Job Postings

Job Postings

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There is also a jobs page on the national TWS web site at

(Date indicates when each announcement was posted to the web site.)

4 June, 2023: Land Steward, Center for Natural Lands Management, Orange County California

Reports to: Regional Preserve Manager – South Coast Region
Location: Generally Orange County, CA (Fullerton, San Clemente, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano), possibly some work locations in Riverside County, CA
Type: Temporary Full time – 40 hours weekly (1.0 FTE); Non-exempt (hourly)
Compensation: $26.00 – $28.00 / hour; with benefits excluding retirement plan
Period: July 2023 – July 2024; potential for extension and dependent on funding
Application Deadline: Open until filled; for fullest consideration please apply no later than June 21, 2023.

For a full position description click, here.

4 June, 2023: Engineering Technician II/III (Field Operations Specialist),  Valley Water, San Jose, CA

Salary: See Position Description
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 01629-E
Location: San Jose, CA
Department: Watersheds Operations and Maintenance
Closing: 6/12/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
NOTE Regarding Salary: A 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) will apply as of 6-26-23Engineering Technician II: $82,908.80 – $106,142.40 annually
Engineering Technician III: $91,520.00 – $117,124.80 annually
Do you have experience preparing work orders, using common software applications, and conducting field assessments? Do you have a field construction, surveying, or maintenance background and experience working with the public? Are you a problem solver with a customer service mentality? If so, check out Valley Water’s Field Operations Specialist (Engineering Technician II/III) position.
Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, and provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses, and roadways in Santa Clara County. In addition, Valley Water partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community. In support of Valley Water’s mission to provide flood protection and watershed stewardship services to Santa Clara County, this position will assist the Watershed Field Operations team in keeping local watershed areas safe and clean by responding to reports of concerns from the public and internal stakeholders. This individual will monitor internal and public requests via the Access Valley Water (AVW) communications system, conduct field assessments, write work orders, and serve as the ongoing point of contact as the issue is resolved. The ideal candidate has a background in field construction/maintenance support and can demonstrate a commitment to customer service, political savvy, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. They are comfortable using common software applications and communicating with field operations administrators, maintenance workers, engineering technicians, and engineers.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Researching and responding to requests via Access Valley Water (AVW), Valley Water’s communications system, including reports about unhoused encampments, chain link fence repairs, and illegal dumping.
• Responding to calls, emails, and other inquiries from members of the public, the Board, internal stakeholders, and other agencies.
• Conducting field investigations and related activities for Valley Water’s watersheds assets.
• Preparing work orders utilizing Maximo system.
• Preparing GIS maps, conducting research, and providing support for field maintenance crews and engineers.
• Preparing reports relative to data collected and work performed.
• Attending and participating in required meetings and training.
Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.
Ideal Experience:
• Engineering Tech II: Two plus (2) years of experience in field operations/technical engineering support, including planning and scheduling work, preparing work orders, performing field investigations, or providing technical support to field crews relative to civil maintenance activities.
• Engineering Tech III: Four (4) plus years of experience in field operations/technical engineering support, including planning and scheduling work, preparing work orders, performing field investigations, or providing technical support to field crews relative to civil maintenance activities.
• Two years of experience planning and scheduling work, performing field investigations (creek or watersheds investigations are preferred), and/or providing technical support to field crews relative to civil maintenance activities.
• Experience working with GIS systems and GPS tools.
• Experience using Maximo or similar database to create work orders.
• Experience providing outstanding customer service to the public.
• Field construction, landscape maintenance, surveying, or similar experience preferred.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
• Field construction/maintenance management (in creeks and watersheds preferred).
• Use/learn common desktop applications and specialized software such as GPS, GIS, Maximo, Word, and PowerPoint.
• Field investigations.
• Perform mathematical calculations.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Organize work, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Utilize tools, equipment and materials safely as related to assigned work.
Ideal Knowledge:
• Field construction/maintenance management (in creeks and watersheds preferred).
• Principles and practices of data collection and management.
• Methods and techniques of field inspections.
• Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications.
• Best practices for office procedures, methods, and equipment, and applications related to the work including GPS and GIS programs.
Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by twelve (12) college semester units in engineering, geography, mathematics, or a related field.
Required License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
Watersheds Field Operations Unit (Position Code 182)
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)
Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date. This position requires the individual to be onsite and is typically not a teleworking position.
Selection Process
(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California’s July 26, 2021, Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.
Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.
Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
To apply, please visit
Close Date: 6/12/23

28 May, 2023: Forestry Aid and Technician 2023 Hiring Events

Do you love working outdoors in amazing landscapes? Do you want to help people have the best possible experience on National Forests and Grasslands? Apply to become a forestry aid or technician and learn how you can make a difference!

This year, the Forest Service is hiring hundreds of forestry aids and technicians in exciting and rewarding locations across the country. As an entry-level forestry aid or technician, you’ll have built-in opportunities to advance while gaining wide-ranging experience in recreation or forestry and natural resource areas including timber, wildlife, watershed, botany, silviculture, range, and more.

