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Job Posting: Stewardship Coordinator

Stewardship Coordinator
deadline July 30, 2014
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San Bruno Mountain Watch (SBMW) is a small conservation non-profit dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of San Bruno Mountain, the largest and richest remaining example of the native Franciscan bioregion. SBMW has been working for over forty years to protect, preserve and restore this spectacular mountain through implementing programs in stewardship, environmental education, advocacy, and land conservation.

Job Responsibilities

The Stewardship Coordinator will oversee the native plant nursery and habitat restoration field programs which both include weekly community volunteer workdays. The Stewardship Coordinator will work under the guidance of our Stewardship Director and support from the Executive Director. This position will consist about 65% managing the native plant nursery and 35% habitat restoration field work. This is a full time position with a Tuesday-Saturday work week and a starting wage of $18/ hour.

Native plant nursery management will include nursery operations and maintenance as well as gathering seeds, cuttings, and propagation of plants for restoration and public sales.

Habitat restoration field work will involve implementing site specific restoration plans including but not limited to: data collection, outplanting, and removal of invasive plants. The position will also require running weekly habitat restoration volunteer workdays, detailed record keeping, monitoring and helping to set up and implement adaptive management projects.

The position includes volunteer recruitment, engagement and management as well as supervising nursery and restoration interns. This requires a good communicator who enjoys working with people.

A successful candidate will need to be able to work outdoors year round in all kinds of weather and lift at least 50 pounds. The work week will include managing volunteer workdays on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as performing administrative tasks, inventorying and ordering needed materials, and maintaining equipment and tools.

Experience and Qualifications:

Experience in working in a nursery /greenhouse.

Experience invasive species control and removal techniques.

Experience recruiting, motivating and managing volunteers and interns.

Ability to effectively use adaptive management to improve and prioritize ongoing restoration efforts

Ability to work well with others particularly volunteers as well as being comfortable working independently.

Enthusiastic commitment to the community based stewardship approach to restoring both functional diverse native habitats as well as reconnecting people to their local ecosystem.

Excellent organizational and communication skills and comfort with independent leadership of program operations.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of San Francisco Bay area native plants and native plant propagation techniques

Proficiency in basic computer skills, including but not limited to word processing, GIS, Excel spreadsheet creation and maintenance.

Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, geography or related science is required. Or up to 2 years of equivalent knowledge and experience

To Apply:

Please refer to our website for background on Mountain Watch and our programs. We are accepting applications until Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. Early application is encouraged.

Qualified applicants please email (in Word format or PDF) a cover letter that details how your experience and education address the above qualifications; and a current resume including references to Joe Cannon at Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. San Bruno Mountain Watch is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


Job Posting: Executive Director


It is time for me to begin making a transition towards the next phase of my life. I need to begin taking more time for other aspects of life, like meditation, grandkids, and ... home repairs.

San Bruno Mountain Watch is beginning a search for my replacement as Executive Director. As you can see from the job description, we are looking for someone with proven fundraising skills along with leadership ability and, of course, a sensitivity to our organization and the mountain. The transition will take place over a year:  I will cut back my hours somewhat while concentrating more on our education program and “breaking in” the new director. The new Executive Director will start by concentrating on fundraising while getting familiar with the whole scope of what we do. I expect to stay involved – this is too great of a place to leave, and positive things are happening that I want to continue being a part of.

The opportunity to watch over San Bruno Mountain as my daily work, and to be shoulder to shoulder with all the people who care passionately about the this jewel of a place, is an honor and a blessing.

Ken McIntire

Fundraising and Executive Director — Job Description
application deadline August 1, 2014
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Salary is negotiable dependent on qualifications and will include a bonus, based upon performance
Application Deadline: August 1, 2014. Please apply immediately

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact at San Bruno Mountain Watch, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of San Bruno Mountain, the largest and richest remaining example of the native Franciscan bioregion. San Bruno Mountain Watch has been working for over forty years to protect, preserve and restore this spectacular mountain in the middle of the metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area. In fulfillment of our mission, to “preserve and expand the native ecosystems of San Bruno Mountain, in perpetuity,” we support programs in advocacy, education, stewardship and land conservation. Our staff includes an administrative assistant, a stewardship and nursery manager, a nursery assistant, a biologist and an environmental educator.

