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West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District  - Forest Conservationist

Posted: 12/8/2021
Salary​: $4,974 to $7,349 per month ($59,688 to $88,188 per year) DOE
Location: Portland, OR

The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for a silviculture and forest health expert with a passion for conservation to join our team. The Forest Conservationist position is full-time with generous benefits and a flexible schedule. Visit our website to find more information about the position and how to apply.


Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2022

The minimum qualifications for education and/or experience include:

  • Five years of experience demonstrating core competencies for the position (see below), or
  • Three years of experience demonstrating core competencies for the position plus a two-year Associates Degree or equivalent certification in forestry, environmental science, agriculture, range science, fish and wildlife, natural resource management, botany, geography, or a related science field, or
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in forestry, environmental science, agriculture, range science, fish and wildlife, natural resource management, botany, geography, or a related science field, plus at least one year of experience demonstrating core competencies for the position.

Core Competencies

  • Proficient in field data collection techniques including stand exams, forest inventory, and forest monitoring protocols used for assessing forest resource conditions.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in silviculture and forest health, with specialized in-depth knowledge in one or more areas such as: forest tree and understory plant species, forest wildlife and wildlife habitat, soil health, wildfire risk reduction, forest disease and insect pest management, forest carbon sequestration, forest regulations, forest tax incentives, and forest inventory and monitoring.
  • Develops forest management plans, including developing plan maps, writing practice specifications, and providing other forms of technical assistance; develops project budgets, as needed.
  • Proficient in native and invasive plant identification.
  • Has excellent writing and verbal communication skills including the ability to respectfully educate, inform, and motivate constituents to take conservation action.
  • Works safely in a field or outdoor environment, has good driving skills for navigating steep, unpaved forest roads.
  • Has ability to use computerized programs for word processing, spreadsheets, mapping, presentations, posters, virtual meetings, and project management using a variety of platforms including desktop and laptop computers, smart phones, and tablets.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The District is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization: in those we serve, in our workforce composition, through the contractors we hire, and in those that benefit from our work. We welcome and encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

The District does not discriminate based on any class or identity including age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The District is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. The District makes reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and special needs so as to provide access to district events, materials and services. If you have requests for accommodations or complaints about discrimination, harassment, inequitable treatment, lack of access to District events, materials or services, or for any questions at all, please contact us at info@wmswcd.org or call (503) 238-4775 and leave a message with a return phone number at Extension 100.