Conservation Programs Manager via Idealist

Chino Basin Water Conservation District

Montclair, CA, US

If you have a passion for our environment and sustainable landscapes, Chino Basin Water Conservation District may be the organization you have been seeking.

We are looking for an energetic and innovative Conservation Program Manager with knowledge of sustainable landscape principles/low impact development strategies and experience with designing, installing, and auditing efficient irrigation systems.

The successful candidate will also possess excellent communication skills and a collaborative spirit that empowers individuals to make a water saving lifestyle the new norm for Southern California. A strong work ethic and proactive approach to achieving CBWCD’s goals and mission is a must.

The District is seeking an energetic leader with experience as a landscape architect/designer and/or conservation programs manager. Candidate will have significant work experience in a management or administrative position in a landscape business, public agency or non-profit organization with at least five years of progressively responsible experience in water conservation, irrigation auditing, horticulture and/or landscaping.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • At least three years’ experience in a managerial capacity with the ability to multitask successfully and take ownership of projects from conception to implementation and evaluation.
  • A collaborative, proactive and driven leadership style that engages stakeholders and empowers and motivates District staff.
  • A passion for water efficient landscaping and a track record in working well with staff, professional landscapers, water agencies, conservation organizations, the private sector and the public.
  • Exceptional organization, project management, contract accounting, benchmark tracking, report and grant writing skills.
  • Significant knowledge of sustainable landscapes, horticulture, green infrastructure, water conservation, including knowledge of stakeholder networks and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with a focus on results.
  • The ability to work in fast-paced environment and ensure that Division projects and programs are undertaken and completed successfully in a timely manner.
  • An ability to think creatively about new projects and programs and to bring together stakeholders.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas of environmental studies, ecology, resource management, hydrology, geology, horticulture, landscape irrigation science, urban planning or directly related fields. Must possess, or have the ability to secure within six months of employment, at least two of the following certifications: Irrigation Association Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification (QWEL), American Water Works Association Water Use Efficiency Grade II and Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP).

Check out our attached Conservation Programs Manager Brochure for more info.