We’re accepting applications for forestry-related forestry aids and technicians during these weeks:

  • June 5 through 12, 2023
  • June 26 through July 3, 2023
  • July 17 through 24, 2023
  • August 14 through 21, 2023
  • September 18 through 25, 2023

Who’s Eligible?

These positions are ideal for launching a career with the Forest Service. You may qualify for a position with just 6 months of almost any type of work experience or a year of college or vocational school with relevant coursework.

What Is a Forestry Aid or Technician?

By working in a variety of forestry and natural resource areas, a forestry aid or technician promotes healthy forest resources over the long term. Duties might include surveying the ecosystem, implementing restorative and protective projects, and managing the growth of different types of trees and other vegetation. This work is significant and helps to reduce the threat of wildfire, lessen tree disease, decrease the spread of invasive plant species, improve habitat for wildlife including threatened and endangered species, and much more. Forestry aid and technicians also make sure that national forests and grasslands are safe and accessible for the public. They may help visitors at campgrounds, build and maintain trails, or even recruit and train volunteers.

To express interest in these positions please click on the link below.  You will get a notification once the vacancy announcement becomes available for completing an application. 

Region 5 Job Seeker Database Sign-Up Form (

28 May, 2023:  Conservation Associate, San Mateo Resource Conservation District

The Conservation Associate will support efforts to restore wildlife habitat and enhance streamflow for environmental benefit while improving water security for local agriculture and domestic use. The work generally involves assisting with conservation projects and helping landowners manage their natural resources. Example projects include enhancing creek and wetland habitat, removing barriers to ancestral fish migration, managing vegetation, water storage and conservation, and other activities that improve natural resources for wildlife and people. The Conservation Associate will work closely with a broad array of internal staff and sometimes support partnerships with outside organizations, government agency staff, and public and private landowners. 

19 May, 2023:  Wildlife Biologist or Natural Resource Specialist, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Eastern Region


Wildlife Biologist, GS-0468-11
Natural Resource Specialist, GS-0401-11

Duty Station: Lakewood, WI or Laona, WI

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is announcing a vacancy for a Wildlife Biologist, GS-0468-11 or a Natural Resource Specialist, GS-0401-11 detail or temporary promotion opportunity and a permanent position.

The detail (for eligible, permanent government employees) or temporary promotion (not to exceed 120 days) and permanent position may have a duty station in Lakewood, WI or Laona, WI.

This outreach will provide management with information in determining how to fill the position by series and title.

The permanent position may be filled through use of direct hire authorities or advertised competitively. The hiring manager is considering use of direct hire authorities available to:

Interested candidates must respond for direct hire consideration. Please follow instructions for responding to this notice.

To express interest in this position, please respond in the Forest Service’s Employment Outreach:

Internal Link:

Public Link:
If the public response link does not load, please proceed to express your interest via email – see below.

Please also send a cover letter, documents confirming direct hire qualifications, and your resume to by May 30, 2023.

For more information about this position, please contact District Ranger, Mike Brown at or 715-674-4481 and review this CNNF document.


19 May, 2023:  On-Call Wildlife Biologist/ Biological Monitor, Coast Ridge Ecology, LLC,  San Francisco / Bay Area

Coast Ridge Ecology, LLC

1410 31st Street

San Francisco, CA 94122

Compensation: Based on Experience

Employment type: Part-time/On-Call (with potential for Full-time).

Coast Ridge Ecology, LLC is an ecological consulting firm located in San Francisco,

California. Coast Ridge Ecology (CRE) is a certified small business in the state of California and a Local Business Enterprise in the City and County of San Francisco, and has been in business since 2007. CRE serves a variety of private and public agency clients in conducting endangered species surveys and reporting, permitting assistance, and biological monitoring. 

Essential Duties 

  • Perform pre-construction and protocol level surveys for local special status wildlife species. * Monitor construction activities, perform inspections of wildlife exclusionary fencing, and write monitoring reports.
  • Assist with monitoring habitat restoration sites.
  • Assist with plant community mapping and plant species inventories.
  • Assist with nesting bird and roosting bat surveys.

Essential Requirements 

  • Must have a minimum of BA or BS in biological sciences or a related degree.
  • Must have experience with conducting surveys for special status species in the San

Francisco Bay Area such as California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, San Francisco garter snake, Alameda striped racer, Mission blue butterfly, burrowing owl, raptors, bats and/or rare plants. Must have experience with some of these protected species to secure agency approval to work on specific jobsites.

  • Must have excellent wildlife ID skills
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Must have transportation to job sites
  • Must have excellent writing skills
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Must have excellent communication skills

Coast Ridge Ecology, LLC complies with all State of California and City, and County of

San Francisco labor laws. If you are qualified for this position, please submit a resume with your qualifications to


24 April, 2023: 2023-24 AmeriCorps / NOAA Enviro Education & Stewardship, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Join our team as a 2023-2024 AmeriCorps Member

NOAA Environmental Education & Stewardship position

Are you passionate about marine conservation and environmental education? Join NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Education and Outreach team in Washington state to promote ocean and climate literacy.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is one of the nation’s most treasured ocean areas, and home to a rich abundance of marine mammals, seabirds, fish, and thriving invertebrate communities. The area occupies a maritime cultural landscape that has supported humans since time immemorial. We aim to protect the Olympic Coast’s natural and cultural resources through responsible stewardship, to conduct and apply research to preserve the area’s ecological integrity and maritime heritage, and to promote understanding through public outreach and education.

