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Employment Opportunity

Development Associate 

Be part of team supporting some of the most beautiful, precious places on Earth. Redwood Parks Conservancy serves the parks of Redwood National and State Parks, the North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks and the Smith River National Recreation Area. The Development Associate oversees our social media and donor outreach and supports RPC's fundraising and event management team.

It's an exciting time for RPC and the Associate position will be coming in as our organization is set to grow and have new opportunities for advancement.

The job description is available here

and at Indeed


Scott Larson, Executive Director

Scott has a long history in public service centered around advanced public policy and administration, and governmental relations. He has worked on establishing public policy as it related to the finance and healthcare services sectors where he developed public policy, community outreach programs, governmental relations, finance, operations, and strategic planning with several large nonprofit organizations--all the while continuing his involvement with community boards and agencies. Scott has an MPA from Columbia University, a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a certificate on Mastering Innovation from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Scott recently retired from the Children’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, Center for Rehabilitation Services, Stanford Children’s Health, Youth Athlete’s Academy as Executive Director after 28 years in healthcare. Scott and his family moved to Brookings, Oregon from the Bay Area and is looking forward to spending more time with other family members who are in the region. He grew up vacationing in the redwoods and is excited to be back among the tallest trees in the world helping to preserve and promote this beautiful resource.


Ryan Gilmer, South District Retail Manager

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest and the Central Coast, Ryan developed a deep connection to the outdoors early on in her youth in the dense evergreen forests of the cascades and the oak woodlands and scenic seaside cliffs of the Monterey Bay. Her background includes administration in a fine arts studio, retail management in the cosmetics industry, and working in startups focused on health and wellness. 

Ryan’s career has revolved around building successful and efficient teams and systems, and sharing her passion for community, great guest experiences and environments that foster growth and development. A life of travel has fostered a deep inclination for supporting the conservation and preservation of the beauty of the natural world and the people within it. In her free time Ryan enjoys writing, hiking, photography, birdwatching and cooking international cuisines. She has lived in Arcata for four years with her partner, Brian and their cat, Jiji. 

To reach Ryan, email her at: [email protected]

David Reed, Development Director

Growing up in Humboldt county helped David develop a close connection to wild places. He spent his childhood camping on the Smith River with family, hiking through redwood forests and fishing with his father, brother and grandparents in the rivers and mountain streams that define the redwood coast.

David’s work life has revolved around helping people change the world for the better and support the things they love through charitable giving. In the two decades before coming to Redwood Parks Conservancy, he worked as the head of development for a public radio station and in small town economic development.

David lives with his wife Cori, and two young daughters, Dani and Katie, just a mile from Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, one of RPC’s partner parks. He loves camping, walking and exploring some of the same places with his daughters that he experienced growing up here.

To reach David, email him at: [email protected]


Autumn Subers, North District Retail Manager

Autumn fell in love with redwoods the first time she walked among them on her honeymoon trip to the Pacific Northwest In 2014. It became a yearly vacation trip that continued to foster her love for all things redwood forest related. In 2021, Autumn took the leap from her work with child education to join the staff with Redwoods Parks Conservancy.  She brings her excitement, joy, and passion for the parks to our visitors every day. Autumn loves to utilize her previous experience as an educator to enthusiastically teach our guests and Jr. Rangers all about our parks. She has traveled and lived in a variety of environments from Tucson, with the tallest cacti (Saguaros) to the California coast and the world's tallest trees (Redwoods), as well as several other places in between. Autumn loves to share experiences and stories with our visitors from all over the world, and will tell you she has found her forever home here within Redwood National and State Parks.

To reach Autumn, email her at: [email protected]


Melinda Thomas, Director of Retail Operations

Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, Melinda’s lifelong love of nature first began with regular trips to Yosemite National Park in her youth. Awestruck by the park’s natural beauty and the majesty of the Giant Sequoias, she would return year after year to explore and walk among the ancient trees. With 20+ years of experience in retail operations, Melinda went on to join the Yosemite Conservancy team overseeing the sales and merchandising of Yosemite Valley’s highest volume stores. Working with YC, she gained insight on how important the supporting non-profits are in the preservation of public lands.

Several years ago, Melinda hit the road with her husband in their RV to see our nation’s natural wonders. During their travels, they visited Redwood National & State Parks several times and fell in love with the area. On their last visit they put down roots and made the redwoods their home. Soon after relocating, Melinda joined the Redwood Parks Conservancy family. In her work with the Conservancy, she is proud to bring her passion and experience to a mission that is dear to her heart: supporting and preserving the magnificent coastal redwoods for generations to come. 

In her free time Melinda enjoys spending time with husband and daughter around the campfire, hiking and exploring the northern coast.


Debi White, Support Services Manager

Debi joined Redwood Parks Association, now Redwood Parks Conservancy, in 2011 and brought over 20 years experience in the world of non-profits, including 11 years as director of Children's Miracle Network and five years as district director of Muscular Dystrophy Association, both in Oregon. She'll always remember running through the awe-inspiring old-growth redwoods during a Portland marathon training run in 2005 at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and never imagined she would actually live and work in the area one day. Debi oversees fundraising activities for the benefit of Redwood National & State Parks including the annual Candlelight Walk and online auction and Run in the Redwoods 5k at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. When she's not working, Debi spends her time walking her dog, gardening and cooking.

To reach Debi, email her at: [email protected]



Kristen Zumeta, Operations and Management, Redwood Parks Association

Kristen Zumeta, Executive Assistant

Kristen has always been an outdoors enthusiast. Reveling in the mystery and excitement of challenges like thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, The Appalachian Trail, The Colorado Trail, and many others.  She also draws from her background at companies like Patagonia in helping to operate RPC.  

In her home state of Virginia, Kristen studied Biology and Chemistry with a focus on Plant Sciences. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2006 and quickly began a life of travel and long distance hiking. When she finally made her way to California in 2012, Kristen was hooked. She met her husband on the Pacific Crest Trail that year and in 2013 they decided that the Redwoods would be a perfect home base for all of their outdoor adventures. 

To reach Kristen, email her at: [email protected] or call 707-465-7328



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