Program Manager

Deschutes River Conservancy

Bend, OR, US

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) seeks a Program Manager to lead collaborative stream flow
restoration efforts across the Deschutes Basin. The DRC is a non-profit organization focused on restoring
streamflow and improving water quality in Oregon’s Deschutes Basin. It achieves its goals through
collaborative, market-based approaches that meet environmental, agricultural, and municipal needs.
The DRC works with local partners to design and implement streamflow restoration programs.

The Program Manager will work with landowners, irrigation districts, government agencies, conservation
organizations, and funding partners to identify, design, implement, and administer these programs
across the Deschutes Basin. The Program Manager will be an integral part of the stream flow
restoration team and will report to the Program Director.

This full-time, exempt position provides a competitive salary and benefits package.


Program Management:

• Provide strategic oversight of stream flow restoration programs in priority reaches;
• Provide facilitation and serve as a technical resource for board committees in priority reaches;
• Build and maintain relationships with landowners, irrigation districts, government agencies, and
other conservation organizations;
• Negotiate stream flow restoration agreements with landowners, irrigation districts, and other
• Convene and facilitate stakeholder processes in priority reaches;
• Represent the DRC in strategic partnerships with funding and implementation partners; and
• Coordinate the work of project teams, including other staff, subcontractors, and agency partners.

Program Funding:

• Prepare project proposals, grant applications, and regular reports to funding partners;
• Participate in general organizational fundraising efforts (e.g., events, presentations, etc); and
• Manage grants associated with individual restoration projects.

Program Analysis/Evaluation:

• Perform research tasks associated with water availability analysis, water rights due diligence, and
project-specific appraisals;
• Participate as a team member on consulting projects for DRC clients; and
• Provide technical and strategic input to collaborative planning efforts.


The DRC seeks candidates with the following qualifications:

• A bachelor’s or advanced degree and at least two years of relevant work experience in a related
• Knowledge of and experience with western water law and water rights;
• Knowledge of and experience with water resources policy, management, and institutions;
• Excellent analytical and quantitative skills and a demonstrated proficiency with written English;
• A commitment to collaborative conservation;
• Proficiency at managing multiple tasks, timelines and relationships to carry projects through from
design and implementation to monitoring;
• The ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with multiple stakeholders including
public agencies, municipalities, landowners, and private businesses;
• The ability to work efficiently as part of a team;
• A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; and
• A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Knowledge and experience with any of the following is advantageous:
• Water resources engineering and/or hydrology;
• Stream ecology and watershed processes;
• Stakeholder facilitation and/or mediation related to natural resources issues;
• Survey design and implementation, data management and statistical analysis;
• Proposal writing; and
• Project/program management.

How to Apply

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to
[email protected] with “Program Manager Application” in the subject of the email.

Applications should be addressed to:
Kate Fitzpatrick, Program Director
Deschutes River Conservancy
700 NW Hill St. Suite 1
Bend, OR 97703

DRC will begin reviewing applications as they are received, and the position will be open until filled.

Please contact Kelsey Wymore at [email protected] or 541-382​-4077 x15, with any