Overview

The Riparian Restoration Project Manager is responsible for planning and implementing all of the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group’s (SFEG) riparian restoration projects.  These projects include grant funded projects, contract work with partners, community volunteer events, and school plantings within the SFEG’s regional boundaries (i.e. the Skagit and Samish River watersheds, northern Whidbey Island, and San Juan Islands). This involves oversight of 4-8 separate grants/contracts with cumulative annual budgets of more than $1 million. The Riparian Restoration Project Manager also supervises two regular Restoration Technicians, and up to three seasonal restoration technicians, and directs and oversees AmeriCorps contract crews from the Washington Conservation Corps (full time 6-person crew) and EarthCorps (occasional 6-person crew).

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with the Restoration Ecologist and Stewardship Coordinator to identify potential planting sites.
  • Works with Restoration Ecologist and Executive Director to develop grants, contracts and budgets for riparian planting projects.
  • Effectively communicates and coordinates work activities with Restoration Ecologist, Executive Director, and Outreach Manager
  • Develops planting plans and budgets; prepares grant applications for riparian planting projects.
  • Represents SFEG with landowners and project partners.  Performs outreach to educate landowners about healthy riparian areas and to secure permission to do riparian restoration work.
  • Follows SFEG purchasing guidelines to order plants, planting materials, and rental equipment.
  • Recruits and supervises up to five Restoration Technicians including daily work planning, timesheet tracking and approval, and annual performance evaluations
  • Oversees SFEG’s WSC IP and volunteers to effectively operate and maintain SFEG’s native plant nursery. Provides a report on nursery operations to the Restoration Ecologist annually.
  • Develops work scopes, schedules and manages contracts for crews from the WCC, Whatcom County Corrections, EarthCorps or other organizations.
  • Conducts QA/QC inspections to confirm that work performed by staff and crews is consistent with SFEG standards.
  • Ensures that daily log records of field activities are kept, maintained and shared with Restoration Program Coordinators and Restoration Ecologist on a regular basis.
  • Generates crew invoices and updates match database monthly to document cost share contributions.
  • Coordinates SFEG’s vegetation monitoring program, including writing grants to secure funding, recruitment and training of interns and volunteers, and preparing  annual reports describing the results to funders.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING FOR POSITION:

  • Bachelor’s degree in botany, forestry or other watershed science related field with an emphasis on habitat restoration.
  • Two years professional experience in planning, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of riparian or habitat restoration projects.

REQUIRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES FOR POSITION:

  • Proficient knowledge of native plant species and growing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure grant funding, manage grants and be fiscally responsible by preparing budgets, working within them, and following purchasing guideline requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience related to identification and treatment techniques of invasive species specifically those associated with riparian and floodplain areas.
  • Understanding of habitat needs of salmonids.
  • Familiarity with native plant growing needs in a nursery setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in verbal and written format.
  • Ability to interact positively with and motivate a wide range of people, including staff, volunteers, landowners, public agencies and other stakeholders.  Conveys information clearly and concisely.
  • Experience supervising and providing leadership to field technicians and restoration crews.
  • Ability to manage and communicate with contractors.
  • Ability and willingness to work Saturdays in March, April, and November to lead community planting events and at other Saturdays as needed (e.g. vegetation monitoring training workshop).
  • Experience training and directing volunteers.
  • Ability to operate four wheel drive truck with trailer.
  • Experience preparing written progress reports in an accurate and timely manner.

REQUIRED LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Must have and maintain throughout employment a valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification. If not current must be able to successfully complete certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Washington State Herbicide applicator certification required; if certification is lacking, must demonstrate willingness to obtain certification within 6 months.
  • As per SFEG’s personnel policies, SFEG will conduct a background check on any volunteers or employees who will work with children and other vulnerable populations
  • SFEG is a fully vaccinated employer, so the successful candidate must show documentation of full vaccination against Covid-19 before beginning employment.