Full-Time Restoration Projects Coordinator
For a full position description and application instructions, please visit LTWC’s website.
The Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) is seeking applicants for a Restoration Projects Coordinator (RPC) who will support the Council’s efforts to improve the health of a variety of habitats in the watershed. This is a new position. Position duties will focus on planning and coordinating the implementation of oak, prairie, wetland, and floodplain habitat restoration projects. The RPC is responsible for leading all aspects of the planning and implementation of habitat restoration projects. Many of our current and planned projects involve holistic restoration of multiple habitat types, from floodplain reconnections and restoration of wet prairie plant communities, to oak thinning and fuels reduction work on the ridge tops. The Restoration Projects Coordinator will be comfortable leading the successful implementation of these diverse projects. This position will work closely with other LTWC rural project staff, including the Uplands and Aquatic Program Managers.
Habitat Restoration Project Management and Development (65%)
- Project coordination: plan habitat-appropriate restoration techniques; develop and distribute request for proposals for contractors; evaluate bids, select, write contracts and work orders; acquire necessary regulatory permits; process invoices from contractor; develop seed and tree/shrub mixes and place orders with local nurseries; manage budgets; keep organized records of project activities and expenses; create basic maps to communicate project layout and designs using GIS, Google Earth, and/or other software.
- Contractor oversight: schedule, oversee, and track contractors carrying out habitat restoration activities as part of oak, prairie, wetland, floodplain, and riparian habitat restoration and fuels reduction projects. Ensure project objectives, environmental/contracting rules, and other grantor requirements are continuously met.
- Communication: share project updates with landowners, LTWC staff, Board, partners, funders, and watershed community.
- Develop new projects: Collaborate with landowners and partners to identify and develop additional restoration projects in oak, prairie, wetland, floodplain, and stream habitats, as well as fuels reduction projects; plan restoration and stewardship techniques that integrate and/or balance best available western scientific research, principles of ecology, regionally established conservation priorities, interests of local Tribes and Indigenous community members, local knowledge, community needs, and site-specific observations.
- Fundraising: Write and submit competitive grant proposals to state and federal agencies, private foundations, and other sources of program funding; pursue new funding sources and relationships; assist LTWC operations staff and executive director in private fundraising efforts, as appropriate.
Community Engagement (15%)
- Meet, schedule site visits with, and talk with landowners, technical partners, Tribal staff, community members, students and volunteers. Plan and lead occasional project tours and volunteer events with assistance from other LTWC and partner staff.
- Strengthen existing relationships with landowners on behalf of the Council and develop new connections
- Represent LTWC at community events, public meetings, and partnership meetings
- Track relationships and record project information in LTWC’s Salesforce database.
Monitoring & Stewardship (10%)
- Assess restoration project efficacy and carry out photopoint monitoring before and after project completion. Provide management recommendations to other LTWC staff, landowners, and partners
- Survey for Early Detection/Rapid Response (EDRR) non-native, invasive plants and track findings
- Identify native and non-native plant species as part of monitoring protocols designed to track project effectiveness and progress within riparian and upland habitats
- Draft and submit post-implementation grant reports required by funders
- Participate in regular staff and board meetings, and partner meetings
- Submit monthly timesheets and expense reimbursements as per LTWC policy
- Maintain organized project and grant records and track relationships in coordination with Operations team
Other Duties as Assigned
- Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor’s or organization’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Qualifications & Experience
- At least two years of experience with oak and prairie, wetland, riparian reforestation, and/or floodplain habitat restoration, or fuels reduction projects, and strong working knowledge of techniques used to maintain and steward these habitats
- Strong knowledge of Western Oregon plant communities and their establishment and stewardship
- Ability to identify native and non-native trees, shrubs, forbs, and graminoids in the Willamette Valley and Coast Range; working knowledge of upland, wetland, and riparian plant communities
- Experience overseeing and inspecting contractor, youth crew, or volunteer work
- Experience working with diverse partners, including private landowners, staff from government agencies, Tribal members and contractors; and a strong respect for diversity in knowledge types, viewpoints, and perspectives
- Demonstrated professional skills including work planning, time management, and organization; excellent verbal and written communication; and proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and Google Earth software and field data collection
