Full-time Restoration Coordinator

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organization:Johnson Creek Watershed Council
position summary:

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is seeking a dynamic, dedicated Restoration Coordinator to coordinate its restoration programs and projects. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is one of the strongest watershed councils in the state, consistently receiving an “excellent” rating from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The Restoration Coordinator will have the opportunity to work in a team environment with a talented staff, an active board, and a diverse group of volunteers to protect and restore one of the most densely populated watersheds in the state of Oregon.

The Johnson Creek Watershed is located on the east side of the greater Portland metropolitan region. Johnson Creek originates in Clackamas County and flows westward 26 miles to its confluence with the Willamette River in the City of Milwaukie. It provides habitat for threatened coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. The watershed encompasses 34,000 acres or about 54 square miles. The drainage basin includes several jurisdictions including Portland, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Damascus, Gresham, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

The council’s offices are located in Milwaukie, near the southern edge of Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood. The staff currently consists of an Executive Director, a Community Outreach Coordinator, a part-time Education and Research Associate, a part-time Outreach Associate, and a part-time Volunteer Coordinator. The Restoration Coordinator will work with all staff, most closely with the Executive Director and the Volunteer Coordinator.

Position Summary: The Restoration Coordinator provides leadership and guidance to the Council’s restoration programs and implements or manages implementation of specific Council restoration projects. (S)he facilitates Council restoration planning processes, which includes coordinating with other restoration entities (jurisdictions, other non-profits) and identifying restoration priorities suitable to the Council’s mission and organizational strengths. (S)he identifies and develops restoration projects to leverage the Council’s strong partnerships as well as its volunteer resources.

Areas of Responsibility (to include but not limited to)

- (50%) Restoration – Provides leadership and guidance to the Council’s restoration programs and implements or manages implementation of projects ranging from native revegetation in riparian areas to instream habitat enhancement. Conducts effectiveness monitoring on completed projects. Explores and develops strategic partnerships with other restoration entities. Conducts outreach to recruit streamside landowners to participate in Council programs like invasive weed control. The outreach strategy includes door-to-door canvassing, presentations at community meetings, individual landowner meetings, site assessments, printed materials in various media (e.g. letters to the editor), and demonstration projects.

- Project management: Develops Request for Proposals (RFPs) for design and construction services. With Executive Director, reviews contractor bids and selects contractors. Manages contractors. Tracks project budgets. Writes grant completion reports. Procures project materials and supplies.

- (10%) Strategic Restoration Planning: Facilitates the Council’s restoration planning, which includes reviewing and updating existing plans such as the Johnson Creek Watershed Action Plan in coordination with other restoration entities. It involves prioritizing the Council’s restoration activities, identifying new projects, developing short- and long-term restoration work plans, and tracking plan implementation. It also requires keeping abreast of ecological monitoring efforts in the Johnson Creek Watershed, and incorporating monitoring results into restoration planning.

- (10%) Grantwriting / Fund Development. Works with the Executive Director and other staff to develop fundable project ideas consistent with the Council’s restoration priorities. Actively researches potential funding sources (public and private). Develops grant applications, including project and program budgets.

- (10%) Stewardship coordination. Works with the JCWC Volunteer Coordinator to identify sites and develop restoration projects appropriate for volunteer groups and individuals Responsibilities include coordinating with public land managers (Metro, Portland Parks and Recreation) to develop scopes of work for volunteer work parties and providing technical assistance to the Volunteer Coordinator.

- (10%) Communication and Events – Works with other Council staff to develop and produce the annual Watershed Wide Event. The Restoration Coordinator’s specific role is to identify suitable restoration sites and scopes of work. The Restoration Coordinator contributes to the Council’s quarterly newsletter, monthly email bulletin, and website. (S)he is encouraged to raise the profile of JCWC’s restoration programs through participation in regional working groups and presentations at professional meetings.

- (10%) Adminstration, staff planning, and miscellaneous – Attends and participates in weekly staff meetings. Writes a monthly staff report for the board of directors. Attends and participates at the yearly strategic planning retreat with the board and staff. Fills out timesheets, participates in staff chores like kitchen cleaning. Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.

To Apply

Send a resume, detailed cover letter and three references to Matt Clark ([email protected]). Position is open until filled.

Johnson Creek Watershed Council Attn: Matt Clark 1900 SE Milport Road, Suite B Milwaukie, OR 97222

Email is preferred. If you include attachments, please only use PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Salary / Pay Rate:$32,000 - $36,000 annual depending on qualifications
Required Skills and Abilities:Desired Skills and Abilities 1. Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental science or related field, and at least 2 years related experience. 2. Project and personnel management skills. May supervise seasonal field staff. 3. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively with watershed residents of diverse backgrounds is essential. 4. Experience with restoration plan development. 5. Ability to develop work plans for volunteer restoration activities. 6. Knowledge of the Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, both native and non-native. 7. Knowledge of physical and biological processes that drive watershed function. 8. Knowledge and experience in the management of invasive plant species within the framework of an Integrated Pest Management plan. 9. Knowledge and experience developing species-specific revegetation plans for multiple habitat types. 10. General knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental laws as well as local, state, and federal permitting requirements as they relate to watershed restoration. 11. Computer skills including Microsoft Office, digital mapping and database applications. GIS and mapping skills are highly desirable. 12. Professional skills, including work planning, team building, time management and organization 13. Self-motivated, resourceful, results-oriented. 14. A high level of integrity and a sense of humor. 15. Willing and able to work some weekends and evenings.
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.jcwc.org