Work with the Executive Director and agency partners to:
• Survey local agricultural producers to assess demographics, resource concerns, and adoption of conservation practices.
• Recruit local farmers to implement demonstration projects that improve soil health, irrigation efficiency, water quality, water retention, and yield other natural resource benefits. Establish CCRCD as an active hub of the CA Soil Health Network.
• Research and develop tools to support carbon beneficial practices on Contra Costa farms, ranches, and other working lands.
• Research and develop policies to help County departments and local municipalities incorporate working lands (e.g. farms, ranches, urban ag.) into green infrastructure plans, climate action plans, and watershed plans.
• Organize technical workshops for farmers, ranchers, private landowners, public agencies, and homeowners to increase awareness of stewardship practices that protect soil, water, and habitat, and improve watershed health.
• Serve as CCRCD liaison and staff support to the San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Coalition, Contra Costa Farm Bureau, reclamation districts, irrigation districts, local fire-safe councils, weed management areas, and other community groups.
• Raise awareness of Contra Costa agriculture and improve urban - rural connections, by developing initiatives such as re-engaging the Contra Costa Food Systems Alliance, supporting County development of an agricultural ombudsman program, and/or working with partners to expand local, urban agriculture programs.
• Assist other staff with CCRCD’s Watershed Program and the Alameda - Contra Costa Livestock Pond Initiative.
UProject ManagementU. Work with CCRCD staff, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and local partners to:
• Identify fundraising opportunities, prepare grant proposals, and manage grant agreements for projects and programs.
• Hire and manage consultants and contractors, including RFPs, contracting, and enforcement of scope, budget, and timeline.
• Obtain and manage regulatory permits, CEQA compliance, water rights, and landowner agreements for projects.
• Conduct field work to assess site conditions, plan project and permit compliance and monitor resources.