Wildfire Vegetation Mitigation Program Manager - Time Limited

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
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Posted on July 9, 2021

Position Information


Do you have an interest in building strong relationships in our community in support of wildfire mitigation through vegetation management? If yes, apply to become the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCEs) Wildfire Vegetation Mitigation Program Manager!


Starting salary up to $48.37/hour ($100,954/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About the UCCE

Started in 1914, the UCCE research and outreach arm of the University of California began helping farmers, homemakers, and youth use the latest university research to improve their lives. A century later, the Cooperative Extension continues to provide a vital link between public universities and communities. It is the mission of UCCE to sustain a vital agriculture, environment, and community in Sonoma County by providing UC research-based information in agriculture, natural resource management, and youth development. UCCE advisors in Sonoma County are critical partners with local farmers and ranchers, providing scientific-based information on techniques to increase production and economic stability, while addressing environmental concerns.

The Position

As the UCCE’s Wildfire Vegetation Mitigation Program Manager, you will be working across County departments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), and other agencies assisting in recommendations for fuel/vegetation management at common lands along with large-scale properties, range, and forest lands.  This position works with other UCCE experts, Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs), RCDs, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS, NGOs, etc.) implementing best management practices on private and public working landscapes to reduce fire fuel loading, including prescribed burning, timber management and grazing. Additionally, you will be providing leadership for scaling watershed projects across the County and collaborating with Sonoma Water on the Larger Landscape Tool.

In this position you will also:

  • Develop the web-based app for the mapping tool; allowing landowners to prioritize best management practices to reduce fuels; Implement the Wildfire Fuel Mapper
  • Work with landowners to development vegetation management plans
  • Expedite and provide landowners assistance in utilizing various funding opportunities
  • Organize and host educational workshops for landowners and managers on using vegetation management tools and practices

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Experience identifying and working with funding incentives for wildfire mitigation through vegetation management
  • Knowledge of current federal, state, and local regulations around vegetation management
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with public speaking and presenting to a diverse audience
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits directory.

The UCCE is recruiting to fill a Wildfire Vegetation Mitigation Program Manager – Time-Limited position that is currently funded through June 30, 2023. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title for this position is Department Program Manager.



Minimum Qualifications


Education: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, significant college coursework in business or public administration, finance, economics or a closely related area would provide this opportunity. For some assignments, college coursework in social work, psychology, sociology or a closed related field may be desirable.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, three years of experience supervising or coordinating a program including some responsibility for program coordination, planning, analysis and administration, including at least one year leading or supervising staff would provide such opportunity. Specific experience related to the assigned position may be required for designated positions and will be stated as such in recruitment materials.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices of program management including planning and program analysis; data collection, research methodology and application of basic statistics; report writing; legislation, laws, current issues and trends, and techniques and principles for the assigned program area.
Working knowledge of: the principles and practices of personnel management, employee supervision, and training; budget development and fiscal management; grant and contract administration.

Ability to: plan, organize, coordinate and manage a specific program or group of related programs; select, train, and supervise staff; develop, evaluate, and analyze operational policies and procedures; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; communicate orally and in writing on a variety of issues; understand, interpret and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to assigned area; ensure proper compliance with federal, state and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules and regulations; develop and maintain harmonious relationships with employees, public officials, community groups, other agencies and the general public.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.