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The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes connecting communities to our public lands is the key to their survival. We mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. The Southern California Mountains Foundation supports youth development through conservation initiatives integrating environmental education, training and hands-on service projects;  protects our natural resources through adult and family-led programming; and provides interpretive services that focus on outdoor recreation, responsible use, and stewardship of our natural environment.  The Southern California Mountains Foundation consists of 30 full-time staff,  75-100 part-time employees and 750 volunteers.  We achieve our mission through seven programs: (1) Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire, (2) Big Bear Discovery Center, (3) Off-Highway Vehicles, (4) Fire Lookouts, (5) National Children’s Forest, (6) Music in the Mountains and (7) Big Bear Trails.

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status

Grants Compliance Manager

Job Description:

The Grants Compliance Manager (GCM), under the guidance of the Controller, will be responsible for overseeing the compliance of all grants and contracts for SCMF programs. Specifically, this position will provide analysis, post award services, and oversight to ensure compliance with State, Federal and Private Foundation Grants and contract-specific requirements; serve as a resource for staff of grant-funded programs for fiscal and programmatic compliance matters.

Essential functions and duties will include:

  • Review all grants and contracts and serve as the internal expert on grant compliance
  • Oversee all grants and contracts and ensure all are consistently aligned with grants and program budget throughout the grant/fund period
  • Work with Program staff to develop and implement processes to ensure grant compliance and required invoicing.
  • Design and execute monitoring processes, including conducting file audits, assessments and documenting results, and analyzing data trends
  • Maintains documentation of all contracts and grants in collaboration with program staff.
  • Write new and update standard operations procedures as required, to ensure compliance with grant awards.
  • Identify potential areas of compliance risk factors; remain abreast of all compliance changes, activities and identify trends; communicate appropriately with staff concerning policies, procedures, and updates
  • Work with bookkeeper and HR to maintain contracts, grants, expense budgets, and analysis accounting to ensure accuracy
  • Compile grants reimbursement request and follow up on outstanding grant payments
  • Work with HR Coordinator to develop an effective compliance training workshop and provide necessary training to program staff as it relates to grant administration and compliance policies
  • Provide compliance update reports to senior management as directed or requested
  • Serves as liaison between granting entity and agency.
  • Participate in staff meetings and development activities as directed.
  • Performs other duties as directed by the supervisor.

Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and tactfully with a wide range of individuals, personalities, and public agencies.
  • Demonstrate ability to be diligent and have grit to make it work.
  • Positive can-do attitude. Personable and outgoing with excellent communication skills. Ability to professionally represent the organization to partners and funders.
  • Team Player: You check your ego at the door, and come ready to work together, support one another, and communicate well. You bring your “A-Game” to work and invite your teammates to do the same.
  • Organized, Self-Sufficient, and Detail Oriented: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent time management and project management skills.
  • Advanced knowledge in Intuit Quickbooks Premiere
  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Excel and GoogleSheets with the ability to create pivot tables and vlookup formulas.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to analyze situations, develop strategies, and implement solutions.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, accounting or related experience managing grants.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage both paper and electronic files.
  • Track record delivering superior results, fostering respect.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, and aspirations of the agency.
  • Skills required to plan, organize, and coordinate; keen attention to detail.
  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Ability to work from home/remote location during COVID 19 Pandemic.

Compensation: This is a full-time salary position with a work schedule of Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • Salary range $48,000 – $62,000 based on qualifications and experience
  • Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, and 403(b) options
  • 10 days paid vacation per year and annual accrual of 10 days paid sick leave, plus 11 paid holidays annually

How to Apply: Email a minimum of 500-word cover letter, resume, and three references to amendoza@mountainsfoundation.org with the subject line of Grants Compliance Manager. The position is open until filled.

Big Bear Trails Program Manager

Introduction to the Big Bear Trails Program:

The Big Bear Trails program is a Southern California Mountains Foundation program supporting non-motorized trails in the Mountain Top Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest and surrounding public lands. The Big Bear Trails Program became the seventh program of the Southern California Mountains Foundation in 2016.

The Big Bear Trails program works to develop new trail opportunities, maintain current trails, support the Adopt-A-Trail program, train and manage trail volunteers, educate the public on local trails, provide news and educational resources, and provide an opportunity to bring community members and government officials together to engage in positive collaboration.

