Parks and Nature Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:00pm



Portland, OR
United States

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Deadline to apply:

April 21, 2017 @ 5:00 PM, PDT


$134,891.00 - $195,604.00 Annually


The new director will guide the future of Metro’s work to protect clean water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature close to home. Metro manages 17,000 acres of public land – from expansive forests to sensitive wetlands, suburban trails to historic cemeteries, beloved destinations to new nature parks. Over the past two decades, voters have created this unique park system by passing two bond measures to protect the landscape and two levies to make the most of it.

Under a new director, the Parks and Nature Department must deliver on commitments to voters, build public trust and guide the future of Metro’s park system. That means expanding on a legacy of natural resource conservation while opening more sites for people to enjoy. We’re looking for somebody with the skills and experience to develop strong partnerships, making sure Metro complements greater Portland’s broader network of parks, trails and natural areas. At Metro, you would lead and inspire a team of 90 talented staff. The director oversees land acquisition, maintenance and restoration, as well as park planning, operations and programming, trails planning, community grants and partnerships.

This position reports directly to Metro’s Chief Operating Officer and serves as a member of the executive management team. As part of that group, you would play an essential role in advancing Metro’s mission: making a great place. The only elected regional government in the United States, Metro provides services that cross city limits and county lines, such as land use and transportation planning, garbage and recycling systems, and regional venues such as the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Metro’s growing parks and nature system is at the heart of our work.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, natural resource management, parks management or a directly related field
  • Eight to ten years of progressively responsible management experience with responsibility for strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management, collaborative culture building and operational planning
  • Experience advancing equity through leadership and management practices (volunteer and advocacy work will be considered)
  • May be met through any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position

How to Apply:

To apply: visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.