1. The initial focus of this position is to take the organization’s fundraising to the next level. Responsibilities include donor cultivation of the wide base of lower dollar donors and the smaller core of major gift donors; planning and overseeing donor engagement activities; working to ensure that events are planned and implemented in ways that advance the fundraising priorities and contribute to a culture supportive of philanthropy, and developing corporate sponsorships for programs and events.

2. Since the current ED is planning a gradual transition to retirement over the next 12 months, over time the position will encompass the full range of duties of the Executive Director.

Under the general direction of and working in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the development and management of the organization’s finances and programs, as well as community relations, and human resources.

Duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Hold an enthusiastic commitment to the environmental mission and spirit of San Bruno Mountain Watch and communicate its programs in a clear, compelling manner to diverse constituencies

Funding Development

  • Identifies, cultivates, and nurtures relationships with current and potential donors
  • Manages giving campaigns and initiatives
  • Oversees all unrestricted foundation and corporate grants
  • Oversees the development of professional communication and marketing materials
  • Builds the capacity and “know how” of SBMW’s Board of Directors and staff for outreach and solicitation
  • Staffs the Board of Director’s Fund Development Committee
  • Manages contractor and vendor relationships as needed
  • Oversees all aspects related to fund development activities and events

Fiscal Management

  • Act as chief financial officer, in coordination with treasurer and board, to implement financial planning and budget management
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work and see that the organization operates within budget guidelines

Human Resources and Office Administration

  • Manage all of the administrative functions of the organization, including but not limited to marketing, public relations, finance, and office management
  • Management all personnel for optimal teamwork and morale
  • Recruitment of personnel and contractors

Program Development and Management

  • Assure that the programs (stewardship, conservation, education and advocacy) are successful in achieving the organization’s goals and mission
  • Develop and implement new programs as needed
  • Oversee management of the Mission Blue Nursery
  • Develop and steward strategic partnerships with public agencies, businesses and non-profit groups


  • Oversee all public communication: letters, proposals, emails, social media, website, and newsletters
  • Ability to quickly understand a wide range of topics and ideas


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in donor relations, development, and/or communications
  • Track record of organizing successful fundraising, donor relations and/or communications programs, activities and events
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a volunteer-engaged annual fundraising campaign
  • Excellent team leadership capabilities, an inclusive management approach and a track record of motivating a volunteer team to achieve measureable results
  • Technical literacy and comfort in working with fundraising database systems and creatively manipulating complex data
  • Bachelor’s degree required: advanced degree and/or record of continuing professional development preferred
  • Superior oral and written communication skills as well as ability to work effectively with staff and volunteer colleagues across the department and organization and establish and foster collaborative relationships
  • Exceptional organization, analytical, strategic planning, and research skills
  • Ability to prioritize in a fast-moving environment, using tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters, and ability to work well with diverse groups of people
  • Enthusiastic commitment to the environmental mission of San Bruno Mountain Watch and ability to communicate its programs in a clear and compelling manner to diverse constituencies including high net worth individuals
  • Familiarity with local political and community landscapes

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume (which includes months/years of employment) and cover letter, including current salary requirements and the names of three work-related references directly to:

San Bruno Mountain Watch
Ken McIntire
PO Box 53
(44 Visitacion Ave, Suite 206)
Brisbane, CA


Remembering the Earth

I haven’t much paid attention to Earth Day for a number of years, though I am usually involved in a weekend habitat restoration event loosely tied to the date.  But Earth Day lost its real magic for me years ago when it became “incorporated” into popular corporate culture.  The “green” cloak that some businesses don as Earth Day sponsorship is a thinly veiled ploy to misdirect and mislead people about the nature of their true intentions. 

