The Forest Stewards Guild is hiring a full-time Watershed Restoration Manager position in Santa Fe, New Mexico to lead and maintain the Guild’s All-Lands Watershed Restoration Program with the goal of increasing the pace and scale of watershed restoration in the region. The Manager will be responsible for conducting, contracting and managing watershed restoration action plans (WRAP), aquatic organism passage (AOP) and other riparian and watershed initiatives on four national forests in Colorado and New Mexico, managing agreements and contracts with the Forest Service, landowners, and Guild partners, applying for large landscape scale grants to grow the watershed restoration program, engaging in growing and maintaining partnerships and participating in the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership.
The ideal candidate should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and experience designing, organizing, funding, and directing complex stream, riparian, and watershed projects with a variety of partners inside and outside the organization. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to cross boundary landscape-scale restoration by managing and shaping the work of our new watershed restoration program!
The Watershed Restoration Manager leads the execution of the Guild’s All-Lands Watershed Restoration Program, which builds on the Rio Chama Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFLRP) and centers around increasing the pace and scale of strategic, landscape-scale, cross-boundary forest and watershed management. The work of this program takes place within the complex social and ecological systems of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
The landscape includes the headwaters of the Chama, Rio Grande, and San Juan Rivers, critical drainages that supply water as the life blood of the arid Southwest ecosystems and human communities. These rivers are critical to meeting the needs of downstream water users in accordance with water rights that include interstate and international compacts. Watershed restoration treatments are needed to improve overall stream and hydrologic function, landscape-based water storage, and fish migration and breeding habitat, increasing overall aquatic habitat diversity. Treatments will improve the abundance of native wildlife, including native species of cutthroat trout, and reduce invasive, non-native, and exotic aquatic species.
The Manager must embrace working collaboratively with a team of interdisciplinary internal and external partners, fostering a shared vision for watershed management that brings science, policy and socioeconomic factors into consideration. Rapid learning and exceptional independent project management are foundational to this position.
The successful candidate will work with Guild staff, partners, funders, and members of the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership (www.232partnership.org) to develop a robust all-lands Watershed Restoration Program, build capacity to plan, design,
Please see job posting: https://foreststewardsguild.org/jobs/watershed-restoration-manager/
About Forest Stewards Guild
The Forest Stewards Guild, a national organization of foresters and allied natural resource professionals, is dedicated to practicing and promoting responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. We use innovative, science-based solutions to meet the challenges of forest conservation and management. The Guild has over 700 members, over half of whom are professionals who manage over 42 million acres of forestland in the United States and Canada. The Guild maintains regional offices in New Mexico, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin.