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Program Manager, Natural Resource Management

Job Details

Senter - San Jose, CA
Full Time
$65,000.00 - $84,335.00 Salary/year
Up to 50%


Position Title:

Program Manager, Natural Resource Management


Social Enterprise


Natural Resource Management

Reports to:

Director, Social Enterprise

FLSA Status:

Full-time / Exempt


$65,000 to $84,335 annually


Monday – Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm; occasional weekends and evenings may be required


This position is 100% in-person, located at 2650 Senter Road.


Local travel may be required up to 50% of the time.


About the San Jose Conservation Corps (SJCC+CS):

San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School offers an engaging work environment focused on growth, teamwork, and making a positive impact. We value collaboration, respect diverse perspectives, and provide opportunities for employees to contribute their skills to create a hopeful and sustainable community. Whether you're passionate about education and development, environmental conservation, or community engagement, joining our team means embracing a shared commitment to service and the chance to make a meaningful difference. Be a part of our mission to create transformational change and learn more at


Position Summary:

The Program Manager is responsible for managing the programmatic aspects of San Jose Conservation Corps’ (SJCC) Natural Resources Management Department, which involves job training, revenue generation and achievement of environmental goals. The Program Manager is also responsible for development and implementation of projects through government grants and fee for service, while professionally managing all aspects of a comprehensive job-training program.


Job Duties:

Program Management

  • Assist with managing the overall deliverables of each project, tracking metrics and distributing results to the proper entities. 
  • Oversee departmental safety. Including verification that each supervisor is completing all safety reports and tasks and recording the results.  Performing the monthly safety inspection.
  • Assure high level of professionalism and customer service.
  • Verifying and correcting payroll reports and closing payroll in a timely and efficient manner
  • Coordinate all billing and contracts with Accounting & Finance Department.
  • Working with the directors to determine the cost, potential funding, feasibility, and appropriateness of projects and programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all state and local health, safety, work and facilities requirements.
  • Completing daily rosters of each crew.
  • Utilizes SJCC’s platforms to track operations, customer relationship management and financial performance.
  • Interface with project sponsors to obtain proper “close out” documentation of each project. Done monthly at a minimum.


Contract and Grant Management

  • On occasion assist with grant management, including grant proposal submissions, record keeping and reporting.
  • Develop projects and programs that comply with funding guidelines.
  • Assist Development Department in providing information for other project-related and training grants.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with state and local government agencies, environmental organizations and community agencies.
  • Evaluate programs, tracks and documents results. Monitors and modifies programs to ensure they are completed within approved budgets. Prepares written evaluations on program accomplishments as required by the funding source.


Certification and Training Program

  • Develop program standards and identify training and certification programs that prepare Corpsmembers for workforce integration.
  • Provide coordination with SJCC Charter School, career, college and case management counselors to assure Corpsmembers have access to all services available.


Staffing and Supervision

  • Train staff and Corpsmembers (trainees).
  • Manage, plan, assign, and directs work of up to 7 staff.
  • Oversee up to 100 Corpsmembers (trainees).


Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Placement on the compensation scale is determined using a number of factors, including the candidate’s level of experience and education that either meets or significantly exceeds the minimum requirements.
  • 403(b) Retirement Benefits with up to 3% employer match after 1 year of service
  • Credit Union and Employee Assistance Plan
  • Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance
  • Holiday, Vacation, and Sick Pay
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Subsidized annual Eco Pass


Work Environment & Requirements

Position may require prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The incumbent may be required to drive a vehicle up to 25% of the time. The position may require the incumbent to occasionally lift up to 50lbs. Additionally, the position requires far and near vision when driving, reading, and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The nature of the work may require the incumbent to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


Position may occasionally require balancing or walking on uneven and slippery surfaces, crouching, reaching overhead and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when inspecting work and operating assigned equipment, plus the ability to speak and to hear. The incumbent in this position occasionally works outdoors in all weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold. In the course of work the incumbent may be exposed to biologic/infectious agents, unpleasant odors, fumes, smoke, dust and air contaminants, and insects. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vehicles, work near moving equipment, vehicles or machinery, work on ladders or scaffolding or at heights. The incumbent may be required to use protective clothing, equipment, or devices, and may work near hostile or offensive individuals. May be exposed to biohazards and/or hazardous chemicals. The nature of the work requires that the incumbent to use power and noise producing tools and equipment and drive motorized vehicles, commonly subjecting the incumbent to vibration.


Equipment Used: Desktop computer, laptop computer, keyboard, mouse, cellular phone, handheld (wired) phone, personal vehicle or company vehicle (sedan, truck, flatbed), and power tools such as chainsaws, weed whackers, etc.