Position Description: The AmeriCorps service positions will promote a better understanding of Olympic Coast’s natural and cultural resources through public outreach and education, and help to protect the resources through responsible stewardship volunteer activities. Starting in April 2023, until the positions are filled, NOAA seeks to recruit two qualified individuals, through Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps, whose diverse backgrounds, experience, education and skills will advance NOAA’s mission.

The position is based out of Port Angeles, WA, and will take place from Sept 2023 – July 2024.

Apply at:

For more information contact:


14 April, 2023: Associate Environmental Scientist, QK, Inc., Bakersfield, Visalia, and Clovis, CA

QK, formerly Quad Knopf, has provided biological, environmental planning, engineering, and survey services throughout the Central Valley of California for over 40 years. QK provides biological services for wide ranging projects including energy development projects, large scale residential and commercial development projects, and development of government infrastructure.  We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Environmental Scientist.  We are seeking a professional with a minimum of 3 years of post-graduate experience in the flora and fauna of the southern Central Valley, an ability to complete simple technical documents and contribute to complex environmental documents, and a willingness to learn and grow with a dynamic team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct field surveys for threatened, endangered, or rare species, as well as species’ habitat in support of ESA, CWA, Section 404, and other environmental regulations.
  • Observe and monitor species in the field.
  • Conduct archival/electronic research with USFWS and other state and federal agencies.
  • Prepare simple environmental documents, assist in the preparation of complex environmental documents, and provide input for biological sections of NEPA and CEQA documents pertaining to environment and data collection methodology, results, analyses of impacts, and development of mitigation measures.  Prepare drafts of technical memoranda, meeting minutes, transmittals, presentations, and other written materials

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Technical writing ability and knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel
  • Minimum of 1 year experience conducting environmental surveys in accordance with State and/or federal guidelines
  • Working knowledge of NEPA, CEQA, ESA, CWA, and Fish and Game Code
  • Experience with State and federal endangered species acts, CEQA and NEPA biological evaluation
  • Knowledge of local conservation best practices, and specific knowledge of regional concerns, including species specific to the Central Valley.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Aptitude to work independently and solicit direction when needed.
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible schedule, including long hours and occasional night and weekend work.
  • Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain while maintaining vigilant focus on data collection.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • State Scientific Collecting permit and/or Federal Recovery Permit
  • Registration with a professional scientific organization (e.g., Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society, or Certified Ecologist with Ecological Society of America
  • Previous project-specific wildlife agency (CDFW and/or USFWS) approval as Designated Biologist or Qualified Biologist

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management, environmental studies or related studies and or their equivalent preferred, or Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of relevant experience.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Indoor and outdoor working environment.  Travel to project sites and meetings is required.  Work during evening and weekend hours may be required to complete projects.

QK offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all full-time employees.  If you are a committed professional biologist looking to expand your potential and be part of a hardworking team of dynamic professionals and be involved in many high-profile projects, we would welcome you as an integral part of our team.

QK is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please submit resumes to

We appreciate your interest in QK.

14 April, 2023:  Senior Associate Biologist, QK, Inc., Bakersfield, CA

QK, Inc., formerly Quad Knopf, has served a diverse client base throughout Central Valley for over 40 years.  We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Associate Environmental Scientist with a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate experience to become an essential part of our biology team.  This position provides the right person with an exciting opportunity to be a member of a productive and energetic group of professionals.  We are searching for someone with a positive attitude who is willing to learn and grow with a dynamic team whose mission is to be an indispensable partner to our clients, our communities, and each other.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct and oversee field surveys for threatened, endangered, or rare species, as well as species’ habitat in support of ESA, CWA, Section 404, and other environmental regulations.
  • Prepare technical documents including biological resources assessments, constraints analysis, monitoring compliance reports, wetlands delineation reports, and wetland permit applications in accordance with NEPA, CEQA, BOs, HCPs, and ITPs.
  • Review and revise simple documents prepared by junior environmental scientist.
  • Observe and monitor species in the field, sometimes for long periods of time, in varying weather conditions.
  • Perform or oversee ecological research and data collection, participate in natural resources studies, monitoring, and restoration.
  • Maintain good client relationships by providing excellent service to our clients and their respective agencies and partners.
  • Observe and monitor species in the field, sometimes for periods of more than eight hours a day, in varying weather conditions.
  • Conduct archival/electronic research using USFWS and other state and federal agencies databases in support of permitting, NEPA and CEQA, ESA, CWA, and other policies and regulations.
  • Prepare and present relevant information at public presentations/meetings/workshops.
  • Coordinate with planners and engineering staff and interface with clients
  • Assist with, or provide, project management and business development for projects.

