Program Specialist

The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County seeks a Program Specialist to join a dynamic team of conservation and agriculture professionals. The Program Specialist will work closely with partners to lead watershed coordination, development and implementation of stewardship in agriculture programs throughout Santa Cruz County and in the Pajaro Valley in particular. Example projects the Program Specialist will lead include coordination of the Community Water Dialogue (a landowner driven effort to reduce aquifer overdraft in the Pajaro Valley), projects to reduce sediment and pesticide loading from farms, and stormwater collection and infiltration projects. This work supports agriculture’s efforts to steward water supplies and protect water quality. The work environment is fast paced, collaborative, and creative. 
The ideal candidate is an experienced watershed coordinator and/or conservation project manager with a background in agriculture, environmental science and policy and a solid history of multi-stakeholder collaboration. The successful candidate must have working knowledge of agricultural production and resource concerns, ideally with experience relevant to central coast agricultural commodities and communities. Experience grant writing, developing budgets, managing contracts and subcontractors is essential, as is a demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative team. Additional experience with NRCS conservation planning, permitting and construction project management is a plus.
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This position is open until filled.

Contact Information

Lisa Laurie