Job Description:

The Big Bear Trails Program Manager is responsible for working under the direction of the Assistant Executive Director for the Southern California Mountains Foundation and in conjunction with community stakeholder groups and local agencies, City of Big Bear Lake and County of San Bernardino to recruit, train, organize and track volunteers working on non-motorized trail maintenance, improvements, and signage throughout the Big Bear Valley.   The position will be responsible for working with and supervising volunteers and corpsmembers in the field. 

Essential functions and duties will include:

  • Identify maintenance needs on trails throughout the Big Bear Valley (collect and manage feedback from the public, partner agencies, and field assessment).
  • Create work plans for project implementation for all trails projects and go through proper channels to get approval for projects before implementation – coordinate with multiple agencies; City of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, USFS, contract crews, scout groups – all adopt-a-trail groups.
  • Promote corporate and community involvement in the adopt-a-trail program to ensure all non-motorized trails have been adopted.
  • Collect and maintain all volunteer contact information, liability forms, JHA’s and track all volunteer hours.
  • Report all accomplishments for non-motorized projects as completed (minimum of monthly); coordinate tracking with all stakeholder groups to meet trail improvement tracking needs. Report accomplishments to the advisory group on a quarterly basis (the advisory group is made up of SCMF, USFS, City, Mammoth Mountain Resorts, County)
  • Schedule and implement workdays for adopt-a-trail groups including companies, agencies, and individuals.
  • Recruit and train and recruit volunteer leads/trail leaders to assist in implementing project work (all project workdays will require a trial leader with some level of training).
  • Track and report all restoration, trail building, crew work in line with state and federal grant requirements (ie. before and after photos on all projects, mileage build and maintained, number of volunteers, and hours contributed)
  • Coordinate and implement valley-wide trail sign plans; work through proper channels for approval process with different agencies (city, state, private) to create a cohesive sign plan for non-motorized trails throughout the Big Bear Valley with the opportunity to expand to other SBNF areas.
  • Publicize and recognize volunteer and corporate partners for their contributions.
  • Maintain service of hand-tool inventory and other supplies
  • Work with partner/community groups to support the needs of trails throughout the Big Bear Valley.
  • Perform other related and peripheral duties as required and necessary for the successful performance of this job. 

Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and tactfully with a wide range of individuals, personalities, and public agencies, establishing collaborative partnerships and developing teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience building and managing successful team efforts.
  • A passion for the personal, social, and economic benefits of outdoor recreation. Knowledge of the Big Bear Valley and San Bernardino Mountains geography preferred.
  • Positive can-do attitude. Personable and outgoing with excellent communication skills. Ability to professionally represent programs and projects.
  • Public Speaking: Good at speaking to both individuals and large groups of people.
  • Manage and Lead: Ability to both lead and manage large groups of people of all ages.
  • Organized and Self-Sufficient: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent time management and project management skills.
  • Computer Savvy: working knowledge of contemporary technology, including GIS, digital photography, file sharing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and working knowledge of contemporary office technology including Word, Excel, email, GPS applications, and the internet.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to analyze situations, develop strategies, and implement solutions.
  • Versatile and Flexible; time will be spent both inside doing desk work and outside getting dirty while doing trail work.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college. A variety of educational backgrounds may be considered, including urban regional planning, natural resource or recreation management, public administration, business, or a related field.
  • CPR and First Aid training certification is required within 60 days of hire.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license.
  • Must have the means to travel by motorized vehicle on paved and dirt roads to trail locations in the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • Working and modern computer and cell phone with which to maintain internet and email communication and conduct business.
  • Experience working and recreating in the outdoors.
  • A candidate should show evidence of the following characteristics: flexibility, positive outlook, creativity, concern for community safety, good interpersonal skills, a willing attitude, adaptability, decision-making skills, maturity, integrity, and approachability.
  • Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to hike over rough terrain for up to 10 miles, carrying 50lbs of equipment in a bag or backpack, performing emergency first aid and rescue skills outdoors, and using hand tools to maintain a dirt-based multi-use trail. The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions
  • Position requires prolonged or intermittent sitting, standing, walking/hiking on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, and crouching. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in preparing reports and using a computer keyboard and hand tools in the performance of daily duties.  The need to lift, carry, push and pull materials up to 50 pounds is required. The employee will be required to travel to different sites and locations; when working outdoors the incumbent may encounter extreme weather conditions; including wet, hot, cold, wind, snow, ice, and heavy vehicle traffic.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate when indoors and moderate to loud when outdoors
  • Candidates must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction and hear in the normal range with or without correction. Vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth, and perception. Hearing requirements include the ability to properly use a two-way radio and telephone while around groups of people to communicate with other personnel.
  • Ability to work from home/remote location during COVID 19 Pandemic.

