Public Lands Advocate

Job Location

Ventura and Santa Barbara, CA


Type of Job



$50,000 adjusted for experience

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Published Date

Mar 17, 2021

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Los Padres ForestWatch, one of the premier land and wildlife advocacy organizations along California’s central coast, is seeking a Public Lands Advocate. The position will build support for protecting the Los Padres National Forest and other public lands throughout our region. This full-time exempt position is based primarily in Ventura County and involves working remotely along with regular in-person meetings with team members at our headquarters in Santa Barbara, California (when allowed by public health orders).


Our work spans nearly 220 miles of some of California’s most spectacular landscapes, from the famed Big Sur shoreline to the backcountry of the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. The Public Lands Advocate will help us build on our successful sixteen-year track record of land and wildlife conservation throughout our region.


ForestWatch welcomes diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for all employees that encourages and celebrates differences. ForestWatch’s staff and Board strive to incorporate inclusive practices in the performance of all duties and responsibilities, on a consistent and ongoing basis, and continually work to increase awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.


Overview of Position


Our region’s public lands face challenges and opportunities as we transition into the new administration. Locally, a recent proposal to log trees from Pine Mountain generated considerable controversy and opposition from thousands of residents. At the same time, the oil industry is working to repeal recently-enacted safeguards for the environment and public health. The proliferation of trash and graffiti in places like Santa Paula Canyon and throughout the Los Padres National Forest is an ongoing challenge.


The Public Lands Advocate will work to safeguard our region’s public lands by building support throughout the community for the protection of the Los Padres National Forest. The position is an exciting blend of community organizing, relationship-building with stakeholders and local elected officials, conducting outreach to underserved communities, and mobilizing volunteers to clean up trash and make the forest a better place for everyone to visit.


Working closely with the Director of Advocacy, the Conservation Director, the Director of Youth & Community Engagement, and the Executive Director, the Public Lands Advocate will use advocacy, community organizing, lobbying, coalition building, education, and creative media to support our conservation objectives.


Application Instructions


Please view the full job announcement and application instructions. Due to the volume of applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Applications must be submitted by April 12 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.