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JOB TITLE: Donor Database Associate
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
FUNCTIONAL AREA: Development
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, exempt
This is a full‐time, exempt position reporting to the Advancement Director.
CalTrout’s database is central to the management of relationships with all constituents including individual donors, foundations, government agencies and other partners. The Donor Database Associate is responsible for the effective management of the donation process including constituent and gift data entry, incoming online/offline donations, processing receipts, data queries, reports and reconciling accounts. You will be able to perform data entry and database processes such as imports, queries and exports to produce detailed and accurate reports for development and finance departments. Proficiency with Neon software preferred.
As the primary user of the database, you will assist training other staff on the proper use and implementation of Neon.
Great opinion article by Matt Weiser in the San Francisco Chronicle that highlights concerns shared by CalTrout over the future of America’s rivers and the upcoming appointments for the Federal Energy Regulations Committee (FERC).
The FERC appointments will have huge implications for our work on the Klamath, McCloud, Eel, and the Santa Clara Rivers, to name a few, all which have hydro-power dams that affect water flows and fish passage. FERC is the responsible agency for issuing hydro-power licenses, which have up to 50 year terms. As dams come up for relicensing, FERC must consult with natural resource agencies in preparing license applications to ensure that “equal consideration” is given to recreational, environmental, and conservation uses of a river. For example, installing a fish ladder, and in some cases even removing dams, to help native steelhead move past the facility on their way to upstream spawning and spawning areas. Unfortunately, the environmental progress we’ve seen across many relicensed dam projects may soon be halted as priorities under the new administration shift. Rather than fish ladders, less-efficient methods may be used in place, such as the “trap-and-haul” system where fish are transported upstream around the dam in tanker trunks or even no consideration for fish passage at all.
Read on for Weiser’s full story.
Dams, fish, and kayakers must share our rivers, by Matt Weiser
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The Sierra Meadows Partnership, spearheaded by California Trout and comprising a broad coalition of government agencies, scientists, non-profit conservation organizations and other stakeholders, announced the release of the Sierra Meadows Strategy. The strategy outlines an action plan to restore and protect 30,000 acres of mountain meadowlands in the greater Sierra Nevada of California within 15 years.
The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service and CalTrout also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today formalizing a collaborative approach to advance meadow restoration. Other stakeholders interested in working on meadows restoration, including members of the partnership, will be invited to join the MOU moving forward.
“The Sierra Meadows Partnership is taking an ‘all-hands, all-lands’ approach to this effort,” said Mark Drew, Sierra Headwaters Program Director for California Trout. “This strategy is a framework for widespread restoration of Sierra meadows to benefit fish, wildlife and plants as well as millions of Californians who depend on Sierra Nevada water for their health and livelihoods.”
More than 20 partner groups have worked together since February 2014 to produce the Sierra Meadows Strategy. The strategy provides the guidance necessary to achieve an ambitious and effective course of action to increase rates of meadow conservation. By reaching consensus on a path forward, a diverse group of agencies, scientists, and other stakeholders can more effectively leverage resources and strategic changes required to restore and protect meadows throughout the greater Sierra Nevada Region.
This region is the source of more than 60 percent of the state’s developed water supply. It also encompasses a rich variety of natural areas, supporting 50 percent of California’s plant species and 60 percent of the state’s animal species. Sierra meadows cover less than 2 percent of the overall Sierra-Cascade landscape, but they are biological hotspots that sustain the headwaters of several major California water sources. Like the mountain snowpack that Californians depend on for year-round water, healthy meadows store water and release it gradually. They also filter out pollutants in the process. As the climate warms and scientists project more rain and less snowfall in these mountain ranges, Sierra meadows will become an increasingly important resource for water storage. Of the roughly 190,000 acres of meadows throughout the greater Sierra Nevada, an estimated 40-60 percent have been degraded due primarily to human activity.
“The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) recognizes the importance of healthy meadows, but unfortunately a significant percentage of Sierra meadows are in a degraded state. The Sierra Meadows Strategy is a timely and important effort to increase the pace and scale of Sierra meadow restoration through a collaborative approach,” said Jim Branham, Executive Officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. “The strategy also supports the SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program, and is an important component in holistically restoring our watersheds.”
The Strategy lays out plans for an ambitious course of action. To achieve its overarching goal will require restoring 30,000 of the estimated 90,000 acres of degraded meadows in the strategy area over the next 15 years. This work will require a multi-pronged approach that includes improving the science and implementation of meadow restoration, helping to improve the efficiency of planning and permitting and building funding, resources and partnership capacity.
