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17 Aug 2022

Full-Time Watershed Restoration Specialist

McKenzie Watershed Alliance – Posted by JaredWeybright Springfield, Oregon, United States

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Job Description

Posted: August 15, 2022
Applications Due:  September 2, 2022

  • Applicants will be notified of the next step in the review process beginning September 6, 2022.
  • We expect to make final hiring decisions on or about September 23, 2022.

Desired start date: Immediate, based on availability

Organization: The McKenzie Watershed Alliance is the employer of record. The Alliance is the fiscal sponsor of the McKenzie Watershed Council.

Location: Office in Springfield, OR; fieldwork focuses on McKenzie River Sub-basin.
Status: Hourly position (1.0 FTE, 40 hours/week), non-exempt
Pay: $25/hr (+/- $53,000/year)
Benefits: Medical and dental stipend, competitive paid time off package, short term disability, and SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with up to 3% employer match.

Duration: Funding for this position is secured for three years. While not guaranteed, there is a possibility that the position could be extended with new funding or a shift in job duties.

Summary of Position

McKenzie Watershed Alliance (MWA) seeks an interdisciplinary, skilled, dynamic individual to join our team as a Watershed Restoration Specialist. This position will work collaboratively with current staff, private landowners, public land managers, agencies, Tribes, and local partners. Primary duties include project management and design, community engagement, and fundraising to support projects that restore ecological processes and function within the McKenzie River Sub-basin. The position will focus on watershed restoration on private and non-federal public lands throughout the McKenzie River Sub-basin, including lands impacted by the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire (HFF). The position will work directly with a collaborative team organized through Pure Waters Partners (PWP), The MWA Restoration Program Manager will supervise the role with support from partners at the McKenzie River Trust (MRT), Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) – all core partners in the PWP.

Key Responsibilities

Project Management and Technical Assistance (50% FTE)

  • Coordination and scheduling of projects in cooperation with local partners.
  • Provide technical assistance to private landowners/managers focusing on restoration practices that address riparian function and enhancement in a burned landscape.
  • Conduct landowner site visits to assess resource conditions and identify restoration and conservation opportunities.
  • Project oversight, including ensuring adherence to designs, permits, timelines, and contracts.
  • Project monitoring and reporting.
  • Recommend conservation practices following Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) standards or SWCD and PWP specifications.

Restoration Project Design (35% FTE)

  • Planning and development of restoration actions in cooperation with local partners.
  • Use ArcGIS and other mapping and design tools to develop conceptual strategies.
  • Write assessment reports and management plans for PWP sites in cooperation with landowners and PWP partners.
  • Serve as project manager on designated projects. Successfully obtain permits and implement on-the-ground projects in coordination with contractors.
  • Prepare reports to fulfill agreements, contracts, and other obligations to local, state, and federal agencies.

Fundraising and Fiscal Stewardship (5% FTE)

  • Assist with developing grant proposals and solicitation of consultants and contractors for project work in adherence to MWA and PWP contracting and procurement policies.
  • Assist with the development of project budgets.
  • Manage site-level project budgets.

Community Engagement (5% FTE)

  • Public outreach to promote and raise awareness of the PWP and voluntary habitat restoration projects.
  • Assist with designing, planning, and coordinating outreach activities, workshops, and events such as tours and public presentations.
  • Assist with developing and sustaining relationships with a wide range of landowner/manager stakeholders in the McKenzie Watershed, including specific attention to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Administrative, Partner, and Board Support (5% FTE)

  • Periodically present to PWP organizations, MWA staff, MWA board, McKenzie Watershed Council partners, and committees on project opportunities and details.
  • Attend and participate in MWA staff meetings and McKenzie Watershed Council monthly meetings, tours, and events.
  • Participate in other activities which contribute to the mission of the MWA as needed.

