Wyss Fellow (Associate Project Manager)

Western Rivers Conservancy

Portland, OR, US

Western Rivers Conservancy protects outstanding river ecosystems in the western United States through land acquisition. We acquire land along river corridors to conserve critical habitat, provide public access for compatible use and enjoyment, and cooperate with other agencies and organizations to secure the health of whole ecosystems.

Since its inception in 1988, Western Rivers Conservancy has protected critical riverlands along more than 48 rivers and streams around the West including the Hoh, John Day, Gunnison, Yampa and Klamath. To learn more about WRC’s current projects and conservation accomplishments, go to www.westernrivers.org/projectatlas.

The Wyss Fellows Program provides experience and training for individuals who have the potential to become future conservation leaders. Fellows work at sponsoring organizations on a variety of projects determined by the sponsoring organization during their two-year fellowship. Wyss Fellowships are ideal for talented and committed individuals just completing their education and looking to launch their career in conservation, or for those looking to make a career change. Fellows also participate in annual week-long training programs, where they have the chance to meet other Wyss Fellows and learn about their work. To learn more, go to www.wyssfoundation.org/fellows-scholars

The Associate Project Manager plays an essential role on Western Rivers Conservancy’s land team, with the goal of protecting outstanding western rivers through land acquisition. The position works with WRC’s Project Managers to provide support in each phase of the land acquisition and conveyance process. The position reports to the Director of Lands and is located in Portland, Oregon, with travel required throughout Oregon and Washington.

Project Identification and Evaluation
The Associate Project Manager assists Project Managers in identifying and evaluating potential projects by doing the following:

  • Work with biologists, recreation planners and others to identify riverlands that have high resource values.
  • Research ownership and contact landowners.
  • Travel to project locations to meet with project stakeholders.
  • Communicate with citizen groups, environmental organizations and public agencies to identify river corridors that should be conserved through public land acquisition.
  • Research and articulate project resource values.

Transaction Management Assistance
The Associate Project Manager provides support to Project Managers throughout the life cycle of each transaction. Specifically, the position assists Project Managers as they:

  • Develop project strategies.
  • Work with landowner and purchaser to gain commitments on purchase and sale of property.
  • Negotiate donations and purchases of properties from private owners, including corporations.
  • Partner with public agencies (primarily federal and state) to complete the sale of riverlands to these agencies for long-term protection.
  • Work with landowners, appraisers, attorneys, public officials, surveyors, consultants and title companies to complete the transaction.

Funding Development
The Associate Project Manager helps Project Managers secure funding and stewards for transactions. Specific duties include:

  • Support the work of the Project Managers in identifying funding sources.
  • Assist in the completion of grant applications.
  • Assist in the process of lobbying for funds.
  • Assist with purchasing agencies, public or private, to help them secure funding for purchase and coordinate with them in the acquisition process.
  • Participate in the completion of grant reports.

Public Support and Outreach
The Associate Project Manager develops and implements outreach strategies aimed at building public support for WRC projects. The position does the following:

  • Develop local, state and federal support for land acquisition projects.
  • Work with other environmental organizations to gain support for projects.
  • Coordinate site visits including logistics, rental cars, meals, lodging, etc.

Project Materials
The Associate Project Manager produces project materials for landowners, agencies, funders and for public outreach as follows:

  • Create maps.
  • Write project overviews.
  • Develop other project materials as needed.

A successful candidate for this position will likely possess:

  • A love of rivers.
  • Familiarity with real estate, finance and natural resource sciences.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to manage diverse tasks, with an attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the capability to be both a self-starter and highly collaborative.
  • An undergraduate degree in a related field.

COMPENSATION:  Annual salary of $45,000. WRC offers a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and a bicycle commuter benefit.

TO APPLY:  Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Applications may also be mailed to: Hiring Committee, Western Rivers Conservancy, 71 SW Oak St, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97204.

CLOSING DATE:  November 15, 2017.