Watershed Restoration Specialist
MidCoast Watersheds Council - Newport, OR

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The MidCoast Watersheds Council based in Newport, Oregon, is seeking a watershed restoration specialist. Duties include a strong emphasis on project development, grant writing, and project management. The Specialist will reach out to landowners in defined priority areas, develop projects to address watershed problems, submit applications to fund the work, and manage and monitor the projects.

More specifically, the following duties and responsibilities are required of the Watershed Restoration Specialist (Specialist):


  • Reach out to landowners in priority areas as defined by limiting factor analyses, watershed and estuary assessments and expert knowledge to discuss issues and design projects.
  • Arrange for additional limiting factor analyses and assessments as necessary.
  • Develop and seek funding for at least 4 large projects or 6 small projects a year with willing landowners that will help improve watershed functions. Continue management of existing projects.
  • Seek out review and input from the Council TECH Team regarding project design and goals.
  • Work with existing and seek out new partners and collaborators as appropriate.
  • Write grant applications for projects and to maintain and increase project manager position and salary in subsequent years.
  • Manage project implementation, including securing permits, writing contract work descriptions, hiring contractors, working with partners, and overseeing implementation to assure grant budget, deliverables, legal requirements and timelines are followed.
  • Keep Tech Team and Council Board of Directors (at general meetings) updated with short written reports on project progress, issues, and successes
  • Do monitoring work and write completion reports as required by grant requirements.


  • Early in employment, meet with existing Council partners, collaborators, funders to introduce yourself, identify those group’s priorities and work, and opportunities for partnerships and alliances.
  • Hold quarterly meetings in each of the Siletz, Yaquina, and Alsea basins, and other basins where priority work becomes identified to share information on limiting factors, watershed conditions and other topics of interest, and seek out interested landowners.
  • Involve and engage basin group participants in volunteer work on projects, in field tours, and other events.
  • Attend Salmon-Drift Creek technical team meetings to share expertise so as to help that group’s assessments and projects; look for opportunities for collaboration on projects in this basin.

The Specialist works under the guidance and direction of the Administrative Committee and seeks input from the same. Technical assistance is provided by the Council’s Technical Team (composed of partner groups and the Council’s policy director). Payroll requirements and fiscal aspects of grant management are under the guidance of the Council’s fiscal specialist.


  • Degree in natural resources/sciences (e.g., hydrology, forestry, fisheries, biology) or related experience or discipline
  • Experience working with landowners to develop salmon habitat or other restoration plans or projects.
  • Project management experience including project budget tracking and management
  • Energetic, self motivated and able to work independently
  • Efficient time management, organization and prioritization skills.
  • Good people, communication, and writing skills
  • Grant writing skills
  • Word, excel, PowerPoint, GPS skills
  • Valid Oregon driver’s license; reliable personal transportation, vehicle insurance
  • Flexible schedule: ability to meet with landowners on their schedule, attend evening and weekend meetings or activities
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions and hike on uneven terrain
  • Desired: GIS skills, website skills

Work is required to be performed both in an office environment and in a variety of outdoor field conditions. It involves periodic travel to meetings and trainings, some evening and weekend meetings, and occasionally may require overnight stay of more than one day. In order to carry out assigned duties, a valid Oregon driver’s license and a good driving record is required. The Specialist must use a personal vehicle with mileage being reimbursed by the Council.
The position requires work to be performed independently with limited supervision and direction. A physical capability is required to handle a high level of mobility demands and strenuous field activities, as well as the ability to walk long distances across sloped, uneven terrain, sometimes in inclement weather. The WTS is required to be knowledgeable of the proper use of a variety of equipment and supplies to design, plan and implement projects.
In addition to paid legal holidays, workers compensation, and unemployment insurance, the Council will provide annual leave and personal/sick leave. Health insurance may be provided to the employee if the budget allows.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. The Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please submit a single pdf file containing the following 3 items via email with Watershed Restoration Specialist in the subject line, by 5:00 pm Monday August 15, 2014:

  • A cover letter (no more than 4 pages) that shows your qualifications for and enthusiasm in accomplishing the duties and responsibilities as noted above.
  • A page that includes the names and contact information of three references who can be contacted and who know about your abilities to accomplish the job.
  • A complete chronological resume.

Thank you.

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The MidCoast Watersheds Council (Council) is a non-profit group that has been working for 20 years with interested landowners on projects to...