Member Job Openings

 Neahkahnie Water District Job Announcement: General Manager (3/16/2020) 
Neahkahnie Water District: General Manager
Location: Nehalem, Oregon
Salary: $51,000 - $61,000 (Health insurance, retirement & vacation benefits are provided)

The district is located just north of the city of Manzanita on the north Oregon coast and comprises nearly 400 single family homes. The General Manager works with a staff of one certified system operator and reports to a board of 5 elected commissioners.


  • Experience managing a Water Utility and Employees.
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four year college or university in business, public administration or related fields or a combination of a relevant 2 year degree with relevant work experience.  
  • Must be experienced with the latest versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, Intuit QuickBooks Pro, and SCADA systems for the purposes of gathering, analyzing, reporting and archiving water and financial data. 
  • Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and financial reports and legal documents. Must be able to write reports and effectively present information to employees, public groups, and the Board of Commissioners. Must be able to respond to common inquiries from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Must have the ability to apply simple math concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations and the ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistics and the ability to work with and convert units of volume, flow, pressure and rates.
  • Level One Oregon Water Treatment and Distribution Certification is preferred


    to be considered please submit a letter of introduction, addressing why you feel you are the ideal candidate for this position, a resume, and an application to:

    Neahkahnie Water District
    Special Districts Association of Oregon
    Attn: Shanta Carter
    PO Box 23879
    Tigard, OR 97281

    Full Job Description

    Job Application

    Application deadline: March 27, 2020 at 4:00pm.  

     Port of Port Orford Job Announcement: Port Manager (3/16/2020) 
    Port of Port Orford: Port Manager
    Location: Port Orford, Oregon
    Salary: $47,000 - $57,000 

    The Port of Port Orford is located on the Southern coast of Oregon, between Cape Blanco and Mt. Humbug, at Port Orford, Oregon. The City of Port Orford has a long and proud fishing tradition that is an important contributor to the local economy. The Port of Port Orford is an active fishing facility with over 40 moorage slips for commercial vessels, two high capacity cranes used to hoist vessels into and out of the ocean from its high dock, a suction dredge, product hoists, and commercial tenants. Port Orford is emerging as a leader in the promotion of stewardship of marine resources to ensure the future of commercial fishing and is now experiencing growth in tourism and marine research.


      a. A Bachelor’s Degree in Public/Business Administration, Industrial /Economic Development, Marine Transportation, Maritime Sciences, Marketing or related field.
      b. Five (5) year of Management Experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required
      c. Ability to acquire and maintain a valid State of Oregon driver’s license insurable by District’s carrier.
      d. Successfully passing Districts security clearance standards including review of criminal history and driving record. 



      To be considered please submit a letter of introduction, addressing why you feel you are the ideal candidate for this position, a resume, and an application to:

      Port of Port Orford
      Special Districts Association of Oregon
      Attn: Shanta Carter
      PO Box 23879
      Tigard, OR 97281

      Full Job Description

      Job Application

      Application deadline: April 3, 2020 at 4:00pm.  

       Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) Job Announcement: Habitat Restoration Manager (3/10/2020) 
      Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST): Habitat Restoration Project Manager

      The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) is a council of governments serving communities in the Columbia Pacific region of Oregon and Washington.  CREST is seeking an individual to serve as Habitat Restoration Project Manager.  This position is responsible for the development and implementation of habitat restoration projects that focus on recovering juvenile salmon rearing habitat through reconnection of historic tidal floodplain to the Columbia River Estuary.  Project types may include culvert removals, dike breaches, tidegate retrofits, wetland channel enhancement, and levee setbacks. 


      This position works under the supervision of the CREST Habitat Restoration Program Manager and collaborates with other CREST project managers to investigate, develop and implement projects on specific sites.  Key responsibilities include restoration project management actions such as project development, landowner outreach, funding acquisition, permitting, subcontracting, construction oversight, data management and reporting, and communications with partner organizations and agencies. 


      This position will be housed at the CREST offices in Astoria, Oregon and requires frequent field work and travel to meetings throughout the lower Columbia River and estuary region. 

