• Temporary
  • Los Altos, CA
  • $105,326.00-$131,538.00 Annually USD / Year

Website Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Are you a bright, motivated, and skilled individual who values the preservation of open space and public access to preserves? Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) is recruiting for a new Management Analyst II position in the General Manager’s office who will participate in the county-wide Management Fellowship Program.  Midpen participates in a county-wide Management Fellowship Program offered by the County of San Mateo, which is designed to attract top talent from graduate schools to commit to meaningful and value-driven work in local government.  The fellowship program also creates a channel into future leadership opportunities within agencies like Midpen. The individual selected for the Management Analyst II position will serve as a Management Fellow in this unique program, which is designed for recent postgraduate candidates, as well as current Master’s Program students, with the expected graduation date of June 2024. The start date for this position is early July 2024.

About Midpen:  Midpen helps plants, animals and people thrive throughout the greater Santa Cruz Mountains region by preserving a greenbelt of more than 70,000 acres of public open space with more than 250 miles of trails in 27 extraordinary preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation and ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position! Check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

About the Position:  The Management Fellow will be focused on conducting researching and analyzing the impact Midpen has made during its 51 year history and creating a detailed report. This report will be based on the three legs of the mission: acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.  The individual will be responsible for developing a similar report for Measure AA impact.  As such, coordination with Department Managers to develop specific and clear impacts, metrics and ultimately reports will be a key part of this role. The other focus of this position is to assist with the implementation of the recommendations from the 2023 Refresh of our Financial and Operational Sustainability Model (FOSM).  The FOSM was originally created in 2015 after the voter passage of Measure AA in 2014.  The FOSM was refreshed in 2023 (the report can be accessed here), and provides recommendations for sustained growth and certain policy and procedural improvements and enhancements related to project management and workforce development.  The Manager Fellow will assist the Chief Financial Officer with the implementation management of the 49 recommendations of the FOSM Refresh, as well as leading some of the implementations. For additional information about the position, click here for the complete Job Description.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job

  • Collaborative work that directly supports Midpen’s mission to protect and restore the natural environment and contributes to providing nature’s benefits to everyone
  • You’ll be part of a talented and dynamic team of bright, energetic, and motivated professionals with a passion for the outdoors, trails, and preserving open space
  • Excellent employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Work Environment:  This position will report to the Chief Financial Officer and is part of the General Manager’s Office at Midpen’s office in Los Altos, California.  Midpen offers a hybrid office/telecommute and 9/80 work schedule for this position following onboarding and successfully meeting job performance expectations. Training and educational options within the Management Fellow program include learning forums offered by the City/County Managers Associations of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Education and Experience: 

We realize your time is valuable, so please apply only if you have at least the required minimum qualifications outlined here: any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, regional planning, environmental management, environmental policy or a related field and three (3) years of professional analytical experience equivalent to a Management Analyst I at the District.
  • Recent completion of a Master’s degree or currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Regional Planning, Environmental Management, Environmental Policy or Organizational Development is highly desirable.

Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Benefits:  This 2-year limited term position is fully benefitted. Midpen provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page on Midpen’s website for details.

How to Apply:  Apply online at CalOpps.org.

(To avoid missing email communication regarding your status in this recruitment, add mpropenspace@calopps.org to your contacts or list of safe senders).

Application deadline is April 15th, 2024.  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.


The following application items are required to be considered*: 

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application

2. Cover letter

3. Resume

4. Supplemental question responses

*Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position.


Recruitment Timeline:  

(We are unable to accommodate individual schedules)

First Interview (virtual): May 1st, 2024

Second Interview (in-person): May 9th, 2024


NextGen Cross County Management Fellow Events 

Tuesday, July 16th – Fellow Welcome (11:00am – 1:00pm)

Thursday, July 25th –  Public Sector Panel Discussion (Time – to be determined)

Oct/Nov 2024 – Fellow Community Event

A note to applicants who currently live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area: before committing to the application process, and if you haven’t done so already, we suggest evaluating the feasibility of relocation. We recommend researching the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cost to relocate, and typical commute times to Los Altos from outlying areas.

Midpen reserves the right to limit or deny off-duty employment or business ownership which creates a conflict of interest or an incompatibility with District employment. Additional information can be found in the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual Section 4.13 Off-Duty Employment and Business Ownership.

At Midpen, we believe open space is for all. Our public lands are shared spaces provided for the community by the community. All people, regardless of background, deserve respect, dignity, safety, and a sense of belonging. Midpen welcomes all people to enjoy the public open space preserves we hold in trust, supporting the mental, physical, and social well-being of our region.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at

(650) 691-1200 or via email at hr@openspace.org.

Put your passion for Open Space to work!

Retirement Plan – CalPERS 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members; 2.0% @ 62 for PEPRA Members.

Social Security – District does not participate in Social Security; however, it does pay toward Medicare.

457 Deferred Compensation Plan – optional

Medical Plan – choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS – District contributes towards insurance premiums.

Dental Plan – Delta Dental – District paid.

Vision Plan – VSP – District paid.

Flexible Spending Plan – optional pre-tax,

  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
  • Medical Reimbursement Account

Life and AD&D Insurance – District paid.

Employee Assistance Program –District paid.

Vacation – starts at 15 days per year.

Personal Leave – 36 hours of leave per year.

Holidays – 11 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave – 12 days per year – no cap on accumulation; up to 72 hours per year may be used for Family Sick Leave.

To apply for this job please visit www.calopps.org.