Restoration Ecologist/Land Manager

Santa Lucia Conservancy

Carmel , California

The Santa Lucia Conservancy in Carmel, California, is seeking an experienced full-time natural lands manager with a strong foundation in ecological science / habitat restoration.  A key member of a small, high-energy and multidisciplinary team, the restoration ecologist will guide and implement conservation actions to sustain and restore diverse native habitat within a rugged 20,000 acre privately protected preserve.  Working in a collaborative decision-making environment, the successful candidate will bring outstanding organizational and communications skills and a passion for innovative science-guided habitat conservation.   Also essential is the ability to effectively plan, execute, and assess the progress of conservation projects both independently and in a team setting.  Demonstrating and/or developing expertise in using livestock grazing and prescribed fire for conservation purposes is also highly desirable.  

This position requires broad field-based skills including invasive weed management and native plant identification and monitoring including use of GPS/GIS.  Well-developed office skills (Microsoft Office suite, data management and analysis, report writing and presentation) are also essential.   Driving and hiking in uneven terrain, operating land management equipment, and working comfortably for extended periods in rugged outdoor conditions, including occasionally lifting and carrying at least 40 pounds is required.   This position will be a great fit for someone with experience in field-based research design and implementation, a willingness to develop and adopt new technologies and progressive land management techniques, and a passion for hands-on biodiversity conservation. 

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Ecological Goal Setting and Analysis
  • Land Stewardship Activities
  • Field Research and Monitoring
  • Program Administration

Additional Qualifications:  The qualified candidate will have:

  • A natural resource background and a minimum of five years’ experience in ecological research, resource management or a related field;
  • Strong natural history and botanical field identification skills and a willingness and ability to develop expertise in California grassland ecology;
  • Well-developed communications, diplomacy and project management skills;
  • The skills and experience to conduct, analyze and publish field-based ecological research;
  • The ability to be self-starting and collaborative, and to inspire confidence and trust in others;
  • Fluency in English, a clean driving record and experience safely operating vehicles in challenging environments including off-pavement; and
  • A sense of humor and appreciation for the inherent quirkiness of both nature and people.

This is a permanent, full time position that may supervise 1-3 staff or volunteer positions.  Minimal overnight travel is required, however occasional weekend and evening work is expected.  The Santa Lucia Conservancy offers a competitive salary and benefits package including generous vacation, health and retirement benefits. 

To Apply:

Please email your resume, three references and a cover letter summarizing your interest, relevant experience and salary history to:  This position will remain open until filled, but submittal by September 7, 2017 is recommended. 

The Santa Lucia Conservancy is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.   For more information about us, please visit   No phone calls or recruiter solicitations, please.