Compensation: This is a full-time salary position with a work schedule of Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Flexibility in work hours is required and may include evenings if needed.

  • Salary range $48,000 – $62,000 based on qualifications and experience
  • Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, and 403(b) options
  • 10 days paid vacation per year and annual accrual of 10 days paid sick leave, plus 11 paid holidays annually

How to Apply: Email a minimum of 500 word cover letter, resume, and three references to amendoza@mountainsfoundation.org with the subject line of Trails Manager. The position is open until filled.

Restoration Maintenance and Monitoring Coordinator

Introduction to the Restoration Program:

The Southern California Mountains Foundation has assisted the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) with ecological restoration efforts since 2004. Our program was born out of a successful community tree planting effort through our Children’s Forest “Great Seeds Program” following the Old Fire that devastated over 90,000 acres of forestland.  Since that time we have applied for and completed numerous grant-funded projects to revegetate, protect, and monitor thousands of acres throughout the forest.  We co-manage three native plant nurseries with the Forest Service and supply staff, volunteers, and corpsmembers to successfully assist them with forest restoration projects.

Job Description:

The Restoration Maintenance and Monitoring Coordinator is responsible for the coordination, implementation, and management of restoration projects throughout the SBNF. The position is responsible for coordinating with SCMF and Forest Service staff to identify monitoring needs for protection of restoration sites throughout the SBNF; including checking, repairing, and reporting on protected sites outlined in project maps, directing and oversight of work crews and volunteers, making public contacts in the field and providing public education about protected areas, monitoring the forest for unauthorized use and breaches in protected areas, and coordinating with resource staff to mitigate damage to protected sites.

Essential functions and duties will include:

  • Identify restoration maintenance needs across the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • Train and oversee corpsmembers and work with volunteers to complete restoration maintenance projects.
  • Fencing, fence repair, and slashing (mulching) sites for resource protection.
  • Restoration site monitoring, data collection, seed collection, greenhouse procedures, planting projects, weed removal.
  • Maintain tools, equipment, and inventory supplies.
  • Perform other related and peripheral duties as required and necessary for the successful performance of this position.
  • Follow all COVID-19 and safety guidelines in line with state and federal guidelines. 

Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and tactfully with a wide range of individuals, personalities, and public agencies.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability and experience building and managing successful team efforts.
  • A passion for the personal, social, and economic benefits of outdoor recreation. Knowledge of the San Bernardino Mountains geography preferred.
  • Positive can-do attitude. Personable and outgoing with excellent communication skills. Ability to professionally represent programs and projects.
  • Public Speaking: Good at speaking to both individuals and large groups of people.
  • Manage and Lead: Ability to both lead and manage large groups of people of all ages.
  • Organized and Self-Sufficient: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent time management and project management skills.
  • Computer Savvy: working knowledge of contemporary technology, including GIS, digital photography, file sharing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and working knowledge of contemporary office technology including word, excel, email, GPS applications, and the internet.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to analyze situations, develop strategies, and implement solutions.
  • Versatile and Flexible; time will be spent both inside doing desk work and outside physical field work.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college preferred. A variety of educational backgrounds and job experience may be considered.
  • CPR and First Aid training certification is required within 60 days of hire.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license with a clean record with the ability to obtain a government drivers license.
  • Must have the means to travel by motorized vehicle on paved and dirt roads to site locations in the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • Working knowledge of computers and possession of a cell phone with which to maintain internet and email communication and conduct business.
  • Experience working and recreating in the outdoors.
  • A candidate should show evidence of the following characteristics: hard-working, problem solver, flexibility, positive outlook, creativity, concern for community safety, good interpersonal skills, a willing attitude, adaptability, decision-making skills, maturity, integrity, and approachability.
  • Position requires prolonged or intermittent sitting, standing, walking/hiking on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, lifting, stooping and crouching. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in preparing reports and using a computer keyboard and hand tools in the performance of daily duties.  The need to lift, carry, push and pull materials up to 50 pounds is required. The employee will be required to travel to different sites and locations; when working outdoors the incumbent may encounter extreme weather conditions; including wet, hot, cold, wind, snow, ice and heavy vehicle traffic.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate when indoors and moderate to loud when outdoors.
  • Candidates must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction and hear in the normal range with or without correction. Vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth, and perception. Hearing requirements include the ability to properly use a two-way radio and telephone while around groups of people to communicate with other personnel.

