Water and Climate Coordinator

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 06/29/2021

Application Deadline: 07/26/2021

Agency: Watershed Enhancement Board

Salary Range: $6,558 – $9,655

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Water and Climate Coordinator (OPA4)

Job Description:

We are hiring:

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is recruiting for a full-time, limited duration (24 months), Water and Climate Coordinator (Operations and Policy Analyst 4) position, based in Salem, Oregon. The base position is in Salem, with remote work capability for candidates who reside close to the base location and can report on-site as needed.

This is a full-time, Limited Duration opportunity for anyone to apply. Limited duration positions are benefit eligible positions with a designated maximum length of service. This position is expected to last 24 months; “however, hiring of the position is dependent on OWEB receiving funding in its budget for the position

Who we are:

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.


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


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.

Core Values

OWEB staff worked together to develop the following culture statement:

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

Position Location- Salem, Oregon

This position will located in Salem

OWEB has a very generous telework policy, supported by all managers

The work of this role may be conducted remotely with full access to the needed operating systems and technology. There are times that the work will need to be conducted onsite at the Salem, Oregon Headquarters. Occasional travel to meetings and training may be required.

What you will do:

As the Water and Climate Coordinator, you will be part of a fun and hardworking agency team. You will coordinate the agency’s water and climate initiatives, both of which are natural resources priorities for Governor Brown, while considering issues of equity and environmental justice. The coordinator will lead partnerships with state and federal agencies, local partners, and others to address complex, landscape-scale natural resource conservation issues through the development of strategic investment approaches and policy solutions. The position enables OWEB to meaningfully contribute to such efforts as Oregon’s 100-year Water Vision and the Governor’s Executive Order 20-04 on Climate through a newly focused equity lens. This position is the agency’s primary lead for all water and climate policy and coordination.

The position has regular contact with the agency director and deputy director, senior managers, the Governor’s Office, interested stakeholders, and Board members. The position works closely with the public, local governments, and state and federal agencies to give consultative advice; present findings; lead and facilitate collaborative groupsl; prepare materials for internal and external policy discussions, including those with the OWEB board and the Governor’s Office; produce strategic planning and policy documents; recommend policy or legislative changes; and plan and manage projects.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.

NOTE: The salary listed on this job posting is the range for current PERS participating members. If you are not yet a PERS participating member, the salary range is $6,132- $9,028.


  • Established working relationships with experts and leaders in the fields of water and climate, particularly in Oregon;
  • Demonstrated experience and successful large-scale project management involving complex issues and multiple partners;
  • Ability to manage multiple large and complex projects, simultaneously;
  • Strong experience in developing and presenting natural resources information in clear and concise ways;
  • Excellent partnership development and collaboration skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to connect technical natural resources information to policy-level needs;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; and
  • A natural resources background.

What’s in it for you

The opportunity to join a team of professionals who are passionate about what they do. We offer medical, dental, and vision benefits with paid sick leave, vacation leave, 24 hours of personal business leave, and 10 paid holidays. . We have a strong and supportive agency team, and established approaches for bringing new employees into our team environment. We are committed to our employees, and support telework to reduce our carbon footprint and increase employee work-life balance.

Help Your Application Rise to the Top!

A Cover letter is required to be considered for this position. Please attach a cover letter that demonstrates your alignment with the skills needed to be successful in this position.

Your candidate profile and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience as they relate to the position. Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).

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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.

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 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.