Wildfire and Landscape Resilience Project Manager

Spatial Informatics Group - Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL) is a 501(c)(3) organization
founded as a non-profit with a mission to develop and apply the scientific foundation needed to
link economic and environmental interests, by accounting for the full value of natural assets.
SIG-NAL works to integrate the science of natural assets with tools, policies and
decision-making for public benefit. SIG-NAL’s expertise ranges from landscape ecology, wildlife
ecology, forestry, ecosystem services valuation, natural climate solutions, climate adaptation,
carbon markets, to natural resource economics. We work collaboratively in a virtual laboratory to
advance scientific frontiers of resilience and regenerative ecosystems.

Job Description: SIG-NAL seeks a Wildfire and Landscape Resilience Program Manager to coordinate and support the implementation of a new Regional Wildfire Mitigation Program (RWMP) in the south coast region of Santa Barbara County, California. The successful candidate will have expertise in wildfire recovery and preparedness planning, as well as landscape ecology, to develop a coordinated ecological restoration and fire-safe buffer and “greening” project for wildfire resilience across the region’s wildland-urban interface. The applicant selected will work closely with numerous organizations and wildfire experts, providing advisory services to land managers, scientists, community groups and nonprofits, state and local agencies for this progressive and collaborative program.

The position offered is located in Santa Barbara County, California. Exceptional candidates with
experience in Southern California ecosystems will be considered. The candidate ideally will be
based in close enough proximity to Santa Barbara to facilitate day trips for in-person meetings
when the COVID-19 pandemic conditions allow.

Application Deadline: Applications will be continuously reviewed until a suitable candidate is
identified. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.

Responsibilities:

● Coordinate the RWMP Landscape Resilience Domain projects, organizations and teams,
to meet programmatic needs across the Santa Barbara south coast region.

● Provide scientific and technical leadership for wildfire resilience planning and
implementation, drawing on previous experience in landscape ecology, wildfire science,
and geospatial analyses.

● Liaise with the other RWMP domains of Built Environment and Community Resilience to
leverage expertise, and work collaboratively - recognizing the interdependence of these
shared systems and domains.

● Support the development of various products related to wildfire resilience including GIS
mapping and modelling tools, wildfire risk assessment and resilience plans, community
engagement and wildfire protections, and landscape project implementation plans.

● Develop and maintain a strong understanding of local decision making and regional
activities for near- and long-term landscape restoration and wildfire safety and resilience.

● Represent SIG-NAL to governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the region

Qualifications:

● 3-5 years combined experience in wildland fire management, wildfire ecology, and/or
wildfire resilience planning

● Experience working with collaborative planning groups for fire, fuels, and vegetation
related projects and issues

● Ability to hold and attend meetings in person in Santa Barbara, California

● MS in forestry, fire science, natural resource management, GIS, or related fields

● Experience in developing large scale coordinated projects for wildfire, environmental and
landscape level resilience programming

● Professional experience with wildfire risk assessments and geospatial tools for mapping
and predictive modeling of wildfire behavior and risk

● Program management experience involving collaborative planning and implementation
across communities, sectors and organizations

● Excellent communication and people skills for shared leadership and coordination across
teams and projects, community and stakeholder engagement, and proliferation of
progressive resilience planning.

SIG-NAL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races,
colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation,
gender identity, military, or other status to apply.

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