GOLETA The city of Goleta has announced that George Thomson has been selected as the new Parks and Open Space manager for the city’s Public Works Department.
Mr. Thomson, a Goleta resident with more than 20 years of experience managing local ecosystems, will plan and manage the city’s open space system. Mr. Thomson will also work to develop hands-on community education and stewardship programs, Kelly Hoover, city spokeswoman, said in a news release.
Mr. Thomson most recently worked for the city of Santa Barbara, where he managed the design and construction of the city’s major park improvements and recreation facility renovations. During his time with the city, he also oversaw habitat restoration projects, invasive plant removal programs and the development of constructed wetlands to improve creek and ocean water quality.
He also served as reserve steward at the University of California’s Coal Oil Point Reserve and worked for five years at UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration. He attended UCSB, UC Davis and the University of Tasmania in Australia. His graduate school research through UCSB focused on management of California’s Central Coast grasslands.
City Manager Michelle Green said Mr. Thomson will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the city of Goleta, particularly the city’s efforts to restore sensitive habitats on the Ellwood Mesa and enhance the Lake Los Carneros open space area.
“These areas of gems for our community, and we look forward to working with George on preserving and enhancing them and other open space areas within our community,” Ms. Greene said in a statement
Mr. Thomson will start his new position Feb. 3.