, and development teams to identify, develop, and execute riparian habitat restoration projects.

The Restoration Ecologist reports to the Senior Restoration Ecologist/Scientist/Manager. Travel for meetings with partners and visiting field sites is expected and could require more than 6 days per month.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage all aspects of multidisciplinary restoration projects through to successful completion, including reporting, budgeting, subcontracting, client relationships and execution tasks.
  • Build and maintain effective partnerships and coalitions with a diverse group of stakeholders to advance River Partner’s mission and projects.
  • Train, supervise and develop staff as a supervisor and leader in the organization.
  • Assist in preparing proposals and in the development of channel, floodplain, and riparian protection and restoration projects.


  • Manage projects ensuring that activities, budgets and milestones are coordinated and updated on a frequent basis to ensure that project scheduling, spending and reporting can expeditiously support project objectives and billing cycles.
  • Collaborate with the restoration science and field leadership to test and develop innovative restoration strategies.
  • Serve as a recognized subject matter expert in the field, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses; and making decisions based on these analyses, context, and dynamic information.
  • Monitor, oversee and report strategic initiative progress to ensure alignment with goals and objectives of the organization and regional planning.
  • Represent River Partners before the public, elected officials, agencies, academics, stakeholders, non-profits to generate support for and collaboration with River Partners’ programs.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm to carry out River Partners’ mission in collaboration with departments.
  • Initiate and direct changes to increase efficiency and meet objectives.
  • Design and maintain geodatabase to meet organizational needs.
  • Perform data analysis, data modeling and imagery interpretation.
  • Lead a team to design, permit and monitor restoration projects with a keen interest in staff retention and recruitment.
  • Communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Enjoy working outdoors with diverse people and organizations to get things done.
  • Other duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in restoration, agriculture management or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in agricultural techniques, aquatic or terrestrial ecology is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, developing and implementing projects, including managing finances and coordinating work to meet deadlines.
  • Competency managing California and Federal environmental permitting such as NEPA/CEQA, ESA, CDFW Code, California Water Code, Clean Water Act Section 404/401.
  • Supervisory experience, including training, motivating, leading and managing performance.
  • Experience with the following software in a scientific setting: relational management database systems, ArcGIS Pro and Online, mobile data collection apps (e.g. ESRI Field Maps, Survey 123), scripting languages (e.g. Python, SQL, R).
  • Designed best practices for data access and documentation in a team environment.
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills, including data visualization and science communication to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach.
  • Valid California driver’s license with no restrictions.
  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required).