Happy Earth Day + New Job Opportunities at Big Sur Land Trust

Happy Earth Day!

On this Earth Day, I am reflecting on my home: the Earth (of course!); Monterey County’s magnificent lands and waters; and our natural and human communities. I am reminded that humans are not separate from nature. We are nature. When we care for the earth, we care for ourselves. When we immerse ourselves in thriving natural spaces, we heal. Everyone deserves to experience the healing power of restorative time in nature.

I am grateful and proud that with the support of our generous donors, funders, partners, and volunteers, we continue to make strides toward achieving our vision of healthy lands, healthy people, and healthy communities. Our team is hard at work moving through the planning stages for the Carr Lake Park Project in Salinas and the Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project (Carmel River FREE) near the mouth of the Carmel River. We’re busy caring for over 4,500 acres of conserved land including old growth redwood and madrone forests, coastal chaparral/sage scrub, riparian corridors, oak woodlands, Monterey Bay dunes, working ranches, urban open space, and much more! We’ve also been conducting annual monitoring of another 7,000 acres of conservation easements throughout Monterey County.

Our efforts start with the land and extend to increasing access to parks and open spaces for all people. Our youth program is an important point of access, engaging with campers from all over the county who face barriers to outdoor experiences. Our planning for this spring and summer season is now in full swing and we’re looking forward to hosting kids for day camps at Marks Ranch in Salinas, overnight camps at Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, and backpacking adventures at Mitteldorf Preserve in Carmel Valley.

Our work is far-reaching, demanding, and extremely rewarding – and we have a few job opportunities available for passionate people who want to join us on our mission. We have openings for a Youth Outdoor Programs Manager and a Field Lead, a Land Steward, and a Director of Finance. Please take a look at the different openings below and pass the word on to anyone you know who may be interested.

Happy Earth Day!

Big Sur Land Trust

Big Sur Land Trust

Big Sur Land Trust

Big Sur Land Trust

P.S. It’s not too late to support Big Sur Land Trust through our Race for Open Space! You can still hike, walk, or run for the lands you love! Sign up here.


Youth Outdoor Programs (YOP) is Hiring!

Field Lead & Program Manager

Big Sur Land Trust’s approach begins with the land and the calming, inspirational, and evocative power of nature. As campers begin to embrace the comfort that comes from knowing they belong in nature, they begin to identify, embrace, and express their personal values, sparks, and dreams.

The Field Lead contributes to Big Sur Land Trust’s mission by coordinating and delivering day trips and overnight excursions for youth ages 10 to 19. Exemplify and uphold our organization’s spirit of community, and the acceptance, and respect for one’s self, others and nature. In this position you will have the opportunity to directly impact youth in Monterey by delivering enriching experiences to campers who may have faced multiple barriers to accessing and enjoying time in nature and/or immersive wilderness activities. Learn more and apply here.

The Youth Outdoor Program Manager supports our vision by planning, budgeting, implementing, and periodically co-leading day and overnight outdoor excursions for youth ages 10 to 19. You will ensure that all program staff are prepared to lead youth in community building/ice breaker activities, planned interpretive hikes, active nature observation, personal reflection, creative self- expression through journaling, drawing, and other art forms, and backpacking skills building activities that are safe, fun, and fitting to each camper’s age and abilities. Learn more and apply here.


Stewardship Job Opportunity

Land Steward

Do you love adventure? Are you willing to learn, try new things, and be resourceful? If so, here’s just some of what you would experience in this dynamic Land Steward job. While working with a dedicated team on a variety of innovative and strategic projects, on any given day you might be planting native plants in a restoration site, removing barriers to wildlife movement, working with a rancher to improve soil health, or maintaining a native garden demonstration site for a future park. Additionally, you might focus on keeping our buildings, roads, and trails in good repair; reducing the risk of wildfire; and controlling invasive weeds. Sometimes you’d be in the field doing the physical labor to achieve a goal and other times you’d be working out of our Monterey-based office to help coordinate schedules, develop contracts, join in collaborative discussions with other teams, communicate plans, make maps, or create budgets. This position is best suited for early career applicants. Learn more and apply here.


Big Sur Land Trust Job Opportunity

Director of Finance

As the Director of Finance, your work is vital to the health of our organization! Working with our stewardship, conservation, community engagement, and development departments, you’ll be performing professional non-profit accounting functions. These include, but are not limited to, preparing of monthly financial reports, grant expense and net assets tracking, annual budget preparation and posting, and managing annual independent audit. Learn more and apply here.

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