Full-Time Restoration Engagement Specialist
Who We Are and What We Do
Save The Bay’s mission is to protect and restore the Bay for people and wildlife. We are the only regional organization that integrates political advocacy, wetland restoration, and education to shape a healthy and resilient region. We are a team of passionate people, and at the core, we are collaborative, supportive, dedicated, and bold. The organization has begun a process to create a workplace that genuinely values diversity and is equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all. We are committed to this eternal work and approach it with humility and intentionality.
Position Summary Over two decades, Save The Bay has become a Bay Area leader in the science and practice of habitat restoration, focused on tidal marsh transition zone habitat at landscape-scale for recovery of endangered species, and for ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change. We enlist thousands of volunteers annually to restore the shoreline and educate Bay Area students to be the next generation of Bay stewards through hands-on experiential education and on-line learning.
The Restoration Engagement Specialist is responsible for leading Save The Bay’s community-based restoration programs for youth and adult volunteers. This role serves as an environmental educator to teach students the history and ecology of the Bay and to cultivate environmental stewards. The Restoration Engagement Specialist also manages large volunteer groups on projects including invasive species removal, native plant propagation, out planting, and shoreline cleanups. In addition, the Engagement Specialist will assist the Habitat Restoration Team in deepening public engagement by helping to advance community partnerships, aligned with our equity goals. The Restoration Engagement Specialist will support the development and evaluation of new programming and collaborate on methods to increase the impact of our programming.
REPORTS TO: Education Program Coordinator
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Work Tuesday-Saturday to lead our weekend public programs.
Community-based Restoration: 70% of responsibilities
- Lead Community-based Restoration field programs for students, corporate and community groups, and volunteers from the general public (average 3 days a week).
- Conduct occasional classroom visits to support our education programs.
- Support Outdoor Learning Online (OLO) virtual programming.
- Participate in habitat restoration activities such as invasive plant removal, native plant collection, propagation and out planting, and shoreline cleanups.
- Ensure best restoration practices for our work, including: invasive plant management, native planting, phytosanitary practices, and volunteer-associated programmatic improvements.
- Support spring and summer vegetation monitoring.
- Assist with operation and maintenance of trucks, tools, and native plant nurseries.
Community Engagement: 15% of responsibilities
- Help build and deepen community partnerships, aligned with our equity goals.
- Assist in developing new programming, including mentorship and internship opportunities for student volunteers.
- Evaluate program impact and collaborate on program strategy.
- Participate in project planning for community and education goals.
Administrative & Cross Departmental Work: 15% of responsibilities
- Participate in cross-departmental and All Staff activities, such as training and planning sessions, monthly meetings, quarterly events, and team building activities.
- Support fundraising campaigns, media events, conferences, and programs with content and messaging to meet Save The Bay’s constituency and engagement goals.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
- Ability to work Tuesday – Saturday to lead our weekend public programs.
- Curious and growth-oriented with enthusiasm to work up to four days a week in the field, sometimes in challenging weather conditions.
- Understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility (DEIA) work as it relates to habitat restoration and education.
- Experience working with diverse student populations & people with differing ability levels.
- 2 years of experience leading inquiry-based education programs for youth in the field.
- Excellent group management & engagement skills.
- Experience with wetland restoration, ecology, environmental science/studies, biology, conservation, or similar field.
- Knowledge of basic Bay ecology, wetland habitats, and CA native plants.
- Initiative, creativity, and collaborative work style.
- Flexible and easily adaptable to change.
- Clean background check.
- Ownership or unrestricted access to a vehicle to use for work purposes; valid California driver’s license, favorable driving history, and proof of auto insurance.
- First Aid and CPR certified (If not certified, training courses are offered frequently and subsidized by Save The Bay).
- Ability to lift at least 40lbs.
- Experience working with historically excluded communities, who are most impacted by climate change.
- Spanish language skills.
- Demonstrated experience building community partnerships.
- Experience with evaluation methods and best practices.
- Experience working with high-school aged youth.
Location: Our field work is performed at various restoration sites around the San Francisco Bay Area. Office work is performed mostly remotely, with periodic in-person staff and team meetings in our office based in Oakland, CA. Employees must reside in the Bay Area.
Start Date: The priority deadline for applications is November 30, 2022; Preferred start date is January 30, 2022.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time, non-exempt, 40 hours per week position. The hourly range for this position is $24.25 to 26.75 per hour, based on experience. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, acupuncture/chiropractic, and life insurance; 12 paid vacation days per year to start, 13-14 paid holidays and 12 days of sick leave per calendar year; 403(b) retirement plan; stipend for working remotely and funds for home office workstation equipment and furniture.
Hiring Timeline (This is our ideal timeline, but it may be subject to changes):
- The deadline for applications is 11/30/2022
- We will review resumes and conduct interviews in December
- Finalists will be invited to submit three references
- We would like to make an offer to a candidate by January and have the candidate start in January
COVID-19 Policy: All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.
Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome people of all racial backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.