CIR is Hiring!

CIR is Hiring!

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Channel Islands Restoration (CIR) is offering a challenging full-time office position coordinating volunteers for habitat restoration projects, and assisting us with various duties associated with our donors/members. This is a unique opportunity to work in the field of habitat restoration, volunteer coordination and environmental education with a fast-growing and dynamic nonprofit organization. This position involves managing multiple administrative details in a fast-paced environment.

POSITION: Volunteer/Membership Coordinator

TERM: Full-time, 40 hours per week

BENEFITS: Employer contribution to group health plan, three days paid sick leave (or personal time off consistent with state law)

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, CIR

LOCATION: CIR office in Santa Barbara

COMPENSATION: $16 - $25 per hour depending on experience

SUMMARY: This is a full-time position, including volunteer coordination (approximately 60% - 80%) and membership coordination (approximately 20% - 40%).

Many duties will be performed in cooperation with other CIR staff members. Specific duties may be adjusted depending on seasonal fluctuations and workload. Work will be performed primarily in the CIR office and will include limited administrative duties out of the office, as well. The individual will work in close cooperation with CIR staff and representatives of partner organizations.

Volunteer Coordination Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.

  • Promote and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the organization through written communications, including email, social media and press announcements, in cooperation with other CIR staff.
  • Recruit volunteers for one-day and multiday volunteer opportunities on the mainland and Channel Islands.
  • Manage and insure quality control of volunteer paperwork (including waivers and navy access passes) for CIR and partner organizations.
  • Communicate regularly with volunteers to answer questions, provide instructions.
  • Track volunteer commitments and hours in the organization database and report hours to CIR and partner organizations.
  • Act as a single point of contact for communications with volunteers and interested corporate/service groups and schools.
  • Research relevant community organizations to recruit additional volunteers.
  • Work in close cooperation with partner organizations on schedules and volunteer needs.
  • Co-facilitate and support training of certain volunteers for CIR and partner organizations.
  • Work with Outreach Coordinator to organize special events
  • Assist staff with administrative duties as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Membership Coordination Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Record donations and issue acknowledgement letters to donors.
  • Order and mail donor appreciation rewards.
  • Work with Outreach Coordinator to facilitate membership and other CIR events.

Volunteer/Membership Coordination Required Qualifications:

  • Have at least two years of experience working in an office environment.
  • Have strong familiarity with computers and multiple different software suites, including but not limited to Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Constant Contact (or similar), and Adobe products, with the flexibility of learning new programs as needed.
  • Have strong administrative skills, including a typing speed of no less than 30 words per minute.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines; perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Ability to set priorities, take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
  • Possess strong language and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to communicate with, supervise, motivate and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles.
  • Ability to build relationships and work with volunteers, community members, donors, and CIR Partners.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and have patience dealing with varied volunteer needs and abilities.
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team.
  • Ability to learn and apply new information or skills.
  • Ability and willingness to occasionally work early mornings, evenings, and weekend days.
  • Have a high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.

Volunteer/Membership Coordination Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of one year of experience coordinating volunteers.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook.
  • Experience working with a database system, especially Microsoft Access.
  • Experience working for a non-profit organization.
  • Experience in grant reporting.


Submit a cover letter of intent to apply (limit to one page), and a résumé via email to: Supply names and contact information for three references, including previous employers. The most qualified candidates will be invited to interview and will be asked to demonstrate written communication skills. Further details can be provided by contacting:

Ken Owen Channel Islands Restoration

Channel Islands Restoration is a non-profit organization that restores habitat in sensitive and unique natural areas on the California Channel Islands and adjacent mainland. We help protect rare and endangered native plant and animal species by restoring the natural habitat they depend on for survival. We educate a variety of groups about the value of native habitat and how to protect it. We recruit volunteers and identify and develop public and private funding sources for habitat restoration programs.

Channel Islands Restoration is an "at will" employer offering equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability (within the physical parameters defined in the position description and those associated with remote work locations). Any offer of employment will be contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility for employment in the United States.

How Rain Affects Restoration

How Rain Affects Restoration

With the rain arises a new array of benefits and obstacles. Much like the harsh drought helped eliminate poorly-adapted invasive species, yet made the establishment of new natives difficult, rain offers a gradient of impacts.


Sisquoc River Project

Sisquoc River Project

Channel Islands Restoration proposes to eradicate non-native invasive Tamarisk species in the Sisquoc River and Manzana Creek. The objective of the project is to restore and maintain habitat for riparian dependent species such as the federally listed arroyo toad, California red-legged frog and steelhead trout.


