Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Grant Program Coordinator)

Salem, OR, United States 🇺🇸

The Water Resources Department is looking for qualified candidates for its interdisciplinary Water Resources Development Program (WRDP) Team, which seeks to help individuals and communities address their current and future instream and out-of-stream needs. As this is a newer program, team members have the opportunity to help shape and implement the program which has high visibility among stakeholders and is addressing a critical need in the State of Oregon.

Team members will work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team, while also managing individual responsibilities, tasks, and projects. The team is based in Salem, Oregon but team members have the opportunity to travel and to work with communities across the state. Each position engages a wide variety of people in the position’s day-to-day work, ranging from others in the Department, federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, citizens, and stakeholders.

There is one current vacancy in Salem.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates.

NOTE: The salary and step included in this job posting reflects base salary. Upon PERS eligibility, this position will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.
Duties & Responsibilities

Lack of funding is often a barrier to technical studies and water projects. This position will help individuals and communities address this challenge by supporting the Program’s Feasibility Study Grants (SB 1069 – Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program) and the Water Project Grants and Loans (SB 839 – Water Supply Development Account). The Grant Program Coordinator will be involved in all phases of the funding opportunities. These include promoting the funding opportunities, responding to inquiries about the grants and loans, working with individuals and groups as they prepare their applications, reviewing applications (both independently and as part of a multi-agency review team), presenting funding recommendations to the Water Resources Commission, overseeing the implementation of funded studies and projects, and assisting with other aspects of grant administration.

The position is responsible for program representation and development of support materials for a variety of interest groups both public and private.  The position must coordinate stakeholders and local interests in the implementation of the program. This position works independently and operates a program that has high visibility among stakeholders.

  • Supports day-to-day operations of Feasibility Study Grants (SB 1069 – Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program) and Water Project Grants and Loans (SB 839).
  • Supports the grant administration duties for Place-Based Planning grants (SB 266).
  • Reviews grant applications, both independently and as part of a multi-agency review team; presents funding recommendations to the Water Resources Commission.
  • Coordinates stakeholders and local interests in the implementation of the program.
  • Oversees the implementation of funded projects, including reporting and coordinating project inspections.
  • Represents the program and develops support materials for a variety of interest groups both public and private.
  • Works with public agencies (federal, state and local), citizens, and stakeholders to identify and leverage state and other funding sources to compose funding packages for a wide variety of water projects.
  • Evaluates program effectiveness.

Meetings may be scheduled out of the office, occasionally requiring overnight travel. Travel is required for some public meetings, workshops, and training for applicants, grantees and stakeholders. Attendance at evening or weekend meetings may be required.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

You must have:

  • Four years of experience in a natural resource program area that included researching and analyzing natural resource data. Two years of the experience must have included grant administration, including proposal review, grant tracking and interacting with grantees to facilitate project implementation;  AND a Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, water resource management, business administration, or a related field; or three additional years of experience; OR
  • Two years of experience as listed above and a Master’s degree.
  • Knowledge of Oregon water law and regulation of water use or have other natural resource management experience and knowledge of state, county, and local government operations that may affect the implementation of Oregon water laws
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and/or SQL
  • Ability to gather, process and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely fashion
  • Strong people skills, including experience in problem resolution with frustrated/confused individuals
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Team-oriented with ability and desire to foster consensus and a partnership approach to program activities
  • Knowledge of rules governing contracting and procurement
Additional Information
Only complete applications submitted online will be considered. We do not accept paper or e-mail applications.

The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid e-mail address.

If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one, please refer to our Applicant Frequently Asked Questions web page, scroll to How to Apply for a Job section to view several links to internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

You must have a current e-mail address to apply for jobs with the Oregon Water Resources Department. All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail.

To apply, follow the “Apply” link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on the job announcement.
  1. Completed E-recruit application: A resume (text or attachment) will not replace the work experience section of the application.
  2. Work experience is based on a 40 work week. (Example: 20 hours a week for one year would equate to six-months of full-time work experience.
  3. Transcripts: Must be attached is using education to meet minimum qualifications. Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application.
Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements and/or the desired attributes for this position will be invited to an interview.

This job announcement has supplemental information required for submission. Please see the “Supplemental Questions” section of this announcement.

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NOTE: The Oregon Water Resources Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s form I-9 confirming authorization to work in the United States.

The pay on all announcements may change without notice.