APOSD Stewardship Technician
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space (Ag + Open Space) District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource, and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations.
Under supervision, and in collaboration with others, the Stewardship Technician position is assigned to the Stewardship Program and is responsible for completing project work. Reporting to the Stewardship Supervisor, this position will monitor conservation easements and assist in managing “fee lands” owned by Ag + Open Space. Easement monitoring involves researching property files and documents, arranging site visits with landowners, visiting protected lands and documenting property conditions and land use via photographs and GPS or iPad, and preparing detailed monitoring reports documenting site observations and communications with landowners. Fee land management may involve monitoring Ag + Open Space-owned properties and working with contractors to manage resources or maintain property infrastructure.
The successful candidate will work extensively with property records in digital files and hard files, use ESRI ArcGIS for property mapping, use iPads with ESRI software for collecting photographic and geographic data, and use Microsoft Access for data entry and reporting. Communicate with landowners regarding land uses and property conditions and work closely with the Stewardship Supervisor and senior Stewardship staff in preparing for site visits, completing monitoring reports, and conducting follow-up.
Clear and consistent communication is critical to success in this position, including communication with the public, easement landowners, property neighbors, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and occasionally oversight bodies including the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors. The ideal candidate may make presentations to a variety of audiences as needed. The position will support other colleagues in the agency as appropriate.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for land conservation work, will build positive relationships with others while staying focused on Ag + Open Space priorities, and will understand and be able to convey confidence and clarity regarding their role and work objectives. Urgent matters will frequently interrupt scheduled work on long-term projects, and priorities may need to be adjusted according to management direction and external factors.
The ideal candidate will be a positive leader, problem solver, and team player. They will also possess:
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to deliver a difficult message in a respectful way
- Ability to read, understand, and work with conservation easement language, with guidance from the Stewardship Supervisor or other senior staff and legal counsel
- Knowledge of and experience with California/Sonoma County ecosystems and land use types and experience managing natural and working lands to protect conservation values
- Knowledge of basic principles and practices of land conservation, property documentation, and report preparation
- Experience with technological tools and applications, including GIS, GPS, databases, and miscellaneous project management and other software programs
- Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy and thoroughness in all aspects of work
- Experience working with public agencies and/or non-profit organizations in land use planning and/or land and natural resource conservation
- Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, government officials, federal, state, and local agencies, community groups, and the public
- Ability to assist with presenting information to boards, committees, and citizen’s groups
Additionally, they will be:
- Committed to continuous improvement for organization, program, and self through the constant refinement of objectives with supervisor and colleagues
- A proactive self-starter who is well organized, a good communicator, and collaborative but also knows when to request guidance when decision-making is beyond their purview/role
- Mission-focused and work well in a “management by objective” environment
- Team-oriented and know how to work productively with teams
- A critical and strategic thinker who finds innovative solutions to challenges and opportunities
Please visit our website to learn more about Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. 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. The formal title of this position is APOSD Technician.
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 Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and additional information regarding employee health and wellness benefits can be found in the Employee Benefits directory.
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 an Associate's degree, or equivalent, with coursework in planning, geography, GIS, environmental studies, natural resource management, landscape architecture, or other related fields, and some experience in open space, parks, environmental protection, land use planning, or other related fields that included experience in drafting and the preparation of reports. Coursework or experience with GIS and experience working with volunteers 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
Working knowledge of: natural resource management and field data collection for the preparation of reports research, analysis, and maps assessing and documenting property conditions; use of GIS, GPS, and related software and hardware to collect data, to perform analyses, and to prepare maps and reports; written and oral communication including English grammar, vocabulary, mechanics, syntax, and composition, and principles of effective report writing.
Knowledge of: principles and practices of land conservation, and land and/or natural resource planning as well as basic statistical and analytic research; principles and practices of digitizing, data conversion, data management, and cartography; the principles and techniques of graphic production.
Ability to: conduct field surveys and basic statistical and other research; understand and interpret various maps, aerial photographs, planning documents, title reports, and boundary descriptions; present ideas and concepts graphically and visually; take photographs; coordinate and review the work of volunteers; establish and maintain effective relationships with those encountered in the course of work; perform analytical work carefully and accurately; speak and write clearly, concisely, and effectively; use GIS, GPS, and related software and hardware to collect data, to perform analyses, and to prepare maps and reports; use a personal computer, including word processing, graphics, and database applications.