Annual Salary: $52,093 – $56,343, Depending on Qualifications. This is a full-time, non-exempt position as Program Manager 1, range 1-3.

Nature & Purpose of the Position

The purpose of the Habitat Stewardship Program Manager is to support and promote the Water Quality Improvement program mission of water quality improvement and watershed education with a focus on managing the Habitat Stewardship program. Through Habitat Stewardship Trainings, educational events, ongoing engagement, and volunteers support the Habitat Stewardship Program Manager is responsible for managing 10+ active sites annually. Additionally, this position manages the Green Puyallup Partnership, a multi-agency effort to restore over 300 open space acres in Puyallup.  

The Habitat Stewardship Program Manager is also responsible for special water quality monitoring projects as developed in collaboration with jurisdictional partners. This monitoring will lead to management decisions or be pre/post data in relation to a specific project.  

The Habitat Stewardship Program Manager must understand habitat restoration processes, project management, work cooperatively and professionally with partners and members of the public; be physically able to negotiate all types of terrain and weather conditions; be self-directed and follow through on assignments.  To be successful in this role one must value connecting community with hands-on restoration and be willing to work both traditional and community hours.

About Pierce Conservation District  

Pierce Conservation District is government that works. We work strategically and passionately to conserve and restore the natural resources of Pierce County. Our work improves both rural and urban communities to benefit the health and well-being of our citizens. We work in five core program areas: Farm Assistance, Water Quality Improvement, Habitat Restoration, Urban Agriculture, and Environmental Education. The District works for clean water, healthy soil, salmon recovery and local food access for all. When you join the Pierce Conservation District staff, you join a team of talented and committed people who are mission-driven and care deeply about improving our environment and our community.

Primary Job Responsibilities 

The primary responsibility of the Habitat Stewardship Program Manager is to restore open space habitat on both public and private property in the County’s most urban areas. This position must have strong project management skills with attention to detail across multiple projects at once. Program tasks includes:

  • Manage Habitat Stewardship Program:
    1. Recruit, train, onboard, and support Habitat Stewards
    2. Provide direction to Habitat Steward teams, volunteers, and/or crews
    3. Develop Restoration Plans and create annual work plans with Habitat Stewards
    4. Develop and manage budgets 
    5. Oversee AmeriCorps member(s) and interns in advancing restoration sites
    6. Solicit volunteers to support Habitat Steward events
    7. Manage overall restoration activities and events
    8. Manage Green Puyallup Partnership planning group
    9. Supply tools for events
    10. Reporting as needed
  • Manage Water Quality Monitoring Program:
    1. Manage monitoring program relationships 
    2. Fully understand PCD’s role and responsibility associated with monitoring efforts
    3. Manage PCD’s responsibilities associated with monitoring projects
    4. Reporting as needed

Other tasks as assigned

As a small, nimble organization all staff are expected to be open to taking on other tasks as assigned.


The Habitat Stewardship Program Manager must have knowledge of habitat restoration, water quality monitoring processes, is detailed oriented, is a strategic thinker, and thrives in working in community, in a team environment and independently.  Additionally, the Habitat Stewardship Program Manager has:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Biology or related field; plus at least 2 years of professional or volunteer experience with hands-on environmental restoration and volunteer management; OR 5 years equivalent work experience.
  • Proven ability to develop a positive working relationship with volunteers, agency partners, and community supporters; high level of customer service required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/Office 365 suite of software programs
  • Must be able to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license 

Desired Skills

The Habitat Stewardship Program Manager must understand and believe in the Pierce Conservation District mission and program delivery methods and maintain a positive and constructive attitude with members of the public, coworkers, and partners. Additionally, the Habitat Stewardship Program Manager has:

  • Ability to effectively plan and organize own schedule of activities related to work goals set by the Water Quality Improvement Director
  • Working knowledge of Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems, local native and invasive plants, restoration best management practices; seeks out opportunities to learn about new methods and restoration trends
  • Understanding of basic water quality monitoring processes
  • GIS and documenting work using current technology/methods
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A track record for planning and implementing several projects at once
  • Excellent time management and task prioritization abilities
  • Ability to meet deadlines and provide high quality, accurate, and timely products
  • Accountable for all work deliverables, actions, and communication
  • Desire to develop professionally

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Work will occur within the field with remaining work in office or in a remote work setting. This position must be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and across sometimes difficult to traverse terrain. Must be able to lift more than 50 lbs.  Applicable field gear and equipment will be provided by PCD. Work vehicles will also be provided, for use with a valid driver’s license. This is a full-time position consisting of 40 hours/week. Position will require some work on Saturdays or after regularly scheduled work hours.

Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements

Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility. 

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