Details: Annually dependent on experience.
401 NE 1st Street, Suite A
Wallowa Resources (WR) is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, WR has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. We strive to balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of its resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education.
The Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership (WCP) Manager is responsible for development, implementation and evaluation of integrated weed management strategies as well as broad landscape-scale restoration and management strategies. This involves coordination with numerous partners including public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners to implement management across jurisdictional boundaries. The Manager will identify priorities for applied research and work to provide sound land management recommendations for local landowners and managers. The Manager will also ensure the program’s long-term financial viability. The Manager will report directly to the Wallowa Resources Watershed Stewardship Program Director and is ultimately responsible for program design, development and implementation, fundraising, budget management, contracts management and the success of the partnership.
With public and private partners, WCP staff monitors and manages weed infestations in the rugged, remote and steep Canyonlands of the Snake River watershed and some of its tributaries, including the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers. In 2018, the WCP was directly responsible for over 2,000 acres of weed treatments, over 15,000 acres of surveys, release of biological control agents, and many outreach events, including festivals and one-on-one interactions with interested landowners. WCP employed over 10 individual contractors to perform this work, contributing nearly $350,000 to the local community.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Program Administration. Lead efforts within the WCP team to secure funding to implement the mission of the WCP. Annually, develop program goals, budgets, and work plans. Manage the WCP budget in conjunction with the Grants Administrator and Financial Director. Maintain budgets through grants and other funding sources and complete timely reporting to all funding agencies. Plan for WCP future as a key Wallowa Resources program. Assist Watershed Stewardship Program Director with strategic planning, board relations and regional/community-based projects that advance the mission and goals of Wallowa Resources.
· Staff Supervision. Work with the Watershed Stewardship Director to recruit, hire, maintain and supervise sufficient WCP staff, dependent on annual budgets and work plans.
· Implement Weed Management Work. Develop, implement and monitor landscape-scale long-term multi-partner/landowner strategies for effective weed control and restoration efforts across the WCP area. Ensure use of integrative weed management techniques. Work in the field to perform weed management activities including project planning, weed mapping, chemical treatments, contract oversight, biological control releases, all in rugged and very remote terrain on foot, ATV, river raft or helicopter. Manage staff, contractors and contracts to implement work identified in annual work plans. Provide leadership for building collaborative agreements among local and regional stakeholders involved in noxious weed control. Key stakeholders include local landowners, contractors and county, state and federal agencies. Report annually on all weed control activities to the relevant local bodies including Wallowa County Weed Board, Tri-County Weed Management Area, and WCP Steering Committee. Attend monthly meetings of the Wallowa County Weed Board and quarterly meetings of the Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area. When possible, attend Asotin Co Weed Board Meetings.
· Program Monitoring and Assessment. Work with WCP Staff to manage, maintain and refine the program monitoring databases. Analyze spatial data and treatment data to assess project success and build from prior experiences.
· Share Results. Attend meetings, local and regional, to gain and share knowledge of weed management tools and strategies. Evaluate and share results from the WCP work with Wallowa Resources staff, landowners, donors and other key constituents involved with the work. Attend weekly staff meetings. Attend meetings of the Wallowa County National Resources Advisory Committee. Work with WR staff to identify areas of research needed to improve or sustain the stewardship of healthy working landscapes. Work with WR to provide outreach of WCP activities to the public and target audiences to build awareness about collaborative land stewardship within the local community and the region. Encourage involvement in collaborative processes. Contribute to the organization’s outreach programs by contributing regularly to newsletter, website, professional journals and other public relations programs of the organization.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The following are desired to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.
· Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource or related field or equivalent relevant experience, preferred.
· Three years of experience of working in rural communities and engaged in natural resources stewardship, farming, ranching or other agricultural activity is preferred. Such experience should demonstrate success building and maintaining strong community, landowner and business partnerships.
· A valid Oregon Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record according to WR’s auto liability policy requirements.
· A valid Oregon ATV safety card.
· Maintain the organization’s Operators license and a Pesticide Applicator’s license through the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
· Working knowledge of GPS and GIS, ArcMap and Collector preferred.
· Working knowledge of standard Windows applications.
· Ability to pass pre-employment background check.
· Must consistently demonstrate teamwork and positive day-to-day work relationships and interactions with staff, board members, members of the public, and community stakeholders.
Environment and Physical Requirements: The WCP Manager works both in the office environment as well as the field, which includes the rugged Canyonlands of Wallowa County. The WCP position frequently visits field locations including parks, forests, farms, ranches and other rugged and remote outdoor locations. The outdoor locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including heat, rain, snow, wind, and dust. The WCP Manager uses a wide variety of equipment, vehicles and trailers, and works regularly with herbicides and other chemicals. The position frequently requires daily and overnight travel by car. The WCP Manager interacts constantly with staff, government agencies, private landowners, and community partners. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, hikes, lifts, stoops and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move field and spray equipment in excess of 50 pounds.
Hours: Typical office hours are full time from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm., Monday through Friday. The WCP Manager also travels extensively and also may be required to work extended hours. This includes evenings, weekends and holidays.
Wallowa Resources offers excellent benefits and flexible work policies.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Application: Applicants must submit a cover letter expressing interest and identifying relevant competencies and experiences, together with a resume, and a list of at least three references. Applications should be submitted to Wallowa Resources (Attn: Joni Maasdam), 401 NE 1st Street, Suite A, Enterprise, OR 97828 or email@example.com by 4:00 p.m., November 23, 2018 For more detailed information please visit wallowaresources.org.