Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
tel. (650) 962-9876 / fax (650) 962-8234
Stewardship Program Director
Acterra is seeking an entrepreneurial, multi-talented, and well-organized individual to
be the full time director of its Stewardship Program. Reporting to Acterra�s Executive
Director, the Stewardship Program Director is responsible for the effective functioning
and continuing development of this key program and its component parts.
Acterra�s Stewardship Program has two primary goals: 1) To restore natural lands to
ecological health by engaging members of the community in land stewardship activities
and 2) To educate youth and adults about our local natural ecosystem and inspire them
to love and care for the land. (See �About the Stewardship Program� below for details.)
� Provide visionary and strategic leadership that enables the program (and its
component parts) to thrive and continue to develop.
� Fundraise for and manage the budget of the entire program. (The current program
budget is approximately $500,000 per year divided among four projects.)
� Supervise the managers of four projects: Arastradero Preserve, San Francisquito
Watershed, Young Earth Stewards, and Native Plant Nursery.
� Serve as the program�s primary liaison with public and private agencies in the area
� Write funding proposals and manage current grants and contracts including funds
from government, foundation, and corporate entities.
� In collaboration with Acterra�s Marketing Director, coordinate the program�s
� Implement and oversee the Stewardship Work Plan and Work Report for the
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (owned by the City of Palo Alto.)
� Facilitate communication between Acterra staff and local non-profits, land
managers, and other stakeholders.
� Supervise staff to schedule, create curriculum for, lead interpretive hikes, and offer
workshops including our Acterra�s 2009 Habitat Restoration Conference and other
workshops and classes offered by the four projects.
� Coordinate Spring 2009 strategic planning process.
� Implement and oversee the Filemaker Pro Restoration Database project.
� Four or more years of proven and successful leadership of a non-profit organization
or program component.
� Demonstrated ability to build an organization � including the ability to seek out and
seize new opportunities.
� Four or more years of proven and successful fundraising.
� Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
� Dynamic, self-directed, high-energy person who can prioritize projects and keep
staff focused on our mission and projects.
� Effective time and people management skills and multi-tasking capabilities.
� Extensive business management skills including submitting of grant reports,
invoices, receipts, creating and understanding budgets, expense and income reports
in Excel and QuickBooks.
� Extensive experience using MAC OSX, Windows Office, PC's including GIS
Software and Filemaker Pro programs.
� A personal commitment to environmental conservation and preservation.
� Familiarity with the plants and animals of California oak woodland, grassland and
riparian habitats and principals of ecological restoration is a major plus.
� This position requires office work (90%) and some fieldwork (10%). Applicants
must have a valid California Driver�s License and a clean driving record.
Compensation: This is a full time, position with medical and dental benefits, plus
generous holiday and vacation schedule. Salary range is $48,000 - $52,000 per year.
To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Michael Closson � michaelc@...
Application deadline: January 15th, 2009. Start date: February 2009.
About the Stewardship Program
The Stewardship Program is Acterra�s oldest and largest program in terms of annual
budget, number of paid staff (eight) and number of people involved (last year, over
1,300 volunteers engaged in habitat restoration projects and 550 students were served
by our Young Earth Stewards project). It is the primary �portal� through which many
people on the San Francisco peninsula first encounter Acterra and become involved
with our organization.
The Stewardship Program has four components:
1) Arastradero Preserve Stewardship Project � Involves hundreds of individual
volunteers and members of groups each year to restore damaged habitat on this 622
acre nature preserve owned by the City of Palo Alto.
2) San Francisquito Watershed Project � Engages hundreds of volunteers each year in
restoring damaged riparian areas in the creek and its tributaries in the 44 square
mile watershed extending from Skyline Boulevard to the San Francisco Bay
3) Young Earth Stewards � Uses habitat restoration as the vehicle for educating youth
from underserved communities about our local ecosystem and inspires them to
develop a lifelong appreciation of and love for the natural world.
4) Native Plant Nursery � Propagates over 20,000 native plants each year for use in the
above-mentioned projects, other restoration projects on public lands, and in
educating the public about the important role of native plants in a healthy
Acterra is a 38-year old non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to
bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. For more
information, see www.acterra.org
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