Project Manager: Restore Coyote Creek Project

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Project Manager: Restore Coyote Creek Project
Job Type: 
Friends of Coyote Creek
San Jose, California, USA
May 8, 2014


The Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition and the Friends of Coyote Creek Watershed are seeking a Project Manager to implement the “Restore Coyote Creek” Project, San Jose, Santa Clara County California

Compensation:  $60,000 (contract)

Time Frame:  July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015


Project Goals:  Build a community movement to restore the ecological health and aesthetic beauty of Coyote Creek through citizen participation in trash cleanups, restoration advocacy, and opportunities to learn about, enjoy and bond with the creek.  Create a Trash Free Coyote Creek in a 4 mile reach south of Tully Road in San Jose.


· Conduct outreach to creekside trail users, community organizations, faith community, and educational institutions to (1) recruit volunteers for quarterly or monthly trash cleanups and (2) educate citizens and students about the creek, its beauty, its ecology, it restoration challenges and opportunities.

· Create a Trash Free Coyote Creek between Tully Road and US 101 with the assistance of the City of San Jose , Santa Clara County Parks Department and the Santa Clara Valley Water District and volunteers

· Organize trash cleanups in coordination with City staff and with assistance of student interns and key volunteers

· Organize a creek and fishery monitoring project with assistance of fishery regulatory agencies, local biologists and creek advocates.

· Oversee and participate in development of a fisheries related creek restoration project.

· Oversee development of reach-specific Walking Tours and self-guided brochures for selected reaches of the creek on topics such as native/invasive plants, birds, fishery ecology, geology with assistance of sister NGOs

· Coordinate annual “Restore Coyote Creek” Conference

·  Manage student interns in updating the website and Facebook page

·  Love the creek!



Capacity to organize and successfully implement complex projects.

Ability to manage interns

Ability to do public speaking

Experience with event planning and organization

Evidence of writing skills

Broad knowledge of environmental issues

Love of streams and the natural environment

Apply to: or Creeks Coalition, 24010 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 408-402-3641.  Interviews begin May 15:  First “early” deadline: May 8.  Interviews may continue  through June 8 if needed: Final deadline:  June 1

About the Friends of Coyote Creek Watershed and the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition

The Friends of Coyote Creek Watershed is a project of the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition and is essentially an outgrowth of the original Friends of Coyote Creek founded by Marley Spillman and other neighbors in 2003.   Whereas  FoCC focused on the area of the creek in the vicinity of Naglee Park, FoCCW is focused on restoring the ecological health and beauty of all of Coyote Creek from the Bay to the area just downstream of Anderson Dam.

The Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition was reconstituted in 2005 – reviving the original Creeks Coalition that operated in the 1990s on the issue of buffer zones to protect creeks.  The mission of the present Creeks Coalition is “to transform our creeks into Living Streams”.

The Creeks Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives of each of the environmental organizations that make up the membership of the Coalition:  Friends of Coyote Creek, Western Waters Canoe Club, Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers, Environmentalists for Living Streams.


The Creeks Coalition focuses on several activities:

  • Advocating for public agency investment in restoration of our Santa Clara County Creeks
  • Developing partnerships for implementing fishery restoration projects
  • Promoting citizen involvement in keeping the creek trash free, through periodic volunteer cleanup events
  • Conducting citizen and student education
  • Sponsoring events and walks that connect people to the creek and encourage citizen advocacy for the creeks
  • Putting on an annual “Creeks Conference”


The Creeks Coalition began focusing its efforts on Coyote Creek in 2013.   In July 2014, it will begin implementing a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to create a “Trash Free Coyote Creek” in the 4 mile stretch between Tully Road and US 101. Deliverables include:  Cleannups: minimum of quarterly  with 25 volunteers each, ideal 100 volunteers, monthly

Brochures:  9 brochures and walking tour guides

Community organization presentations:  Minimum of 9

Community Events tables:  Minimum of 12

Volunteer Database Created and Maintained: 1

Additional support may be provided by two full time  college graduate interns (application pending) and university student interns and Program Coordinator.