(Capitola, CA) The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) announced it has received $23,484 in funding, which it plans to use for core operations to deliver watershed restoration, agricultural stewardship, and forest health programs. The funding is made available from a $100 million allocation provided by the State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 State Budget.
The RCD serves as a local hub for conservation, connecting people with the technical, financial, and educational assistance they need to conserve and manage natural resources and help the land recover following natural disasters. The RCD is a special district, a form of local government created by the community to meet a specific need – in this case the need for voluntary conservation of natural resources such as soil, water, and wildlife. Through partnerships and commitment to collaborative solutions, the RCD addresses current as well as emerging and pressing needs like climate change and wildfire resiliency, hand-in-hand with the community.
The RCD seeks a Program Assistant: Field Technician to join a dynamic team of conservation and agriculture professionals to support the goals of the RCD’s Agriculture Stewardship Program. The Program Assistant will assist RCD staff, conduct field work, and perform outreach in English and Spanish with growers and irrigators to support agricultural water conservation and to help protect surface and groundwater quality. There may be additional opportunities for the Program Assistant to support projects of the RCD’s Watershed Restoration program as well, dependent upon staff needs and available funding.
To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, and names and phone numbers of two references to: The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, c/o Tangi Chapman via email to . If you would like additional information, please contact the RCD: Phone: (831) 464-2950.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS: Position is open until filled. Application review will begin January 17, 2022
The RCD is an equal opportunity employer.
By: Kevin Sweeney | Sempervirens Fund
Mill Creek had been blocked since early in the last century by a 12-foot-tall, 25-foot-wide dam a quarter mile upstream from its confluence with the main aquatic thoroughfare, San Vicente Creek. In September 2021, that dam was removed, giving Mill Creek another half mile of free flow. But this project was not undertaken because of the territory above the dam—the real goal is to restore waters below it.
By: TPG Online Daily
The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County is offering neighborhoods with eight or more participating households a reimbursements of chipping costs related to the creation of defensible space for wildfire preparedness.
The Resource Conservation District (RCD) is now accepting applications from residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains in need of technical and/or financial assistance to address erosion and drainage issues on private properties and roads. With a focus on reducing sediment runoff to local waterways the RCD is providing one-on-one support to road associations, County Service Areas (CSA), and individual homeowners to identify erosion and drainage problems, recommend solutions, develop plans, secure permits if needed, and provide cost-share for the construction of improvements.
The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County is offering neighborhoods, with eight or more participating households, a reimbursements of chipping costs related to the creation of defensible space for wildfire preparedness. 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. All chipping must be completed by October 31, 2021 and a neighborhood representative should sign up to reserve funds at chipping.rcdsantacruz.org. The program is first-come-first-served.
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.
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.