Wanted: Dedicated Volunteers for our Party Planning Commission

Calling all volunteers!

To those that would like to get more involved with CIR and work a little "behind the scenes" - we just so happen to be looking for dedicated and creative volunteers to join our Party Planning Commission. Members of the Commission will work with staff to help us organize our biggest events of the year - the Holiday Party, the Membership Barbecue and the CIR Social. With your help, we can accommodate the growing support for CIR and we can make the upcoming parties the best we've ever had.

Members of the Party Planning Commission will meet a few months before each event to plan and discuss the upcoming event, and then work together to execute that plan - through taking on roles like reserving event space, purchasing food, soliciting for raffle items, and/or whatever each event may need.

The Party Planning Commission, though supported and directed by the CIR staff and board, will hold quite a bit of creative freedom when it comes to each event, and therefore we are looking for volunteers that are dedicated, reliable, organized, and of course, like to have a good party.

Our next event is the Spring Membership Party on April 8th at Foster Park, and we need your help to make sure it's our best party yet.

If you're willing and able, contact Tanner via to get involved.

the Board & Staff of Channel Islands Restoration
(805) 448-6203
928 Carpinteria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

It Costs Money to Raise Money

It Costs Money to Raise Money

In the past year, support from donors has given us the capital to pursue grants for new and exciting projects and to continue work where federal funds have been eliminated. Plus, donations have helped us further our education outreach and bring underprivileged kids into nature and onto the islands, and it hasallowed us to expand our efforts to restore special and important habitat on the Central Coast. To those that have given at other times in the past year: THANK YOU, and please consider sustaining or upgrading your membership through monthly donations. Now through automatic monthly donations, there's no need for reminders or alterations in your monthly budget! However, regardless of how you donate, and regardless of how much, we sincerely appreciate your support. Without donors, we wouldn't be able to continue the mission of CIR.

East Anacapa Island Restoration

East Anacapa Island Restoration

Anacapa Island is more a chain of islets rather than one large island and because of this, it has a high ratio of coastline to interior. This expanse of ocean bluff and coastline provides critical and/or important habitat for seabirds, marine mammals, and a number of rare plants. The island boasts sixteen plant species that are found only on the Channel Islands, two of which are unique to Anacapa, and the largest breeding population of the formerly federally endangered Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in California. Anacapa Island is  an important breeding location for the Scripps’s murrelet (Synthliboramphus scrippsi), one of the world’s rarest seabirds, and the ashy storm-petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa), a California Species of Special Concern.

Guest Author: Bryan Snyder, Seeding the Clouds

Guest Author: Bryan Snyder, Seeding the Clouds

By mid-afternoon on Santa Rosa Island, the winds reached gale force.  50mph gusts tore through our worksite in the cloud forest, throwing grit in our eyes faster than our tear ducts could remove it.  Still, we labored to the best of our ability, working to retrofit a series of erosion control barriers beneath the island oaks before the sun set behind San Miguel Island to the west. 

March Membership Gathering

This March, CIR hosted its annual membership gathering at Goleta Beach Park. This membership gathering was one of our most well attended, with more than 50 members present to enjoy the soft drinks and spirits, the barbequed chicken and veggies, and the good company of other CIR members. We were honored to recognize John Reyes as the Member of the Year for his incredible dedication to volunteering and his help in building our three new plant nurseries this year - located in East Anacapa Island, San Nicholas Island, and Camarillo. In addition to the good company at the park, members were treated to an exclusive natural history tour, with CIR Senior Ecologist Elihu Gevirtz leading a short walking tour of the Goleta Slough and Dr. Tanya Atwater giving a talk about the geology of the local area and the Monterey Shale that it sits atop. Our Member Gatherings are free to all who join CIR at a minimum of $35 in a year, in addition to many other benefits. To learn more about our CIR donor benefits and to become a member or renew an existing one, please visit and thank you in advance!

Natural History Trips with Channel Islands Restoration

This year's spring and summer natural history trips were truly exceptional. Our Death Valley trip took place right at the height of the super-bloom and the once bare and desolate floor of the valley was carpeted with desert gold and pocketed with dozens of other native desert wildflowers. This past El Niño brought torrential amounts of water to many parts of California that desperately needed it (while also inexplicably missing others) and over the course of the winter Death Valley received a full 2.7 inches of rain. This amount may seem insignificant, but the Valley normally receives no more than 2 inches of rain in an entire year. This small, yet concentrated amount of rain, was enough to germinate millions of dormant desert wildflower seeds that all shot up to form a massive super-bloom - the likes of which the valley has not seen since 2005.

