Job Listing: Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader

Point Blue Conservation Science

Job Title: Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader

Location:  Base location is negotiable (HQ in Petaluma, CA, the Sierra Nevada, or Sacramento area)

Group: Sierra Nevada Group

Hours/Benefits: Full time w/competitive benefits

Point Blue Conservation Science’s Mission and Vision Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative research, restoration, outreach and extensive partnerships.  Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change and other threats to wildlife and people, while promoting adaptation to the changes ahead.  Point Blue will achieve this by conducting further research on ecological processes and by developing and disseminating science-based solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of these changes.  Because of our work today, healthy ecosystems will continue to support thriving wildlife and human communities in California and beyond, on land and at sea.

Sierra Meadow Program

Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program focuses on catalyzing the Sierra Meadow Partnership  to achieve its goal of restoring/conserving 30,000 acres of Sierra Meadow by 2030. This position will help ensure the Partnership achieves the acreage target while maximizing ecological services that will endure for centuries to come. By working with partners to identify the best places and practices to restore and manage meadows in the face of climate change, they will increase the ecological benefits of these restoration and protection activities. Working with government agencies, NGO’s and other key stakeholders, our approach is to find and help implement the solutions that best protect wildlife populations, their habitat, and other ecological services healthy meadows provide. We help our partners incorporate climate-smart principles into their prioritizations, restoration designs, easement terms, and management plans. Our goals: the conservation actions we take in the next 13 years will sustain vibrant, diverse, ecosystems; enhance ecosystem services; improve the ability of nature and humans to adapt to change; and use nature to sequester carbon and reduce climate change impacts whenever possible.

Job Summary

The Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader will be responsible for executing the strategy and achieving the outcomes of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program (described below). As such, the SMAL will develop and refine Climate-Smart approaches for restoration practitioners, scientists, land managers, and land trusts working on meadow conservation in the Sierra Nevada. The SMAL will help innovate climate smart approaches to meadow restoration and management. They will help develop and disseminate science-based policy and natural resource management recommendations.

The SMAL will work as part of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program team and play the primary role in delivering conservation outcomes to our partners by integrating the best available science and expertise into conservation decisions. To be successful, the SMAL will need excellent partnering skills, ability to interpret science into conservation actions for a diversity of audiences, a proven track record in fundraising, meeting facilitation skills, and a solid knowledge of the science relevant to restoration ecology and climate impacts on the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

THE SMAL will work extensively with external partners but will also develop cross organizational projects, especially related to our Climate Smart Restoration and Water and Wildlife on Working Lands Initiatives.

Supervision will be provided by Point Blue’s Sierra Nevada Group Director.

Essential Functions

Essential responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following activities:

  • Co-develop and drive Point Blue’s Sierra Meadows work plan in collaboration with appropriate Point Blue staff and external collaborators to achieve Point Blue’s climate smart conservation strategic outcomes and address Sierra Meadow Partnership need
  • Develop/implement Climate-Smart frameworks for Sierra meadow restoration and land trust acquisitions
  • Participate in developing and promoting effective approaches to climate-smart adaptation, incorporating the latest scientific results and evolving needs of stakeholders
  • Work with Point Blue project leaders and other staff and external collaborators to develop and deliver science-based recommendations for specific meadow restoration efforts and for the Sierra Meadow Partnership overall
  • Represent Point Blue at meetings and conferences relevant to Sierra Meadows, including developing and delivering public presentations communicating Point Blue scientific findings and recommendations
  • Prepare grant proposals to fund Sierra Meadow priorities in collaboration with partners and other Point Blue staff
  • Facilitate cross-organizational climate adaptation project development
  • Lead or participate in the writing of reports, manuscripts, and other literature.
  • Create and manage project budgets
  • Be a contributor to our “One Point Blue” culture and assist in other Point Blue projects as prioritized by the organization


  • Must have a passion for nature and conservation
  • Undergraduate degree in conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental policy and planning.
  • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in similar fields as above or hydrology, geomorphology, or restoration ecology strongly preferred.
  • Experience in successful grant writing and/or other fundraising
  • Previous experience working in meadow or riparian habitat or Sierra Nevada ecosystem a plus
  • Experience with natural resource management methods and interactions with ecosystem function
  • 3+ years of effective project design, planning, implementation and people management experience
  • 3+ years of experience working with diverse stakeholders and developing partnerships to achieve strategic goals
  • Well-developed understanding of climate change impacts to ecological communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated success in clearly and concisely translating science to diverse audiences via public speaking and written materials
  • Meeting facilitation skills
  • Ability to stay abreast of recent developments in relevant scientific research
  • Self-directed and highly motivated team player with a good sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and integrity in all aspects of work.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive, reflecting qualifications and experience. Point Blue offers a 401(k) plan with employer match contribution, 100% health care coverage for employees, full dental care, and partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners. This position will require occasional travel and will involve working some weekends and evenings.

To Apply

E-mail: (1) cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest in this position and Point Blue, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) for 3 references to with “SMAL” in the subject line.

Applicants may be subject to background checks.

Apply by May 15, 2017; the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants  with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the  interview process.