Rural Community Development Program Manager

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

Our Mission
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

Our Approach
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.


The Rural Community Development Program Manager is expected to manage research and implementation projects, and to coordinate with numerous local government, community, and Tribal partners throughout the Sierra Nevada and the State of California. The manager may also be involved in work beyond California. This is a highly communicative position, with daily email and phone contact with partners ranging from state and federal agency personnel to underserved rural community members. The Program Manager will be involved in a variety of projects, including but not limited to the assessment of rural socioeconomic well-being, community capacity enhancement, and community economic development. Projects typically span natural resource management – especially water and forests – and socioeconomic issues, so a background in both natural and social sciences is helpful.

The position involves work with leading collaborative groups in the State of California advancing all-lands management working in partnership with state and federal agencies, including the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Forest Service, among others. Responsibilities also include capacity building for NGOs, tribes, and local governments. Specific projects include collaborative water management, development of woody biomass utilization facilities, forest workforce development, and assessment of rural community vulnerability to climate change.


• a Ph.D. or Masters degree with experience in social science and/or economics, natural resources, or rural development;
• experience managing research teams and projects;
• the ability to work with a team/diverse people, and work independently;
• experience developing and writing grant proposals;
• experience working with underserved communities;
• excellent quantitative and/or qualitative research skills; and
• excellent verbal and written communication skills.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

How to Apply
Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to [email protected] with “Rural Community Development Program Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on March 24th, 2020, but the position is open until filled. Please call (530) 284-1022 with questions.

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