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California Grazing Lands Coalition Coordinator

Website VoiceofWLA Western Landowners Alliance

Stewardship with Vision

The California Grazing Lands Coordinator will lead efforts to develop a formal strategy that identifies and prioritizes durable pathways for the delivery of technical assistance and education on ecologically and economically beneficial strategies for the stewardship of grazing lands in California. This position is being supported by WLA on behalf of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, the convener of the California Grazing Lands Coalition.

Description

About Western Landowners Alliance (WLA): Founded in 2012 by landowners and managers, the organization aims to increase the wellbeing of working lands in the American West and the living communities, including human and wildlife, that depend on them.

About California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (CRCC): Founded in 2005 by ranchers, conservationists, academia and agencies, the organization aims to keep California working rangelands healthy and ranchers ranching.

About California Grazing Lands Coalition (CA GLCI): The California Grazing Lands Coalition (CA GLC) will be a rancher-led coalition, providing a space for collaboration with other organizations, agencies, and private industry to promote sound management of grazing lands as the foundation of the ranching industry and for all their adapted uses and multiple benefits to the environment and society. A strong emphasis will be placed on management strategies to improve resiliency, including climate-smart grazing systems. The CA GLC will build on the experience of diverse stakeholders to implement a multi-year strategy to enhance rancher relationships, technical resources, and on-the-ground projects.

Position Overview: The California Grazing Lands Coordinator will lead efforts to develop a formal strategy that identifies and prioritizes durable pathways for the delivery of technical assistance and education on ecologically and economically beneficial strategies for the stewardship of grazing lands in California. This position is being supported by WLA on behalf of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, the convener of the California Grazing Lands Coalition.

Amount of Time & Status: 40 hours a week, exempt, Monday-Friday. This position is currently funded for two years. Extension of the position will be dependent upon securing ongoing coordination capacity support.

Location: This position is remote with preference of residency in California. Periodic travel within and out of the State will be required.

Reports to: The position is supported by WLA’s Western Grazing Lands Coalition Manager as part of WLA’s Working Lands Program Team, with oversight from CRCC.

Compensation: Salary is up to $68,000 annually. Western Landowners Alliance offers comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, parental and medical leave, 403b retirement savings account with a discretionary match, life insurance, short-term disability benefits, and an employee assistance program.

Duties/Responsibilities Include: 

  • In partnership with members of the newly formed California Grazing Lands Coalition, develop and implement a formal strategy that identifies and prioritizes durable pathways for the delivery of technical assistance and education on ecological and economically beneficial strategies for the stewardship of grazing lands in California
  • Provide knowledge and experience in soil health and grazing management within CA rangeland systems to CA GLC and other partnership efforts
  • Facilitate knowledge-exchange and continued learning on climate-smart grazing strategies to address drought resiliency, invasive species, wildfire risk and recovery, and other local resource concerns
  • Coordinate with Indian Nations Conservation Alliance to support outreach and technical assistance to tribal partners and grazing lands managers, and engage them in the California Grazing Lands Coalition leadership and strategic planning
  • Lead planning, outreach, and delivery of opportunities designed to engage diverse practitioners, students, and other stakeholders in grazing lands stewardship
  • Support and participate in the annual CA Rangeland Summit hosted by CRCC
  • On behalf of the California Grazing Lands Coalition participate in a West-wide grazing lands network to address common challenges and empower collaborative conservation opportunities at a western region scale
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 2-3 years minimum of relevant work experience or equivalent comprehensive work experience required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain positive working relationships
  • Knowledge of current rangeland ecosystem and grazing management principles, concepts, and theories
  • Strong understanding of federal and state programs that promote conservation on grazing lands (including Farm Bill programs), is required, with understanding of extension and local grazing lands programs and resources additionally preferred
  • Experience with collaborative and strategic planning, is preferred
  • Adaptable and able to move work forward within complex political and multi-jurisdictional landscapes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; detail oriented, strong independent work ethic; and ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to distill complex subject matter to any audience for comprehension
  • Experience working for a government entity or nonprofit specializing in natural resource management and/or agriculture, is preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms
  • Creative and positive approach to communication and problem solving
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required
  • Willingness and ability to maintain confidential information and work with diverse populations

Working Environment/Physical Activities: Work environment is an office and field setting. Physical activities include sitting at a desk and working on a keyboard and computer several hours a day; conducting business over the telephone and via email; standing for long periods of time; periodic travel, and traveling long distances by vehicle (including traveling on unpaved roads). This position may also require moving materials up to 25 pounds.

Application Procedure: Please submit your resume with references and cover letter (required) via email to info@westernlandowners.org or apply on our website. Please, no phone calls. Western Landowners Alliance values diversity and inclusiveness and is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for all team members regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or political affiliation. We encourage all qualified and interested candidates to apply. Target start date: October 15, 2023    

Salary

$60,000 – $68,000 per year

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