Required Skills and Qualifications, Required

  • Previous project-specific wildlife agency (CDFW and/or USFWS) approval as Designated Biologist or Qualified Biologist
  • Strong technical writing ability and knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience conducting environmental surveys under State and federal guidelines
  • Experience with State and federal endangered species acts, CEQA and NEPA biological evaluations
  • Knowledge of local conservation best practices, specific knowledge of concerns, including Central Valley species-specific knowledge
  • Strong data management experience and ability to maintain organized field data.
  • Ability to work well with many personalities and in varying circumstances.
  • Aptitude to work independently or solicit direction.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated to complete tasks in a timely manner and with high quality and precision
  • Must be able to adapt to a flexible schedule.
  • Must be able to adapt to a flexible work schedule, including over eight hours in a day, and nights and weekends.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions hot or cold and dry or wet weather.
  • Must be able to walk over rough terrain while maintaining vigilant focus on data collection.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance, will require travel throughout the Central Valley

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • State Scientific Collecting permit and/or Federal Recovery Permit
  • Registration with a professional scientific organization (e.g., Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society, or Certified Ecologist with Ecological Society of America

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Indoor and outdoor working environment.  Travel to project sites and meetings is required.  Overtime during evening and weekend hours may be required to complete projects.

QK offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all full-time employees.  If you are a jovial professional biologist looking to expand your potential and be part of a hardworking team and dynamic projects, we would like you to become an integral part of our team.

QK is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please submit resumes to

We appreciate your interest in QK.

14 April, 2023: Carnivore Monitoring Crew Member , Great Basin Institute and USFS Pacific Southwest Region Carnivore Monitoring Program


The Region 5 Carnivore Monitoring Program has been monitoring fisher and marten populations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains annually since 2002. The fisher population was recently listed as endangered with the USFWS, and assessing their population and its response to recent tree mortality is a U.S. Forest Service priority. Broad-scale monitoring will help identify how tree mortality and subsequent extreme fires are influencing fisher occupancy, density, habitat use, diet and connectivity across the southern Sierras. This information can be used to better understand how fishers are adapting to this changed landscape and guide management to promote continued population persistence while also addressing the need to reduce fuel loads to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

These are crew-level positions: Crews will receive instruction, guidance and training from GBI supervisors and the field coordinator. Crew members will focus on installing and servicing monitoring stations, conducting accurate data collection according to the field protocol, and processing data.

These physically demanding duties, primarily in remote locations, will provide crew members with rewarding exposure to California’s backcountry. These positions require extensive off-trail hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (3,000-10,000 ft.) on a daily basis. This position requires a high level of physical fitness (capable of hiking 3-10 miles off-trail/day) and ability to cope with strenuous field conditions that include hot temperatures, steep terrain, dense vegetation, poison oak, inclement weather, and insects. Many technicians describe this as the most difficult field work they have conducted.

Overnight camping will be required for 3 nights/week for most of the field season as many survey locations are long distances from the crew office/housing. The field crew will receive field per diem for these overnight travel days.

Location and Project Description:

Sierra and Sequoia National Forests: The field crew will be based near the Sierra National Forest, likely in the towns of Shaver Lake or Oakhurst, CA. The majority of projects will be on the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. Housing is provided. There is potential to be temporarily stationed at alternative locations for 2-4 weeks at a time to be closer to field sites.

 Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hike and navigate off trail in rugged field conditions to install and check monitoring stations including trail cameras, track plates, and genetic sampling devices.
  • Download, sort, and identify species in trail camera photos.
  • Inventory and archive all field data including genetic samples, track sheets, and trail camera photos
  • Conduct field data entry, proofing and summarization.


  • Early June – early November 2022
    • The timing of these positions are tentative and may be impacted by weather and/or the COVID-19 pandemic. Start and end dates may vary according to local conditions.
  • Crew members are expected to serve full time, minimum 40 hours per week; 11-12 hour days are common throughout the season.


  • $16 per hour with the possibility of overtime
  • Crew housing is provided free of charge (rent averages >$900/room/month in the nearby area). It is not mandatory to use crew housing, but locating housing options near the work site is generally difficult.
  • Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute covers 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each member.
  • Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary (usually 2-3 nights a week)
  • Uniform stipend: $200/person, given with first paycheck.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife, Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources or related subject with wildlife courses that demonstrate understanding of the principles of wildlife biology;
  • Familiarity with, and interest in, resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion;
  • Previous experience in wildlife-related fieldwork preferred;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; 
  • Experience collecting and maintaining field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Ability to operate 4WD vehicles on rocky, loose, hilly and narrow forest roads
  • Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps and compass;
  • Experience navigating and collecting spatial data with hand-held GPS units;
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting, and enforce USFS and GBI housing standards;
  • Physically fit to serve outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a densely forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons; should be comfortable passing a USFS pack test (hiking 3 miles in 45 minutes with a 45 pound pack). Expected to consistently hike between elevations of 4,000-8,000 ft, with some locations as high as 10,000 ft;
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days; 
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

Additional Location Descriptions

Sierra and Sequoia National Forests: Covers over seven million acres (29,000 km2) on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains between 2000 and 9500 ft in elevation. The biotic zones include foothill woodland (interior live oak), lower montane (Ponderosa pine), upper montane (lodgepole pine/red fir), subalpine (whitebark pine), and alpine.

