community watershed restoration since 1983

Welcome Sarah Vroom!

Welcome Sarah Vroom, our new Executive Director! 

Sarah Vroom first became involved with the MRC in 2017 as a member of our Board of Directors. As our new Executive Director, Sarah brings a unique mix of experience in and out of the field. For 8 years, she owned and managed an edible landscaping and permaculture design company with a specialization in home scale water management solutions. Sarah has taught community college classes on permaculture, soil health and water management, and has been a resident of the Mattole Valley for the last 5 years. Her field experience includes a wide variety of work ranging from fisheries technician to soil health consultant to fly fishing guide. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Mills College and is currently working on a Masters in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in fire ecology.

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MRC Annual Meeting: Jan 11 3:30 at Mattole Camp

Please join Mattole Restoration Council board and staff members for our annual meeting on Saturday, January 11th at the Mattole Camp and Retreat Center, 36841 Mattole Rd. Come learn about the MRC’s work over the past year and bring your ideas, questions, or concerns regarding our current and future priorities and projects. All are welcome to attend (you don’t need to be a current MRC member). If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at or the MRC office at 707-629-3514.

3:30 pm – Project updates from MRC staff – what did the MRC do in 2019?

4:00 pm – Membership meeting – we invite you to discuss ideas, questions, or concerns regarding our current and future priorities and projects

5:00 pm – Appreciating Claire Trower – Claire is stepping down from the MRC board this year, and has been involved with the MRC as either a staff or board member since the organization’s inception in 1983. We’ll be sharing stories about why we appreciate Claire’s years of dedication.

5:15 pm – Board of Directors nominations and candidate statements – the MRC board of directors is elected by the organization’s membership, and any current dues-paying member is eligible to run for the board

5:30 pm – Potluck dinner– please bring a dish to share

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Welcome Lisa!

We are happy to announce Lisa Hintz as our NER Project Coordinator.  Lisa will be leading up our oak woodland, invasive plant, and sudden oak death projects starting in January.  We are really grateful to have her on the team.
Welcome Lisa!

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We are hiring! Please see the job announcement for Executive Director position.

The Mattole Restoration Council is a 36 year-old watershed restoration non-profit on the Lost Coast of Northern California, with a million dollar plus annual budget and a regular staff of nine. We are a membership organization with an elected board of directors that undertakes landscape-scale watershed restoration and rehabilitation in the Mattole watershed and adjacent areas, and promotes a stewardship land ethic.

Job responsibilities:

 Works with the board of directors to execute the mission and long-term strategic goals;  Oversees and manages 9 regular staff and 60 seasonal employees;  Leads fundraising efforts and works with the program staff to develop projects and submit grant proposals to various federal and state agencies and foundations;  Directs the implementation of organizational policies and the strategic plan;  Acts as liaison to the community, partner groups, agencies, and other stakeholders;  Oversees fiscal management. Desired Qualifications  Excellent communication skills;  Experience with fundraising and developing federal and state grant proposals;  Experience with managing federal and state contracts;  Ability to establish dynamic relationships with a broad base of stakeholders;  Experience with non-profit fiscal and personnel management;  Commitment to community based watershed restoration;  A background in environmental science/biology/ecology;  Familiarity with watershed restoration strategies and methods;  Strong sense of self-direction and self-organization; The position is full to half time (negotiable), and reports to the board of directors. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes health, vacation, training and retirement benefits. The position is based in the Petrolia office, with travel throughout the watershed and Northern California. A valid driver’s license and functioning personal vehicle are required.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV and three references to John Williams,

For more information, call John at 707 629 3265. This position is open until filled; interviews begin on January 13, 2020.

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Project Coordinator Job Announcement

The Mattole Restoration Council’s Native Ecosystem Restoration Program is seeking a qualified candidate to manage multiple projects including Oak Woodland Restoration, Sudden Oak Death Monitoring and Control, and Invasive Plant Control. The PC will be responsible for managing the Oak Woodland Restoration Program, the Invasive Plant Control Program, monitoring the spread of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) throughout the Mattole and develop SOD projects to mitigate its impact on Mattole forests and fire safety. The PC will also supervise and mentor youth and college students on seasonal field projects.

Job responsibilities

 Work with federal and state agencies and local landowners to develop, design and implement

Oak Woodland Restoration, Invasive Plant Control, and Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Control

Projects throughout the Mattole and adjacent watersheds.

 Work with Program Director to develop grant proposals and final reports

 Assist Program Director with project management tasks on Riparian and Grasslands Restoration Projects

 Update and complete the Oak Woodland, Invasive Plant and SOD planning documents

 Lead staff and volunteers in the field for data collection and manual labor

Required qualifications

 Two years (4000 hrs) of experience managing ecological restoration or forestry projects

 Experience with Northern California oak woodland and grassland ecosystems, and familiarity

with native and non-native plant communities

 Experience writing grant proposals and managing contracts

 Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Microsoft Word and Excel

 Ability to perform field work in challenging terrain and weather conditions

 Strong written and oral communication skills

 Must commit to one year, 24 hrs/week and up to 40 hrs/week during field seasons

 Valid Drivers License

Other desirable qualifications

 Bachelors degree in Restoration Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, or a related field

 Experience supervising employees, managing budgets, and managing computer databases.

 Wilderness First Aid, Avenza Maps, GPS, and OSHA certifications

 Experience working with private landowners

Position Dates: December 9, 2019 – December 8, 2020 with opportunity to extend indefinitely

Hours: 24 hrs/week and up to 40 hrs/week during certain times. Opportunity to work up to 40

hrs/week with other MRC tasks not related to this position.

Wage/Benefits: $22 – $28/hr (Depending on experience) plus health, sick, vacation, and training benefits.

Location: The position is based in Petrolia, CA with travel throughout the watershed.

How to Apply: Email letter of interest, resume and three references to by

November 18, 2019. Visit or call Hugh at 406-546-2053 for more info.

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Elephant Seal Walk Photos

HSU Professor Dawn Goley describes the origins of the Punta Gorda elephant seal colony on the Lost Coast, and how it may be expected to grow in the coming years.

Participants on the King Range Alliance’s hike to see the elephant seals marvel at how many different animals are on the beach

Young and older enjoy a close-up look at elephant seals in the King Range NCA, along with expert guides. 

A beautiful day on the Lost Coast, a great day to learn about elephant seal ecology!

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Identifying and Using Local Medicinal Plants of the King Range National Conservation Area


April 13th, 2019, 10 am -2 pm

Bring: Lunch, water, jacket, Notebook and Pen.

Space is limited, so please contact if you plan to attend.

Come get acquainted with medicinal plants living in and around the King Range!

This class will be great for beginners interested in using local plants for medicine. It will also provide in-depth information for experienced medicine-makers, so come and bring your questions about specific plants or ailments, and enjoy some focused time outside with our local herbalista, Nicole Gagliano.

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Sustainable Seaweed Harvest


April 21st. Meet at Mattole Beach Trailhead at 6:40 A.M. Sharp!

Ever wanted to learn about harvesting edible seaweeds?
Want to know what types grow here on the Lost Coast, and how
to harvest them sustainably? This class is for you!

Bring: water, snacks, windbreaker, sun gear, Grippy
Footwear that can get wet, scissors, sacks, Fishing license.

Meet at Mattole Beach Trailhead at 6:40 A.M. Sharp!

Please contact if you plan to attend.

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