      Skills and Qualifications

      Education: Bachelor’s Degree required. Areas of interest include ecology, fisheries, coastal sciences, botany, riparian and wetland restoration.  Master’s Degree or advanced training preferred.


      Preferred Experience: This position requires a broad range of skills.  Preferred experience includes a background in natural resource management and a minimum of three (3) years experience developing and implementing on the ground habitat projects.  This experience should include proposal development (grant writing), direct project management responsibilities, and coordination with contractors and project partners.  The employee should have broad experience in natural resource management issues and land management practices in the Pacific Northwest, including salmon recovery efforts.  The employee should understand federal and state regulatory permitting requirements, have solid professional skills, be able to communicate and work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, and be flexible and responsive to unforeseen project demands.  The employee should be able to manage multiple projects within deadlines, be comfortable speaking publicly, be able to work independently, and be comfortable in a broad range of environmental conditions, including rugged terrain and adverse weather.  The employee must also offer computer proficiency in office software (Word, Excel, Power point etc.) and familiarity and use of GIS/GPS technology. 


      Position Responsibilities

      • Work with local jurisdictions, watershed councils, state and federal agencies, and landowners to identify habitat restoration opportunities and develop restoration concepts.
      • Write grants and collaborate with funders to develop grant agreements, scopes of work, deliverables, timelines and budgets for potential projects.
      • Manage multiple grant budgets and contract requirements.
      • Facilitate and oversee technical engineering design and construction professionals through all phases of restoration projects.
      • Work with natural resource agency regulatory staff to ensure projects are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations and all permits are obtained for projects.


      Position Details

      This is a full-time (40 hours per week), salaried/exempt position requiring ability to communicate clearly in technical writing and public speaking to diverse audiences and ability to manage multiple projects within deadlines.  The position requires travel throughout the lower Columbia River and estuary region for regional coordination meetings and field work conducted in all weather conditions.  CREST offers a competitive salary depending on qualifications and an excellent benefit package (medical, dental, vision, deferred compensation).   


      To Apply

      All applicants must submit a CREST Job Application form available on our website, a cover letter detailing why you want the position and how your background and experience meet the skills and qualification requirements, and resume to Paula Gerttula at   


      Application deadline is 12:00 AM on Sunday, April 5, 2020.  

       Deschutes SWCD Job Announcement: General Manager (3/3/2020) 
      Deschutes SWCD: General Manager

      A.  General Summary

      This position is full-time, at-will, exempt, non-union position which serves as head of the management team of the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).  The position provides leadership for financial, personnel, program planning, education and outreach, and conservation project management and implementation.  The position acts on behalf of the SWCD board and is supervised by the Board Chair.  The position is located in a multi-agency office at 625 SE Salmon Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756 and must work closely with other agencies and groups.  The General Manager must be a highly motivated, productive, self-starter with demonstrated ability to be successful as the leader of a productive and talented team.


      B.  Supervision Received

      The Board Chair serves as the General Manager’s direct supervisor.  The General Manager remains in close contact with the Board Chair through, as a minimum, two-monthly one-on-one meetings and discussions concerning questions of authority, SWCD involvement and commitment, or intended actions.  The General Manager reports to the full Board monthly at Board meetings, through monthly reports, and at scheduled committee meetings.  The position will be evaluated twice annually: 1) to determine progress toward SWCD goals (fall) and 2) for a performance evaluation (spring).  The fall evaluation will be performed by the Employee Review Committee (ERC) committee chair and others that desire to attend. The spring performance evaluation will be by the complete ERC Committee.


      C.  Supervision Exercised

      The General Manager has direct supervisory authority over other full-time and part-time employees of the SWCD and is also responsible to ensure that SWCD volunteers are properly supervised and informed of SWCD policies.


      D.  Responsibilities and Duties

      • Fiscal - Grant management and development of fundraising programs.
      • Strategic - Work with partners to build successful programs and program capacity.
      • Field - Support technical staff and participate in outreach.


