JOB TITLE: Field Manager

REPORTS TO: Program Director

JOB TYPE: Hourly, non-exempt

LOCATION: This position is based in Upper Lake, CA.  Occasional travel within Lake County and occasionally beyond.

COMPENSATION: $52-$60k/year, rate dependent on experience. 100% FTE. Salary growth possible as organization evolves

BENEFITS: Health coverage available

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Vehicle and valid driver’s license. Ability to lift 25 lbs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is August 31st 2021



The Field Manager is a strong manager with great people skills and strong knowledge of California coast range ecology and stewardship  The Field Manager will work closely and collaboratively with the Program Director (PD) to set up TERA’s hand crew for success, whose work focuses on forest management, fuel reduction, and fire resilience work. The position is estimated to be approximately 75% administrative work in the office, and 25% field work.

The Field Manager will be a core staff member in the organization, working closely with the PD to build TERA’s capacity in a crucial moment, setting up the organization and the greater Tribal community of Lake County to access upcoming funding and support for forest and fuels management.


1) Project Management:

Gain detailed understanding of management goals and methods for each TERA project in order to manage field work and ensure the delivery of high-quality project outcomes
Implement TERA field work as planned and budgeted by PD on public, private, and tribal land. Understand and follow tribal consultation processes when working on tribal lands
Support the PD to conduct site assessments, prepare proposals, timelines, estimates and contracts for client / landowner
Communicate with project partners, crew, and TERA staff to effectively coordinate program schedule and all other logistics
Collaborate with Operations Manager to submit timely and accurate invoices to clients
Procure tools, materials, equipment and supplies for specific jobs and general operations as needed
Serve as communication liaison between the crew and landowner / client
2) Crew Management

Supervise crew. Provide support and oversight to lead crew and help establish performance standards
Work to create a positive, cohesive crew environment where everyone is treated respectfully and fairly, and where safety is a priority
Work with PD to orient crew to the job site and provide ongoing support throughout the completion of the project
Develop and manage the crew work schedule, managing multiple projects and priorities
Support crew with tool maintenance and managing inventory.
3) Operations & Safety:

Create a Field Evacuation Plan for each jobsite and ensure that Crew Lead has thorough information to keep crews safe on the job. Work with Crew Lead to ensure safe on-the-job practices.
Work with PD, contractors, and partners to develop TERA’s Safety Policies as well as support everyday safety practices and procedures.
3) Training:

Work with P.D. to lead and develop curriculum as needed
Organize tools and materials for training
Work with P.D. to develop ongoing, on-the-job training and professional development opportunities for crew
4) Other duties as needed.



Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or GED minimum. Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, natural resource management, forestry, or related field preferred
Experience working with Tribal communities; willingness to learn about contemporary challenges, concerns, and interests of Lake County tribal community and ecology
1 year experience as project manager implementing fuels management and/or restoration projects
2 years working on fuels reduction or fire crew
2 years experience as supervisor
Strong chainsaw safety and utilization skills. S212 chainsaw certification or equivalent
Strong safety background. First Aid, CPR, OSHA 30. Wilderness First Responder preferred
Proficiency and flexibility with office technology including PCs, smartphones, digital camera, conference calls (Zoom), Word, and Excel
Able to work with diverse groups, build and maintain strong working relationships
Able to develop and follow a prioritized plan of work, set and keep deadlines and work on multiple projects concurrently
Strong communication skills with the ability to listen well, and write and speak effectively
Able to contribute to a high-functioning, collaborative team environment
Vehicle and valid driver’s license
Ability to carry up to 50 lbs, work outdoors in all weather conditions and poison oak. Ability to walk 2 – 4 miles day on uneven terrain


Preferred Qualifications:

Native American Preference Applies: Preference given to qualified Native Americans pursuant to the Indian Self Determination and Education Act, public Law 93-638.
FFTII firefighting qualifications and experience with prescribed fire or cultural burning.
Process to apply:

To APPLY, please send an email to admin@tribalecorestoration.org and address the following three topics in a cover letter in the order described below.

1.  What excites you most about our organization?  Be specific about at least two aspects.

2.  What role have you held in the past that you sense is most similar to the role described or what life experiences have you had that you sense have prepared you most for this role?

3. What challenges would you anticipate, if any, in taking this role?


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About Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance


The mission of the Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance (TERA) is to cultivate land stewardship, livelihood, and leadership skills that weave collaborative relationships between Tribal members and the community at large for the benefit of all lands and beings. Our program goals include:

§ Strengthen ties to land and culture

§ Connect tribal members with meaningful livelihoods and culturally relevant work in their ancestral territories

§ Regenerate local ecology and economy

§ Strengthen cross-cultural relationship to place

§ Build capacity for Native voices to play a central role in land stewardship


TERA is a fiscally sponsored project of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC), who provides administrative support for the project.