Local recruitment: Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Bend, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Open Position: Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Who Are We? 
The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is a group of dedicated individuals who love rivers and seek to protect and restore rivers and streams in Central Oregon. We are scientists, we are educators, we are thinkers, we are problem-solvers, we are doers, we are inspired, we are innovative, we are caring, we are collaborative, and we are open-minded. We are a small staff with a supportive Board of Directors. Together, we are all committed to our mission to protect and restore the watersheds of the upper Deschutes River through collaborative projects in habitat restoration, watershed education, and long-term monitoring. 

Who Are You?
You care about rivers and appreciate the natural world. You have experience restoring and monitoring river and wetland systems and experience managing projects. You are an excellent communicator with experience working with partners such as landowners, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. You have written grants to public agencies and private foundations and have experience with grant reporting. You are excited to use your creativity and project management skills for the important work of restoring river and wetland systems and sharing with the community about this work. You are interested in pitching in and being part of a small team at a non-profit organization. 

What is the Job? 
As the Restoration Project Manager, your job will be to support and help lead the development and implementation of habitat restoration projects in the Upper Deschutes watershed, including places like Whychus Creek, the Metolius River, the Deschutes River and the Little Deschutes River. You may also be asked to support the work of our restoration effectiveness monitoring. You will work closely with UDWC’s Restoration Program Manager, Monitoring Program Manager and Executive Director. 

What Will You Do?
This position will work most closely with UDWC’s Restoration Program Manager but also as part of a team that includes UDWC’s Executive Director and Monitoring Program Manager. Working with the Restoration Program Manager and Executive Director, you will help develop and implement restoration projects on Whychus Creek to support reintroduction of salmon and steelhead and help develop strategic restoration plans and ultimately develop and implement restoration projects for native fish and Oregon spotted frog habitat in the Upper Deschutes basin. You will write grant proposals, complete grant reporting, secure permits, develop budgets and technical reports, work with researchers, restoration design consultants, partners, landowners and contractors. You will be a valued part of our entire organization as you work towards the development and implementation of restoration projects. 

What Will We Do?
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and on a journey to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. We will follow a thoughtful and thorough recruitment and hiring process and make sure that you are well-informed about our hiring process and timeline. We are excited for you to join our team! We will provide you with the resources and support you need to be successful in your role as our Restoration Project Manager. 

More information about our restoration, monitoring, education, and community stewardship activities can be found at: https://www.upperdeschuteswatershedcouncil.org/ 

Duties will include, but not be limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Project development and planning o Support development of planning documents that will determine restoration priorities and opportunities; 
  • Develop potential habitat restoration projects based on existing restoration priorities and opportunities; 
  • Build collaborative relationships with landowners, funders, local/state/federal agencies, and other conservation organizations to support project development and planning efforts; 
  • Work with consultants and contractors to develop project designs and secure permits 
  • Grant writing o Identify grant sources and develop relationships with granting agencies or foundations; 
  • Prepare grant applications with support from UDWC colleagues; 
  • Manage grant funds, including grant reporting, budget tracking, and ensuring grant objectives are met 
  • Project implementation o Coordinate pre-project logistics (e.g., contract development, acquire needed materials, permits, schedules, work crews, etc.); 
  • Field management of project implementation (e.g., directing contractors, heavy equipment operators, supplies, materials, crews, etc.); 
  • Daily, on-the-ground technical oversight of implementation for projects; 
  • Support pre and post-project monitoring efforts including photo point monitoring, physical and biological monitoring; 
  • Project reporting;
  • Public outreach o Represent the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council when interacting with landowners, partners, public agencies, and other parties; 
  • Give public presentations about watershed restoration, projects, and other topics; 
  • Work with students, volunteers, and other community members 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Degree in restoration ecology, fisheries biology, environmental engineering, hydrology, natural resources management, or related field. Graduate degree preferred; 
  • A minimum of three years of project management experience and implementation experience on habitat restoration projects; 
  • Experience working for or with non-profits; 
  • Experience working on projects funded by state, federal or private grants; 
  • Knowledge of stream, floodplain, and wetland restoration methodologies; 
  • GIS experience; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
  • Commitment to a collaborative, flexible, team-based work environment; 
  • Ability to work in a variety of outdoor conditions, including rugged terrain and inclement weather; 
  • Self-motivated work ethic 

This will be a full-time position (40 hours per week) position. Starting salary will range between $55,000 – $65,000 as a full-time position. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, retirement, paid vacation and holidays, and flexibility in working from both home and at the office. 

Application Submittal
To apply, please submit:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Three references (including name, phone number and email). 

Please email applications to: [email protected] Email applications must be submitted as follows:
1. Include “Restoration Project Manager” in the subject line of the email.
2. Include the Cover Letter, Resume, and List of References combined into a single PDF file attached to the email. 

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on December 11, 2022.
Applications that do not meet the stated requirements will not be considered.