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Conservation Program Supervisor, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District – Oregon

Organization: East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Position Title: Conservation Program Supervisor

Location: Portland, Oregon

Application Deadline: May 11, 2015


Program Development and Implementation (30%)

  • Lead, guide and assist with program development and day-to-day implementation for the Land Legacy Program, Grants Program, and additional programs as assigned. Additional programs may include, but are not limited to, those involving residential habitat and water quality improvement, collaborative soil and water-related demonstration projects, farming/forestry/grazing, habitat restoration and management, and water quality improvement.
  • Develop and manage program-related budgets; approve and track program expenditures and activities, ensuring that they fall within budget and scope of work.
  • Partner with external entities to promote and provide community support for EMSWCD programs; identify natural resource concerns in the District and create partnerships and strategies to address the concerns; network with individuals, community groups and public agencies regarding related programs and activities; help guide statewide and regional projects and campaigns that develop products or provide services that benefit the EMSWCD.
  • Oversee and direct marketing to targeted audiences for programs; marketing may include social media, web page, advertisements, mailings, and displays that promote programs and resource conservation; oversee and direct production and/or updates of program materials and web content as needed; oversee the design and development of fliers, displays, promotional and other written materials.
  • Oversee and direct outreach to program-related constituents, external entities, and partners; oversee, lead or assist with group meetings and workshops to inform organizational leaders, agricultural producers and land user groups about program-related problems and solutions.

Planning/GIS (30%)

  • Serve as lead planner for EMSWCD; oversee the development, maintenance, implementation, and updates of strategic/business plans and reports, program-specific plans and reports, and annual plans and reports; includes establishing and reporting on necessary baseline conditions, monitoring, and performance.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all external planning, such as Multnomah County Comprehensive Planning, Metro Natural Areas Planning, and Oregon Parks Planning.
  • Create and maintain a unified organizational spatial and tabular information and geo-spatial database for all EMSWCD programs, allowing for performance analyses and reporting, Board and staff access, and public access via an Internet map viewer.
  • Lead and/or guide the development of District-wide analyses and plans, such as those related to Global Climate Change, Organizational Performance/Auditing, Underserved Communities, Student/Volunteer/Intern Engagement, and the District as a Workplace.

Staff Supervision and Leadership (30%)

  • Recruit, train, supervise, lead, evaluate, and discipline 1- 6 staff.
  • Establish and lead program staff as a team, creating cohesion, coordination, communication, and collaboration.
  • Establish staff annual work plans and perform staff annual evaluations.
  • Hold 1×1 meetings with staff to provide direction and feedback.
  • Provide daily/weekly oversight, direction, and feedback for staff as necessary.
  • Review and approve staff work products and attend project meetings.
  • Ensure appropriate inter and intra-program coordination and collaboration.
  • Provide other staff support as necessary.

District Leadership Team (10%)

  • Serve on District leadership team; report directly to the Executive Director (ED); collaborate closely with other program supervisors; attend leadership team meetings; prepare for, host, present at, and attend District Board and committee meetings; work directly with Board members; contribute to and/or lead District-wide planning efforts; represent and speak on behalf of the District with media and at external meetings and events; contribute to and/or lead as necessary activities for other program managers; as a member of the leadership team, serve as the ED in the ED’s absence.
  • Non-discrimination:Deliver and ensure all services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. Perform all job duties in a manner that consistently demonstrates fairness, cooperation, and respect toward co-workers, office visitors, landowners, and all others. Must be proficient in English (spoken and written) for communicating with landowners and staff. Performs all duties in a manner that consistently demonstrates fairness, cooperation, and respect toward co-workers, office visitors, and all others in the performance of official business. Demonstrate an awareness of EEO policies and responsibilities.
  • Safety: Perform all job duties in a safe manner with guidance from EMSWCD and NRCS regarding federal, state, and local laws pertinent to job safety. Participate in safety training and staff safety meetings as scheduled.


Education / Training:

  • Master degree in natural resource-related planning preferred; minimum of a Bachelor degree in same field.
  • At least 40 hours of technical training in the subject areas of position.
  • At least 40 hours of professional-level program/project management training.
  • At least 40 hours of professional-level leadership/supervisory training.


  • At least 10 years professional experience in natural resource-related field.
  • At least five years of professional experience that included program leadership, project management, budget management, and staff supervision.
  • At least five years of professional experience that included developing and implementing multi-faceted natural resource-related plans (which included spatial and tabular database development).
  • Experience developing, managing and using Internet map viewers.


  • Expertise in one or more of the following fields: land acquisition and protection; land trust establishment and management; conservation and environmental education-related grant-making; and/or sustainable agriculture.
  • Expertise in spatial data/GIS, environmental monitoring/reporting, and GPS technology.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of conservation principles, methods, and techniques sufficient to assess, analyze, and evaluate resources and program practices.
  • Knowledge of watershed dynamics, water quality issues, native vegetation, ecology, invasive weeds, erosion prevention, and other conservation issues preferred.
  • Knowledge of agricultural, forestry, grazing and other land uses and practices preferred.
  • Knowledge of the roles of SWCDs, watershed councils, conservation organizations, natural resource agencies, and community organizations. An understanding of the unique role of SWCDs is highly desired.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to discuss soil and water-related problems and conservation practices.
  • Skill in clearly presenting supporting facts and data justifying the rationale for specific recommendations and alternatives.
  • Must be proficient in English (oral and written) for communicating with EMSWCD Board members and staff, partner staff, and landowners; proficiency in one or more other languages is desired.
  • Must possess excellent inter-personal, written, oral communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Must possess the full suite of Microsoft-based computer skills; use of Microsoft Office is required.
  • Ability to perform administrative, program design, development, and reporting activities.
  • Ability to initiate contact with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of constituents and project sites.
  • Ability to take a problem-solving approach to the work, while also consulting with EMSWCD staff and partner staff to ensure compliance with EMSWCD, state, and local jurisdiction guidelines.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of staff, including NRCS, District staff and partner organizations.

How to Apply: Please review full position description for application instructions:

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