Career Opportunity

Forest Health Watershed Coordinator – SYRCL/Yuba River Waterkeeper

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The Forest Health Watershed Coordinators will manage the Yuba Watershed Forest Collaborative, providing technical support and promoting community and stakeholder engagement to establish and further the goals of the collaborative within the Yuba River watershed. The Forest Health Watershed Coordinator positions are funded by a grant from the California Department of Conservation (DOC) with matching funds from Yuba Water Agency and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Work will be conducted in partnership between SYRCL, Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP), The Tahoe National Forest, Yuba Water Agency, and many others. The program has four goals, which include improving forest health and forest resiliency, implementing an economically viable and environmentally sustainable forest products industry, engaging diverse stakeholders throughout the Yuba River watershed to promote and implement forest health and forest product projects, and raising funds through collaborative grant requests and alternative funding streams.

We are hiring two individuals who will work as a team over a period of 3-4 years to facilitate and manage the Yuba Watershed Forest Collaborative. Watershed Coordinators will build relationships with stakeholders and convene meetings focused on moving forward four total projects the North Yuba Project, the Forest Biomass Business Center, and two additional projects, yet to be determined. Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of ecological and sustainable forestry practices, have experience with biomass utilization and the forest product industry, have experience with collaborative groups, and have a passion for forest and watershed restoration. The coordinators will be strong advocates for innovative forest management and will revitalize the Yuba River watershed’s forest products industry.

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