We’re Hiring!!

We’re looking for a new Restoration Coordinator! Read on to learn more and how to apply.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Conduct field work in support of new and ongoing habitat restoration projects, including:
    • Assist with obtaining, propagating and installing plant propagules
    • Identify and manage non-native plant populations through a combination of herbicide application, hand-pulling, mowing, and mulching
    • Install, monitor and maintain irrigation systems
    • Make monthly and quarterly site observations and submit reports
    • Assist with annual vegetation monitoring and photo documentation
  • Project management and contractor communication

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate restoration and nursery-related volunteer efforts
    • Develop and implement a weed management team to address emergent weed issues in the South Coast Wilderness
    • Coordinate with OC Parks to plan and implement regular volunteer restoration events
    • Coordinate with the Volunteer Nursery Manager to plan and implement the LCF Nursery program, including two volunteer events per month
  • Assist with preparation of project reporting and grant applications
    • Write copy for portions of project reports, grant applications and other documents
    • Prepare maps and other exhibits using GoogleEarth Pro and other mapping, image management and publishing software
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in ecology or related field
  • 1 year minimum experience in field biology, habitat restoration or related field
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn to identify native and non-native plants
  • Familiarity and experience with use of handheld GPS units and mapping software
  • Has or can obtain Certified Pesticide Applicator license
  • Basic computer literacy and the ability to quickly learn new computer programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communications skills
  • Passionate about Laguna Canyon Foundation’s mission
  • Highly-motivated and a proven self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Ability and willingness to work regular weekend hours and evening hours as necessary
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and required insurance coverage, and willingness to use vehicle for work purposes (mileage reimbursement available)
  • Candidate must be able to perform the Essential Functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodations (see below)

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Master’s degree in the Biological Sciences
  • 3 or more years experience in field biology, habitat restoration or related field
  • Extensive experience working outdoors in all conditions
  • Experience leading field-based volunteer events
  • Experience in plant propagation
  • Familiarity with local environmental agencies and regulations

Salary and Benefits:

  • $35,000-$40,000 annually
  • Health and dental insurance, and retirement benefits

Additional Information:

  • Start date is September 1-September 15, 2016
  • Please send resume and cover letter to alan@lagunacanyon.org, or hard copies to: Alan Kaufmann, Laguna Canyon Foundation, PO Box 4895, Laguna Beach CA 92652

Essential Functions

The person in this position:

  • Constantly works in outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions.
  • Constantly traverses off-trail over rough terrain and steep slopes, sometimes through thick vegetation.
  • Frequently lifts and carries loads up to 25 pounds and occasionally lifts loads up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequently positions self close to the ground in order to pull weeds, fix irrigation lines, etc.
  • Frequently grips and manipulates hand tools such as shovels, picks, loppers, wrenches, hammers, etc.
  • Constantly exchanges information both verbally and in written form with supervisor, co-workers, and others.
  • Remains in a stationary position for up to 30% of the time.