Summer-Fall 2018

EXTENSION: Applications due by 5pm July 20.

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is hiring half- to full-time field biologists to augment our biological monitoring team that oversees the invasive plant control and vegetation management work we're facilitating along the Salinas River. Work would begin in early July 2018 or late August and go through November 2018.


Biological monitors will work closely with RCD staff, lead consulting biologists, and work crews to ensure vegetation management work for the Salinas River Arundo Control and Stream Maintenance Programs proceeds in accordance with environmental permits. The monitor will learn the permit-mandated protective measures for wildlife and water quality, learn to identify species of concern, and conduct surveys for protected species. The monitor will also document project progress using the Collector for ArcGIS mapping system.

Work will occur in the Salinas River on private property between San Ardo and Salinas, primarily between Soledad and King City. A typical day will include commuting to the RCD office in Salinas to pick up a vehicle, or driving directly to the field site for an early morning arrival, surveying the day’s work area for species of concern, meeting with the work crew before work begins, remaining on site during work to assist crews with work flow and ensure protective measures are followed, documenting/mapping project progress, and reporting on work activities at the end of the day.

Required Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills and problem solving ability
  • Desire and ability to work long hours in the field and walk several miles in difficult terrain, and in the presence of heavy machinery and/or herbicide applicators
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and adaptively with RCDMC staff, contractors, and landowners 
  • Bachelors degree in biology, ecology, or other environmental sciences, or equivalent experience
  • Field experience with California vegetation and wildlife, especially in Monterey County
  • Experience with GIS technology
  • A valid driver’s license, insurance, and a reliable form of transportation
  • Ability to cope with a non-regular schedule, and possible last-minute schedule changes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish
  • Previous biological monitoring experience
  • Previous approval from wildlife agencies to survey for or handle regional species of concern (California red-legged frog, San Joaquin kit fox, least Bell’s vireo, etc)
  • Experience using Collector for ArcGIS

Compensation: $17-28/hr depending on experience. Overtime will be paid for work over 10 hrs per day or 40 hrs per week. Mileage from the RCD office to work sites will be compensated. Lodging is not provided.

 To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous experience, interest in this position, and availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to Emily Zefferman by 5pm July 20.


JOB ADVERTISEMENT: Agricultural Water Management Specialist (Bilingual)

Posted: (June 18, 2018): Next-round interview applications due by June 30, 2018. Position open until filled.

Agricultural Water Management Specialist (Bilingual)

Half to Full-time


This position will work in close partnership with the RCD Soil Scientist and Civil Engineer as well as local organizational and agricultural partners to implement on-farm irrigation evaluation, water flow, nutrient management, erosion control and water quality improvement projects in Monterey County. The ideal candidate is a well-rounded agricultural scientist, engineer or hydrologist with solid data management and analysis skills and several years working experience, including field work with farmers speaking in Spanish and English. The successful candidate must have knowledge of irrigation systems, water quality and watershed function, and be a fluent speaker of Spanish and English. Candidates also should be comfortable speaking in public and capable of organizing and giving educational and professional presentations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide in-field technical assistance and trainings for farmers and farm workers in Spanish and English related to soil, water and nutrient management (one-on-one and groups)
  • Collaborate with area farmers and partner organizations for soil, water and nutrient management project development
  • Project reporting and budget management

Collaborative Tasks with Soil Scientist & Civil Engineer:

  • Installation of water measurement equipment, including flow meters, pressure gauges, and flumes
  • Irrigation evaluation using standard professional methods
  • Communication with growers regarding irrigation and field activity timing
  • Collection, maintenance, and handling of water and soil samples and sampling equipment
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Knowledge of and interest in agricultural water use efficiency and surface and groundwater management issues in the Central Coast region
  • Understanding of California agricultural systems and hydrology, including crops, irrigation systems and design, and resource concerns
  • Training in agricultural/environmental science or engineering (MS preferred). Relevant degrees may include Agricultural/Civil/Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Management, Agronomy, or Hydrology. Minimum of 5 years of field experience.
  • Field Spanish-fluency
  • Good writing and presentation and ‘people’ skills
  • Excellent computer skills (for MS Excel, Word, internet applications and learning proprietary software)
  • Able to hop ditches, carry equipment, and work outdoors for extended periods
  • Valid CA driver’s license, clean driving record


Competitive salary depending on experience. Full benefits including health, dental and vision plans and Simple IRA program with employer contribution. Professional team of co-workers in strong collaborative office environment with a highly-regarded organization dedicated to supporting local landowners’ voluntary conservation efforts.

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and references to Paul Robins at the address above or by email to . For more information, call 831-975-7757.