Certification & Project Manager

Ca. Land Stewardship Institute

Napa, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $70-85,000/year commensurate with experience
Deadline Feb 15, 2022


The California Land Stewardship Institute (CLSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to planning and implementing environmental stewardship, restoration and enhancement programs and projects including educational activities, scientific studies, promotion of beneficial stewardship practices and resource conservation activities on private lands and waterways.

CLSI operates the award-winning Fish Friendly Farming (FFF) Certification Program in 15 California counties. Over 200,000 acres are enrolled in the program. The FFF program is a robust certification program that assesses the natural resources of individual farm parcels and includes slopes, soils and creeks and inventories management practices such as soil and water conservation, chemical use, water sources and other practices. We complete maps and a detailed farm plan which specifies Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality, reduce chemical use, conserve water, revegetate and restore habitats and other actions. The FFF certification provides regulatory compliance for the grower. In Napa over 90% of the vineyards are FFF certified. CLSI certifies over 15 crops including fruit and nut orchards, field crops, vineyards, cannabis and ranch land.

CLSI originated and runs the Climate Adaptation Certification, the first agricultural certification program. This program models greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration for all activities on the farm – cover crops, tillage, nitrogen use, burning, diesel equipment use and other actions as well as carbon sequestered in hedgerow and native habitat plantings, existing open space and habitats on the property. Two future scenarios with changed practices are also modeled.

CLSI carries out its programs and projects by establishing collaborative relationships with landowners/managers and agricultural organizations. CLSI also completes scientific studies and monitoring in cooperation with agencies, environmental groups, landowners and other scientists. The organization’s offices are located in Napa, California.  CLSI will train the selected candidate in our programs, procedures, modeling and mapping methods.

We are seeking a Certification & Project Manager to carry out a range of activities including implementation of the FFF program for both irrigated lands and rangeland, implementation of the Climate Adaptation Certification program, technical assistance with state soil health programs and implementation of erosion control and stream restoration projects. The Certification & Project Manager will work with other staff to coordinate programs and projects run by the California Land Stewardship Institute. The Certification & Project Manager will be an integral part of a small and collaborative staff who works together closely.


Program Management

Oversee and expand the Fish Friendly Farming (FFF) Certification Program and Climate Adaptation Certification Program in all counties

  • Monitor pending or proposed regulations at the state level that would directly impact the two programs, work with Executive Director to amend programs to meet new regulations
  • Work with landowners and land managers to initiate, and complete farm plans and other documents
  • Establish and maintain positive relationship with regulatory agencies staff
  • Oversee scheduling of site visits, farm plan progress and certifications
  • Complete field assessment and analysis for farm conservation plans, erosion control and habitat projects, project design and permits
  • Input information from farm plan into modeling system to capture GHG emission savings as needed
  • Coordinate and oversee project design and construction
  • Coordinate and oversee staff, consultants, and certifiers in field work
  • Schedule and complete certifications
  • Manage and update the database and generate data reports as needed
  • Train other staff in farm plan preparation, use of the database and other tasks as needed
  • Oversee automated invoicing process (synchronization of two databases) and review invoices related to the FFF and CAC program (farm plan fee, administrative fee and certification fee)
  • Create reports that synthesize impact of the program for landowners and the public as needed
  • Obtain Erosion Control Specialist certification
  • Work with the Vice President and/or Executive Director on grant proposals, reports & compliance related to grants that fund the FFF program and its activities
  • Organize educational workshops for the FFF & CAC Program (conduct outreach, create agendas and event planning related to the workshop)
  • Work with the Vice President on invoicing, budgets, schedules and other policies and procedures for the FFF & CAC Programs

Database Management

Project Manager of CLSI’s Salesforce database

  • Responsible for the upgrades and quality of data within the Salesforce database
  • Review and revise database to remove duplicate entries
  • Update contact names and information
  • Update site information and farm plan information


  • Coordinate workshops on invasive plant removal, native plant revegetation, demonstration projects, and other topics as needed.
  • Assistance with fire recovery and forest health projects
  • Develop and manage other restoration projects as needed, including seeking permits and landowner approval.
  • Training in many field techniques and subjects as well as a variety of computer programs will be provided
  • Process various types of monitoring data and analyze for various features and trends.
  • Assist other staff in completing stream flow gaging, discharge measurements and other field measurements.
  • Contribute to the expansion and updating of our website
  • Other duties as assigned

This position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative manner with private landowners
  • Educational background and experience in soil science, hydrology, geomorphology, aquatic or riparian ecology or agricultural science. Minimum requirements are a B.A. or B.S.; M.A. or M.S a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing environmental projects
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Maturity, integrity, and experience to gain the trust and confidence of private landowners, farmers, colleagues, and partners
  • Results orientation, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within budget and deadlines
  • Strong sense of ethics and respect for confidentiality of information
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to working in a mission-driven, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to operate with flexibility in times of change
  • Familiarity with North Bay and/or farming communities a plus
  • Ability to work effectively and respectfully with a variety of constituencies
  • Proficient with ArcGIS
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop preferred
  • Own a car with valid driver’s license and insurance with ability to travel when necessary: driving is required.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position with medical and dental benefits and retirement plan. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and is competitive to fund living expenses in the SF Bay Area. We will consider recent graduates who may not have experience but have competed their degree.


To apply:

Please submit a resume via e-mail to Laurel Marcus, Executive Director at laurelm@fishfriendlyfarming.org by 2/15/22. Phone calls are discouraged.

The California Land Stewardship Institute is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. We are committed to diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status.

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