Position Requirements

  • Previous professional justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) training or lived experience.
  • Commitment to collaborative teamwork both in person and in a hybrid remote work environment.
  • Previous work history, lived experience, or educational background that demonstrates an interdisciplinary understanding of hydrology, forestry, and applied ecology, including:
  • ability to observe the landscape and document conditions and processes,
  • ability to develop and implement habitat restoration projects that restore ecological processes and function, with a particular focus on riparian ecosystems and in-stream and floodplain reconnection, and
  • ability to incorporate social perspectives into restoration work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills, including a personal commitment and demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Position requires sitting, typing, standing, and carrying up to 40 pounds. Comfort in conducting fieldwork, often in remote areas, including walking over uneven terrain and steep slopes, wading through swift streams, and working in inclement weather. Travel on gravel roads is expected.
  • Familiarity with programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Avenza, Slack, Dropbox, and ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation. Personal vehicle use is required, and employees are reimbursed at State of Oregon mileage rates (as of July 2022, $0.625/mile).
  • Willingness to have a flexible work schedule.
  • Per McKenzie Watershed Alliance Policy, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required for employment.

Key Attributes of a Successful Candidate

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major course work in natural sciences, natural resource management, landscape architecture, agricultural sciences, soils, water quality, or a related discipline is desired, or three years of experience working in the natural resource field. Any combination of education and experience that prepares the applicant to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position will be considered.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of conservation principles, methods, and techniques sufficient to assess, analyze and evaluate resources and recommended practices.
  • On-the-ground experience working with landowners or public land managers conducting project design and implementation.
  • Experience collecting field data, especially plant and riparian function-related data, and maintaining field notes.
  • Exhibits a personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Values building and maintaining authentic relationships with community members and partners.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills.
  • A willingness and desire to learn new skills.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification or similar outdoor safety awareness.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The Watershed Restoration Specialist will work across field sites primarily in Lane County and from an office based in Springfield, Oregon. Many tasks will require significant physical exertion, being outdoors in all weather conditions and on rugged and sometimes hazardous terrain. Some weekend and evening work will be necessary.

The McKenzie Watershed Alliance is committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and providing equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law. Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, job requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made that may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or impose undue hardships on the organization. The MWA maintains its status as an at-will employer.

Organizational Background

The McKenzie Watershed Alliance is the fiscal sponsor of the McKenzie Watershed Council. The Alliance is the employer of record for staff. Since 1993 the Council has worked collaboratively with communities, landowners, public agencies, and non-profit organizations to develop and carry out voluntary watershed protection, restoration, education, and community engagement activities. Council Partners include watershed residents, local governments, public agencies, private industry, utilities, and interest groups. In 2005, the MWA was formed as a 501c3 organization to carry out the fiscal, administrative, educational, and restoration purposes of the Council.

On Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The McKenzie Watershed Alliance recognizes the reality of modern-day systemic racism that has maintained disparities that limit opportunities for groups of people based on race, culture, and other characteristics. We realize that our current programs, partnerships, and funding priorities are constructs of the society in which they were developed and reflect elements of power and privilege. With this understanding, we believe that an organizational commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to the success of the Alliance and the development of a more resilient watershed and community. Organizational success toward this goal is rooted in the theory of change that begins with personal understanding and commitment.

How to Apply

To apply please submit a) cover letter, b) resume, and c) three references as a single PDF file via email to MWA Executive Director Jared Weybright:
  • In your cover letter, please describe your lived, professional, or educational experience in ecological restoration and community engagement, as well as your experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please limit the cover letter to two pages.
  • The resume should include relevant education, degree(s), training, work, and lived experience. Please cite the duration of previous relevant work experience and clearly define your role. Please limit the resume to two pages.
  • Three references with name, title, email, phone contact information, and a short description of how you know them.
  • The total application package should not exceed five pages. All emails - both application submittals and questions regarding the position should have: “Watershed Restoration Specialist - applicant last name” in the subject line. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Applications are due by September 2, 2022, and applicants will be notified of the next step in the review process beginning September 6, 2022. We expect to make final hiring decisions on or about September 23, 2022, and are hopeful that the successful candidate will begin work soon after that.
  • Please submit questions regarding the position or application process to the McKenzie Watershed Alliance Executive Director, Jared Weybright, via email –

PLEASE NOTE: Two partner PWP organizations are also simultaneously hiring for a similar position. These three successful candidates will be trained as a cohort, with training led by the McKenzie Watershed Alliance and the Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District staff.
The McKenzie Watershed Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that white supremacy culture disproportionately impacts the most marginalized people in society, including Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ+ people. We encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other marginalized communities to apply.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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