“The Sierra Meadows Strategy will guide the protection, restoration and conservation of these critical lands,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service. “The strategy describes our target conditions for restored meadows, and lays out a detailed, actionable road map for getting there.”
Click here for more information about the Sierra Meadows Strategy, or to download a copy of the report.
About the Sierra Meadows Partnership
The vision of the Sierra Meadows Partnership is a greater Sierra Nevada region with healthy and resilient meadows that provide sustained benefits to fish and wildlife and the people of California. The partnership is a collaboration and has had participation by representatives from non-profit and for-profit natural resource organizations (Plumas Corporation, California Trout, Trout Unlimited, Stillwater Sciences, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Truckee River Watershed Council, American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, Institute for Bird Populations, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center), public natural resource agencies (U.S. Forest Service including the Pacific Southwest Research Station, National Park Service, United States Geological Survey), universities (University of California at Merced, Davis and Berkeley, University of Nevada Reno, California State University at Sacramento), and funding institutions (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Water Resources Control Board).
Last week, CalTrout hosted the Eel River kickoff party for Humboldt Steelhead Days (HSD), a three-month-long celebration designed to bring awareness to the iconic steelhead thriving in the wild waters of Humboldt County. CalTrout is one of three founding non-profits of HSD, along with Mad River Alliance and Mountain Community & Culture. All proceeds from HSD go towards protection, recovery, and restoration in three key Humboldt watersheds: The Eel, Mad and Trinity Rivers.
The kickoff event first featured a North Coast Water Conservation Workshop, hosted in partnership with Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF), where participants learned about building community water programs and water rights. Dana Stolzman, SRF’s Executive Director, commented: “Salmonid Restoration Federation was thrilled to partner with CalTrout and other restoration partners to produce a North Coast Water Conservation Workshop that brought together scientists, restoration planners, engineers, landowners, regulators, and consultants engaged in water conservation and species recovery in the Eel River basin and other critical watersheds on the North Coast.”
Following the workshop, CalTrout held a fun and informative reception featuring the premiere showing of CalTrout’s new film about the Eel River, “Return to Abundance”. CalTrout’s North Coast office, represented by Regional Director Darren Mierau and Project Coordinator Mary Burke, led a presentation and talked with attendees about our keystone restoration projects in the watershed. Mike Wier, CalTrout’s Field Reporter, who was also in attendance, summed it up well: “No better way to celebrate wild steelhead than right on the banks of the Eel River.”
The following day, CalTrout joined a tour of the Humboldt Bay Tributaries, where participants were led to three restoration and spawning sites. Humboldt Bay tributaries boast a rich assortment of salmonid habitat restoration projects from tidal wetland restoration to fish passage barrier removal sites. The tour was held in partnership with Northcoast Regional Land Trust, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and salmonid restoration professionals.
CalTrout also hosted a tour of the Eel River and Van Duzen watershed, and it was covered in the Times Standard, Humboldt Steelhead Days host fish spawning tours. Mary Burke, co-director for Humboldt Steelhead Days and CalTrout’s North Coast Program Coordinator, is quoted in the article and discussed how they plan to offer more tours in the future given their popularity this year.
Many thanks to our partner with the kickoff event, Salmonid Restoration Federation, and to Fortuna River Lodge for allowing us to hold the event there. Mad River Alliance and Mountain Community & Culture, representing the Mad River and Trinity River, respectively, are hosting their separate HSD kickoff events this Friday, January 20th. All HSD event details for the next 3 months can be found here.
Check out more pics of the Eel River and spawning coho salmon. All photos are from Mike Wier.
Good news! Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently secured a twenty-year ban on new mining projects in an ecologically and economically critical region in Southwest Oregon. The areas protected include the watershed of the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River in Oregon, the watershed of Rough and Ready Creek (an eligible Wild and Scenic River and tributary to the National Wild and Scenic Illinois and Rogue rivers), as well as 17 miles of the National Wild and Scenic Chetco River. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreational and natural resources to the area.
This news comes with immense satisfaction given that CalTrout, as well as our trusted partner, the Smith River Alliance, has worked for decades on conservation projects in the Smith River watershed. This victory is also owed to you, our supporters who let their voices be heard through petitions and letters written on behalf of our organizations advocating for the ban on mineral withdrawal from these natural lands. Your actions matter! Thank you for your help in making this happen.
A press release from Congress was issued last week. (Click the pop-out arrow in upper-right to read)
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