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15411 / Program Manager, Coquille Watershed Association
Coquille Watershed Association

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The Coquille Watershed Association (CWA) is a non-profit organization authorized by state legislation to assess watershed conditions and implement locally agreed upon solutions for watershed restoration. The CWA represents a broad range of interests and receives funding mainly through grants, and the CWA staff provides assistance and education to landowners regarding natural resource management issues on their land. The CWA is seeking a Program Manager to oversee the development and implementation of a diverse array of water quality and habitat restoration projects on the Coquille River and its tributaries. We are looking for a professional, highly motivated individual who has the skills to help develop and manage restoration projects in the field and has a vision for how best to monitor the long-term ecological effectiveness of our work.

The purpose of the Program Manager position is to assist the Director and Board in implementing the organization’s goals and work toward the achievement of the Association's mission and strategy. The position will help expand the CWA’s portfolio of projects in habitat restoration, and involves managing several restoration projects currently underway as well as developing opportunities for new projects and funding. The Program Manager will report to the Director, and work closely with the Board of Operating Officers, Executive Council and CWA staff and volunteers.
Duties will include, but not be limited to:
Program development and coordination:
• Building of collaborative and diplomatic relationships with landowners, funding entities, local/state/federal agencies and other conservation organizations to accomplish watershed restoration objectives.
• Assisting the Director in identifying funding sources and developing relationships with funding partners and landowners.
• Development and oversight of project work plans, permitting, timelines, and deliverables for restoration and monitoring projects, and assisting the Director with budgets, contracting and other efforts, as needed.
• Assessment and Development of potential projects and preparation of evaluation information for the Technical Advisory Committee and follow-up on Committee’s recommendations.
• Coordination of work plans with Project Leaders and teams, including technical specialists, subcontractors, volunteers and agency partners.
• Management of the monitoring program, including site visits and reporting requirements.
Writing and editing:
• Working with project team members to develop and edit technical and community reports.
• Assisting Director with preparing grant applications and proposals.
Public outreach and partnerships:
• Representing the Coquille Watershed Association to landowners, partners, public agencies and other parties.
• Providing presentations about watershed restoration, projects, monitoring issues and other topics to partners, funding agencies and the public.

Position Details:
This position is an hourly, non-exempt at-will, non-union position which serves as Program Manager on behalf of the Coquille Watershed Association. The position is grant‐funded primarily through grants from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and other sources. Although the watershed association intends for this to be a long‐term position, the status of the position beyond one year will depend upon available funding. The position will initially be 32-40 hours a week, and after 90-days, vacation and sick time will be accrued according to number of hours worked monthly. Individual medical and dental insurance is offered. Some evening and weekend work may be required so flex time is allowed.

Desired Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in biology, fisheries science, natural resources or closely related field; planning and implementing conservation projects a plus.
• Able to work independently and as a team member and have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact diplomatically with landowners, watershed staff & volunteers, and state & federal employees.
• Working knowledge of key watershed management issues, including stream, wetland and riparian restoration, fish habitat improvement and monitoring, plus the ability to articulate these to the public.
• Able to work in a variety of outdoor conditions, sometimes in adverse weather conditions and rugged terrain.
• Computer skills; Working knowledge of Word/Excel, internet & social media, able to read and interpret state, county, and GIS-generated maps. Knowledge of ARC GIS and mapping a plus.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience in technical and/or grant writing.
• Effective time management, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/deadlines.
• Knowledge of specialized tools and equipment utilized in restoration projects.
• Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance. If personal vehicle is used for watershed association business, mileage will be reimbursed at current state rate.
• Commitment to a collaborative, partnership-based work environment, knowledge of watershed councils and local, state, and federal organizations pertaining to management of Oregon’s natural resources.

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