We are hiring! Two positions are currently available: Headwater Forests Program Director (Sierra Nevada) & Development Associate (SF).


Headwater Forests Program Director

The Tuolumne River Trust is staffed by great people who want to see the Tuolumne River, its watershed, and its surrounding communities thrive. The Tuolumne River Trust has an immediate opening for the newly created Headwater Forests Program Director. The HF Program Director will lead the team’s efforts to expand and oversee TRT’s forest restoration program in the upper Tuolumne Watershed, primarily on Stanislaus National Forest land and adjacent private lands. The Program Director will play a central program and team management role, as well as work closely with project partners to secure funding, manage grants, supervise contractors, and implement projects. This individual will possess a strong understanding of sustainable forestry practices, national forest management policies, and a passion for ecological forest and watershed restoration. At home among the trees, in nature, and with fellow environmentalists, the right candidate will be equally interested in building collegial and productive working relationships with foresters, loggers, landowners, scientists, and agency representatives, especially employees of the U.S. Forest Service and Tuolumne County. A strong advocate for innovative forest management in the forestry community, the HF Program Director is a thoughtful advisor, informing program initiatives, project prioritization and selection, and sharing metrics and analysis from the forest landscape.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Director will oversee and implement forest restoration projects in the headwaters of the Tuolumne Watershed and also help drive innovative but necessary change among the greater forestry, conservation, economic development, and watershed restoration communities in California by articulating a compelling vision for ecological forestry in the Sierra Nevada.
• Develop, support, and oversee implementation of ecological forest restoration projects, including commercial and non-commercial thinning, reforestation, and prescribed fire to meet ecological and budget goals within project timelines.
• Project planning, including selection of treatment type (prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, hand thinning, non-commercial and pre-commercial thinning, etc.) and intensity.
• Project layout and oversight.
• Supervision of contractors, including log/timber operators, forestry consultants, and field crews.
• Contract management, including developing, negotiating, awarding, and administering contracts and timber sales.
• Secure permits and approvals.
• Ensure compliance with NEPA and CEQA.
• Budget Management.
• Develop and maintain inventories, maps, and all data systems for timber and carbon.
• Collaborate with the USFS on large-scale and long-term forest landscape planning to develop and prioritize future projects.
• Collaborate with partners from the Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions (https://yosemitestanislaussolutions.com/) to develop plans, identify strategies, and implement projects.
• Inform and advise on biomass utilization opportunities, where appropriate.
• Lead and support fundraising efforts necessary to implement new projects.
• In close coordination with TRT’s Development staff, communicate results in a broad range of venues, from professional conferences and publications to TRT newsletters to social media.
• This position may manage other staff if the programs grows as anticipated.
• Basic administration functions;
• Other duties as they arise.
The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
• Bachelor’s Degree in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, natural resources management, or a closely-related field.
• 5-years of relevant experience.
• Knowledge of forest ecology for conifer forests.
• Experience successfully managing complex projects, including managing finances, coordinating the work of other professionals, and collaborating with internal and external partners.
• Demonstrated experience in creative problem-solving, opportunity development, effectively leveraging talent across diverse teams, and developing novel approaches to achieve high-impact outcomes.
• Proficient with GIS, resource inventory, and mapping.
• Exceptional people skills in general and verbal and written communication skills specifically, including the ability to compellingly articulate the Trust’s mission and work to different external audiences.
• A track-record of successfully writing, securing, and managing large government and foundation grants or contracts.
• Commitment to the long-term mission of the Tuolumne River Trust and environmental conservation.
• Flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident.
• Highly organized and detail-oriented.
• Team player and ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences.
• Must have a valid driver’s license, be fit and able to walk to forest project sites as well as be able to lift at least 20 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience.
• Understanding and experience applying USFS General Technical Memo-220, An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests, and GTR-237, Managing Sierra Nevada Forests.
• Knowledge of current state and regional trends and practices in forest-based climate solutions and community development.
• Knowledge of prescribed fire practices in the Western United States.
• Experience in environmental conservation.
• Knowledge of the dynamics of forest economics in California.
• Experience with using social media.
• Understanding of forest modeling, LiDAR, and other current and forest management tools.
• Knowledge of forest carbon accounting.
• Familiarity with traditional ecological knowledge principles and contemporary practices in indigenous communities in the Sierra Nevada is a plus.

Occasional travel to Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area and other locations. Although project locations may be semi-remote, they can generally be accomplished in one day.

Additional Details
This position will be based in our Sonora, CA office and report to the Executive Director. The salary is competitive and depends on experience. Benefits include medical, vision, dental, chiropractic care, disability
insurance, retirement contributions, professional development training, and paid time off. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be open until filled. Please send an email with cover letter and resume as attachments with subject heading Headwater Forests Program Director to jobs@tuolumne.org.

Posted January 11, 2019


Development Associate

The Tuolumne River Trust is staffed by people who want to see the Tuolumne River and its surrounding communities thrive. We have an immediate opening for a Development Associate to manage the Trust’s online presence, implement member and community events, and support the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan which will increase and diversify the Trust’s base of support to protect and restore the Tuolumne River. 

The Development Associate will play an important role in ensuring the success of our efforts by increasing our capacity to identify and secure funding opportunities through membership, grants, online presence, special events, and database management. This individual will work closely with the Director of Partnerships and program staff to implement and reach our fundraising goals. This is a great opportunity to join a smart, energetic team working to take this organization, and it’s a successful thirty-seven year history, to the next level. We will consider candidates for both entry- and mid-experience levels. This individual reports to the Director of Partnerships.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and implement events, including annual Fall Gala, peer-to-peer fundraiser, and other recreation events
  • Oversee all social channels — create original content, monthly schedule, and analytics benchmarks
  • Manage and grow the Trust’s online presence
  • Develop compelling written and visual content that engages targeted audiences through print and digital media
  • Assist in expansion of membership and major donor programs
  • Support coordination of direct mail program, including membership renewals
  • Maintain accurate and timely donor records in donor database, eTapestry
  • Timely administration of donor acknowledgement letters and other membership documents
  • Create and summarize fundraising reports using eTapestry, Flipcause, and Excel
  • Support grant management and prospect research
  • Participate in Development and Fall Gala Committee meetings
  • Work closely with Director of Partnerships and program staff to understand and expertly articulate Tuolumne River Trust’s mission, vision, and priorities to members, donors, and prospects
  • Other duties as they arise

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and some experience in nonprofit development, online communications, and events management
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compellingly articulate the Trust’s mission and work to different external audiences
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Google Platform (Drive, Groups, Cal, etc)
  • Experience working on email campaigns, advocacy programs, and social media
  • Experience with website administration, WordPress a plus
  • Commitment to the long-term success of Tuolumne River Trust and environmental conservation;
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident
  • A motivated team player

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in river or environmental conservation;
  • Experience with eTapestry CRM and/or Flipcause Fundraising Platform;
  • Experience in graphic design.


The Development Associate will be based in our San Francisco office located in the historic and centrally located Mechanics’ Institute & Library; which is steps away from Montgomery BART. The position will require occasional travel to/within the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Salary & Benefits

This position is exempt/salary position. Rate will in the high $40,000 range. The Trust provides benefits including medical, vision, dental, chiropractic care, life insurance, a partially matched Simple IRA plan, career training opportunities, and generous vacation accrual. A majority of benefits become active after a probationary period.

To Apply

Applications will be considered immediately. Please send an email with cover letter, resume, and a short description of your favorite tool/program you use to stay organized (max 250 words) with subject heading Development Associate to jobs@tuolumne.org. The position will remain open until filled.

Tuolumne River Trust encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Posted January 11, 2019