TITLE: Watershed Science Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
JOB STATUS: Full time, exempt
LOCATION: Nevada City, CA
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. People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and again. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 37 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader from the Sierra headwaters to the lower Yuba River for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security, water quality, forest health, and education and engagement within our community.
SYRCL’s interdisciplinary Watershed Science team works to ensure a healthy and resilient watershed through diverse restoration, monitoring, and water quality projects. Overseeing a team of nine, the Watershed Science Director brings scientific expertise to shape our vision for a healthy Yuba River watershed. This person will develop projects with staff and partner organizations; implement program goals, strategies, and work plans; and oversee deliverables such as scientific reports and other media. A strong presence as a scientific spokesperson in the local and the scientific community, as well as experience obtaining and managing large grants will also be expected.
Current projects include meadow restoration targeted at improving hydrology, biodiversity and carbon sequestration; floodplain restoration projects targeted at improving salmonid and riparian habitat; mine remediation and monitoring for sediment and mercury; invasive species removal targeted at reducing fuel loads and impacts in riparian areas; forest health work targeted at landscape scale habitat restoration and climate resiliency; and water quality monitoring to investigate trends and issues across the Yuba watershed.
As a community-based organization, public engagement is key to our work and is used to inform our scientific priorities and on the ground management actions. The Watershed Science team contributes to policy, advocacy, legal, communications, and education work organization-wide. This position will lead scientific engagement and build relationships with researchers in academia, government, and NGOs, while staying involved with our community.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a substitute for the specific education and experience listed below.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by September 27. We recognize this is a challenging time for hiring, both for the organization and candidate due to COVID-19. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel interview. Anticipated start date will be December 1, 2020. Applicants will be expected to provide two to three writing samples and participate in a timed writing exercise.
Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California non-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits.
This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Submit your cover letter and resume electronically at https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/. No phone calls, please.
SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.