Position Title: Desert Tortoise Preserve Manager and Conservation Coordinator
Location: The office is part of a complex of non-profit organizations on Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside, California. The preserves and land managed by the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee are in the Mojave and Colorado deserts of California. Travel and field time are part of the position.
Job Description: Full-time, focused on recovery of desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) habitat and stewardship of protected areas and preserves in California. Tasks include fulfilling land monitoring requirements for approximately 7,500 acres of conservation lands; planning and implementing local recovery efforts for tortoise habitat; hiring and supervising a Naturalist and volunteers; supporting land acquisition and mitigation personnel; managing membership and donor relationships as well as public outreach and education programs; attending and participating in public, private, and government meetings pertaining to land-use, tortoises, and Mohave ground squirrels; maintaining the organization’s website and social media accounts; preparing a quarterly newsletter; fund raising and grant writing; and office administration. Time will be spent approximately 75% in the office and 25% in the field and includes at least 10 weekends with a 1-day commitment annually.
A highly motivated individual with a science background and understanding of desert/arid lands ecology, recovery of threatened and endangered species, habitat restoration, land management and planning.
A master’s degree in an environmental science or similar is highly desirable.
The ability to design and implement science-based studies and to prepare papers, reports, and management plans is essential.
Knowledge of and experience with ArcGIS and ESRI products is essential
Knowledge of website design and WordPress is desired
Proficiency with social media such as Facebook and Instagram is desired
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience writing and managing grants, and competence in handling multiple tasks is required.
Employer: The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, Inc., a 40-year old non-profit conservation and education corporation with an office in Riverside, California.
Contact: Submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Date to Apply: Position will remain open until filled.