Reasonable Accommodations: The San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, SJCC+CS will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


NOTICE: The statements herein are intended to give a broad description of this job function and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Other duties and/or projects may be assigned.


SJCC Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

The San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Corps and School does not discriminate based on an individual's race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, hair style, hair texture or any other basis prohibited by law. Working at SJCC+CS means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. SJCC+CS makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.


Employment At-Will

The San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School is an “At-Will” employer. This means that employment with SJCC+CS is voluntarily entered into and staff members are free to resign at any time.  Similarly, SJCC+CS may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause or prior notice, as it deems appropriate.   This at-will employment relationship can be changed only in a written agreement signed by the staff member and the Executive Director of SJCC+CS.



All new hires will be required to provide proof of vaccination absent an approved medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. If a new hire is in the process of being vaccinated, their start date may be adjusted to a future date after they have been vaccinated.  Fully vaccinated means at it has been at least two weeks since the person has completed the entire recommended initial series of a COVID-19 vaccine.


To Apply:

To apply, please complete an application via the San Jose Conservation Corps’ website at The application deadline is 11:59 PM on October 31, 2023.


Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.


Please contact Hefziba Owens, Recruiter / Onboarding Specialist via email at if you have any questions.


San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School is a safe, inclusive environment that welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We strongly encourage individuals from marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply. We understand that some applicants may feel discouraged when they see a long list of job requirements and do not meet every single criteria - we urge you to apply nonetheless. At SJCC+CS, we do not seek a "perfect" candidate because we believe in our core values of Respect, Education and Development, Safety, Empathy, and Equity and Inclusion. If you are enthusiastic about making a difference, passionate about our mission, and dedicated to our values, we invite you to apply. Join us in creating a culture of excellence and transformational change.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • One of the following must apply:
    • High School Diploma or GED + 5 years of relevant work experience and/or training in park management, natural resource or environmental programs
    • Associate’s degree in related field + 4 years of relevant work experience and/or training in park management, natural resource or environmental programs
    • Bachelor’s degree in related field + 3 years of relevant work experience and/or training in park management, natural resource or environmental programs
  • 3 years of experience managing personnel, leading teams, or overseeing the work of others.
  • Knowledge of environmental policies, laws and requirements.
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship and working with urban youth.


Driving Record and Requirements: If the position is offered and accepted, candidates must submit a copy of their DMV driver’s record. The candidate also must possess and continue to maintain a valid California Class C driver’s license and a clean driving record.


Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in the United States. Please be informed that San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


Medical Verification: State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last year. Employees will also be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


Background Check and Fingerprinting: If the position is offered and accepted, candidates will be required to undergo Live Scan Fingerprinting as well as a background check, which includes a state and federal criminal history record check.


Drug Screen: If the position is offered and accepted, candidates will be required to undergo and pass a 5-panel drug screen.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, or related field from college or university;
  • Three years of program management experience involving training young adults;
  • Class B Drivers License with airbrake and passenger endorsement;
  • Public and/or private grant development;
  • Business and/or contract development.



Vision & Mission: Communicates the organization's vision and mission to employees/direct reports.

Strategic Thinking: Executes the strategic plan by clearly dividing roles and responsibilities amongst each employee in the department.

Culture: Contributes and maintains the desired organizational culture by outlining values and norms of expected behaviors; Demonstrates awareness of organizational values of Respect, Learning & Development, Safety, Empathy, and Equity & Inclusion.

Communication: Excellent communication skills; Communicates the vision and mission to team and direct reports. ; communicates the expectations, roles, and responsibilities of each employee; communicates with employees in an effective manner and on a regular basis.

Team: Leads cross-functional team members in order to achieve goals.

Business Acumen: Implements organizational policies and procedures; continuous learner with the ability to sift through vast amounts of information and ability to manage projects and self.

Delegation: Delegates tasks/projects in order to meet goals and objectives.

Flexibility & Risk: Embraces ambiguity and uncertainty, coping with and embracing changes in strategy.

Customer / Client Focused: Clear understanding of stakeholder needs, preferences, interests, timelines and decision-making criteria; acts as the liaison for external partners (based on program or grant of responsibility).

Financial Acumen: Demonstrates understanding of policies and procedures regarding expenditures, budgets, and financial goals of the organization set forth by the executive team.

Best Practices: Knowledge of best practices in departmental operations.

Emotional Intelligence / Self Mastery: Demonstrates emotional intelligence and self-mastery by placing value in continued personal growth.

Data-Informed Decision Making: Collects and reports data as requested in a timely manner. Quality of work is in line with the expectations outlined by the requesting party. Ability to review and audit data, flag outliers, and correct errors. Understands data and what it means.