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Stewardship Director

Enterprise, OR 

Location: Enterprise, Oregon

Posting Date: 04/21/2021

Application Deadline: 05/14/2021

Reports To: Executive Director

Category: Regular, Full Time

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Salary & Benefits: $60,000 to $80,000 annually DOE. Wallowa Resources offers excellent benefits and flexible work policies.


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Wallowa Resources is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, Wallowa Resources has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. Headquartered in Wallowa County, we strive to help communities throughout Northeast Oregon balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of their resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. We work with a wide range of public and private partners to undertake collective efforts that reduce wildfire risk, improve forest and watershed health, develop natural resources work forces, and increase effective collaboration among the region’s many interest groups. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education.


The Stewardship Director manages and coordinates WR field stewardship, including our restoration, monitoring and youth education programs, in line with the organization’s mission and targeted impact. The position advances WR’s vision for landscape-scale restoration and rural community revitalization in northeast Oregon. The Stewardship Director designs and advocates for high-performing and forward-looking partnerships, strategies, and policies that establish the pre-conditions for healthy and resilient habitats, secure and sustainable working lands, diversified economic opportunities, and resolution of resource-based conflicts.

The Director oversees and hires Stewardship Program staff, manages inter-program relations, engages regularly with partner organizations, agencies, and contractors, and provides oversight to program fundraising and financial management. The position serves as a key member of the WR’s Management Team. As part of this team, the position plays an important role in developing and executing strategic and work plans, and ensuring achievement of organizational goals and outcomes.


  • Serves as WR’s lead staff, technical expert, strategist, and planner for forest, range and watershed restoration and stewardship across private and public land in Northeast Oregon.

  • Conveys direct technical assistance to staff and partners in drafting strategic action plans, restoration strategies, and permit submittals. Interprets and integrates new science, technologies, and policies.

  • Works with diverse public and private partners to develop new programs, policies, and funding for long-term protection of working lands and capturing their full range of values. Maintains strong and effective relationships with WR partners including landowners, non-profit organizations, tribes, conservation groups, state and federal agency personnel, and elected officials and staff.

  • Serves on the WR Management Team. Participates in organizational strategy development, assists programs and project planning, and offers advice on program decisions and systems. May serve occasionally as Acting Executive Director as needed.

  • Develops, updates, and implements work planning tools and templates for program managers to record current plans and funding, explore new project opportunities, and complete organizational budgets and performance evaluations.

  • Tracks Stewardship Program budgets ($1,000,000+) and expenditures to anticipate and initiate proactive targeted and joint fundraising to meet program-specific funding needs and ensure timely completion of grant deliverables.

  • Helps create communications strategies and materials that effectively promote and sustain support for all aspects of the Stewardship Program. Responsible for all contracts, agreements, and associated statements of work with contractors and subcontractors.

  • Coordinates hiring, management, and performance evaluations of program staff, interns, and contractors as appropriate. Supervises staff and performs supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

  • Hosts a Program Manager's meeting at least monthly.

  • Reports regularly to the Executive Director on program work.


The following are desired to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.

  • A Master’s degree in a natural resources field, or relevant equivalent experience, is required.

  • A valid Oregon Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record according to WR’s auto liability policy requirements.

  • The ability to pass a pre-employment background check.

  • 5 years of experience working in watershed restoration, preferably in senior level positions. The experience must reflect strong knowledge of the standards and practices of watershed systems and restoration strategies, working lands management and operations, landscape-scale planning, and federal, state, and local watershed-related programs and policies.

  • 5 years of experience in a management level and/or leadership position, with direct experience managing staff, organizational operations and administration, and finances and budgets.

  • Familiarity with Native Americans and tribal issues.

  • Familiarity with forest/range/watershed management and monitoring practices, and associated programs and policies, and with natural resource education and extension.

  • Demonstrated experience and training in conflict resolution, facilitation, negotiation, strategic planning, and collaborative processes.

  • Proven success developing lasting partnerships and coalitions in a rural context, including private landowners.

  • Proven track record of managing multiple programs or projects of strategic importance to achieve appropriate milestones and tangible outcomes.

  • Demonstrated experience and skills raising funds from foundations, government, and private donors.

  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills.

  • 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 Stewardship Director works primarily in an office environment; however, the position frequently visits field locations including parks, forests, farms, ranches and other outdoor locations. Those outdoor locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including rain, snow, wind, and dust. The position frequently requires extended overnight travel by car and commercial airlines. The Director interacts constantly with staff, visitors, program participants, government agencies, and others. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move files in excess of 15 pounds.

Hours: Typical office hours are full time from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday. The Director also travels extensively and frequently may be required to work extended hours. This includes evenings, weekends, and holidays and requires the necessity to be on call after hours.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by other film representatives authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts WR’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.

Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the WR Executive Director.


Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted April 22, 2021

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