Redwood Parks Conservancy

Executive Director

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The Executive Director must be an experienced, strategic leader and passionate ambassador for northern California’s redwoods who will grow and expand RPC’s impact through a collaborative, partnership-driven approach.

Redwood Parks Conservancy (RPC) fosters understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of northern California’s coastal public lands by providing support to the partner agencies—the National Park Service, California State Parks, and U.S. Forest Service—entrusted with their care. 

Since its founding in 1976, RPC has grown and evolved into a thriving organization. It works in collaboration with agency partners to provide a variety of education and stewardship programs that contribute significantly to the conservation, restoration, and preservation of over 440,000 acres of redwood ecosystems within Redwood National Park, twelve California State Parks, and the Smith River National Recreation Area. Proceeds from park visitor center retail stores and online sales, along with donations from individuals and foundations, are used to fund essential projects throughout these redwood parks and public lands. RPC supports events and programs, operates a volunteer program, raises funds through memberships, grants, and donations, and helps to welcome over one million visitors annually to Redwood National and State Parks.

The ideal Executive Director will have an extensive background in management and leadership, including a track record of progressive leadership positions with effective operational and financial oversight, successful fundraising, and developing dynamic new programs and innovations to drive organization and retail growth. They must be motivated by a clear and driving passion for conservation, public lands, and partnership. Retail experience is beneficial.

The ideal candidate may come from a variety of career pathways. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, including staff leadership and development, a diplomatic approach to collaborating with the board, and the ability to cultivate strong relationships with partner institutions. The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with the ability to manage a nonprofit organization, chart a path forward and provide the attention to detail to execute the operational actions needed to ensure success. Executive leadership skills, paired with a creative, collaborative approach, are essential. 


The Executive Director will work on site at Redwood National and State Park Headquarters in Crescent City, California. 


A competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered based on experience. The anticipated annual salary range for this position is $70,000–$80,000.

Start Date 

Early 2024

To Apply

Please select “Apply.” Applications should include a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications that match the position criteria and what you will bring to the role.

A background check must be passed before accepting the position. A valid driver’s license is required. Proof of Covid vaccination will be required before accepting the position. 

For More Information

More information on the Redwood Parks Conservancy can be found at 
For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact: Andrew Leider, Managing Director, Potrero Group at

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