      D.1. Administrative Management

      • Prepare annual and monthly board meetings.
      • Purchase office supplies and inventory items as needed.
      • Keeps and maintains SWCD records including policies, minutes, resolutions and schedule of assets.
      • Provide administrative support to the SWCD staff and occasionally to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This will generally include processing the mail, letter writing, organizing and maintaining confidential client and grant files, staff scheduling and general filing of documents and outreach materials.
      • Greet the public and partners, including on the phone, in a professional, courteous and helpful manner.
      • Record and transcribe minutes of Board Meetings, Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meetings and other meetings as assigned. Submit minutes for approval according to SWCD Policy. Board Meetings and other meetings may/will occur outside of normal work hours. 


      D.2. Financial Management

      • Oversees financial affairs for the SWCD, maintains a record that includes all income and expenses, prepares the SWCD annual budget, and acts as the budget and contract officer.
      • Prepares all appropriations, expenditures, and transfers of SWCD funds.
      • Oversees compliance with the SWCD’s fiscal policy. Prepares financial reports to keep the board informed regarding financial affairs and for annual audit.
      • Establishes and maintains formal Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA), Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) or Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to clarify all financial and working relationships with other groups and agencies.
      • Seeks and develops grants.
      • Prepares, reviews, and negotiates contracts, leases, insurance policies and grant agreements associated with SWCD projects.
      • Administers grants obtained by the SWCD to ensure compliance with grant agreements.
      • Ensures compliance with relevant laws and rules pertaining to SWCD expenditures.


      D.3. Personnel Management

      • Provides direct supervision of SWCD staff, interns and volunteers or delegates supervisory roles to others as needed to complete work.
      • Makes recommendations to the board related to staffing and position descriptions to meet SWCD goals.
      • Works with the ERC committee and ERC Chair to evaluate staff performance, address any disciplinary needs and support staff training needs.
      • Deals with staff conflicts, concerns and issues. Responsible for maintaining staff morale, conflict resolution, and facilitating a productive working environment for staff.
      • Develops and updates position descriptions annually to ensure progress toward strategic plan and annual plan objectives.
      • Oversees and coordinates work to be completed by volunteers.


      D.4. Program Planning

      • Prepares, reviews and updates the SWCD's strategic plan/long range plan every five years with input from the board, staff, and partners.
      • Writes, reviews and updates the annual work plan with input from staff and partners.
      • Networks and acts as SWCD liaison with agency partners, community leaders, landowners, and others to bring new ideas and direction to the SWCD's programs.
      • Serves as the primary liaison between the SWCD and other agencies, landowners, the media, and the general public pertaining to SWCD programs.
      • Ensures there is public opportunity to provide input to the SWCD's programs. 
      • Represents the SWCD on the Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative and other County Natural Resource planning groups or partnerships relevant to the SWCD annual and strategic plans.


      D.5. Conservation Project Management and Implementation

      • Serves as lead project manager on conservation projects. Plans and prepares quality project proposals that result in needed funding.
      • Develops plans and coordinates an annual SWCD native plant sale or other fundraising event.
      • Provides technical assistance to landowners as time permits and technical expertise allows.
      • Seeks funding for conservation projects.


      D.6. Education and Outreach

      • Organizes and conducts demonstrations, tours, meetings, workshops, and other programs to raise conservation awareness in the community, delegating some of these duties to other staff if appropriate.
      • Prepares and delivers effective presentations to agencies, at public meetings and events.
      • Networks with other organizations to ensure that the community and individuals are aware of the SWCD's program(s).
      • Edits and oversees development and content of the SWCD's newsletter and website.
      • Works to fully develop additional outreach programs to address resource concerns unique to Deschutes County.