Compensation:

This is a full-time hourly position with a work schedule of  7:00am – 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday with some weekend work required.

  • Pay Rate $19/hr
  • Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, and 403(b) options
  • 10 days paid vacation per year and annual accrual of 9 days paid sick leave, plus 10 paid holidays annually

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume and three references to amendoza@mountainsfoundation.org with the subject line of Restoration Coordinator. Position is open until filled.

OHV Restoration and Education Project Coordinator

Job Description:

The OHV Restoration and Education Project Coordinator is responsible for coordination, implementation, and management of OHV based restoration and education projects.  Training and oversight of volunteer groups and corps members is a key role of the Restoration and Education Project Coordinator along with site monitoring, data collection and reporting, fencing, site mulching (slashing), weed removal, sign maintenance and installation, and public contacts regarding responsible OHV use, etc.  The OHV Restoration and Education Project Coordinator may also engage in native plant nursery duties and seed collection.  This individual reports directly to the OHV and Restoration Program Director to ensure all projects are in line with joint USFS/SCMF program deliverables and all environmental clearances are met.

Essential functions and duties will include:

  • Recruit, coordinate, and train volunteers for restoration, OHV monitoring, and education projects.
  • Assist SBNF across the forest with field restoration and OHV projects by engaging volunteers and mobilizing SCMF staff & corps members to assist as needed. This includes all OHV areas and restoration sites.
  • Work alongside USFS staff to complete joint restoration and OHV education deliverables.
  • Supervise, transport and train volunteers to assist with projects.
  • Maintain records for restoration sites – ex. site monitoring forms, seed collection forms, volunteer sign-in sheets, photo documentation, etc.
  • Follows all COVID-19 and safety guidelines in line with state and federal guidelines.
  • Assist, help and cooperate with other SCMF staff to meet the goals of the SCMF.

Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and tactfully with a wide range of individuals, personalities, and public agencies.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability and experience building and managing successful team efforts.
  • A passion for the personal, social, and economic benefits of outdoor recreation. Knowledge of the San Bernardino Mountains geography preferred.
  • Positive can-do attitude. Personable and outgoing with excellent communication skills. Ability to professionally represent programs and projects.
  • Public Speaking: Good at speaking to both individuals and large groups of people.
  • Manage and Lead: Ability to both lead and manage large groups of people of all ages.
  • Organized and Self-Sufficient: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent time management and project management skills.
  • Computer Savvy: working knowledge of contemporary technology, including GIS, digital photography, file sharing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and working knowledge of contemporary office technology including Word, Excel, email, GPS applications, and the internet.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to analyze situations, develop strategies, and implement solutions.
  • Versatile and Flexible; time will be spent both inside doing desk work and outside physical fieldwork.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college preferred. A variety of educational backgrounds and job experiences may be considered.
  • CPR and First Aid training certification is required within 60 days of hire.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license with a clean record with the ability to obtain a government driver’s license.
  • Must have the means to travel by motorized vehicle on paved and dirt roads to site locations in the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • Working knowledge of computers and possession of a cell phone with which to maintain internet and email communication and conduct business.
  • Experience working and recreating in the outdoors.
  • A candidate should show evidence of the following characteristics: hard-working, problem solver, flexibility, positive outlook, creativity, concern for community safety, good interpersonal skills, a willing attitude, adaptability, decision-making skills, maturity, integrity, and approachability.
  • Position requires prolonged or intermittent sitting, standing, walking/hiking on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, lifting, stooping and crouching. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in preparing reports and using a computer keyboard and hand tools in the performance of daily duties.  The need to lift, carry, push and pull materials up to 50 pounds is required. The employee will be required to travel to different sites and locations; when working outdoors the incumbent may encounter extreme weather conditions; including wet, hot, cold, wind, snow, ice and heavy vehicle traffic.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate when indoors and moderate to loud when outdoors.
  • Candidates must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction and hear in the normal range with or without correction. Vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth, and perception. Hearing requirements include the ability to properly use a two-way radio and telephone while around groups of people to communicate with other personnel.

Compensation:

Full-time position not to exceed 6 months: 40 hours per week rate $24/hour.  Weekend work required; tentative schedule Wednesday – Sunday; 7 am – 5:30 pm.

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, and three references to amendoza@mountainsfoundation.org with the subject line of OHV Restoration and Education Project Coordinator. The position is open until filled.

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