Operations Lead

Sonora, CA
Full Time

You will drive operational excellence across forest restoration by spending time on-site studying existing operations and working with the engineering team to implement software and hardware tools. You will develop benchmarking standards for existing operations and measure the improvements you implement. You will also build relationships with our partners and be responsible for the experience and adoption of Kodama’s products and services.



  • Become deeply familiar with the operations of our forest restoration partners and establish rapport with the forest thinning crew

  • Manage data collection and analyze the efficiency of forest operations

  • Implement best practices such as lean manufacturing

  • Work with the engineering team to evaluate concepts and ideate methods of improving operational efficiency

  • Ensure that Kodama equipment is operating properly in the forest

  • Build relationships with other forest thinning companies, identify top candidates for additional partnerships, and act as a liaison between Kodama and partners

  • This role requires ~75% on-site work to support our forest restoration partners near Sonora, CA

  • Flexibility to work at various times of the day to support our sites – typical on-site working hours range from 6:00am to 4:00pm


Basic Qualifications

  • Experience driving operational excellence in a capital-intensive industry

  • Loves being outside

  • Excellent communicator who can efficiently describe field challenges and drive solutions

  • Ability to resolve issues in creative, efficient, and effective

  • Bachelors degree or higher


Qualification Bonus Points

  • Ability to speak Spanish (extra points for fluency)

  • Experience implementing lean manufacturing principles

  • Comfortable with finance concepts such as NPV, IRR, and discount rate


Perks and Benefits

  • Generous stock options. We’re an early-stage company and we want you to benefit from the financial upside.

  • Flexible time off. We’re a small, flexible team. Work hard and take time off when you need it.

  • Stay healthy. Health insurance reimbursement for you and your family.

  • Learn on the job. Annual conference budget, including airfare and hotel costs.

  • Spend time in nature. This role enables you to spend time in national forests!


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