Visit the project website for more information.

More Information:

For more information, visit the project website or contact our field coordinator, Micah Bingaman, at with the subject line “2023 Carnivore Crew”

EEO Statement:

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.  

3 April, 2023: Preserve Manager, Center for Natural Lands Management, Santa Barbara County

Reports to: Regional Preserve Manager – South Coast Region

Location: Santa Barbara County (preserve is south of Lompoc, CA)

Position: Permanent / Full-time; Exempt (Salaried) 

Compensation:$64,480; Benefits

Application deadline: The position is open until filled, active recruitment

Position Summary and General Duties

The Preserve Manager – Santa Barbara County (Preserve Manager) will be responsible for managing a preserve in Santa Barbara County that has been permanently protected for conservation purposes. That preserve – Gaviota Tarplant Ranch Preserve – is a 2,731-acre preserve located south of Lompoc, CA that includes annual and perennial grassland, coastal oak woodland, coastal scrub, riparian, and wetlands.  The species that commands the stewardship focus on this preserve is the State and Federally Endangered Gaviota tarplant.  Other significant species that reside within the Preserve include Mesa horkelia, Kellogg’s horkelia, and California red-legged frog. CNLM will have perpetual management and monitoring responsibilities for this Preserve.

In this case, the Preserve is sufficiently large and demanding in its management that it is anticipated there will be two Preserve Managers. The Preserve Managers will work together but with some differentiated areas of emphasis—one focused on grazing and rangeland management and one focused on biological monitoring—as described below.

The Preserve Managers will work with support of the South Coast Regional Preserve Manager for California in conducting all the management and monitoring activities needed to protect and conserve the Gaviota tarplant.  In addition to managing the Preserve, the Preserve Managers may—as part of CNLM’s conservation team—work with other CNLM staff on some other preserves as reasonable for best efficiency.  

Both positions will focus on the monitoring and management of Gaviota tarplant populations and habitat conditions and contribute to applied research and adaptive management in support of this species.  The two areas of emphasis for the Preserve Manager positions are described below:

Biological monitoring, data management, and analysis

  • The focus of this position is the monitoring design and collection of data for the Gaviota tarplant, and subsequent analysis and management of such data.
  • Requires a strong understanding of statistical principles and experimental design for designing and implementing monitoring protocols, field trials, and data analysis. Grazing and Rangeland Management
  • The focus of this position is grazing and rangeland management to support Gaviota tarplant habitat.
  • Manage grazing as a vegetation management tool to implement the goals of the management plan. Conduct effective communications and relationships with grazing operators and monitor grazing effects (e.g., RDM surveys). Determine and implement, as appropriate, other vegetation management tools such as pesticide application, mowing, or mechanical removal.

Both positions will be involved in overall management of the Preserve, and preparing budgets, plans, and reports. 

The Preserve Managers will be involved with committees composed of regulatory personnel and other collaborators which will provide input towards management. Other activities will include revising management plans; preparing annual budgets, work plans, and reports; analyzing data as needed; and active engagement of contractors needed for specialized services. The Preserve Managers will provide resource management in accordance with the conservation values and regulatory requirements of the Preserve, CNLM’s stewardship standards and practices (which also reflect and exceed Land Trust

Alliance standards), and the preserve-specific management plan.  The position of Preserve Manager requires maintenance of a home office for which CNLM provides a stipend.  A company vehicle may be provided at management’s discretion.  There is a considerable degree of autonomy (and responsibility) associated with the position because of CNLM’s organizational structure which focuses on preserve management

rather than high levels of administration and supervision.  In addition to the management of the Preserve, the Preserve Managers will contribute to CNLM’s expertise and documentation of ‘best management practices’ for managing rare and protected plant and animal species.  They will participate in internal and external stewardship and conservation science events and, as needed, participate in the acquisition of new preserves.  

About CNLM

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, created in 1990, whose mission is the perpetual stewardship of natural and created conservation lands, sensitive species, and their resident ecosystems.  Conservation stewardship activities are practiced on preserves in California, Oregon, and Washington.  CNLM currently has a preserve portfolio of over 100 preserves that combined represent more than 75,000 acres of high conservation value. 

The majority (>90) of CNLM’s preserves are in California, encompassing over 70,000 acres throughout the state, with new preserves added intermittently.  The preserves vary in size from three to thousands of acres and are managed under direct ownership, conservation easements, or management contracts.  For purposes of organizational structure and oversight, CNLM’s California preserves are organized into (currently five) regions: Northern California, Central California, South Coast, Riverside County, and San Diego County. 

