Job Opportunities

Project Coordinator

Temporary / Part-time


The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District is a Special District established through the County by popular vote in 1987. The District is funded solely by grants and contracts and implements a range of restoration projects throughout the County. The District is currently leading the development and implementation of a watershed-scale ecosystem restoration project known as the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Position Overview:

This is a temporary, part-time, grant-funded position working under the supervision of the Program Manager.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for assisting District staff with planning, facilitating, and completing a diverse range of project activities that serves to accomplish the work of the District. The Project Coordinator is expected to work effectively with minimal supervision in both an independent as well as a cooperative capacity. The Project Coordinator will be required to work collaboratively with staff of the District, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other resource agencies, landowners, and landowner groups. The position may be funded by grants, or through contracts with federal, state and local natural resource agencies. Specific activities required for this position will vary depending on the funding source and contract requirements. Essential duties include a combination of: fieldwork (monitoring and data collection) and communications with District staff and project partners. The successful candidate must possess a valid California Class C driverís license, a vehicle in good working order, and proof of adequate vehicle insurance. Approved job-related mileage is reimbursed at the State rate.† Current† 2017 IRS Mileage Rate


Job Duties


1. Work cooperatively and respectfully with staff, landowners, contractors and agency personnel to assist with planning, implementing, and monitoring on Salt River and Dairy Program projects.

2. Assist in assessment and inventory, planning, construction monitoring, and field monitoring on Salt River and Dairy Program projects.

3. Conduct field sampling and testing of water, forage and other substances as required and in conformance with established testing protocols.

4. Conduct project photo-monitoring and other documentation as required for reporting.

5. Understand, interpret, apply and explain technical guidance documents, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, as needed.

6. Assist with preparation of reports on project activities for HCRCD staff and Board members, federal, state and local agencies and others as appropriate.

7. Attend trainings or other meetings as required or directed.

8. Establish and maintain complete project files including correspondence, reports, data, etc. to comply with District systems and program audit requirements.

9. Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality in all communications.

10. Work with the Natural Resources Conservation Serviceís conservation and planning staff as needed for project planning, development and implementation.

11. Complete other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

 Demonstrated knowledge of principles and methods of resource conservation, especially as relates to habitat restoration, dairy, and rangeland operations on the North Coast.

 Experience and familiarity with field monitoring protocols.

 A basic knowledge of local working landscapes and associated natural resources (e.g. soils, plants, water, fish, wildlife).

 Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain cooperative, respectful and effective working relationships with others.

 Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team.

 Excellent communication skills including speaking, listening and writing.†

 Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.

 Ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality in all communications.

 Experience and familiarity with operating typical office machines, including phones, computers, printers, copy machines, fax machines, calculators, etc.

Work Environment

The office location for this position is located in Ferndale, CA. Work will also take place in a variety of field locations and the District main office in Eureka as needed. The work environment experienced by this position may include: working in a shared office space; working outdoors in weather and on terrain of all types, including adverse terrain; and traveling alone or with others in a vehicle between project sites or meetings. The Project Coordinator may work with or near mechanical parts, equipment, construction tools, and machinery. The Project Coordinator may work in direct proximity to un-restrained livestock and around electrified fencing. This position will have limited exposure to high precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, vibration, and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the environment at times may be moderate.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the Project Coordinator is required to regularly talk, hear, see and smell.  On a daily basis the employee is required to sit, stand, walk on flat or uneven ground or through mud, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to lift up to approximately 25 pounds and maneuver around construction sites. The employee in this position must have the ability to reach with hands and arms and to use their hands or fingers to handle, grasp and feel. Employees in this position occasionally use a shovel or other hand tools.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Minimum requirements are at least two years of upper division college level education in the natural resource field with an emphasis in soils, agriculture, rangelands, and/or forestry; and at least 2 years of related paid work experience. A Bachelorís Degree in a Natural Resource-related field is preferred.

Wages, Hours and Commencement of Work

The starting wage range for this position is $16 - $19 an hour dependent on education and experience. The successful candidate can work 20 to 30 hours a week. The successful candidate should be able to start work within 1 week of selection or by July 15, 2017.† This temporary position will end September 30, 2017. Temporary employees are not eligible for health insurance benefits or paid leave.

Application Instructions

Position is open until July 15, 2017 or until filled. Application review will begin immediately. To apply, please provide a resume and a completed Humboldt County RCD Application For Employment. Applications may be hand-delivered or mailed to Humboldt County Resource Conservation District, 5630 South Broadway, Eureka CA, 95503 or sent electronically to Executive Director Jill Demers at


HCRCD Temporary Part Time Job Description-pdf

HCRCD Application For Employment-pdf






Posted June 23, 2017