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TitleLand Steward – Reports to Co-Directors/Executive Stewardship Circle
Status: Full-time, 40 hours per week

Stewardship of The Ojai Foundation’s (TOF) 36-acre center in the Upper Ojai Valley is integral to the work that we do. We not only care for a place but also work to embody practices and grow stewards and stewardship consciousness. We work closely with the practice of council, striving to think and work as a circle. Land stewards identify, prioritize, and complete the work needed with the land and facilities in order to support the programs, priorities, vision and goals of TOF.

Required Skills Include:

  • Ability to be self-directed and work well as part of a team in a community environment.
  • Experience and/or openness to learn the practices of TOF (including council, mindful work, etc.).
  • Ability to communicate clearly, follow through with commitments, give and receive feedback gracefully, and be open to personal and/or spiritual development through the work at TOF.
  • Experience in facilities management on a semi-wild land base (gardening, fire clearing, irrigation, mowing, pruning, planting, etc.).
  • Ability to work outdoors in a semi-arid environment, including walking up and downhill, and to lift up to 60 pounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly and thoroughly and recognize and remedy mistakes as they arise.
  • Ability to recognize and clearly communicate one’s own limits in skill, experience, or capacity for a given task.

Desired Skills Include:

  • A background and experience in Permaculture practices and principles.
  • Familiarity with solar electric and gray water system management.
  • A wide range of contracting, building and hands-on repair and maintenance skills (basic electrical, plumbing, propane, etc.).
  • Proficiency with a chainsaw and other power tools, as well as hand tools.
  • Arborist skills.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage and oversee any work team(s), including laying out work, checking for quality and completion, hosting team meetings, signing worksheets, and problem-solving issues as they arise.
  • Care for and help manage the land-based facilities and systems, including working independently.
  • Maintain and improve the highest possible standards of regenerative land stewardship.
  • Provide education about new and existing systems and best practices to community members and staff when appropriate.
  • Personally provide physical skilled labor for regular maintenance and ongoing projects on the land in addition to working with and managing volunteers on land tasks when needed.
  • Support the acquisition, organization, maintenance, and disposal of tools and equipment.
  • Engage in other land, gardens, and facilities repair, upgrades, and maintenance as needed and as they arise, including a focus on fire recovery.
  • Work within the budgets for land maintenance costs and special projects.
  • Be available for emergencies related to facilities and infrastructure. (i.e. water main break) and have the ability to resolve them.
  • Report and communicate with local and state agencies and independent contractors as necessary. (i.e. Reporting for water and well use, fire prevention and utilities). 

Compensation & Benefits
This is a full time, hourly position. Compensation is $17-19/hr, commensurate with experience. All new hires are subject to a 90-day review period. Employee becomes eligible for medical and dental benefits upon successful completion of the review. Employee will also have the option to contribute to a 403(b) retirement plan.

Please send a resume and cover letter to business@ojaifoundation.org

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.