Wildlife Linkages Program Manager

Land Stewardship Palo Alto, California


Description

POST is looking for an experienced conservation professional to lead our Wildlife Linkages Program. The Wildlife Linkages Program Manager position focuses on the implementation of POST’s vision to conserve biodiversity in our region by enhancing ecological connectivity and landscape permeability in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains.  This unique position combines strategic leadership, partner collaboration, and project management towards the implementation of regionally significant restoration and infrastructure projects.

BASIC FUNCTION OR PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Wildlife Linkages Program Manager (Program Manager) is responsible for all aspects of POST’s Wildlife Linkages Program, including management of the program strategy, budget, and implementation plan through a diverse portfolio of wildlife connectivity projects throughout the region. This position plays a critical role in POST’s efforts to establish a network of protected areas at a scale, distribution, and quality necessary to conserve biodiversity in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The position coordinates closely with the Director of Conservation Science, other program managers, and other colleagues on the Land team as needed.  The Program Manager will engage with members of the Marketing and Development teams. Externally, the Program Manager will foster strategic relationships with current conservation partners including public agencies as well as fostering new strategic relationships that help advance our goal of providing habitat connectivity throughout the region.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF POSITION:

Strategy (10%)

  • Manage all aspects of POST’s Wildlife Linkages Program including maintenance and refinement of the program vision, strategy, and budget.
  • Identify and prioritize wildlife connectivity projects within a regional perspective, including the investigation and analysis of wildlife linkage/habitat connectivity plans, relevant scientific literature, and POST-led studies that are specifically designed for our working area.
  • Assume a thought leadership role, in close cooperation with the Director of Conservation Science, in pertinent matters relating to habitat connectivity, landscape permeability, and wildlife community resilience.
  • Present regularly to staff, the Executive Team, and the Board on program updates, progress toward goals, and special opportunities that will help the achieve the program vision.

Relationships (20%)

  • Cultivate relationships with wildlife scientists, public agencies, and other private conservation organizations to build support for program vision, strategy, and implementation.  Foster interagency collaboration for leveraged regional impact.
  • Hire and manage consultants with a variety of expertise as needed to complement internal and partner resources.

Implementation/Project Management (60%)

  • Coordinate implementation of wildlife connectivity planning, design, permitting, easement, and construction activities with internal staff, consultants, external partners, and funders.
  • Oversee the preparation and review of connectivity planning documents, RFQs, and RFPs, including the design and implementation of scientific studies.
  • Serve as project manager or coordinator on wildlife-related stewardship and wildlife infrastructure projects, in collaboration with relevant staff. 
  • Act as an internal consultant to land transactions staff, program managers, and other staff on wildlife aspects of POST projects.

External Relations (10%)

  • Be seen as a wildlife connectivity expert and serve as POST’s ambassador to the scientific and wildlife conservation community by presenting at and attending conferences and partner and community meetings and events.
  • Work with Development staff to develop and implement a fundraising strategy, track sources, and solicit grants of public and private funds.
  • Work with Marketing staff to develop and implement an effective outreach communication plan that engages the POST community both through on-going communications and specific events including those involving strategic partners.  

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • None 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED TO DO THIS JOB:

  • Subject matter knowledge in landscape ecology, wildlife ecology, conservation biology, linear infrastructure and ecology, and urban and regional planning.
  • Experience in managing a program strategy, budget, and implementation plan.
  • Extensive experience with land management processes and procedures.
  • Minimum five years of directly related work experience in wildlife conservation, land use planning, , and/or natural resource management.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Direct experience with connectivity planning, design, implementation, and on-going management.
  • Experience negotiating, tracking, and managing implementation of contracts.
  • Experience in grant-writing or working with development staff to secure program funding.
  • Experience working with communication staff and consultants to develop and deliver an effective communication plan.
  • Experience in creating and delivering effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences using multiple mediums.
  • Familiarity with POST’s working area (Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties) is preferred.
  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to work independently and with teams and to manage multiple simultaneous complex projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding planning and analytical skills.
  • Experience with project budgets and accounting.
  • Advanced computer literacy including knowledge of GIS and database tools.
  • College degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred in related field(s) of study.
  • Valid California Drivers’ License is required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • This position requires using a computer and office software, applications, and equipment on a continual basis, and sometimes in the field. Requires regular and accurate communication with others using telephone and video technology, and ability to interact effectively with digital and printed materials. The person in this role will sometimes need to move or transfer materials weighing up to 20 pounds. 
  • Regularly drives company vehicles to remote locations as a required part of the job.
  • Regularly traverses uneven, rough, or inclined terrain while in the field in order to carry out essential duties in managing land projects. The individual will regularly be exposed to outdoor elements.
  • There are occasional meetings or duties that occur outside regular work hours.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow individuals to perform the essential functions of this position.