Professional Opportunities

Operations Manager

Friends of the Inyo (friendsoftheinyo.org) is an environmental nonprofit that works in Payahuunadu/California’s Eastern Sierra. FOI is seeking a new Operations Manager. The Operations Manager position is a full-time permanent position that reports directly to the Executive Director. The Operations Manager supports every aspect of the functioning of the organization so that Friends of the Inyo can achieve its mission of protecting and caring for the lands of Payahuunadu/the Eastern Sierra. 

Job Duties

Responsibilities include hosting monthly meetings with the financial working group to support every program area through budget development and administration, record keeping, accounting, billing, taxes, compliance with fiscal requirements applicable to 501c3 organizations, including federal and state laws and regulations, contract and lease management, payroll, and health care and retirement plan administration. 

Financial and Human Resources
  • Manage accounts receivable and payable for all FOI agreements and obligations
  • Coordinate accountant, insurance agents, and vendors agreements
  • Complete filings, and requirements for state, federal, and local compliance
  • Provide monthly reports of income, assets, liabilities, and projected expenses
  • Create draft budgets and identify recommendations for spending on specific programs
  • Create projections for grant applications, reports for foundations, and publications
  • Advise staff on HR policies, retirement programs, and health benefits
  • Manage payroll and benefits 
  • Produce annual report and review financial statements with the Board of Directors
Technical lead for website, CRM and events
  • Manage website back end by troubleshooting common issues or referring them out
  • Manage donor database (CRM) including reports and troubleshooting technical issues
  • Provide reports and management for event sign ups
Desired Training / Skills
  • Ability to multitask, learn quickly, and organize projects
  • Flexibility to work on changing priorities, campaigns, and agreements
  • Commitment to environmental conservation
  • Residence in Payahuunadu/Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine to Bridgeport)
  • Competent with Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Grant management and budgeting experience preferred
  • Accounting and payroll experience with Quickbooks desktop preferred
  • Basic website understanding and experience with WordPress preferred
  • Picture and other file management experience preferred

Friends of the Inyo is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. 

Compensation

Compensation for the Operations Manager position will be based on qualifications and experience, in the range of $23 to $27 hourly. The position includes health benefits, 401K contribution and paid vacation. Please submit resume and cover letter to wendy@friendsoftheinyo.org. Position is open until filled, review of applications will begin October 4, 2021. 

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Desert Land Organizer

Overview

Friends of the Inyo seeks a Desert Lands Organizer to assist with existing and future campaigns
that will defend lands in the California desert, with an immediate focus on defending Conglomerate Mesa and advancing efforts for its permanent protection. The Desert Lands Organizer will work to protect all the California Desert National Conservation Lands (CDNCL) protected by the DRECP, including Conglomerate Mesa, from mining and other threats. The Desert Lands Organizer will report to the Desert Policy Associate and the Executive Director. The position may be part or full time, depending on applicant preference.

Job Duties

Organizing
● Organize traditional supporters of environmental conservation, the tribal community,
businesses, recreation, and rural communities, non-traditional supporters of
conservation, Friends of the Inyo’s nonprofit partners and others as activists and
volunteers to protect and care for California desert lands.
● Schedule and conduct meetings with current and potential supporters of a protected
Conglomerate Mesa to share the values of the landscape and how preserving it will
benefit the land and the people of Inyo County.
● Develop strong relationships with local leaders and coalition partners to advance
priorities.
● Obtain signatures, with a focus on Southern Inyo County, in support of the permanent
protection of Conglomerate Mesa and opposing the current mining exploration project.
● Distribute Protect Conglomerate Mesa yard signs and posters to local supporters of a
protected Conglomerate Mesa.
● Uplift and inspire supporters of California desert protection to raise their voice for the
cause in local media and online publications like the Inyo Register and Sierra Wave.
Communications
● Coordinate with Desert Policy Associate to develop content for Friends of the Inyo
monthly newsletter, The Juniper, Protect Conglomerate Mesa website, and
Conglomerate Mesa Newsletter. Assist in identifying voices who will write as guest
features for our publications.
● Develop and distribute educational messaging.
● Manage campaign coalition website, and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter), etc.

Skills and Experience

● Passionate interest in protecting the lands of the California desert.
● Residence in Inyo County, preferably southern Inyo County.
● Experience in public lands environmental advocacy is preferred.
● Experience with community organizing preferred.
● Experience developing strategic communications and social media outreach preferred.
● Spanish language skills are highly desirable.
● Frequent local travel and occasional regional travel are required.

Friends of the Inyo is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship.

Compensation

Compensation for the Desert Land Organizer position will be based on qualifications and experience, in the range of $22 to $25 hourly. Depending upon whether employment is full or part time, the position may include health benefits, 401K contribution and paid vacation. Please submit resume and cover letter to wendy@friendsoftheinyo.org. Position is open until filled, and the first review of applications will begin October 4, 2021.

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Trail Ambassadors

We have filled the positions for the Summer 2021 Season; However, we plan to accept applications for seasonal positions again in February 2022.

Friends of the Inyo’s Trail Ambassadors (TAs) support the Inyo, Sierra, & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests and other partners by providing positive public service, outreach, interpretation, and trail maintenance on popular hiking trails. The TAs will walk with a smile and carry their shovels and crosscut saws like a banner on trails throughout the Inyo, Sierra, & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, from Lone Pine to Bridgeport.
You can find a full job description here: TA Job Description 2021.

Friends of the Inyo is committed to creating and fostering a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We invite any and all interested parties to apply.