- Bachelor’s degree or higher OR equivalent experience in one of the following or a related field: ecology, forestry, botany, environmental science, land use planning, hydrology, fisheries, or geography
- Experience writing and securing grant funding and securing contributions from project partners
- Community outreach experience, specifically in regards to watershed health
- Water quality and/or habitat monitoring experience, including data collection and management, and interpretation of results
- Interest and/or experience in working with the ecocultural contexts of habitats and land management techniques
- Ability to communicate using Spanish, Chinese, American Sign Language, or other locally-common languages
Teaming and Support Structures
The RPC will work closely with the Aquatic and Upland Program managers to implement existing projects and develop new projects. Mentorship and guidance will be available from the Aquatic and Uplands Program Managers and other members of the Working Lands and Habitat Team, which meets weekly to check in on current priorities. The RPC will report to the Aquatic Program Manager for administrative supervision tasks like timesheet approval and facilitation of 360-degree annual evaluation. Operations and fiscal support is offered by the three members of LTWC’s operations team. At LTWC we operate with organizational systems that allow for team-based accountability, individual autonomy, work-life balance, and structures that provide consistent expectations while allowing for flexibility as the needs of our work and of our lives naturally shift and evolve. Examples of this philosophy in practice include 360-degree annual staff evaluations, regular program team check-ins, cross-program collaboration, and support for staff-driven initiatives. LTWC also encourages employees to develop mentorship and peer-to-peer relationships with professionals from other organizations in the Upper Willamette Region.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a salaried, full-time exempt position. Full-time is considered 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE), although we would consider allowing the RPC to work 32-36 hours per week at a prorated salary. Starting compensation will range from $50,000 – $54,000/year at 1.0 FTE (DOE) and includes the following benefits:
- Health care: 75% of employee premium and 20% of dependent premium paid.
- Retirement: 8% 401(k) match.
- Paid time off: 10 days PTO plus 10 paid holidays per year.
- Short-term disability insurance.
- Professional development: Continuing education and training are financially supported in alignment with organizational priorities, typically $1,000 per year per staff person for training/conference fees and travel expenses.
How to ApplyTo Apply:
- Please submit your application materials via email to [email protected]. All application materials must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date (September 1, 2023).
- Late or incomplete applications may be rejected.
- Please email questions about the position or hiring process to [email protected].
- All emails - both application submittals and questions regarding the position - must have “Restoration Projects Coordinator” in the subject line.
- Resume – include your phone & email address
- Cover letter of 2 pages or less, and 12-point font, that includes –
- A description of how your knowledge, skills, abilities, and past experiences relate to the position responsibilities.
- A description of what approaches and insights help in working with a diverse watershed community, including rural residents, agricultural and forestry landowners, tribal community members, and restoration contractors.
- Three professional references will be required for finalists – you can provide them now or later on in the process. Please provide contact information, including phone number, and describe your relationship with them.
Hiring Equity and Justice
Since 2018, the Council has invested significantly in exploring what diversity, equity and inclusion mean for the soul of our community, and the core of our work. At the Long Tom Watershed Council, we believe that the health of the watershed is dependent upon the contributions of all people. LTWC recognizes the disproportionate impacts that systems of oppression have on People of Color and Indigenous People. We believe the organization’s strength depends on breaking down implicit, systemic inequities. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment that grows our collective wisdom.
It is well-documented that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), queer and transgender folks, women, and other marginalized groups often do not apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification listed in the job description. Conversely, it is well documented that people with identities overrepresented in our field (white people, men, etc.) do not hesitate to apply even if they do not meet all the stated qualifications and are often still hired into those positions. We are most interested in finding the right candidate for the job and our team. We encourage all passionate and interested candidates to apply and not discount experience that could be transferable, even if it is outside what we have described. We are committed to working against the structural biases that continue to keep marginalized people excluded from the conservation, restoration and natural resource fields, and to making sure our hiring practices are not reproducing those biases.