      E.  Qualifications

      1. Bachelor’s degree with major course work in agriculture, natural resource management, business, or related fields.
      2. Three years’ professional experience supervising and managing staff.
      3. Demonstrated success in managing conservation programs or projects.
      4. Demonstrated ability to be an effective member of a team.
      5. Experience managing a budget for a large project or organization.
      6. Successfully pass a federal background check and an additional background check which involves credit evaluation, driving record, and arrest history.
      7. Highly productive, self-starter, with a desire to make a long term impact.
      8. Well developed writing skills for preparing grants, contracts, articles, etc.
      9. Knowledge of SWCD’s, watershed councils, or state and federal organizations pertaining to management of Oregon’s natural resources.
      10. Experience working with a volunteer board of directors.
      11. Experience in developing and implementing a work plan that achieves results. 
      12. Successful experience working with private landowners to complete projects.
      13. Skills in marketing, customer service, public speaking, and media relations.
      14. Experience in facilitation or dealing with conflicts.
      15. Skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks.
      16. Skills in managing social media and basic website updates.


      F.  Work Conditions and Physical Demands

      To perform the duties of this position, this employee must serve as incidental motor vehicle operator during daylight and after dark.  Applicants must have a valid Oregon driver’s license, a good driving record, and pass a criminal background check. Position may require use of dependable personal vehicle.


      This position requires a combination of office and fieldwork. Office work involves regular use of computers and prolonged sitting or standing at meetings. Field work requires walking over rough or uneven terrain, sometimes in inclement weather, and carrying objects such as measuring tools and supplies.


      This position involves periodic travel to early morning, daytime and evening meetings, field tours, conferences, workshops, training sessions, and landowner properties throughout the county.


      Working conditions for this position are typically 49% office environment, 49% field work and local travel, and 2% other travel.  Field work is performed in summer and winter weather conditions/temperatures and walking over uneven terrain. Job requires a level of public relations that extends into personal time, including answering questions from producers while off duty in the community.


      Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


      Salary Range: minimum salary $60,000, DOE



      • Paid Holidays
      • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
      • Health Insurance
      • Retirement Contribution
      • Mileage reimbursement at GSA rate


      Application Instructions:

      Open - March 2nd, 2020

      Close - March 15th, 2020 or until filled


      Include the following:

      • Cover letter, include details about grant writing and management experience
      • Resume of 3 pages or less
      • At least 2 letters of recommendation
      • References with contact info


      Email applications to Hiring Committee:

      Documents must be in PDF format.


      Susan Altman –

      Jeff Rola –

       Hoodland Fire District #74 Job Announcement: Firefighter Paramedic (3/2/2020) 
      Hoodland Fire District #74: Firefighter Paramedic
      Location: Welches, Oregon
      Salary: $59,299.56 to $84,266.40 (for FY 2019/2020) plus additional incentives based on qualifications per the current bargaining unit agreement.

      Hoodland Fire District #74 is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Appointments are to civil service positions and will be made based on meeting minimum qualifications, merit, demonstrated ability, and fitness.  These will be established by testing and investigation of qualified candidates.


      • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
      • Minimum 18 years of age
      • Valid driver’s license
      • Oregon EMT Basic License or National Registry EMT Basic certification (higher license/certification accepted).  The candidate must be a licensed Oregon paramedic or a paramedic with reciprocity to work in Oregon by the date of hire.
      • NFPA Firefighter I current and active DPSST certification
      • NFPA Operations Level Responder current and active DPSST certification
      • NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump current and active DPSST certification
      • Minimum three (3) years documented structural firefighting experience (paid, volunteer, military or a combination thereof excluding Explorers & Fire Science programs that do not include agency internships)
      • Must possess the training, physical condition and ability to effectively perform the essential functions, and any marginal functions of the position as specified in the job description
      • Eligible to work in the United States of America at time of appointment



      You may obtain an application at the Hoodland Fire website Applications can also be picked up in person, emailed, or sent to you via USPS mail.  To request an application packet contact Carol Norgard at Hoodland Fire District #74.  She can be reached at (503) 622-3256 or by email at

      All required documentation must be received by Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm:

      Hoodland Fire District #74

      Attn. Firefighter Paramedic Testing Process

       69634 E. Hwy 26

      Welches, OR 97067

      Applications will not be accepted electronically.

      Application Deadline: March 31, 2020  

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