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6 Feb 2020

Internship Save the Redwoods League – Redwoods Rising Governance Fellow

Save the Redwoods League – Posted by Save the Redwoods League Eureka, California, United States

Job Description

Redwoods Rising Governance Fellow

(2‐year funded position through Save the Redwoods League’s Forest Fellowship program, providing opportunities for emerging natural resource professionals in support of the field of redwood forest restoration.)

Save the Redwoods League is looking for a collaborative and energetic individual aspiring to become a natural resource professional, who will work to build natural resource management capacity on the conservation lands of California’s north coast. The north coast is home to the majority of the world’s remaining old growth coast redwood forest, as well as large tracts of former timberland now owned by public agencies for conservation purposes. Industrial timberland, small private forest landowners, homesteaders, Native American tribes, and a burgeoning cannabis farming industry all represent significant ownership types in the region. This complex ecological and social context is made further challenging by the remoteness of the landscape. The Redwoods Rising Governance Fellow will enhance the forest restoration capacity of Redwoods Rising – a collaboration between Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service, and California State Parks to accelerate the pace of redwood forest recovery and help protect Redwood National and State Parks’ remaining old‐growth groves.

Based in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and working directly with collaboration partner agencies, the Fellow will work to advance the initiative, primarily by assisting the Restoration Project Manager with the logistical, administrative, permit, budget tracking, and grant and permit reporting needs associated with the governance of Redwoods Rising. The Fellow will further support development and implementation of Redwoods Rising restoration projects, outreach and communications efforts, and mapping and GIS needs.

About Save the Redwoods League

For over 100 years, Save the Redwoods League has been dedicated to protecting and restoring the ancient redwood forests so all generations can experience the inspiration and majesty of redwoods. Since its founding in 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected more than 200,000 acres of forests and helped create 66 redwood parks and reserves. For more  information, go to

Position Overview

Primary Duties

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to Redwoods Rising stakeholder and working groups
  • Work with League and agency staff to research and solicit funding from public and private sources
  • Work with League and agency staff to track budgets and report on progress towards grant deliverables
  • Assist with permit tracking and reporting
  • Assist with the tracking of tasks and decisions made
  • Work with League and agency staff and outside consultants to develop communications documents including social media and blog posts
  • Represent the League and Redwoods Rising at outreach events
  • Support Redwoods Rising teams in developing and implementing restoration projects
  • Provide mapping and GIS support for permitting, compliance, monitoring, and outreach efforts

Secondary Duties

  • Assist the Implementation Fellow with Redwoods Rising Apprenticeship and implementation tasks

Other Duties

  • Attends trainings and conferences for career development purposes


  • Based in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Occasional travel to the San Francisco Bay Area

Compensation and Timeline:

  • This Redwoods Rising Fellow position is full‐time and funded for up to two years, starting March/April 2020
  • Pay: $47,000/year; eligible following Year One for a merit bonus with satisfactory performance review

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree,  in environmental science and management, environmental policy, or a related field  .
  • Excellent writer, with proven ability to synthesize primary scientific literature and communicate important findings to a broad audience, as well as to tailor messages to varied audiences.
  • Understanding of federal, California state, and local environmental regulatory framework is desirable.
  • Commitment to the League’s pragmatic, non‐confrontational approach to conservation.
  • Self‐starter, able to work independently as well as in a team, with a track record of collaborating successfully with others in a complex environment.
  • Experience with environmental compliance permitting, public grants and grant reporting preferred
  • Highly organized with excellent project management skills, including the ability to establish and monitor priorities, maintain flexibility, and meet deadlines in a fast‐paced setting.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including public speaking abilities required.
  • Ability to handle multiple complex tasks under pressure and stringent time constraints.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people across cultures, ethnic groups, and identities.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office and Google Suite software.
  • Personable with a good sense of humor desirable.

Working Conditions:

  • Frequent travel, predominantly within California
  • Some weekend and evening responsibilities, including overnight trips
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Regularly sits at a desk or workstation
  • Actively utilizes computers, telephones and other office equipment
  • Frequently moves about and between offices to collaborate with colleagues
  • Frequently required to hike through forest land while working off‐site, including walking on uneven ground, climbing over obstacles, and accessing remote locations
  • Occasionally lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 30 pounds

How to Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to: Please put "Redwoods Rising Governance Fellow" in the subject line.

We are busy saving and restoring redwood forests, so we appreciate it if you don't call the office.

Thank you!

Save the Redwoods League is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Fluent English speakers who are bi-or multi-lingual, including indigenous language speakers, are encouraged to apply.  

This job announcement provides an overview of essential position functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Internship. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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