View from the Top — from the Executive Director

Thursday
Aug062015

Job Posting: Nursery Manager

Job Opening: Nursery Manager, San Bruno Mountain Watch
deadline: August 18, 2015
download Job Description pdf document

San Bruno Mountain Watch (www.mountainwatch.org) is a grassroots environmental nonprofit that has been preserving and protecting San Bruno Mountain for over 45 years. San Bruno Mountain, located just south of San Francisco, has some of the most intact remnants of native Franciscan ecology, and is home to three federally listed endangered butterflies, despite being completely surrounded by urbanization. Our organization runs ongoing volunteer-based stewardship and outreach programs and advocates for the conservation of this unique area.

We're currently searching for a part-time nursery manager (24 hours/week) to manage and run our 4,000 square foot Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery. The nursery grows plants that are propagated from seeds collected by volunteers on San Bruno Mountain for restoring native ecosystems on the mountain as well as for government ecological restoration contracts, and public and private plant sales.

We also have a separate listing for a part-time stewardship coordinator for our volunteer restoration program. If you are interested in combining jobs for a full-time position, please let us know in your cover letter.

Key Responsibilities

Native plant nursery management will include:

  • Running nursery operations and maintenance including gathering seeds, cuttings, and the propagation of plants
  • Growing in the nursery and the field for seed production
  • Maintaining equipment and grounds
  • Ordering supplies, keeping inventories, records, budgets, and collecting data
  • Leading volunteers in nursery work parties and plant sales
  • Finding and overseeing interns
  • Interfacing with county park and government officials regarding propagation contracts
  • Responsibility for the fulfillment of restoration contracts

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of San Francisco Bay area native plants and native plant propagation techniques
  • Background or training in horticulture, botany, and/or ecology
  • Experience recruiting, motivating and managing volunteers and interns
  • Proficient computer skills in word processing, Excel spreadsheets, database, Mac and PC, GPS and mapping apps
  • Strong organizational and data collection skills
  • Nursery management and restoration experience
  • Able to identify symptoms of and treat plant disease and deficiencies
  • Experience with irrigation and building a plus
  • Experience working in a nonprofit with volunteers
  • Ability to hike rugged trails, carry and load 50lbs, do physical work including planting and digging, comfortable working around poison oak

Terms

  • Hours: 24 hours/week: at least Mon, Wed, Fri, or could do more frequent half days. Tue-Fri during first month of training.
  • Compensation: $18/hr

How To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to KJensen@mountainwatch.org by August 18th. We are an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive. No phone calls please.

Thursday
Aug062015

Job Posting: Stewardship Coordinator

Job Opening: Stewardship Coordinator, San Bruno Mountain Watch
deadline: August 18, 2015
download Job Description pdf document

San Bruno Mountain Watch (www.mountainwatch.org) is a grassroots environmental nonprofit that has been preserving and protecting San Bruno Mountain for over 45 years. San Bruno Mountain, located just south of San Francisco, has some of the most intact remnants of native Franciscan ecology, and is home to three federally listed endangered butterflies, despite being completely surrounded by urbanization. Our organization runs ongoing volunteer-based stewardship and outreach programs and advocates for the conservation of this unique area.

We're currently searching for a part-time stewardship coordinator (20 hours/week) to manage and run our native habitat restoration program. This position entails recruiting and leading volunteers and interns as well as supervising the organization and data collection of our stewardship efforts. This position requires excellent people skills and a high knowledge of native ecosystems and species.

We also have a separate listing for a part-time nursery manager for our 4,000 square foot native plant nursery in Brisbane. If you are interested in combining jobs for a full-time position, please let us know in your cover letter.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with county park officials, our board, and our executive director to identify prime biological restoration sites
  • Record before and after biological data including species count, photo documentation, plant success monitoring. Record, track, and report volunteer hours
  • Recruit and organize volunteers and interns to work on stewardship and biological restoration projects
  • Prep sites for volunteer work parties – collaborate with our nursery manager to collect seedlings to be planted, prep sites, carry plants to sites, organize, order, and maintain tools
  • Lead volunteer work parties – train volunteers, oversee work, bring snacks, and keep up morale
  • Actively contribute to community outreach including writing posts for social media, website and newsletters; communicating with volunteers, posting volunteer opportunities and developing educational materials

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of Bay Area flora, fauna, and butterflies
  • Experience leading volunteers in doing ecological habitat restoration
  • Strong background or training in ecology, biology, botany, or related field
  • Passion for preserving natural areas and native ecosystems
  • Must have strong organizational and computer skills including experience working with spreadsheets
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a good driving record
  • Ability to hike rugged trails, carry and load 50lbs, do physical work including planting and digging, comfortable working around poison oak
  • Interest and experience in community education and engagement
  • Able to work on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings

Terms

  • Hours: 20 hours/week: Tues, Fri, Sat
  • Compensation: $18/hr

How To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to KJensen@mountainwatch.org by August 18th. We are an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive. No phone calls please.

Friday
Oct312014

New Executive Director Joins Us in October 2014

Kris Jensen

Exciting changes are happening at San Bruno Mountain Watch! After many years of dedicated service, our Executive Director Ken McIntire is retiring so that he can pursue his other passions and have more time for his family. We are grateful for his years of steadfast work, and hope to see him up on the mountain again soon!

After a careful search process, we are happy to announce that we have hired Kris Jensen as the new Executive Director of Mountain Watch, effective October 27th. A Bay Area native, Kris has years of experience leading nonprofits including Collective Roots, a food justice nonprofit in East Palo Alto, where he was Executive Director for several years. Kris has a background in permaculture and a passion for nature and we are excited to have him join Mountain Watch.

Thursday
Apr242014

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.

Sunday
Mar092014

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