Executive Director - Job Vacancy Announcement

Position Summary:

The Executive Director leads and manages the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD or District) team in the delivery of services as outlined by the Board of Directors and the District's Strategic Plan. This position requires the ability to effectively communicate MCRCD's goals, activities, roles, and responsibilities to other agencies, organizations, individuals and local government. The Executive Director (ED) serves as the face of the District with agricultural, regulatory and environmental communities, as well as with the public at large. The ED reports to MCRCD's Board of Directors and oversees District staff. The ED collaborates on many aspects of project planning and implementation, including seeking appropriate funding sources, and is required to work collaboratively and to serve as a positive role model for other employees by supporting the mission, vision, and values of the MCRCD. This position requires strong natural resource knowledge, fund development skills, self- direction, strategic thinking, collaborative leadership and problem solving skills in order to succeed.

Organizational Summary:

The Mendocino County Resource Conservation District is a non-regulatory, local special district empowered to support and facilitate voluntary and scientifically sound natural resource stewardship. Founded in the 1940’s, MCRCD works to identify local conservation problems and seek solutions on a voluntary basis, leveraging very limited government funding to secure grant funding and fee for service funding. MCRCD employs 10 staff, who possess a wide range of natural resource and conservation expertise, and is directed by a board of 5 local Mendocino County landowners. MCRCD manages projects in the Navarro River, Eel River, Russian River and Garcia River watersheds, staffs the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, and manages the Willits Bypass Mitigation project. For more information, visit our website at


Mendocino County is located in northern California, 2-3 hours north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for its towering redwood and Douglas-fir forests, expansive oak woodlands, unique and beautiful coastline, inland valley wine production, ubiquitous cannabis cultivation and historical back- to-the-land settlers, the county boast 10 river systems partially or totally within its borders. Elevation runs from sea level at the Pacific Ocean to 6,954 feet in the Mendocino National Forest.

Sparsely populated, the 2010 census found 87,841 inhabitants throughout the county’s 2.2 million acres. The county includes only four incorporated cities: Ukiah with approximately 16,000 residents, Willits with 4,900, Fort Bragg with 7,200, and Point Arena with 450. The rest of the county’s local governments are special districts of various kinds, including community service districts, fire districts, water districts, and others established to provide specific services. Ukiah is the county seat, and the home of the MCRCD offices.

Position Description and Qualifications

Candidates must possess a strong desire to work with a wide range of partners and community stakeholders including environmental, agricultural, government, philanthropic individuals and groups. Candidates must embrace, support, and achieve the RCD’s mission by working with the Board and by developing and sustaining programs through fundraising. The ideal candidate will have experience with RCDs, NRCS, or other similar agencies or nonprofits in a management and organizational development role and will have demonstrated success in writing, securing and managing a wide range of grant and funding sources.

General Duties

The Executive Director is a full-time, exempt status position of the MCRCD. The ED is employed at will. Travel to attend meetings outside regular work hours is required. The successful candidate must possess a valid and active California Class C driver’s license. This position is subject to a 180-day probationary period. Salary is commensurate with experience. MCRCD’s compensation package includes fully paid employee health benefits, paid time off (in lieu of vacation/sick leave), 12 paid holidays, and a 3% contribution to a Simple IRA.

To apply, please submit resume, letter of interest, and at least three (3) current references to

For more information please contact:

Joe Scriven Interim Executive Director 707-462-3664 ext. 104.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, December 15, 2017.

Position is open until filled. MCRCD is an equal opportunity employer.