Central to CNLM’s mission and fundamental to its success are the principles of rigorous cost estimation for managing conservation areas in perpetuity and application of appropriate scientific information for conservation and restoration.  CNLM staff developed the iconic “PAR” software and made it available (now through subscription to the app) to the conservation community to assist with determination of perpetual stewardship costs.  Financial support for CNLM’s conservation activities is primarily acquired from earnings on investments (endowments) that are professionally managed.  Conservation properties are typically acquired through mitigation processes. As such, the properties have been well vetted for conservation value and are accompanied by perpetual stewardship funding.  In addition to its fee title properties, CNLM monitors and defends conservation easements it has been granted over many properties and works collaboratively with natural resource regulatory agencies to protect and maintain conservation values. 

CNLM is culturally significant in its focus on rare and vulnerable species, small populations, and sensitive habitats.  Such responsibilities require stewardship staff with a strong background in natural sciences, the ability to apply principles from conservation biology with experienced discretion, and a passion for contributing to conservation success through long-term, on-the-ground, management.  To fulfill its conservation mission, CNLM has a well-established practice of selecting for and investing in excellent staff. 

Given the dispersed nature of its preserves throughout California, and in Washington and Oregon, almost all CNLM staff work from home offices—accessing and posting information in a cloud-based system and maintaining core culture through virtual and inperson (when possible) meetings.  CNLM currently maintains a small administrative office in Temecula, California.

CNLM offers competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, and other financial benefits.  Most importantly, we offer the opportunity to work with a team of talented and committed conservation professionals and to achieve a legacy of substantial conservation impact. 


Given the two specific areas of emphasis described previously, somewhat different responsibilities would reside with each Preserve Manager.             

  • Provide stewardship for the Gaviota Tarplant Ranch Preserve including planning, management, enhancement, monitoring, reporting, budgeting, and other activities
  • Monitor occurrences and populations of native, listed, and exotic species of plants and animals
  • Carry out specific preserve management activities such as vegetation management, maintaining and repairing fences and posting signs, patrolling and enforcement (of easement conditions), and preparing scopes of work and contracts for specific services if required for appropriate stewardship and as allowed by preserve budgets
  • Conduct stewardship activities that could include occasional restoration or enhancement activities and integrated pest management including chemical control of exotics if needed and/or mechanical control
  • Manage (adaptively) a grazing program that involves planning and implementation through monitoring and relationship maintenance with landowners, grazing operators, and others
  • Review monitoring protocols, analyze and interpret the results of monitoring activities, and incorporate this information into management activities and plans
  • Develop and maintain a permanent record of preserve activities, decisions taken, and preserve conditions
  • Participate in planning and community meetings as a representative of CNLM and lead outreach as needed – especially with neighboring land owners, police and fire departments, and regulatory and other natural resource agencies and entities, as appropriate
  • Manage and engage the public, as needed
  • Prepare and implement annual work plans, budgets, and reports
  • Identify any additional (beyond provided budget and work plan) important activities, develop plans, and participate in efforts to acquire additional resources
  • Work collaboratively, productively, and professionally with other CNLM staff, natural resources agencies, consultants, advisory committees, and other conservation organizations
  • Supervise other CNLM staff (e.g., Rangers) if applicable and as appropriate and as needed
  • Participate in acquiring new CNLM preserves which includes conducting PAR (Property Analysis Record) analyses on new properties and conducting associated field surveys and due diligence as needed
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned .


  • Master of Science (or Arts) degree (strongly preferred) in Natural Resource Management, Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Range Ecology, Botany, or related field; or compelling evidence of equivalent experience and self-education that would result in understanding of core principles and ability to use statistical, preserve design, ecological, and genetic principles in preserve stewardship and decisionmaking (appropriate academic emphasis will depend on the specific (area of emphasis) Preserve Manager position
  • Relevant experience in land stewardship, including application of good management practices, restoration, and management of rare or fragile species; at least three years of such experience is desirable
  • Experience in management of annual grassland, coastal scrub, and oak woodland habitats is desirable
  • Previous experience and supportive formal education background in rangeland management and use of grazing animals to achieve conservation objectives is required for one of the positions (Grazing and Rangeland Management area of emphasis)
  • Previous experience and supportive formal education background in designing field experiments and monitoring protocols for plant species, data management, analysis, and presentation is required for one of the positions (Biological Monitoring area of emphasis)
  • Knowledge—identification, life history characteristics, management—of southern California native plants is highly desirable
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to write professional stewardship-related plans, reports, and other documents
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively and professionally with committees and the public
  • Proven self-starter, able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision, and able to appropriately use initiative to meet habitat management goals; seeking advice and policy guidance when needed and appropriate
  • Able to quickly learn and effectively use the PAR (Property Analysis Record) software, including the due diligence required for proper application of this financial tool
  • Able to prepare annual budgets and manage Preserve activities within them
  • Working knowledge of GIS and GPS technologies and associated software and a working knowledge of Windows operating systems and PC applications such as Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with statistical analyses and associated software is desirable
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Understanding of basic statistical principles for designing monitoring protocols, simple field trials, and analyzing resulting data is highly desirable
  • Some familiarity with federal, state, and local environmental legislation and codes such as the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts and ability to work with appropriate discretion in a context involving listed species and regulatory requirements
  • Able to structure time effectively and meet deadlines
  • Ability to operate from a home office, to provide a safe location for a CNLM vehicle if one is provided, and to make efficient use of the limited funds available for transportation in traveling to/from the Preserve and conducting other workrelated responsibilities


