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Madera County Firewise Coordinator

Madera County Firewise Coordinator

The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) is currently seeking applications for a highly motivated Conservation Resource Technician to assist in the implementation of voluntary projects on The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) is currently seeking applications for a highly motivated Firewise Community Coordinator to assist in the implementation of voluntary projects on private property to create forest management plans and restore habitat. The incumbent, in collaboration with other staff, will be involved in all aspects of fire prevention projects, including initiating contact with cooperators, community outreach, identifying and developing action plans, assisting with permits, supervising construction/debris removal, and post‐construction monitoring.

This position will work as the CRCD Community Coordinator for the Madera Firewise Program, using the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) principles. Duties include outreach and establishment of new Firewise communities in Eastern Madera County, support of established Firewise communities, implement annual fuel reduction activities to complete defensible space and reduce wildfire hazards, increase and elevate outreach and education on Firewise principals and sustain the program through diverse funding opportunities, sponsorships and partnerships. The incumbent will also be working on a team to develop, promote, and implement resource management measures that complement the Firewise program such as forest, range and pasture management, fire prevention, erosion and sediment control, and habitat restoration using National Resource Conservation Service programs and other grant programs to assist private land owners in our District with their home hardening goals.

Other responsibilities include assisting with writing grant proposals and managing administrative aspects of current grants, participating on technical advisory committees, presenting at educational Other responsibilities include assisting with writing grant proposals and managing administrative aspects of current grants, participating on technical advisory committees, presenting at educational and training events and working collaboratively with partner organizations and agencies to provide input on technical documents and reports.

Required Qualifications

Desire to embrace and achieve the mission of the RCD: To promote, protect, and improve the diverse natural resources of Eastern Madera County
Experience engaging and collaborating with diverse groups and stakeholders including landowners, growers, industry representatives, researchers, nonprofits, public agencies, and citizens
Experience with public speaking and Power Point presentations, including agenda development and meeting facilitation both in person and via Zoom or Teams
Ability to provide technical assistance and educational programs to landowners, helping them voluntarily create defensible space in a high fire danger zone
Computer proficiency, in particular Microsoft Office Suite and presentation software with the ability to create and edit concise tracking documents, public outreach materials and engaging slide or video presentations
Ability to work remotely and independently from home or other locations and as part of a team, including excellent time management and the ability to meet grant reporting deadlines
Ability to exercise professional judgment in the planning, design and implementation of conservation projects and take initiative in fulfilling programmatic and grant related obligations
Required Qualifications (cont.)

Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and multitasking ability
Highly motivated and self-directing and the ability to prioritize and coordinate workload
Approximately one third of time will be devoted to conducting field activities, possibly in inclement weather and across uneven terrain
Ability to follow direction and work cooperatively with others, including partner organizations
Ability and willingness to follow Federal, State and Locally mandated orders as directed by Public Health agencies including working remotely; ability and willingness to wear mask or face shields and maintain a minimum 6-foot social distance when meeting property owners or other partners. CRCD will follow vaccine mandates set by Madera County for all employees
Desired Qualifications

Proficiency with ARCGIS and GPS.
Knowledge of natural resource conservation principles and science, specifically forestry, erosion, storm water runoff, and/or native plant and animal communities.
Knowledge of wildland fire prevention and mitigation, fire behavior and authoritative fire agencies/organizations
Position Information

The Madera County Firewise Coordinator position is a 30-40 hour/week position that is flexible with some weekend and evening duties. Job related travel is required, and some weekend and overnight travel may be necessary. Approved travel expenses incurred while conducting official RCD business will be paid on a reimbursable basis. A valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance is required.

This position is 100% grant funded with no guarantee of employment beyond the project/grant funding cycle.

Compensation

Financial compensation will be commensurate with applicable experience ($18-$24/ hour DOE).

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 professional references to:

COARSEGOLD RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Attn: Julie Konno

PO BOX 1306

North Fork, CA 93643

Or electronic submissions to:

Julie.konno@crcd.org The deadline for submitting application materials is September 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm.