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Background: The Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2016. Our mission is to educate and mobilize the people of Santa Cruz County to protect their homes, community, and the environment at risk from catastrophic fire. Two-thirds of Santa Cruz County is considered Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), putting a large percentage of our population, housing, economy, wildlife, and environment at risk.

The FSCSCC seeks an Administrative Coordinator to support and enhance the efforts of our volunteer board of directors to help the public learn to live with fire in Santa Cruz County. This is a limited term contract initiated and funded by the County Board of Supervisors through June 30, 2022, with the possibility of renewal in future years. The position is for an estimated average of 20-25 hours per week and will be administered by the Resource Conversation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County (who serves as the fiscal and administrative sponsor of the FSCSCC) and will report to the Executive Committee of the FSCSCC. Click here for the full announcement.


Skills Required: The ideal candidate is a flexible and self-motivated individual who can easily follow directions and work independently. The candidate should have strong oral and written communication skills, be technically savvy, have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Google docs, etc), and be well-organized. They must have a collaborative, positive, and professional attitude.

Skills Preferred: Spanish language proficiency is desired but not mandatory. Experience in basic bookkeeping, grant management, community organizing, knowledge or experience with Firewise USA, fire preparedness, and mitigation work is also desired but not mandatory.

TO APPLY: Please email a resume, letter of interest, and names and phone numbers of at least three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “FSCSCC Administrative Coordinator” in the subject line. If you would like additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS: Position is open until filled. Application review will begin October 9, 2021.

Please see the Request for Proposals for Registered Professional Forester support for Last Chance Road and Camp Skylark Forest Health Projects RPF Technical Assistance. The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) is seeking Registered Professional Forester (RPF) services to support the permitting of the “Last Chance Road Forest Health Project” and the “Camp Skylark Forest Health Project,” two high-priority fuel reduction treatment projects on private land in the coastal zone of northern Santa Cruz County for improving forest health.

The RCD seeks qualified RPF services to provide professional and technical expertise related to the planning and permitting of these two projects, through finalizing the treatment prescription for both the Last Chance Road and Camp Skylark Forest Health projects. The anticipated tasks from the RPF are:

1.       Provide technical expertise and guidance to ensure the most appropriate prescription is being utilized
2.       Complete necessary archeological surveys
3.       Review permit documents (Cal VTP PSA and Coastal Vegetation Treatment Standards)
4.       Support contractor bidding and selection

Please note that the RCD will be contracting a separate professional consultant to lead development of the permit application documents (Cal VTP PSA and Coastal Vegetation Treatment Standards) for both projects.

Attached you will find the Request for Proposals and Exhibit G, Consultant Services Agreement.

pdfRequest for Proposals

pdfExhibit G, Consultant Services Agreement

Proposals must be received by the RCD by 5:00 p.m. September 9, 2021 and should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions can be directed to Matt Abernathy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 408-355-3137. Matt will be away on vacation until September 3rd, for immediate questions please contact Lisa Lurie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) is a special district organized under state law. The RCD is a non-regulatory public benefit district to help people protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through information, education, and technical assistance programs.

The Resource Conservation District and the State of California are seeking bids for a Wetland Enhamncement Project located at Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Watsonville, CA. This project is part of a larger effort to address locally degraded wetlands for enhanced wetland function and amphibian recovery and improve landscape resilience to climate change and restore flood capacity. The project will improve approximately ~0.42 –acres of wetland extending the hydroperiod to allow successful breeding, movement, nesting, and foraging for a wide variety of wildlife species and is crucial for recovery of the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (SCLTS).

Sealed bids are due at the office of the RCDSCC located at 820 Bay Avenue, Suite 136, Capitola, CA 95010, by 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at which time they will be publicly opened and read. All social distancing requirements will be adhered to during the bid opening.


For more inforamtion please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bid Documents

pdfBid Cover Letter

pdfInvitation to Bid

pdfExhibit C - 100% Designs

pdfExhibit D - Geotechnical Investigation


pdfAddendum No. 1


   pdfRevised Bid Sheet

   pdf100% Construction Drawings, dated 7/16/2021

   pdfTechnical Specifications, dated 7/16/2021

   pdfAddendum to Geotechnical Report, dated 7/14/2021


pdfAddendum No. 2












Cuesta After 2The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County is thrilled to announce our Summer 2021 No-Cost Community Chipping Program. The program is available to Santa Cruz County residents who live in areas, defined as the Wildland Urban Interface, that have the potential for wildfire to impact their properties. Early bird registration started May 7th for residents in Santa Cruz County neighborhoods that have achieved, or are in the process of, FireWise USA recognition. Registration begins for ALL other eligible Santa Cruz County residents on May 12, 2021 at 6:00 AM.

With the limited rains we had this past winter, Santa Cruz County is likely to experience greater than normal wildfire risk due to extra dry conditions. This program incentivizes the creation of defensible space around homes in high wildfire risk areas by offering no-cost chipping for residents who clear vegetation within 100 feet of occupied structures or 10 feet on either side of a private road. “Now more than ever we need to be diligent about the landscape immediately next to our homes,” explained Angie Gruys, who manages the chipping program for the RCD. “It’s been a difficult year for so many and we hope that by offsetting some of the cost more folks will be able to reduce wildfire hazards around their properties and neighborhoods.”

Establishing and maintaining defensible space around your home and outbuildings, before fire-prone summer months, is imperative in avoiding major damages to your property when wildfire strikes. Defensible space is the buffer you create between buildings and the vegetation that surrounds them to prevent structures from catching fire, either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Creating ample buffer zones not only increases the chances of your home surviving a fire on its own, but it also gives firefighters a safer location from which to defend your home. In fact, fire crews are more likely to spend time and prioritize defending your property if you have taken steps to limit fuel loads around your buildings.

Having defensible space does not mean you need a ring of bare dirt surrounding your property; with proper planning, you can have a fire safe home and a beautiful landscape. The general concept is that trees should be kept farthest from the house, shrubs can be closer, and lawns and bedding plants can be the closest. If your landscaping has a different configuration than this, you can improve defensibility by keeping larger trees limbed up and shrubs free of dead, dry material.

How does the program work?

Signups are first-come-first served by region and each household must complete a two-part registration process to be enrolled and confirmed into the program. Part one is an online pre-registration applicationto verify space is available, and part two is achipping scheduling formthat is completed once your materials are stacked and ready for chipping. A detailed schedule of areas served, deadlines for program applications, chipping dates and guidelines for preparing materials for chipping are posted on the RCD No-Cost Chipping Program web page.

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