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1 Aug 2018

Full-Time Conservation Project Manager

The Freshwater Trust – Posted by Sacramento, California, United States


Job Description

Job Title: Conservation Project Manager

Location: Sacramento, CA

Position Type: Full-time

Expected Start Date: Fall 2018

Overview: The Freshwater Trust, a Pacific Northwest-headquartered non-profit leader in quantified conservation, is seeking an experienced professional to manage conservation programs in California. This full time position will work as part of The Freshwater Trust’s California team, but would be coordinating closely with technical support staff in Portland, OR. The Freshwater Trust is currently focused on northern California projects, where we apply the principles of quantified conservation through contracting with municipal, governmental, and non-profit entities for regulatory compliance and watershed conservation. These programs are a key part of achieving The Freshwater Trust’s mission to increase the pace and scale of watershed conservation, and to ensure a future where clean, abundant freshwater resources support our environment, economy and society.

The Conservation Project Manager will be responsible for the management of existing projects in northern California and will be in frequent contact with the technical team in Portland. This position will interact directly with partners and stakeholders and will have direct oversight of deliverables, timelines and budget.  The Conservation Project Manager will also support business development efforts that help forward strategic objectives, including tracking of prospect engagement, outreach to regulatory and conservation interests, grant support, development of work scopes, and other duties as assigned.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Achieve a comprehensive understanding of The Freshwater Trust’s existing conservation program goals, systems, and tools
  • Oversee all aspects of assigned projects, including but not limited to: staff delegation of tasks; tracking of progress; timeline management; technical review; deliverable management; partner communications; and, client relationship management and meetings
  • Closely collaborate with The Freshwater Trust’s technical teams to meet project scope requirements, most of whom are based in the Portland office.
  • Work with clients and partners to continue project development and secure future contracts
  • Cultivate relationships and maintain regular communication with all project partners and stakeholders
  • Contribute to organizational vision and strategy based on California policy and environment
  • Represent The Freshwater Trust and interact with partners/stakeholders by promoting initiatives and/or projects at relevant events, and moderating discussions at facilitated convenings
  • Travel required for this position may be extensive (approximately 20%; primarily local, often in remote areas); at times travel may be expected on short notice. Travel and other work-related assignments may include weekends. Infrequent trips to Portland required to work with Portland-based team.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:


  • Problem solver
  • Relational & collaborative: excel in building trust and finding common understanding between diverse stakeholders, and working with others to achieve multiple benefits
  • Highly responsible with a strong sense of ethics; trustworthy, dependable, and passionate about the mission and vision of The Freshwater Trust


  • Ability to work in a technical space through report review and quality assurance
  • Strong people- and time-management skills with ability to be flexible and responsive to changing priorities
  • Exceptional communicator (written and verbal); able to distill complex scientific or policy concepts and present them concisely to broad audiences
  • Skilled facilitator and mediator; able to foster dialogue among diverse stakeholders, summarize important points and build consensus by identifying common goals


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, natural resource management or policy, water resources or related field, master’s degree a plus
  • 5 years’ experience with project management, including direct staff supervision and budget oversight
  • Strong working knowledge of water quantity, quality, agricultural BMPs and conservation actions
  • Familiarity with northern California watersheds
  • Capacity to proactively juggle multiple tasks and competing priorities within a high-energy environment

Other Position Requirements:

  • Candidates must have legal authority to work permanently in the United States
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Generous benefits package, including full health coverage, 5-6 weeks paid time off (PTO), and retirement contributions



How to Apply

Application Instructions: Supply the following three items in a single PDF not to exceed 5MB: cover letter; resume; and 3 references. Word documents will not be opened.
  • Submit required information and documentation at:

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time.

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