Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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The McConnell Foundation

Redding, CA, USA
Full Time
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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Land Stewardship Coordinator

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
 Full Time
 Large scale
 Farming Practices
 Soil Health
 Carbon Farming
 All - Livestock
 All - Cropping
 Landscape Health

Position Description

The McConnell Foundation is a private independent foundation located in Redding, California. As a broad-based funder, we have awarded grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public education, and government entities located primarily in Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties in rural Northern California, and the countries of Nepal and Laos. The Foundation landscape department manages approximately 5,000 acres of open space and agricultural land in both Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. 

The McConnell Foundation is seeking a Land Stewardship Coordinator with GIS experience to join our team in Redding, CA.

Position Summary

This position's primary responsibilities are two-fold, including, (1) to design and implement regenerative agriculture and sustainable forestry practices on McConnell Foundation owned properties in Shasta County, including the supervision of two BearCorp members who will assist in project work; and, (2) to develop/create GIS based maps and produce visuals using ArcGIS or Adobe, or equivalent. Responsibilities related to the position are anticipated to be assigned primarily by the Director of Land Management, but will also include working other program staff on special projects.

The candidate must be able to work in a multifunctional environment involving construction and operation of agricultural infrastructure (irrigation, fencing, and pasture improvements), range management (monitoring and management of vegetation, soil carbon and herbivory), coordination with project partners to design and implement regenerative agriculture and sustainable forestry projects, supervision and assignment of duties for BearCorp members (project implementation, public outreach and education). Project partners include scientific monitoring consultants, colleges and universities, land trusts, conservation districts, local government, state agencies and agricultural producers.

Outdoor fieldwork in variable climate conditions (above 100 degrees or below freezing) is a requirement of the position. The candidate must be able to work well with team members and must be equally able to work alone in an office setting. Must be enthusiastic and self-disciplined in order to organize time and prioritize assignments. Multitasking and problem-solving skills are essential. Excellent communication skills including experience working across multiple property locations and disciplines is required.

Essential Duties and Qualifications

  • BearCorp Supervision: daily assignment and supervision of duties for two BearCorp members.
  • Field Investigation/Assessment: soil, groundwater and vegetation sampling, herbivory movements and monitoring, data collection and analysis (under direction and in coordination with a scientific consultant).
  • Restoration: reforestation, perennial and annual seeding and plant establishment, and regenerative agriculture techniques.
  • Construction of Agricultural Improvements: irrigation infrastructure, stock water systems, fencing systems, and pasture plantings.
  • Operation of Light Equipment: ranch utility vehicles, pickup trucks, small tractors, ATVs, chippers and various hand tools.
  • Comfortable around Livestock: herbivory monitoring and frequent movement of livestock through managed grazing rotations.
  • GIS Based Maps and Data Collection
  • Safety Program Compliance
  • Partner, Contractor, and Regulatory Agency interaction
  • Project related travel to various locations around Shasta County; valid driver license is required.
  • Office activities include project report writing, analysis and interpretation of analytical data, as well as preparation of summary reports, under the supervision of Director of Land Management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required with emphasis in environmental science, range management, landscape architecture, GIS, land use planning, environmental planning or similar. 
  • Knowledge of software tools and applications including but not limited to ArcGIS (Desktop, ArcGIS Online, and Collector for ArcGIS), Adobe (Acrobat/Photoshop/Illustrator), and applications within the MS Office Suite.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey information simply and effectively to teams, colleagues, partners, and stakeholders verbally and in written form.


  • Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
  • ArcGIS
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Problem solving/analysis
  • Collaboration skills
  • Energetic and self-motivated
  • Dedication to performance improvement
  • Commitment to safety and quality


  • Microsoft Office Suite: 3 years (Required)
  • ArcGIS: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator: 3 years (Preferred)
  • GIS: 3 years (Required)
  • Working in agriculture and around livestock: 3 years (Required)
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