The Senior Restoration Ecologist / Project Manager works with the Science, Operations and Development Teams to support the planning, design, implementation and monitoring of multi-benefit riparian and floodplain restoration projects. While managing multi-million dollar and multi-year restoration projects the Senior Restoration Ecologist / Project Manager will collaborate closely with public and private partners from local, state and federal agencies; non-profit organizations, communities, and consulting firms to deliver projects that meet the needs of our partner community. The Senior Restoration Ecologist / Project manager will lead teams to deliver on their vision for complex ecological restoration projects, creating opportunities for science-driven projects and programs while developing restoration leaders to build our team, enrich the field and grow our work. The Senior Restoration Ecologist / Project Manager reports directly to the Director of Science. Travel for meetings with partners and visiting field sites is expected and could require more than 4 days per month.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage a team of scientists tasked with designing, permitting, and monitoring restoration projects.
  • Manage all aspects of multidisciplinary, complex large-scale restoration projects, including planning, design, permitting, budgeting, subcontracting and client relationships.
  • Serve as a recognized subject matter expert in the field, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses; coordinating with key team members; and implementing and assessing innovative restoration strategies or studies.
  • Effectively design and implement multi-stakeholder input processes for project development.
  • Contribute to regional planning efforts.
  • Train, supervise, and develop staff as a supervisor and recognized leader in the organization.
  • Identify and develop new projects, programs, and partnerships; successfully and regularly bring in new projects conceptualized with these partners.
  • Develop and maintain productive partnerships with agricultural community, conservation organizations; research scientists; contractors; and local, state and federal agencies to advance River Partner’s mission.
  • Monitor, oversee and report strategic initiative progress to ensure alignment with goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Represent River Partners before the public, elected officials, agencies, stakeholders, and non- profits to generate support for River Partners programs.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment and enthusiasm to carry out River Partners mission.
  • Enjoy working outdoors with diverse people and organizations to get things done.
  • Experience with and passion for science-driven restoration.
  • High quality writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Resourcefulness, thoroughness, and attention to detail.
  • Experience managing partner and funder relationships and coordinating multiple projects at once.
  • Creatively solve problems and learn new skills.
  • Interest and participation in staff retention and recruitment.
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related technical field is required. Training and experience in aquatic and terrestrial ecology is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in restoration design and project management
  • Competency managing work to support California and Federal environmental permit applications and compliance, including NEPA/CEQA, ESA, CDFW Code, California Water Code, Clean Water Act Section 404/401.
  • Valid California driver’s license with no restrictions.
  • Grant writing experience and the ability to delegate and coordinate numerous tasks to meet a hard deadline.