Program Manager – Climate Resilience | Cal Parks

Program Manager – Climate Resilience

The Program Manager is responsible for the development and management of model projects and initiatives that build resiliency to climate change in California state parks. These programs will advance equitable policies and funding and support inclusive and effective constituencies that build climate resilience and leadership.  

Building upon our Theory of Change, the Program Manager drives impact across all California State Park Foundation programs by curating a deep knowledge of the current effects of climate change on California state parks, identifying and evaluating model programs that build climate resilience, working with state park employees and partners to understand in-the-field learning and innovations, and developing policy solutions that address climate threats.    

In addition, the Program Manager will emphasize solutions and projects that consider environmental justice and the disproportionate effects of climate change on Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people, and the role California State Parks Foundation has in addressing the needs of historically marginalized communities. 

At California State Parks Foundation, our mission is protecting and preserving the California State Park system, for the benefit of all. We envision an inspiring and welcoming state park system where there is access for all, adequate and sustainable funding, and parks are protected for future generations.  

We believe that California’s state parks are essential to the health, happiness, and quality of life for all Californians. If we truly are to benefit all, we must address justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity (JEID) in our work. While the process of integrating JEID may not be easy, we are full of hope regarding our vision for a future California state park system that engages a broad audience and is welcoming and accessible to all. We commit to fostering an organizational culture that celebrates learning and growth, leans into difficult conversations and feedback, values connection to each other, and sustains staff and board members’ well-being and sense of belonging. 

Our Theory of Change is how we drive impact and change to achieve our mission. Every initiative we take on at California State Parks Foundation follows an intentional through-line - we learn, we educate, we activate, and we influence. This through-line extends and amplifies our in-the-field learnings, model programs, and innovative solutions to ultimately influence policy and funding decisions in Sacramento and address the critical needs of our state park system, for the benefit of all.   


Reports to:

Director of Philanthropy 


Bay Area/Sacramento – Remote  

Job type:

Full-time, exempt 


$90,000 - $100,000 



  • Annual home office & health & wellness stipends 

  • Professional development opportunities 

  • Paid vacation, sick time, & 14 paid holidays  

  • Pre-tax commuter benefits  

  • Flexible spending account 

  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance 

  • 401k retirement plan with 5% employer match after 12 months of service 

  • Employee life, long- & short-term disability insurance 



  • Craft and implement initiatives, strategies, tactics, and approaches to advance program objectives that support the goals of Climate Resiliency and Protecting Wildlife and Nature. These include grantmaking, education and outreach, policy analysis, research, communications, coalition-building, and advocacy. 

  • Integrate California State Parks Foundation’s JEID values and plan throughout all program work.  

  • Remain current on emerging issues and trends in climate, adaptation and resilience, and climate equity fields. Current reports to be knowledgeable on include:  Pathways to 30 by 30 California, California State Parks Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy, and Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the United States: A Focus on Six Impacts

  • Participate in donor identification and engagement. Research funders and provide stewardship of current program funders through personal contact and updates on program impacts.  

  • Collaborate with the Government Affairs team to investigate, define, articulate, and enact strategic policy solutions that create climate-resilient state parks, and position climate-resilient state parks as an important component of the state of California’s climate goals.  

  • Assist in refining climate resilience grantmaking strategies, designing grant outcomes and impacts, conducting due diligence, and working with potential grantees to develop proposals, all with a values-based approach.  

  • Support the development of strategies to communicate and engage audiences about Climate Resiliency and Protecting Wildlife and Nature. 

  • Help inform digital marketing and communications strategy through the website, social media, our blog, email, and other online channels to communicate, educate, and have audiences take action to reach our goals of Climate Resiliency and Protecting Wildlife and Nature. 

  • Become proficient and learn/create best practices with online grant management systems (i.e., Submittable, Salesforce, Asana, Adobe). 

  • Undertake additional duties and special projects as assigned. 



  • 3+ years of experience managing programs that address climate change solutions, climate equity, and/or land conservation. 

  • Master’s degree or higher in conservation, climate/earth science, or related field. 

  • Experience with and working knowledge of partnering with governmental agencies.  

  • Commitment to California State Parks Foundation’s mission 

  • Ability and willingness to travel across California to tour any of the 279 state parks as needed, occasionally engaging in vigorous outdoor activities  

  • Effective verbal communicator and storyteller, ability to integrate complex scientific concepts with real-life impacts that connect with individuals on a personal as well as intellectual level.  

  • Strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills 

  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills 

  • Demonstrated initiative and self-motivation 

  • Flexible in the face of changing priorities 

  • High integrity: ability to maintain confidentiality and operate with discretion 

  • Collaborative team player who pitches in to do what needs to be done 

  • Highly organized; experience developing processes and procedures 

  • Ability to adhere to deadlines 

  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings 



  • Familiarity with the California state park system, environmental and/or conservation practices 

  • Knowledge of state and federal rules governing 501(c)3 organizations and lobbying 

  • Knowledge of Salesforce nonprofit software. 

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications 

  • Familiarity with workplace productivity tools like Asana, Slack, and Zoom 

  • Demonstrated project management abilities 

  • Confident and comfortable in public speaking and facilitating meetings 

  • Valid driver’s license 

The California State Parks Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for the position in accordance with San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Police Code, Article 49.