Watershed Restoration Project Manager

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

The Sierra Institute promotes healthy forests, watersheds, and communities by investing in the wellbeing of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource management. Our work is grounded by the concept of triple bottom line values, supporting initiatives that simultaneously benefit the environment, economy, and equity within a given landscape. The Sierra Institute’s office is in Taylorsville, CA (pop. 154), which lies within a large mountain meadow referred to as “Indian Valley,” that includes the communities of Greenville and Crescent Mills.


The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Watershed Restoration Project Manager with responsibilities for a growing suite of watershed restoration projects. The Sierra Institute’s watershed restoration work emphasizes the collaborative development of meadow and stream restoration and forest road infrastructure improvements that improve ecological function and protect critical aquatic resources. The current project portfolio is centered on a million-acre focal landscape for the South Lassen Watersheds Group, a collaborative addressing forest and watershed management, climate resilience, and economic development in critical upper watersheds of Battle Creek, Mill Creek, Deer Creek, and the upper North Fork of the Feather River.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a talented natural resource professional who is excited to join a collaborative organization expanding capacity for restoration across the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades. The selected individual will work closely with Sierra Institute staff, non-governmental partners, and federal land management agencies to advance watershed restoration as part of multiple large landscape restoration projects to improve forest resilience across the only anadromous watersheds on public lands in the Sierra Nevada, as well as support post-fire restoration in the Dixie Fire footprint.


- An undergraduate degree in a relevant field (wildland hydrology, geology, fisheries, or related natural resource/environmental sciences), and two years of work experience
- Experience performing geomorphic, hydrologic, or relevant ecological fieldwork
- Demonstrated experience with technical writing for natural resource management
- Thorough understanding of environmental analysis and permitting requirements and processes
- Ability to meet deadlines both independently and as a team member
- Detail-oriented, organized, and able to work well on simultaneous tasks
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
- A strong desire to engage in land management issues and collaborative landscape management projects

- Prior hydrology/meadow/stream-based fieldwork and/or project experience in southern Cascades or northern Sierra
- Nevada watersheds
- Direct experience completing NEPA, CEQA, and restoration permitting
- Experience working in post-fire forested environments
- Expertise managing project budgets, building partnerships, and leading staff


Anticipated salary range $55,000 - $85,000, commensurate with experience.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with an initial review on May 17th, 2024.

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