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Tribal Ecorestoration alliance

Upper Lake, CA


Communications Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

Desired Skills/Traits:

  • TERA is looking for two Fellows to become our Communications Coordinator and our Operations Coordinator. We encourage all those interested in our work to apply even if they may not have all the desired skills listed below, as there will be opportunities to grow into the position. 

  • Desired Academic Background and Knowledge:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, natural resource management, forestry, or related field 
      Experience working with Tribes and diverse communities
      Willingness to learn about contemporary challenges, concerns, and interests of Lake County tribal community and ecology
      Able to work with diverse groups, build and maintain strong working relationships
      Able to develop and follow a prioritized plan of work, set and keep deadlines and work on multiple projects concurrently
      Strong communication skills with the ability to listen well, and write and speak effectively
      Able to contribute to a high-functioning, collaborative team environment
      Valid driver's license

  • Desired primary skills:

    • Proficient mapping skills - GIS, ArcGIS, also iNaturalist, Google Earth and/or CalTopo for coordinating community-based efforts

    • Familiarity with Northern California ecological and contemporary forest management and prescribed and cultural fire practices 

    • Experience or an interest in public outreach, media storytelling, and community engagement

    • Proficiency with Google Drive and Google Workspace Apps (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

  • Secondary skills

    • Experience with graphic design, marketing, and social media management
      Experience with event planning and coordination
      Self-starter, works well independently


Openings: 0 of 2

Focus Area: Forestry/Fire

Climate Mitigation & Adaptation; Ecological Forestry; Education & Outreach; Fire Preparedness & Management; Watershed Management

Communications Coordinator project breakdown







Education & Outreach


Operations Coordinator Project Breakdown







Education & Outreach


Goals & Needs

Project 1: Communications Coordinator


The Communications Coordinator will support TERA to build capacities in new areas, including the following:

  • Support outreach strategies to communicate our work to the wider community

  • Support education and programmatic deliverables of TERA projects

  • Work together with Operations Coordinator to manage tool inventory, mapping updates, and more to support daily crew operations

  • Assist in the coordination of other TERA workforce development programs as needed, such as the Prescribed and Cultural Burning Training Exchange (TREX)

Project 2: Operations Coordinator​


The Operations Coordinator will support TERA to build capacities in new areas, including the following: 

  • Support project management deliverables by assisting on site visits and collecting data for restoration work, and maintaining and updating our  mapping program 

  • Coordinate and manage scheduling, tool inventory, equipment acquisition, mapping, with support from Communications Coordinator to support daily field crew operations

  • Assist in the coordination of our Prescribed & Cultural Fire and Training Exchange (TREX) program

  • Support programs through public outreach and communications tasks


A day in the life of our Communications and Operations Coordinators will start with the full TERA staff at 7:30 AM to participate in a morning circle, where we offer good words, share a check-in on how we’re feeling, and then debrief on the day’s work. One day, the Fellows may be out mapping the regrowth of tule on the Clear Lake shore after a cultural burn; another day they may be transcribing field notes from a site visit into a burn prescription; another day they might be organizing, inventorying and loading tools for the next prescribed burn.


Through supporting our restoration work, the Fellows will directly contribute to building wildfire resilience, mitigating climate change, addressing carbon sequestration, and improving soil health and biodiversity. These Fellows' work will further GrizzlyCorps' goals of cultivating fire resilience, supporting California’s bio-diverse ecosystems, and supporting initiatives that build capacity for Native communities.


Capacity Building Projects

Project 1: Communications Coordinator

  • Media Communications Strategies - Under the supervision of the Communications Manager, TERA hopes to bring on a Communications Coordinator excited to support the media outreach aspects of our work, including but not limited to taking photos, editing short videos, creating a calendar of social media posts, and creating graphics and content that will support getting our story out into the world, as it fits into the greater narrative around wildfire resilience, Tribal sovereignty, and Indigenous-led land stewardship. 


