Local recruitment: Federal Programs Specialist

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 09/19/2023

Application Deadline:10/01/2023

Agency:Watershed Enhancement Board

Salary Range:$5,771 – $8,870

Position Type:Employee

Position Title:Federal Programs Specialist

Job Description:

OWEB is seeking to hire a full-time, limited duration (06/30/2025), Federal Programs Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) supporting OWEB with the ability to work a hybrid of both office and or remote work environments based in Salem.  This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union.  

Who we are: 

OWEB’s mission is “to help create and maintain healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies.” OWEB operates a grant program that supports local, voluntary partnerships to restore and protect fish and wildlife, improve water quality and enhance watershed health. 

OWEB awards $70-$90 million per biennium in grants and manages an ongoing workload of previously awarded grants of approximately $125 million.  OWEB works closely with landowners and local, state, tribal, and federal agencies to advance OWEB’s mission and the goals of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.  OWEB is responsible for reporting on its grant program and on the progress of implementing efforts under the Oregon Plan. 

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue, among other funding sources. The agency is led by an 18-member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions. 


OWEB is a leader in the conservation of Oregon’s natural resources and enjoys strong public support for its contributions to community-based conservation, watershed health, and local economies. 


To help protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies. 

Core Values 

We are dedicated to OWEB’s mission and take great pride that our programs support watershed health and empower local communities. Our work is deeply rewarding and we are passionate about what we do. Our team is nimble, adaptable, and forward thinking, while remaining grounded in the grassroots history of watershed work in Oregon. With a strong understanding of our past, we are strategic about our future. We believe in working hard, while keeping our work environment innovative, productive, and fun. We are collaborative, both with each other and with outside partners and organizations. We place great value in continually improving what we do and how we do it. 

2018 Strategic Plan 

OWEB’s 10-year strategic priorities are: 

  • Broad awareness of the relationship between people and watersheds 
  • Leaders at all levels of watershed work reflect the diversity of Oregonians 
  • Community capacity and strategic partnerships achieve healthy watersheds 
  • Watershed organizations have access to a diverse and stable funding portfolio 
  • The value of working lands is fully integrated into watershed health 
  • Coordinated monitoring and shared learning to advance watershed restoration effectiveness 
  • Bold and innovative actions to achieve health in Oregon’s watersheds 


The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate and implement federal grant programs. This will be done in partnership with the management team, OWEB grant program staff, and state, local, and federal partners to coordinate and implement federal grant programs through OWEB. The position has statewide responsibility to coordinate and implement federal grant funds through OWEB in coordination with federal partners. The Federal Programs Specialist functions as the special program leader and coordinator of this complex project. The Federal Program Specialist provides technical assistance and consultation to management, administrators, director, agency commissioners, legislators, advisory committees and peers related to project management of federally funded grants. 

This applicant pool may be used to fill additional vacancies as they occur over the next three (3) months.


OWEB’s Monitoring and Reporting Program has primary responsibility for monitoring results of funded projects; collaborating with state, federal, Tribal, and local monitoring efforts; tracking and reporting performance; distributing data and information; and meeting federal reporting requirements including those associated with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The program is lead on applying for and managing federal grant awards. The Monitoring and Reporting Program participates in the review of grant applications for and the management of monitoring grants. The program operates within the Board’s Long Term Investment Strategy, designing and implementing effective monitoring of the agency’s various types of investment (i.e., Open Solicitation, Focused Investment, Operating Capacity. 

OWEB is committed to creating a workplace culture that understands and appreciates differences among people and is welcoming and inclusive to all. By fostering fairness and equity in its work culture, the Department strives to improve services for all Oregonians. We acknowledge that not all people have experienced equitable opportunities or fair treatment. We are committed to increasing our awareness and understanding of historic injustices and building a foundation for meaningful change. We value a wide range of professional and lived experiences, and people of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Minimum Qualifications – Natural Resource Specialist 4 

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether you meet the preferred qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application. 

  • Four years of experience in natural resources or related fields. At least two years of experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or related fields, OR three additional years of related natural resources experience. 
  • Master’s degree in natural resources or related fields will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.  
  • A Doctorate degree in natural resources or related fields, will substitute for up to two years of the required experience. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • A strong foundation in watershed restoration concepts and practices 
  • Knowledge of ecosystem processes 
  • Experience with complex grant program administration 
  • Leadership qualities – a self-starter with the ability to produce results under pressure while maintaining an open process 
  • Ability to lead successful group processes 
  • Partnership and collaboration skills 
  • Communication and presentation skills with a diversity of audiences 

Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use both the minimum and preferred qualifications above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure all your relevant qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be evaluated on spelling, grammar, punctuation, attention to detail, and presentation. 

Working Conditions 

Meetings are frequently scheduled out of the office, occasionally requiring overnight travel.  Travel will be required for site inspections in the field which may occur during inclement weather, and may require walking on uneven terrain.  Travel will also be required for public speaking, workshops, and meetings with applicants, grantees, and stakeholders.  Attendance at evening and weekend meetings may be required.  A valid drivers’ license and an acceptable driving record are required. 


The State of Oregon conducts a pay equity analysis to determine what pay step within the salary range to offer the successful candidate based on the experience documented in your application. See below for salary ranges.    

NON-PERS ELIGIBLE (Includes most new hires to state government. Employees typically gain PERS eligibility after six months of state service.) 

NRS4 $5,396.00 – $8,292.00 Monthly 

PERS ELIGIBLE (Typically current or former employees of Oregon state or local government, public schools, universities, etc.) 

NRS4 $5,771.00 – $8,8770.00 Monthly 

*Please note there per the recent SEIU bargaining there will be a cost-of-living adjustment of 6.5% on December 1, 2023, to all union-represented employees.  The rate above does not reflect this increase.    

Benefits available to state employees include: 

  • Exceptional medical, vision and dental plans with employees paying 1 to 5% of the total premium.  
  • Leave accrual starting at 8 hours of sick and 8 hours of vacation leave per month, with your vacation leave accruals increasing every 5 years.  
  • Access to an additional four days of discretionary leave – 3 days of personal business leave and one day of Governor’s Leave each year.  
  • Eleven paid holidays per year.  
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), including a pension and employer contributions to the Individual Account Program.   
  • Optional benefits (such as term life insurance, long-term and short-term disability, long-term care, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, enrollment in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program with a wide variety of investment options).  
  • The opportunity to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program  (must qualify). 
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  • Live, work, and play in Salem, Oregon
  • This position is ideal for those seeking more work/life balance with the ability to work a hybrid of both office and remote work environments. 

How to Apply: 

  • Provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for, the Federal Programs Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) position at the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.  
  • Provide a brief (no more than 2 page) resume indicating your experience pertinent to the required and desired qualifications in this announcement. 

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Important: Please monitor both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment. You may be asked to submit additional information after initial application. If you have questions about this job posting, please contact Human Resources at WRD_DL_HR@water.oregon.gov. 

Current State of Oregon employees must apply through your employee Workday account. 

Work Authorization 

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. 


If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans’ preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time. 

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity. 





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