Careers

Are you an enthusiastic, ambitious, reliable collaborator eager to make a difference for California communities and our environment? Join our team! River Partners is a dynamic, growing, nonprofit organization with offices in Chico, Colusa, Sacramento, Modesto, and San Diego. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer a competitive benefits package.

Director of Field Operations (Chico, Sacramento, Colusa, or Modesto)

The Director of Field Operations leads a team of more than 20 Field Foremen and Field Technicians who are responsible for implementing river restoration projects across California. River Partners’ unique contribution to the field of restoration ecology is using farming techniques to reforest rivers and floodplains using diverse native trees, shrubs and grasses; installing and managing large irrigation systems where needed; and innovating new efficient ways to manage invasive weeds. Our Field Restoration team are specialists in both cultivating native forests and managing vendors and contractors. Additionally, working in sensitive aquatic and riparian environments requires careful monitoring and regulatory oversight of field restoration activities, so this position works closely with River Partners’ Director of Field Restoration Science to ensure project scientists and Field Restoration Team members take extra care to meet and exceed permit conditions and manage multi-million-dollar project budgets efficiently. Cost estimation and budget/workplan management are essential for this position.

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Restoration Ecologist (San Diego)

The Restoration Ecologist works with River Partners’ restoration science, field, and development teams to identify, develop, and execute riparian habitat restoration projects. The Restoration Ecologist reports to the Senior Restoration Ecologist/Scientist/Manager. Travel for meetings with partners and visiting field sites is expected and could require more than 6 days per month.

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Assistant Field Manager (Sacramento Valley)

This position assists the Regional Director and Restoration Field Manager to manage and implement riparian habitat restoration projects in the Sacramento Valley. This position supervises field technicians, subcontractors and labor crews.

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Accounting Intern (Chico)

We are looking for a driven Accounting Intern with understanding of accounting principles who is ready for an immersive, real-world experience. Under the supervision of our staff, the Accounting Intern can expect to learn more about cost accounting and inventory management and assist with other accounting activities. You should be a motivated team player who can maintain efficiency and accuracy when multitasking. To be a strong candidate for an Accounting Internship, you should possess an understanding of accounting principles and a positive attitude. You should be collaborative, trustworthy, receptive to feedback, and eager to learn.

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PVP Preserve Manager (Bakersfield)

The Preserve Manager works with KRCE and the Director of Operations to manage the day-to-day operations of Panorama Vista Preserve, and to oversee installation of future restoration projects at the site and potentially more sites in the Kern watershed. The Preserve Manager will be responsible to cultivate native trees, shrubs, grasses and forbs, optimizing irrigation and weed control, and work with River Partners to manage restoration project budgets and schedules. Additionally, this position will report directly to KRCE at regular Board Meetings and as needed to make day-to-day decisions about Preserve Management activities. This is a dedicated, hands-on position requiring both physical implementation of farming practices as well as overall management of restoration project operations. It includes the daily management of up to 3 employees and oversight of periodic farm labor crews. Some travel is required.

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Native Seed Production Asst. Farm Manager (Colusa)

The Native Seed Production Asst. Farm Manager works with the Farm Manager to grow and amplify native seeds to support multi‐million dollar and multi‐year river restoration projects across California. The Asst. Farm Manager will be responsible to help farm native grasses and forbs, optimizing seed production and harvest. This is a dedicated, hands‐on position requiring both physical implementation of farming practices as well as management of farming operations. The Native Seed Production Asst. Farm Manager reports directly to the Farm Manager.

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Native Seed Production Field Technician (Colusa)

The Native Seed Production Field Technician works with the Farm Manager to produce native seed for habitat restoration. The job involves working on a diverse set of tasks associated with native seed production including cultivation, planting, irrigation, weed control, seed harvesting, seed cleaning and seed bagging and tagging. It includes the operation of farm equipment and manual labor to accomplish the many tasks associated with production of native seed. It is a unique opportunity to learn about native seed production – a sought after set of skills that few people possess.

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The natural resources in the Central Valley are depleted – water supply, riparian habitat, native plant and animal species. At River Partners, we have the opportunity to work against the odds and bring project partners together to revive these important features of the ecosystem for future generations.

- Maggie Blankinship, Regional Director, San Joaquin Valley