  • Regularly required to hike through a variety of habitat types and terrain, walking over uneven ground, climbing over obstacles, and accessing remote locations
  • Regularly sits or stands at a desk or computer workstation
  • Regularly required to operate a CNLM vehicle to conduct stewardship responsibilities (this may include a 4×4 truck or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV))
  • Works in an environment that involves overseeing contractors, working closely with other CNLM staff, managing public involvement, negotiating projects with regulatory agencies, and working with advisory committees
  • Some evening and weekend responsibilities may be required, including travel
  • Timing of work may be related to biological windows, fiscal deadlines, Board meetings, legal commitments, or other defining timeframes. As such, periods of heavy workload may occur.
  • May involve supervision of other staff and coordination of work with other CNLM staff
  • Occasionally may be required to use or supervise the use of pesticides and or other chemical substances
  • Occasionally required to use or supervise the use of powered equipment such as weed trimmers and chain saws
  • Occasionally lifts, positions, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.


The working conditions described here are representative in part of those that will be encountered by an employee in this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully function in these working conditions.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  CNLM management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.  

CNLM is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Personnel are chosen based on ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the CNLM and the employee and is subject to change by CNLM as the needs of the CNLM and requirements of the job change. 


Qualified applicants must provide: a detailed letter of interest, a detailed resumé, and two examples of written communication for which the applicant was the sole or senior author (such as a report or publication). 

In your application, please indicate which Area of Interest you would like to be considered for.

Electronic submissions strongly preferred.

 Email these materials to:

Or mail to:  Center for Natural Lands Management

27258 Via Industria, Suite B

Temecula, CA 92590

19 March, 2023:  Region 5 State & Private Forestry Resource Assistant Positions, USFS

Apply Today! Join the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) State and Private Forestry

We are hiring student interns and recent graduates in resource assistant and natural resources opportunities. 

Benefits for all positions below include:

  • Weekly Stipend of $750-$850 per week
  • $1000 per month housing stipend
  • Hands on learning and job training experience
  • Site travel stipend eligible
  • 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service (with successful completion and 960 hours)
  • Health insurance option available at no cost to Resource Assistant
  • Mentorship for career and professional development

The following positions are currently open on MANRSS and MobileGreen websites.  You may access the vacancy announcement(s) at the following link(s). 

  • Urban and Community Forestry Resource Assistant – Apply Here!
    • Urban & Community Forestry technical, financial, and educational assistance
    • Location: Region 5 + PSW Region | 100% virtual but must reside in Hawaii
    • Start Date: Early Spring (ideally March or April) 2023
    • Internship Length: 12 months
  • California and Hawaii Climate Change Resource Assistant – Apply Here!
    • Focus: Climate change science, partnerships, outreach & extension
    • Location: Remote or Hilo, HI or Honolulu, HI
    • Start Date: June 11, 2023
    • Internship Length: 8 months
  • Forestry Assistant Resource Intern – Apply Here!
    • Focus: State & Private Forestry Cooperative Forestry Programs (Forest Stewardship, Rural Forestry Assistance, Emergency Forest Restoration Program and Forest Legacy) 
    • Location: The candidate may choose any location in Northern California, within a reasonable distance of a National Forest office. A bulk of the partner work is located in forests in both the Sierra Nevada and Coastal Mountain Ranges.
    • Start Date: June 11, 2023
    • Internship Length: 12 months
  • Natural Resources Program Intern – Apply Here!
    • Focus: Invasive Plant Management
    • Location: 100% remote, preferable if candidate resides in CA.
    • Start Date: June 11, 2023
    • Internship Length: 12 months
  • Natural Resources Program Intern – Apply Here!
    • Focus: Entomology/Forest Health
    • Location: Hybrid; remote work and in-person (San Bernardino, CA)
    • Start Date: June 11, 2023
    • Internship Length: 12 months

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Upcoming Webinars

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13 March, 2023: Wildlife Biologist, Ocala National Forest, Umatilla, Florida

Wildlife Biologist


Permanent Position

Temp Promotion

Detail – NTE 120 days

National Forests in Florida

Ocala National Forest, Seminole RD – Umatilla, Florida      

The National Forests in Florida may soon be advertising to fill a permanent Wildlife Biologist position for the Ocala National Forest in Umatilla, Florida.  We are also considering Temp Promotion or Detail opportunities.  This is a very dynamic and busy district that will provide you with a challenge but will also be very rewarding. 

