Watershed Conservation Advocate

Foothill Conservancy
Jackson, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Associate's Degree/Diploma


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The Foothill Conservancy is a small, community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a primary focus on California’s central Sierra Nevada foothills. We are seeking a part-time Watershed Conservation Advocate to assist with projects related to river, forest, and watershed conservation and restoration, primarily in the central Sierra Nevada.

Under the supervision of the Foothill Conservancy Executive Director, the Watershed Conservation Advocate will work closely with consultants and key Conservancy watershed program volunteers. The Advocate will learn how to effectively advocate for river and watershed conservation and restoration in meetings of collaborative river and watershed groups and public agencies; prepare meeting summaries and other written and oral reports; help develop river and watershed- related policies, programs, and projects; assist in watershed-related communication, public education and outreach; support the work of the Conservancy’s Watershed Committee; and assist in raising funds for the Conservancy’s watershed program.

Worksite location: Jackson, CA

Minimum qualifications:

  • Associate degree and at least three years of relevant, full-time work or volunteer experience, or a bachelor’s degree with at least two years of full-time, relevant post-college work or volunteer experience
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office software suite
  • Ability to use a computer for prolonged periods of time
  • Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record as reflected in a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) check
  • Access to a fully insured vehicle to use in the course of business (mileage to be reimbursed)
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
  • Ability to participate in field trips that require off-trail hiking
  • Ability to work independently and work occasionally on weekends and evenings.
  • Able to attend conferences, meetings and training sessions held in and out of the local area
  • Capable of lifting at least 25 pounds

Desired qualifications, skills and abilities:

  • Strong interest in river and watershed protection and restoration with an understanding of key river and watershed issues in the Sierra Nevada
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree and two years of experience in terrestrial or aquatic sciences, ecology, watershed studies, watershed policy, natural resources policy, natural resources management or similar field
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Willingness to learn new computer skills, including use of a website content management system
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail as well as ability to understand the “big picture”
  • Training or experience in collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to productively participate in half-day or full-day meetings
  • Ability to thrive in a rural, family-oriented community
  • Willingness to learn
  • Patience, persistence and dedication
  • Grant research and grant-writing experience

Compensation: $18-$22 an hour, depending on qualifications. Benefits include paid sick leave, paid vacation, flexible working hours, potential teleworking options, paid holidays, and a health insurance stipend.

Hours per week: 20

The position has the possibility to become full time through resource development.

To apply:

  • E-mail us a letter of interest, resume, and two writing samples as e-mail attachments to 
  • Subject: Watershed Conservation Associate job application.
  • No calls please.

Position open until filled.