Stewardship Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, December 29, 2016, 11:45pm


Portland, OR
United States

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Job Description:

The Stewardship Director’s primary duties are to provide leadership, planning, and management for restoration and stewardship projects throughout the watershed. This includes project development, grant writing, grant management, and project management.  They will also be responsible for running volunteer work parties including Stewardship Saturdays. The Stewardship Director actively maintains relationships with partner organizations and leads the CSWC Tech Team, which is currently developing a five year restoration plan. They will be responsible for understanding the ecology of the slough, staying up to date on relevant topics within the watershed, and ensuring that the rest of the CSWC team has critical information in this area.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide the planning, development, design, coordination and implementation for restoration and stewardship projects along the slough and the greater watershed.

Conduct outreach to private businesses and landowners in the watershed to foster support for and participation in restoration projects.

Work in collaboration with Portland Parks and Recreation to plan and implement restoration plans at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park and other Parks in the watershed.

Serve people of diverse backgrounds, ages, and cultures.

Practice inclusive, anti-oppressive community engagement and program design, particularly in communities of color.

Maintain great working relationship with partner organizations.

Organize and lead CSWC’s Tech Team in stewardship planning and the development of a five year restoration action plan.

Monitor and manage current restoration and stewardship projects.

Contract and manage contractors for project implementation.

Coordinate with the Education Director on K-12 student field experiences and restoration activities.

Coordinate with Volunteer and Communication Coordinator to plan and implement volunteer work parties and Stewardship Saturdays.

Work with Executive Director to develop fundable projects and write grant applications, including budgets and timelines.

Manage project budgets, timelines, deliverables, and reporting.


Other Responsibilities

Assist with actualization of council’s Equity Action Plan and diversity goals

Track spending and manage budget with assistance of Executive Director

Other duties as assigned by Executive Director


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, environmental science, or related field

2-3 years of experience in management of restoration projects OR equivalent combination of life/work experience

1-2 years of experience in writing and managing grants including applications, reports, and budgets

Demonstrated ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, ages and cultures

Dedication and/or lived experience working  in inclusive, anti-oppressive community engagement and program design, particularly in communities of color

Knowledge or strong interest in plant communities in the Portland area and urban ecology

Strong written and verbal communications kills

Ability to meet and adapt to shifting deadlines, manage multiple priorities, and work independently

Experience with data collection and Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet programs

Excellent leadership skills, friendly demeanor

Technology competency, computer literacy

Comfort with public speaking and professional communication skills

Driver’s license and reliable transportation

Ability to work on uneven terrain, lift 30-50 lbs regularly.*

Fluent in spoken and written English


Preferred Qualifications

Ability to speak and write Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese or other non-English language spoken in the watershed

Experience using ArcGIS and other mapping programs

Knowledge of the Columbia Slough Watershed ecosystem

Knowledge of Portland, Gresham and Fairview neighborhoods, schools, natural areas, and non-profit organizations

Canoeing and kayaking skills

Familiarity with our partners, such as Portland Parks and Recreation, Verde,  Bureau of Environmental Services, Port of Portland, etc.

Comfort building relationships in the private business sector

Small non-profit work experience

Supervisory experience


*Work Environment

This position includes moving on uneven terrain, often during inclement weather. The Stewardship Director is often responsible for a portion of event setup which includes lifting 30-50lbs, setting up tents, table and chairs. The person in this position often paddles and canoe or kayak. Around 30-40% of this job requires mobility in non-ADA accessible spaces and moving heavy objects. Please contact the Council with specific questions about accessibility and special accommodations, which could include splitting this position.


How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter and three references via email or mail to:

Corrina Chase, Executive Director

7040 NE 47th Ave.

Portland, OR 97218


Cover letter should not exceed one page, front and back, single spaced, 12-pt font. Emails please include “Stewardship Director” in the subject line.