Save Mount Diablo

1901 Olympic Blvd, Suite 320, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Founded in 1971, Save Mount Diablo, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, California nonprofit corporation, acquires and preserves land on and around Mount Diablo.

Land Stewardship Manager

Job Description:

SMD owns land in fee simple, holds conservation easements and manages land for partner agencies. This position plays a key role in planning for, budgeting and managing Save Mount Diablo properties, with an emphasis on Curry Canyon Ranch and capital projects. The Land Stewardship Manager oversees care of our properties, restoration efforts, is a point of contact for lessees, neighbors and contractors, effectively manages the Land Stewardship Associate, Curry Canyon Ranch Caretakers and dedicated stewardship volunteers. The Land Stewardship Manager enhances the safety of our stewardship programs by ensuring staff and volunteers are well trained, annual fuels management is completed and visitors and vendors on our properties have been properly oriented to the site conditions. This position supports land transaction due diligence and onboarding of new properties. The Land Stewardship Manager reports to Land Programs Director and will communicate frequently with the members of the stewardship team to coordinate projects, neighbor relationships, restoration activities, volunteer engagement and programmatic uses of SMD’s properties.

This is a Full-Time, exempt position with a Tuesday through Saturday schedule that reports to the Land Programs Director. In general, this position is likely to require frequent weekend-oriented schedules and early morning or evening commitments.

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Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for the Stewardship Program, including SMD’s fee properties, contracted properties and conservation easements.
  • Oversee the grazing program and other land related contracts and rental agreements.
  • Manager of Curry Canyon Ranch, in consultation with the Land Programs Director, and responsible for oversight of guests on the property.
  • Oversee Stewardship Program planning and administration, including the creation of budgets, project contracting and development of resource management plans.
  • Design and implement stewardship projects such as road management, capital improvements, restoration projects, and environmental cleanup.
  • Manage the feral pig program including securing permits, interacting with wildlife agency staff and coordinating with contractor, caretakers, volunteers and neighboring property owners.
  • Facilitate the use of SMD’s properties for programs to cultivate donor and supporter relationships.
  • Establish & maintain landowner relationships and participate in road associations
  • Responsible for Stewardship Program equipment, vehicles, tools and capital assets, including acquisition, inventory control, maintenance and storage.
  • Maintain and foster relationships with important partner groups and agencies.
  • Staff events such as the annual Bioblitz, Four Days Diablo and Moonlight on the Mountain.
  • Partner with other departments to share information and support their success as appropriate.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Manages three direct reports, interns, volunteers, as well as a small number of contractors/consultants as needed. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in close coordination with the Land Programs Director and in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, risk management, project safety and ensuring high quality outcomes. Volunteers are an integral part of SMD’s efforts on and around Mount Diablo. The Land Stewardship Manager must be able to coordinate, supervise, and show appreciation for our volunteers.



The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications (though we recognize that not every applicant will meet every criterion):

  • 5+ years’ work experience in land stewardship, biology, or natural resource field including resource analysis and program management.
  • Proven high level of competency in stewardship techniques incl. grazing management, habitat restoration, IPM, trail design, etc.
  • Experience with capital projects including design, permitting, budgeting and oversight
  • Experience in supervision of employees, consultants and volunteers, including risk management.
  • Ability to effectively relate to volunteers, program participants, and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Ability to use commonsense and adapt to changing site conditions
  • Preferred computer proficiency: Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, ArcMap, Google Earth.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate work preferred, in conservation biology, ecology, or related field.
  • Five years of work experience related to position qualifications is necessary, including supervisory experience.


Essential Requirements

  • Possess valid California driver’s license and clean driving record with active insurance
  • Daily access to a motor vehicle
  • Employee must be able to travel to properties, drive vehicles with trailers and heavy loads; ability to operate 4-
    wheel drive vehicles in off road applications
  • In general, likely to require frequent weekend-oriented schedules and early morning or evening commitments
  • First aid training, wilderness first-aid training is a plus


Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Employee must also be able to hike, occasionally in steep and/or rugged terrain and in inclement weather.



  • Dependent on Experience.



  • Health, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan


To Apply

  • Send your cover letter, resume, and a list of references to:
  • Please include your name and the job title (“Land Stewardship Manager”) in the subject line of your email.