NRCS Rangeland Conservationist Partnership

Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Bishop, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $60,000-$80,000
Deadline Dec 15, 2023


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT), and the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) are seeking to fill a collaborative position to conserve working lands, wildlife habitat, and healthy watersheds in the Eastern Sierra region of California. This is a 2-year, full time position based in Bishop, CA with fieldwork throughout Inyo, Mono, and Alpine counties in the Eastern Sierra region.

The Rangeland Conservationist Partnership Position will add capacity and provide support to local NRCS and ESLT staff. This position will expand and expedite field delivery and partnership development capacity to strengthen and improve private land protection and rangeland improvement in the Eastern Sierra region. This partnership opportunity will leverage current and future conservation funds from the Inflation Reduction Act and the Farm Bill. The position will be hosted by the ESLT but daily instruction and leadership will be provided by local NRCS staff. The IWJV will provide support for the collective partnership.


  • Expand NRCS and ESLT partnerships with private landowners, agencies, and conservation organizations to accelerate the pace and scale of private land protection and rangeland improvement projects in the Eastern Sierra region.
  • Encourage landowner participation and provide technical assistance in applicable conservation programs that fulfill NRCS, ESLT and IWJV objectives, including Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), and Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP). Support the application of NRCS Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Mitigation Activities within EQIP and CSP programs as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with NRCS and ESLT to identify and implement range and habitat improvement projects including: riparian and wet meadow restoration, invasive annual grass treatment, and infrastructure improvement projects to increase the sustainability and economic viability of working lands, while simultaneously improving habitat for sage-grouse, mule deer, waterfowl, shorebirds and other rangeland and wet meadow-dependent wildlife.
  • Further develop relationships with landowners, permittees, and Tribes to address resource concerns and leverage conservation funding for conservation easements and rangeland improvement projects.
  • Prepare, update, and implement adaptive management plans for NRCS and ESLT projects.
  • Coordinate and participate in field work activities for rangeland conservation project implementation.
  • Provide assistance to NRCS staff (Bishop and Minden Field Offices) and to ESLT Lands Program staff as needed. Utilize NRCS planning and contracting tools to assist with conservation planning and contract development.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including public education and outreach.


  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent), ideally, in a natural resources field (wildlife, range, conservation, forestry, hydrology, environmental science, botany) or related field
  • Ability to connect, communicate, and learn from people with diverse perspectives, experiences, and values
  • Passionate about wildlife conservation, functioning ecological systems, and working lands
  • Strong understanding of natural resource issues in Eastern California preferred
  • Experience integrating wildlife conservation principles into range management systems
  • Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planner certification
  • Possess a solid understanding of NRCS plans, conservation programs, and projects
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Valid drivers’ license
  • 4WD experience


This position requires approximately 50% fieldwork and 50% office work. When working in the field, this position requires working outside in variable outdoor weather conditions, including hot and dry conditions at high elevation, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain including frequent standing, bending, twisting, lifting, and push/pulling, long hours in isolated settings often alone, and hiking over several miles through mud, creeks, desert, and mountain terrain. This position requires work in an environment with the possibility to encounter ticks, mosquitoes, venomous snakes, and bears.


This position is full time and exempt. Salary is $60,000-$80,000. Employees will be entitled to prorated vacation and sick pay on an accrual basis, and ESLT offers 12 paid holidays annually. Employees will be eligible for ESLT offered medical, dental, and vision coverage beginning on the first of the month, following 30 days from the date of hire. ESLT enforces a mandatory 6-month probationary period, which begins on the first date of employment. Staff are eligible to enroll in ESLT’s Simple IRA after 1 year. Opportunities for training and career advancement may be provided by ESLT, NRCS, and IWJV.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


Submit a cover letter and resume to info@eslt.org with Rangeland Conservationist Partnership Position in the subject line. For more information, contact Land Conservation Program Director Amy Sturgill at amy@eslt.org.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Land Trust, Restoration
Tags Outreach