Principal Executive/Manager E (Water Quality/Quantity Program Manager)

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Salem, OR, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


Please note: this job post has expired! To the best of our knowledge, this job is no longer available and this page remains here for archival purposes only.

Job Description:

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources! 

Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations

Do you have a background in water policy? Does this experience include the effects it has on fish, wildlife and their habitats? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for a Water Quality/Quantity Program Manager to develop, and coordinate implementation of policies/plans/programs to maintain ecosystems and habitats that support fish and wildlife populations. The Water Quality/Quantity Program is involved in many water issues that can directly or indirectly affect fish and wildlife. This includes commenting on applications for water use that may impact streams, reviewing and conducting instream flow studies, and reviewing hydroelectric applications. This is a unique opportunity that has the ability to impact and protect aquatic health for Oregon. Consider joining our ODFW team of professionals and apply today!

ODFW strives to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of our programs and services to better serve the diverse population of Oregonians. Key to these efforts is our commitment to ensuring a work environment that is positive, productive, and free from harassment and discrimination. ODFW is looking for an individual to serve in this role that recognizes the value of individual and cultural differences and creates a work environment where individuals’ differences are valued.

This position is located in Salem, the capital of Oregon. If you enjoy the outdoors, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the place for you. It is less than an hour from glaciated mountain peaks to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the massive Columbia River Gorge to the north. The outdoor opportunities are endless when it comes to fish and wildlife in Oregon! To learn more about the department, the work we do, and our beautiful state, view the following video at


What you will do:

 • Direct the policy responsibilities and administrative functions of the Water Quality and Quantity Program. Develop, coordinate and implement policy and programs, directly through subordinates, for the integration of fish and wildlife protections in the state’s water resources permitting and supply processes, in-stream water rights, hydroelectric power development and operations, and water quality planning.

 • Serve as principal Department representative on state and federal water planning and policy development workgroups to move forward policies and actions that protect, restore and enhance fish, wildlife and habitats. Determine necessary Department involvement and strategies for resource protection. Provide policy consultation and technical guidance to Department leadership and field staff on habitat conservation issues and concerns arising out of water resources programs.

 • Present and provide guidance related to policy decisions and technical guidance to Department staff, Fish & Wildlife Commission, the Governor’s Office and the Legislature, along with other state, federal, tribal and local governments and interest groups on water resource issues, policies and processes. Organize workshops for Department personnel to train and provide information. Represent ODFW’s position regarding water-related concerns as they relate to fish, wildlife and habitats. Represent the Department as a policy negotiator, and expert witness regarding legal disputes, contested case hearings, and litigation in issues related to the program.

 • Supervise staff. Prepare, analyze and monitor program budget. Recommend budget allocation to division administrator. Develop and monitor grants as they relate to the program.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
Working Conditions
• Work is primarily conducted in an office environment.

• Requires regular travel, however, during this time the majority of meetings are being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

•Requires a great deal of tact and professionalism when working with agency partners, legislatures and ODFW commissioners.

• Works a professional workweek, with frequent night and weekend work. This position is not eligible for overtime.

Criminal Records/DMV Check
Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background information may disqualify you from further consideration.

NOTE: Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following skills and experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

• Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) development of program rules and policies
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans
c) program evaluation and
d) budget preparation


• Two years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) development of program rules and policies
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans
c) program evaluation and
d) budget preparation;

AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.


• Three years of professional experience as a program/project leader, assigning and reviewing work of professional staff (e.g., scientists/biologists) including project responsibility for developing goals and objectives, project evaluation, and monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget.

Requested Skills:
•  Education in water law and/or environmental law
• Resolving/negotiating highly sensitive/controversial natural resource issues
• Working on fisheries, water or other natural resource issues where management authorities span state, federal, tribal, or international boundaries
• Knowledge and understanding of hydroelectric facility operations and their effects on fish and wildlife populations and their habitats
• Budget development and management

• Commitment to promoting and fostering a diverse workforce

Initial interviews are anticipated to be held via phone, video or virtual interview due to the current situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Additional Information:

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Job History" section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed "Job History" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in the “Job History” section does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

Note: You will be required to provide a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date), if you are using education to qualify. Transcripts and cover letters can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting.

For helpful tips on filling out your job history, responding to the supplemental questions, and submitting your application, click here

Notes for External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees): If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting. The system will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. You must submit your application after you begin the process. You cannot save your progress and come back to it later.

The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
If you are hired, you will become part of the State's management team. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.

Veterans - 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 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.

Find information on State of Oregon benefits

Get There is Oregon’s easy-to-use carpool matching tool and trip planner that will get you to and from work! Enter the location where you want to go and the site will provide carpool, vanpool, walking, biking and transit options.

More information about our agency can be found on our social media accounts and at  and

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer