Job Title: Seasonal Biological Monitors (August to November 2019)

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is hiring half- to full-time field biologists to join our biological monitoring team that oversees the invasive plant control and vegetation management work along the Salinas River as part of the Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program and/or the Salinas Watershed Invasive Non-native Plant Control and Restoration Program. Training would begin in late August 2019 and work would go through mid-November 2019.

Applications are due by Friday, August 16th, 2019.


Biological monitors will work closely with RCD staff, lead consulting biologists, and work crews to ensure vegetation management work 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.

More information about the Salinas Watershed Invasive Non-native Plant Control and Restoration Program can be found at the RCDMC’s Arundo Control Program webpage. More information about the Stream Maintenance Program can be found at RCDMC's SMP Webpage and MCWRA's SMP Webpage.

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: Hourly wages depend on experience, and generally range from $20-$27 per hour. Overtime will be paid for work over 10 hrs per day or 40 hrs per week including travel time. Mileage in personal vehicles 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 relevant experience, interest in this position, and availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to Emily Zefferman at .

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Hiring decisions are made based on candidates’ qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, genetics, or veteran, parental, or disability status.


Job Title: Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) Coordinator

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC) and the Salinas River Channel Stream Maintenance Program River Management Unit Association (RMU Association) are seeking a qualified individual to coordinate activities under the Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program. The Program Coordinator would be hired as a part-time employee of the RCD, or as an independent contractor.


The Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) is a flood risk reduction program developed collaboratively by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA), the Salinas River Channel Coalition, the Grower Shipper Association of Central California (GSA), The Nature Conservancy, The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC), The Monterey County Farm Bureau, and other entities. Landowners or growers leasing land along the river may voluntarily choose to participate in the SMP, which allows targeted vegetation clearing, sediment removal, grading, and removal of the invasive plant Arundo donax in select permitted areas called “secondary channels”, which were designed to mimic the natural braiding of the Salinas River.

The RCD holds the program permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and oversees the biological monitoring and surveying required for the program. MCWRA holds permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Landowners or growers conduct the work under supervision and coordination by the RCDMC and MCWRA.

More information about the program can be found at RCDMC's SMP Webpage and MCWRA's SMP Webpage.

About the RCDMC

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County was established in 1942 as a non-regulatory special district and is one of 97 RCDs in the state of California. The RCDMC is guided by a local Board of Directors who are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. Our mission is to conserve and improve our natural resources, integrating the demand for environmental quality with the needs of agricultural and urban users. We are fundamentally committed to collaboration, and we partner with agencies, private landowners, non-profits, researchers, and other organizations to complete a variety of conservation and restoration projects throughout Monterey County.

The RCDMC has a small staff with a wide range of technical expertise. We share an office and work closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Salinas. You can learn more about us at 


The Program Coordinator will coordinate program activities in collaboration with Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA), landowners and operators, and the River Management Unit (RMU) Association Board of Directors. 

The position is expected to be approximately 20 hrs per week, with seasonal fluctuations in time required. Hours can be flexible. Program Coordinator would work out of the RCDMC office in Salinas, with possibility for remote work. 

The Program Coordinator will report to the RCDMC Ecologist in completing or assisting with the following Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) tasks:

  • Promote availability of the annual SMP through individual meetings with landowners and growers and through working with the RMU Association Board of Directors and the Grower Shipper Association
  • Assist landowners and growers in understanding activities and work areas permitted through the SMP and coordinate field visits as requested by existing and potential program participants 
  • Provide annual notice to potential participants in coordination with the MCWRA to announce Spring and Fall work season timelines and application information
  • Determine annual scope of work with program participants for Spring and Fall work periods through individual meetings and at in-person applicant meetings 
  • Prepare Spring and Fall Annual Work Plans including maps of proposed work areas and legal forms signed by program participants
  • Hire, train, and supervise RCDMC biological monitors
  • Help conduct mandatory worker training for program participants and operators
  • Work with program participants to schedule pre-activity biological surveys and on-site biological monitoring for work activities
  • Coordinate senior biological consultants to conduct pre-activity surveys
  • Track work activities for annual reporting to regulatory agencies
  • Prepare Annual Report detailing work completed
  • Communicate with permitting agencies as needed
  • Attend field trips with appropriate state and local agencies for program information and promotion
  • Assist with grant and budget preparation as requested
  • Assist with coordination of local fundraising events (e.g., Annual Barbeque) hosted by the RCDMC and/or RMU Association

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in an environmental, agricultural, or biological field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience managing or coordinating projects, preferably in the natural resources field and with agriculture as a primary focus
  • Experience with or understanding of state and federal environmental permits
  • Ability to be responsive to, and communicate respectfully with landowners, growers, collaborators, program participants, operators, permitting agency personnel, and other parties involved in the SMP
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and meet administrative deadlines
  • Understanding of Salinas Valley agriculture and natural resources challenges
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

 Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the species inhabiting the Salinas River riparian corridor
  • Experience supervising employees or volunteers
  • Experience assisting in preparation of permit applications and reporting
  • Experience using ArcGIS, ideally ArcGIS Online and the Collector mapping app
  • Experience working around heavy equipment and mechanized hand tools
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather and conditions
  • Current first aid certificate


Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Program Coordinator may be hired as an independent contractor, or as a RCDMC employee.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references in a single document to .

Application review will begin on July 16, 2019. Position is open until filled.

Position will begin by August 5, 2019, or sooner as negotiated. 

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Hiring decisions are made based on candidates’ qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, genetics, or veteran, parental, or disability status.