While the super bloom was spectacular and novel, it was unable to dwarf Death Valley's usual splendor of barren rocks, braided badlands, and the bed of a long-dead lake - the story of which Dr. Tanya Atwater unfolded over the course of the trip. Meanwhile, Steve Junak told stories of present day life in Death Valley and how the native plants and wildlife are able to carve out a niche in one of the harshest and most desolate regions of the world.

A few months later during the hot summer months, we ventured high into the White Mountains to walk in the cool mountain air among the oldest trees in the world. At first glance, the high peaks of the White Mountains reveal little more than ancient trees among the barren rock, but the land came alive through interpretation from Tanya Atwater, Steve Junak, and Santiago Escruceria. Concentrated beauty could be found all around in the low-lying flowers that lay hidden within the rocky crevices which gave shelter to the biting wind. This tiny and hidden beauty lay in contrast to their home atop the massive mountains that were left from the collision of two massive continental plates.

Trips to these unique and spectacular locations happen every year, so be on the lookout for our natural history trips to Death Valley and the White Mountains. Both trips sold out every year over the past six years, so act quickly to make sure you don't miss out! In addition to these, this year we will be hosting two more natural history trips this spring: one along the Central Coast and another on a luxurious train ride between Santa Barbara and SLO.

The Central Coast trip will focus on the area surrounding the San Andreas Fault. It will form a loop that begins at Morro Bay, and from there we'll travel north to the volcanic formations at Pinnacles National Park, then west to Hollister, south through the coast of Big Sur, and we will end with a tour of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse.

And finally, we'd like to welcome all aboard on an amazing excursion led by the extraordinary geologist Tanya Atwater, and Steve Junak, botanist, storyteller, and CIR Board Member. This exciting trip will offer rare glimpses of some of the last original native coastal landscapes in Southern California. Beginning at the Santa Barbara train depot, you will ride in style aboard a beautifully restored Vista Dome Lounge-Dining Car built in 1956. You will be treated to a narrated scenic journey along a spectacular part of the coast, and through several ranchos that cannot be seen from Highway 101. We will travel through Gaviota, the Hollister Ranch, the Cojo Ranch (including Point Conception), Vandenberg Air Force Base (including the Sudden Ranch), and the Guadalupe / Oceano Dunes region. Learn about the area's rich human and natural history before stopping in San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a catered buffet lunch on board, including beer, wine and soft drinks. Passengers are free to change levels and sides in the car for a new and different view on the way back. This is a fantastic opportunity to see parts of the coast by rail that are otherwise inaccessible.


CIR Growing More than 11,000 Plants on San Nicolas Island

In the past few months, CIR volunteers have been hard at work on San Nicolas Island and have installed more than 12,000 plants. After removing patches of invasive ice plant, the volunteers installed and have been maintaining native plants to stabilize sand dunes on San Nicolas Island with resounding success. Plants were grown in our San Nicolas Island Nursery built last year. We also have been working to restore upland habitat for the threatened island night lizard and are currently in the process of growing additional plants for this project in our San Nicolas Island plant nursery that we will install in the coming months.

We are incredibly proud of the plants that we have been able to produce from the nursery, especially a newly discovered plant, just last year, Lycium brevipes 'desert box thorn'. It was thought that this particular species was long extinct on San Nicolas Island. We were able to collect cuttings last fall from a population on 10 plants. These cuttings were propagated and planted in the landscape around the nursery. The plants were placed on a drip system. This planting has been so successful that we have been able to collect more cuttings from these plants and start an additional 400 new little clones. These new plants will be planted out this coming fall/winter creating more habitat for island critters such as the endemic night lizard.

Besides box thorn we are growing cactus, buckwheat, mule fat, morning glory and a whole palate of native bunch grasses. We are very glad we are afforded the opportunity to be part of the habitat restoration for San Nicolas.

Recently we have improved the nursery with fantastic flood tables, capable of propagating plants with high water demands - like those near marshes or in riparian habitat - with very little water waste. Each table has its own dedicated waterline and can be manually watered or set on a timer. This is all possible because of great, dedicated volunteers.

Trips to San Nicolas Island fill incredibly quickly and spots are coveted. Because of the demanding and high priority nature of our work with the US Navy on San Nicolas Island, CIR mostly seeks volunteers that we have worked with in the past on this or other projects, so that we can work with teams of known quality during our short trips to the island.