Nursery Specialist

Save The Bay

Oakland , California

Save The Bay campaigns tenaciously for a healthy Bay and a sustainable Bay Area. We mobilize Bay Area residents to protect and restore the Bay for future generations, as advocates in their community and volunteers on the shoreline. We work with policymakers and scientists to protect the Bay—our region’s most important natural resource, which is essential to our environment, economy, and quality of life.

Over the past half-century, Save The Bay has protected thousands of acres from Bay fill and development, and secured hundreds of miles of trails and parks on a shoreline that had almost no public access in 1961. In 2016, we won passage of Regional Measure AA—an unprecedented nine-county parcel tax that raises $500 million for accelerated restoration of Bay wetlands. Leading a broad coalition of campaign partners, we secured support of Measure AA from 70 percent of Bay Area voters. In recent years, we’ve also won local and state bans on single-use plastic shopping bags, secured tough restrictions on trash pollution entering the Bay, engaged thousands of local residents in hands-on habitat restoration to benefit fish and wildlife, and established Bay Day, a region-wide holiday that both celebrates San Francisco Bay and generates significant exposure for Save The Bay and our mission.

Position Description:

The Nursery Specialist contributes to the restoration of San Francisco Bay Estuary tidal marsh projects at Save The Bay by assisting in the annual propagation of over 25,000 transition zone plants in our native plant nurseries.

The Nursery Specialist will primarily work in our native plant nurseries, propagating transition zone native species, assisting in maintenance and integrated pest management projects, and working independently to complete restoration team goals. The Nursery Specialist will be integral in advancing Save The Bay’s adaptive tidal marsh restoration goals through the implementation of large-scale transition zone restoration projects throughout the Bay Area. This position reports to the Nursery Manager and works closely with the Habitat Restoration Team. The Nursery Specialist will be responsible for the following activities:

Primary responsibilities:

  • Support Nursery Manager in plant propagation tasks at Save The Bay’s 3 nurseries (Palo Alto, San Lorenzo, and Oakland), including seed sowing, transplanting, divisions, fertilization, and culling;
  • Assist in nursery maintenance projects, including, but not limited to, construction, irrigation, weeding, and organization;
  • Conduct and oversee nursery Best Management Practices regarding plant pathogens, including pot sanitization, soil heat treatment, and other sanitization methods;
  • Participate in seed collection activities and steward native seed storage organization;
  • Join staff-only workdays;
  • Co-lead our community-based volunteer programs at our native plant nurseries and in the field as needed for adult and student volunteer programs and with tasks such as native seed collection, non-native plant removal, propagation and outplantings, and shoreline trash and debris removal;
  • Supervise and train Habitat Restoration Team Fellows in the field;
  • Assist with nursery-related data management;
  • Undertake independent and group research projects as assigned by the Nursery Manager;
  • Present at professional conferences and formal gatherings as a representative of Save The Bay and the Habitat Restoration Team;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) in ecology, horticulture, environmental studies, biology or related field.
  • Knowledge of plant species native to the Bay Area and common invasive species.
  • Experience in restoration field work, monitoring, and natural resource management
  • Energy and enthusiasm for working with volunteers of diverse backgrounds and differing ability levels
  • Detail-oriented with strong communication and organizational skills
  • Computer proficiency with Windows software package and Internet research applications
  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs
  • Initiative, creativity, and collaborative work style
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Prior native plant nursery skills are plus
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Occasional weekend availability a plus
  • Ability to work in the field in inclement weather conditions
  • Flexibility in scheduling and commuting around the bay
  • Clean background check
  • CPR certified (if not certified, training courses are offered frequently and subsidized by Save The Bay)
  • Valid California driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ownership (or unrestricted access) to a vehicle to use for work purposes
  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs and complete physically demanding work for specific field and nursery tasks


Salary commensurate with experience. Save The Bay’s excellent employee benefits include insurance for medical, dental, vision and chiropractic services; 403(b) plan, paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time.

Save The Bay’s downtown Oakland offices feature an attractive work environment and excellent access to transit. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please make sure to include the position title in the subject line.