Website Salmon Valley Stewardship
VEGETATION RESTORATION COORDINATOR
Salmon Valley Stewardship (SVS) is seeking a highly motivated individual to amplify native plant
restoration efforts and enhance efficiencies of partners working to achieve watershed health and invest
in resilient landscapes in the Salmon River Region of Central Idaho.
Classification: Full Time, Exempt; (35-40 hours/week) – 2 year funded position with potential to grow
Salary: $20-24 hourly, Dependent on experience
Benefits: Vacation & sick days, 10 paid holidays, monthly health care, phone stipend, training
Location: Salmon, Idaho
Reports to: Associate Director
Start dates: Spring/Summer 2023
Since 2004, Salmon Valley Stewardship (SVS) has promoted a sustainable economy and productive
working lands in the Salmon River Region of Central Idaho. Our vision is that of a community where
stewardship of the natural resources is at the core of the social, economic and ecological vitality of the
region. Since 2007, SVS has partnered with the USFS, BLM, state agencies, citizens, and nonprofits to work
collaboratively on vegetation stewardship and monitoring.
The Vegetation Restoration Manager will work in partnership with the Salmon-Challis National Forest
(SCNF) Botany, Invasives, and Pollinators program (BIP) to identify species, collect seeds, develop a
seedball pilot program, and implement local solutions to address the need for accelerating the pace and
scale of native plant restoration. Work is predominately in sagebrush steppe habitat.
Time will be spent about 50/50 between Program Development and Field Work:
Plan and coordinate activities to assist the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) and partners with a
phased programmatic approach to achieve native plant restoration objectives, not limited to:
- Research and employ best available science to enhance success rates of re-vegetation efforts and
develop a local seed ball pilot program.
- Identify and procure the necessary materials, seed mixes, equipment for local production
of seed balls and identify storage solutions for maximum seed efficacy.
- Source seeds identified by the SCNF as appropriate for restoration needs. Identify and
build relationships with regional seed producers and procure prescribed amounts and
species of seeds.
- Determine best methods for seed ball distribution and site location preparation.
- Field Monitoring: Use a standard point cover transect protocol to conduct pre-seed ball
deployment, and mid- and long-term vegetation monitoring at site locations. Monitor
germination and survival rates from seed ball mixes and placement.
- Document the various steps in the seed ball production process and iterations made to
improve the process.
- Initiate a native seed collection program, with appropriate collection sites and timeframes
identified by BIP staff.
- Coordinate with agency staff to identify collection locations of priority species through
scouting, collections, and vegetation mapping.
- Plan field operations and incorporate safety plans for conducting field work safely.
- Monitor phenology of target plant populations.
- Record and maintain required population data, photos, using ArcGIS Field Maps, Survey
123 or other appropriate apps.
- Collect species using the BLM Seeds of Success (SOS) protocol https://www.blm.gov/SOS
- Manage seed collection crews and package and ship seeds to partners, keeping detailed
records of all collections and shipments. Ensure quality, accuracy, and timeliness of seed
collections and data provided by the collection crew.
- Complete end-of-season final reports and final data entry into SOS data portal or
determined USFS portal.
- Work with partners from the East Central Idaho Native Plant Communities Restoration Working
Group on other restoration projects as applicable.
- Continue to leverage federal and non-federal sources of funding for program sustainability by
assisting with grant-seeking and writing, fundraising events, and when funds are acquired, by
assisting with reporting requirements.
- Provide consistent program outreach and public relations support, including press releases, social
media communication, newsletter contributions, and outreach materials. Report and share
outcomes of project’s objectives and lessons learned to local and regional networks.
- Manage field technicians and interns (1-3 people) and coordinate with volunteers for field
trainings and implementing inventory and monitoring.
- Experience or Education in botany, plant science, ecology/environmental science.
- Strong plant identification skills (to species) and knowledge of plant taxonomy; strong knowledge of
plant biology. Familiarity with plants of the western U.S., particularly of Sagebrush Steppe habitat.
- Experience conducting seed collections (through SOS programs or other seed handling work).
- Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment, experience leading a field team or other
- Understanding of risk management, willingness to train in outdoor first responder/first aid/CPR.
- Ability to collect and report monitoring data through detailed notes and use of tablets/GPS, storing
and organizing data using common and technical software.
- Knowledge of ArcGIS, creating maps, AGOL, Fieldmaps, Survey 123, Collector, Avenza, Garmin.
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, Web Browsers, Google drive and/or Office 365.
- A safe driving record and high comfort level operating a 4-wheel-drive vehicle on rough roads.
- Capable of conducting field work safely in rough terrain in harsh environmental condition. A high level
of physical fitness (ability to hike up to 10 miles with a light pack). Experience hiking and backcountry
camping, and the willingness to do so for this position.
- Self-motivation and initiative. Organizational skills, ability to handle several projects and deadlines.
- Willingness to work flexible hours, 10 hour field days, some nights/weekends may be required.
- Ability to train, organize, delegate, and motivate volunteers, youth crews, and partners.
- Experience working with agency, academic, private, or non-profit partners to coordinate, plan, and
execute fieldwork on public or private lands
- Experience managing projects, including reports, budgets, and monitoring outcomes.
- Confidence and experience with community outreach, communicating with the public both in writing
and verbally, and social media.
- Possess skills suitable for grant-writing, including attention to detail, grammatical accuracy,
creative/and or technical writing skills.
DON’T MEET EVERY SINGLE REQUIREMENT?
If you’re excited about this role, we still encourage you to apply! The list above reflects the qualifications
we think are important for someone to be successful in this manager role, but it is also a dynamic role
that benefits from a variety of skill sets.
Salmon Valley Stewardship is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our programs and employment are open to
all. We value diversity and do not permit any discrimination against applicants, employees, or volunteers
on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status,
veteran status, medical condition, or disability, or any other status protected by applicable law or statute
in any of our policies or programs.
How to Apply:
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position, to email@example.com. Please include how you heard about this position. Applications
without cover letters will not be reviewed.
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Closing Date: 5/8/23, Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, inquire after listed closing
date. Earliest anticipated start date by mid-May-June 2023.
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