APOSD Stewardship Supervisor

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
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Posted on July 2, 2021

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource, and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. We are currently recruiting for a full-time Stewardship Supervisor - a critical team member with a leadership role in Ag + Open Space's Stewardship Program. This position reports to the Ag + Open Space Stewardship Manager. This is an excellent opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a passion for protecting lands that contribute to Sonoma County’s scenic beauty, local agriculture, native habitats, and recreational lands.
The Stewardship Supervisor leads a team of professional staff responsible for supporting stewardship activities for Ag + Open Space protected properties, including monitoring and enforcement of conservation and open space easements, and management of properties owned by Ag + Open Space. The Stewardship Program is responsible for stewarding Ag + Open Space protected lands in ways that benefit healthy communities, clean water and air, diverse habitats, sustainable agriculture, and climate resiliency throughout Sonoma County. In support of the Ag + Open Space land conservation mission, the Stewardship Supervisor will collaborate with and present to the public, with easement landowners, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and oversight bodies including the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and Fiscal Oversight Commission.
The Stewardship Supervisor has considerable responsibility for leading a team of staff supporting stewardship of easement and fee lands protected by Ag + Open Space. This position works closely with staff, partners, and contractors to manage complex projects and oversees the day-to-day easement and fee land stewardship work of technician and planner-level staff. This position also assists the Stewardship Manager in developing program policies, budgets, and work plans; serves as a liaison to various public, non-profit, and advisory groups and agencies; and directly supervises staff. This is a full-time position. 
The District is seeking an ideal candidate who has:

  • A passion for conserving land and natural resources for the benefit of future generations   
  • Significant experience working with public agencies and non-profit organizations in operations and management of land and natural resources 
  • Significant experience working with conservation easements
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise effective leadership in furtherance of program goals, objectives, and strategic initiatives
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with staff, local agencies, community groups, and the general public
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to exercise initiative, good judgment, and tact
  • Understanding of emerging public policy issues affecting land use and land preservation, including habitat protection; water resources and watershed management; and climate change 
  • Effective supervision of staff and teams to complete projects on deadlines 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills 
  • Commitment to using best practices for data management and records retention
  • Proven ability to make presentations before boards, committees, and citizen's groups

Ag + Opens Space is recruiting to fill an APOSD Stewardship Supervisor. This position is in the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, which is a separate entity from the County of Sonoma, and not within the County of Sonoma Civil Service System. Please visit our website to learn more about Sonoma County Ag + Open Space.
This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. The employment agreement for this position is the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and additional information regarding employee health and wellness benefits can be found in the Employee Benefits directory.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with coursework in geography, environmental studies, resource management, landscape architecture, architecture, planning, economics or other related fields, and three years of experience equivalent to an APOSD Planner with the District or four years of increasingly responsible professional planning and/or related project management experience in open space, parks, environmental science, resource management, or other related fields. Coursework or experience with Geographic Information Systems and lead level experience are highly desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Considerable knowledge of: advanced principles, methods, theories, practices, and techniques of land conservation and land stewardship, land use, natural resource management, as well as site and environmental planning; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures related to land use, planning, zoning, and environmental protection; principles and methods for evaluating and determining conformance with legal documents; written and oral communication including English grammar, vocabulary, mechanics, syntax, composition; and report writing.

Working knowledge of: administrative principles and practices, including project management, and the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures; operations, services, and activities of open space management, resource management and protection, and land use planning program; general ecology, habitat types, natural resources and watersheds; principles of research and statistics pertaining to the analysis of planning data.

Knowledge of: general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area; land conservation tools and their implications including conservation and open space easements, fee purchase, and grant donations; techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations; use of GIS, GPS, and related software and hardware to collect data, to perform analyses, and to prepare maps and reports; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work; mediation and conflict resolution techniques.

Ability to: evaluate land use and determine consistency with legal easement language; evaluate site plans; supervise, plan, organize and carry through research projects effectively; plan, organize, assign, review, and evaluate the work of staff; train staff in work procedures;  present the results of research effectively in oral, written or graphic form; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; problem solve and understand, interpret, and explain a wide variety of laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations relating to land use issues; prepare clear and concise written reports; perform and manage difficult and legally complex studies and projects with considerable independence; establish and maintain effective working relationships with District and County employees, representatives of other public agencies and the general public; use GIS, GPS, and related software and hardware to collect data, to perform analyses, and to prepare maps and reports; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

The selection procedure will consist of an application with supplemental questionnaire evaluation and interviews. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of the application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position. Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, and knowledge and abilities; which relate to the position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be invited to an interview.


A background investigation may be required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.