The National Forests (NFs) in Florida consist of a Supervisor’s Office and three National Forests.  The Supervisor’s Office of the NFs in Florida is in Tallahassee FL, a metropolitan area rich in multicultural history; the Apalachicola NF is closest to the Supervisor’s Office, the Osceola NF is only about a two-hour drive, and the Ocala NF is approximately a three- hour drive. These national forest lands span almost 1.2 million acres in north and central Florida along with managing the 1,000-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, which is one of 11 national scenic trails in the United States.

About the Position

This position serves as the lead for the Ocala National Forest Wildlife Program and supervises two GS-09 Wildlife Biologists, one GS-09 Aquatic Ecologist, and one GS-07 Wildlife Technician. Highlights of this program area include the management of multiple federal threatened and endangered species including the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and Florida Scrub-Jay.  The Wildlife program area on Ocala is also responsible for: the Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) management program; management of multiple first magnitude springs and thousands of acres of freshwater lakes and ponds; managing bear-human conflicts in concert with the state; and coordinating land management activities with the timber, silviculture, and fire staff areas. 

Major Duties:

Provides guidance for the development of wildlife management plans and/or habitat management plans. Reviews and recommends habitat management and improvement plans for technical soundness and adequacy in meeting overall wildlife management objectives. Ensures plans are implemented. Inspects habitat improvement projects for compliance with approved plans and recommends habitat protection or improvements. Prepares project work plans and coordinates project work with other Unit personnel taking into consideration wildlife habitat requirements in relation to other multiple-use management of forest and range activities.

Responsible for developing the annual program of work for assigned area. Ensures other program objectives are considered with the wildlife program. Plans and executes administrative studies and surveys to obtain information on the effects of forest management on wildlife populations, harvest, and movements. Correlates wildlife management with other resource uses such as timber, recreation, and minerals management. Plans, organizes, and implements wildlife habitat management programs, with emphasis on maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Coordinates wildlife management activities with other resources. Recognizes problems that may develop and recommends preventative or mitigative actions. Participates on interdisciplinary teams for evaluating the impact of Forest Service or non-Forest Service activities on National Forest lands. Reviews Out-Service reports and requests information pertinent to the wildlife resource and prepares recommendations or reports. Reviews Environmental Assessments to determine the adequacy of coordination of wildlife needs. Provides the analysis needed to assess the effects of management activities on Fish, Wildlife and Plant Resources and documents this analysis in an Environmental Assessment.

Prepares or reviews biological evaluations for threatened, endangered or sensitive species. Monitors wildlife program activities, such as a monitoring program for selected wildlife species to measure response to management activities, including annual surveys to determine the status of endangered, threatened, sensitive, and other wildlife species, and animal damage surveys. Prepares reports with recommendations as required. Provides leadership in inventories and evaluation of habitat conditions and needs for upland game, small game, big game, waterfowl, furbearers, and non-game species. Conducts and monitors special studies on the habitat of unique, rare, threatened, and endangered species. Makes recommendations for habitat protections. Provides assistance in preparing and reviewing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources. Participates in the formulation and evaluation of alternatives and in the development of final recommendations. Provides functional assistance to other unit personnel to determine current progress in meeting planned programs and objectives, effectiveness of training, and opportunities for cooperative work. Develops or provides input into the annual program of work determining budgeting and staffing needs. Develops and implements wildlife interpretative programs and other means to promote the Fish and Wildlife programs on the unit.


The Ocala National Forest is located in North Central Florida between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers. Encompassing approximately 383,000 acres, it is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world’s largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. Despite its high, dry, central scrub ridges, the Ocala National Forest is rich in water resources with more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs.

The Ocala National Forest actively manages 3 globally imperiled ecosystems through a variety of vegetation management actions. Endemic and rare species recovery requires long-term flexible and integrated resource projects and partnerships. The district burns approximately 35-50K acres a year in support of the wildlife and hazardous fuels programs. Watershed protection/restoration projects are ongoing to protect the water quality of four major springs and provide clean water recharge to sustain Central Florida’s large and growing population.

The forest hosts a variety of recreation, scenic and historic areas. The recreation activities are as diverse as the environment, from canoeing in wilderness waterways to swimming in crystal clear constant 72° springs. Visitors can enjoy year-round camping, picnicking, fishing, birding, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and four-wheeling on designated Jeep and ATV trail systems.

Within a sea of dense sand pine and scrub oaks, longleaf pine islands provide a different view with open park-like stands of trees over a diverse grassy groundcover. Wildlife species of interest include the Florida scrub-jay, indigo snake, gopher tortoise, sand skink, red-cockaded woodpecker, striped newt, and Florida black bear.

For additional information about the Ocala National Forest please visit:  Ocala National Forest – Home (

To Express Interest In This Position:

  • ‘Respond’ to the notice in the Outreach Database.
  • Email your resume and the completed outreach form (below) to John Dunlap, Forest Biologist
  • In the subject line please reference “Ocala Wildlife Biologist Outreach”
  • Privacy Notice: special hiring authorities may potentially require your personal information.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact John Dunlap, 850-545-8573

When available, the vacancy announcement for this position will be advertised at – Website to search for Current and Upcoming Forest Service Job Opportunities

Link to Outreach Form