In other companies, leaders may have true concerns about the rapid destruction of the environment.  Yet even they can’t seem to help themselves when environmental issues get in the way of business.  Corporations are chartered to make money, and their captains often work for profit and to create for themselves a very comfortable and powerful lifestyle.  When push comes to shove, they work hard and spare no expense to get environmental concerns brushed aside if they stand in the way of “progress.”

Governmental agencies and civic administrations easily fall prey to idolizing the gods of economic growth.  After all, they are charged with the welfare of the citizens in the town or county they serve. That welfare often translates into getting more money in the coffers.  This money, however, is often earned at the expense of exploiting the environment, the people, or both. True sustainability is apparently not compatible with the “growth” that is required in our current economic system.

With so much power and money stacked on the side of “economic growth,” environmental destruction goes on unabated, even to the point of permanently damaging our climate.  The effect of this rampant growth mentality kills people, causes wars, destroys property and livelihoods, pollutes the very air we breathe and the water we drink – and will ultimately make our planet uninhabitable for us.

Some people wring their hands, but keep supporting run away economic growth. Under capitalism, this growth represents the best chance for “the good life” that drives the desires of so many.  That is why we continue to put up with an economic system that collapses every few years while destroying the earth and increasingly impoverishing most of the people it supposedly serves.

In my view, another economic system has to evolve quickly if we are to survive.  Some economists have begun to write about economic systems based on a different set of values: Recognition of the interdependent nature of life; Concern for the welfare of all others; and Protection the common heritage of all life.  Clean air. Clean water.  Clean soil. Complete, functioning ecosystems. 

Remember the Earth?  She is our Mother.


Spring 2014 Newsletter

A must-read for Mountain Watchers - full of articles touching on and updating our important programs.

Go to our Spring 2014 Newsletter


Education Program Expands with Funding

In November, San Bruno Mountain Watch received a $36,000 grant from the Packard Foundation to expand our education program.  This will allow us to build upon our successful 6th grade program at Lipman Middle School.  Our goal is to also establish a 6th grade environmental education program at Robertson Intermediate School, and to begin 7th grade programs in both schools.  Longer range, we hope to bring San Bruno Mountain-based environmental education to several schools around the mountain.

Fortuitously, Noixium Berrios, the education coordinator for Planet Drum, took a walk with David Schooley in September, and became interested in bringing his considerable knowledge and skills to the mountain. Planet Drum is a San Francisco-based environmental organization concentrating on bioregional sustainability, education and culture.  Noixium has been an environmental educator for 25 years, working in a variety of places including the Marin Headlands, the Sierras, and the Santa Cruz mountains. I am feeling very fortunate to have him on board — we complement each other well, with my classroom experience and Noixium’s wealth of outdoor lessons, stories and experiences. 

The other keys to developing successful programs are the classroom teachers and administration, and our volunteers.  At Lipman, we have enjoyed the full cooperation and participation of Holly Rios, the 6th grade science teacher, and Jolene Heckerman, the principal.  At Robertson, we have been lucky to begin working with Eddy Arias, a very gifted and eneregtic 6th grade teacher, along with Patti Kephart, the creative and encouraging 5th grade teacher we have worked with in the past.

Our volunteers really help make the outdoor classroom activities much more impactful for students, since they bring down the ratio of students to teachers.  Gina and Dionne Dettmer, both former students at Lipman along with Jerry Bolick, Warren Long, and Paul Bouscal have been providing most of the volunteer support for the last couple of years.

Of course, the kids are the reason for all of this. Working with them is very rewarding when one has a great resource like San Bruno Mountain, and a great team to work with.  Sixth and seventh grade students, with their energy, flexible bright minds, humor and curiosity really make the work fun and satisfying.

We are looking for docents:  SBMW is starting a docent training program in late winter.  We are looking for interested people to help lead hikes for both adults and children of various ages.  Please contact Ken McIntire if you are interested.  Leading hikes is very rewarding — it gets one outside and in contact with a lot of great people!