Los Padres ForestWatch, one of the premier land and wildlife conservation organizations along California’s central coast, is seeking a full-time Event Manager. The position will direct a fun and engaging lineup of in-person and virtual events throughout the year including casual galas and benefit auctions, large and small gatherings, webinars, and other community events to connect, engage, and inspire our members and residents throughout the region.
Our work spans 220 miles of some of California’s most spectacular landscapes, from the famed Big Sur shoreline to the rugged backcountry of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. We protect these lands from development, mobilize volunteers to clean up trash and restore wildlife habitat, and engage underserved youth and their families to build connections with nature and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. The Event Manager will help us propel our successful eighteen-year track record of meaningful, long-lasting achievements.
ForestWatch welcomes diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for all employees that encourages and celebrates differences. ForestWatch’s staff and Board strive to incorporate inclusive practices in the performance of all duties and responsibilities, on a consistent and ongoing basis, and continually work to increase awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
Overview of Position
The Event Manager oversees all facets of planning our two annual WILD! benefit events in Ojai and Santa Barbara, along with several smaller events for our donors, members, and the general public. Events are critical to the ForestWatch mission, enabling us to educate, inspire, and engage the community in our work, while also stewarding our donors and raising valuable funds to support our conservation priorities.
Now in their fourteenth and seventh years, respectively, our annual Ojai WILD! and Santa Barbara WILD! benefits have become mainstays of the conservation community. These events typically raise more than $100,000 with 300+ attendees, demonstrating a sustainable model that the Event Manager can build upon, evolve, and reimagine to maintain support for our mission. The Event Manager will also coordinate webinars, trivia nights, membership and donor parties, film screenings, and other fun and dynamic virtual and in-person events in coordination with ForestWatch staff to engage our supporters and the general public.
The position requires a strategic and creative combination of event planning, volunteer coordination, marketing, sponsorship and auction item solicitations, and technical knowledge of online event platforms. In addition, the Event Manager will produce and deploy traditional and social media to market and promote events amongst our members, supporters, and the general public, and will oversee an event planning committee and volunteers as appropriate.
For a list of job responsibilities and qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, please view the complete posting on our website.