Irvine Ranch Conservancy (CA) seeks Field Operations/Trails Manager


Sept. 12, 2010

Position open until filled.


The Irvine Ranch Conservancy, a non-profit land stewardship organization located in Orange County, California, seeks an experienced Field Operations Manager as part of a professional team managing 30,000 acres of wildland in Central and Coastal Orange County. This highly results-oriented position both supervises and implements operations-related work in the field as defined in the scope of the Conservancy’s land management partnerships with public landowners.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing and performing trail, staging area and trailhead maintenance and construction; fire/fuels management; exotic invasive species and weed control; perimeter-fence monitoring and repair; preparation, posting and maintenance of signs and other preserve infrastructure; supervision of volunteer work; and liaison/coordination with security forces and open space patrols. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Irvine Ranch Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply to jobs@irconservancy.org or visit www.irconservancy.org

CORE FUNCTIONS:
The Field Operations Manager is a highly results-oriented position that oversees and implements field construction, operations and resource stewardship projects, coordinates and performs wildland maintenance tasks such as trail and facility maintenance, and performs other field operations-related work as defined in the scope of the Conservancy’s wildland management agreements. This position requires independent judgment and decision-making in the field within a defined scope of work and budget to produce excellent quality results in daily on-the-ground operations and management of public access facilities and preserve infrastructure. Responsibilities include but are not limited to trail, staging area and trailhead maintenance and construction; fire/fuels management; exotic invasive species and weed control; perimeter-fence monitoring and repair; preparation, posting and maintenance of signs and other preserve infrastructure; supervision of volunteer work; and liaison/coordination with security forces and open space patrols.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:
High school diploma and minimum three to five years related experience. Bachelor’s degree in related field a plus.
Demonstrated job-related experience and innovation in the field operations of open space areas or parklands with
sensitive natural resources and high demands for public access and recreation.
Experience in the means, methods, and equipment used in trail construction and maintenance, erosion control,
fencing and gate construction and maintenance, weed abatement, sign installation and maintenance, and facilities
construction and maintenance (kiosks, benches, bridges, railing, post and cable systems, etc.).
Substantial knowledge in general construction means, methods and equipment including but not limited to rough
carpentry, concrete, masonry, sheet metal, asphalt repair, surveying, grading, etc…
Experience and desire to work with or lead public interpretive/recreational programs; supervise volunteer work.
Successful management of multiple projects, budgets and timelines to anticipated results.
Experience in safe use and maintenance of field tools and equipment, especially trail construction and maintenance
equipment including power tools, and heavy equipment (mowers, tractors, power saws, chain saws, compactors,
excavators, jack-hammers, etc.)
Current possession or willingness to obtain licenses or certifications such as trail construction, fire management,
first aid, CPR, herbicide application, specialized equipment usage, specialized driver’s license.
Broad grounding in natural sciences; familiarity with the biological systems, flora and fauna of the region desired.
Computer experience, including database knowledge, to maintain records and reports.
Possession of or willingness to complete applicable Naturalist Training.

DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:
Make independent day-to-day field level decisions within a defined project scope. Decisions will affect open space natural resource management, individual work and the work of project teams, as well as the general public. Exercise judgment from experience to make or recommend wise decisions based on analysis and occasionally in the absence of complete information. Decisions will directly affect staff, volunteers, partners and resources. Perform outstanding work as part of an agreed upon project scope under general supervision, assuming responsibility for on-the-ground implementation of field projects; consult with supervisors and partners and make recommendations in instances that fall outside of agreed scope.

RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT –FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY:
Directly supervise volunteers and interns. Accountable for performance management and outstanding project
outcomes. Assist with volunteer training and development.
Direct field work groups and crews on field projects including both paid staff and volunteers.
Develop, operate, and work within both program and project budgets in agreement and coordination with
supervisor. Manage costs and results with outstanding quality and efficiency.

COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:
Ability to work constructively and professionally, and communicate effectively with a wide range of people from
the general public, specialized user groups, neighbors, team members, public agency staff, environmental
organizations and other partners. Problem-solve, resolve conflicts, and achieve program goals.
Embrace and remain focused on mission of preserving natural resources while providing compatible public access.
Ability to clearly and succinctly communicate goals and objectives to wide range of groups and individuals with
differing agendas. Function equally effectively as a team leader or team member.
Communicate work instructions clearly to open space preserve staff and volunteers.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
Willingness to work long hours in an outdoor setting at multiple locations.
Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in diverse weather conditions and on difficult and
sometimes hazardous terrain.
Ability to operate heavy machinery if needed.
Ability to lift and transport materials, equipment and tools by hand to remote work-sites on difficult and
sometimes hazardous terrain.
Work may require physical exertion and/or strain to the point of physical fatigue. Work environment involves
exposure to job hazards where there is a possibility of injury.
Ability to traverse long distances on foot to remote work-sites on difficult and sometimes hazardous terrain.

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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