  • Education and Programmatic Outreach and Projects  - This Fellow will support the execution of various trainings and programmatic deliverables related to TERA’s current portfolio of work, such as developing education materials for trainings, generating marketing and recruitment materials for workforce development programs to the Tribal community, and much more. Additionally, this Fellow may be tasked with attending conferences, tabling events, workshops on behalf of TERA to promote our programs and interface with the broader Lake County and Northern California region about our work.

  • Prescribed & Cultural Fire Coordination - This Fellow will participate in the coordination of various trainings and burns, from securing smoke permits, to generating burn unit maps and planning day-of logistics. The coordination and planning of burns is a large part of TERA’s existing programmatic framework, and is expected to exponentially grow in 2023. This Fellow, under the Stewardship Manager, will also work on developing a post-burn monitoring program. By supporting this program, this Fellow will directly support putting good fire on the ground in Lake County and surrounding areas.


  • Crew Operations and Project Support - Support the Operations Coordinator to provide support to our field crew, including generating map updates to document project progress, entering new inventory, taking staff meeting notes, and generating evacuation and safety plans for new worksites and projects. Additionally the Communications Coordinator will assist with field monitoring and go out into the field approximately 2 days / month on restoration projects, assisting with tasks like invasive plant removal, erosion control and riparian creekbed restoration and fuels reduction implementation. 

Project 2: Operations Coordinator

  • Field Technician Operations - The Operations Coordinator will assist in the development of stewardship plans, burn plans and restoration prescriptions. They will attend site visits and transcribe field notes, set coordinates for relevant plants and other culturally important resources, simultaneously assisting the Project Management team and setting up the field crew up for success in various ongoing restoration projects, from native vegetation re-plantings to Prescribed and Cultural Burns. As part of supporting project deliverables, the Operations Coordinator will also update and maintain our GIS Maps database, with a main focus of establishing a navigable database to be used for ongoing data collection after their tenure. This will involve training TERA staff to build internal capacity for the organization. 


  • Crew Operations Management - The Operations Coordinator will work with the Field Crew team to support daily crew operations, such as generating weekly schedules, generate project materials lists, procure tools and equipment, manage tool inventory, mobilization of tools and equipment for burn implementation, and develop Standard Operating Guides as needed for use of new tools and systems. Additionally the Operations Coordinator can go out into the field approximately 2 days / month on restoration projects, assisting with tasks like invasive plant removal, erosion control and riparian creekbed restoration and fuels reduction implementation. 


  • Program Support and Public Outreach  - This Fellow will support the Program Manager to execute deliverables for education and training programs as needed, such as attending events or developing educational materials. They will also work with Communications Coordinator to support public outreach, such as generating content for website, social media, online newsletters and other channels of communications as needed, both to meet program deliverables and to share TERA’s work with our communities locally and beyond. 


Organizational & Community Highlights

TERA is a small, tight-knit team of individuals who wear many hats. We are a young organization still in the process of building out our systems, making the nature of our work creative, fast-paced and dynamic. Those interested in joining our team will need to be adaptable and self-motivated, ready to roll up their sleeves and create things from the ground up. Due to the wide spectrum of projects we manage, from restoring endangered fish habitat to implementing cultural burns, there will be many opportunities for learning and gaining new skills. TERA staff work closely together to carry out our work, so one can expect to be part of an intimate environment where we are often sharing feedback, providing support to one another, and celebrating each others’ successes.

Additionally, because TERA works at the intersection of workforce development, land stewardship, and Indigenous sovereignty, joining our team offers a distinctive experience. We have the privilege of working closely with our Tribal partners with whom we collaborate to develop programs that build capacity for the Tribal community. These aspects of our work make TERA a unique organization, working to support a demographic that has been historically overlooked in contemporary conservation movements. 

Our office is currently located in a converted horse barn on Robinson Rancheria’s tribal lands in the town of Upper Lake. The town itself is beautiful and rustic, surrounded by walnut orchards and rolling hills. Lake County overall is quite rural, however necessary amenities like grocery stores, hospitals and pharmacies can be found in larger towns such as Lakeport, Clearlake and Kelseyville. There are also great opportunities for hiking, camping, visiting hot springs, going to wineries, and taking in the beauty of this land’s abundant and diverse wildlife.

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