Watershed Restoration Manager

North Clackamas Watersheds Council | Milwaukie, OR

Posted Date 9/27/2021

The North Clackamas Watersheds Council is seeking a Watershed Restoration Manager

Closes 11/3/21

About the Position:

The Watershed Restoration Manager is the strategic driver and implementer of the Council’s watershed restoration work. They will lead in turning the Councils’ Watershed Action Plan (currently in development) into action. They will identify, plan, coordinate, and implement a range of watershed restoration projects, including but not limited to instream projects, scientific studies, riparian revegetation, fish passage, and other project types. The Watershed Restoration Manager will coordinate with landowners, local and regional jurisdictions, consultants, and regulatory agencies and other stakeholders, with different levels of knowledge, interests, and perspectives, and will be adept at working with all of them. They will guide projects through the planning, design, permitting, construction, and monitoring and maintenance phases. They will oversee the work of consultants and contractors, develop new projects with landowners, review designs, work with permitting and regulatory agencies, oversee construction, conduct monitoring, and ensure restoration achieves its ecological objectives and respond accordingly.  They will help position projects for future funding, and work with the Executive Director to secure funding for design and construction.

The Restoration Manager will ensure success of projects with high complexity. They will integrate a growing set of restoration activities into a cohesive portfolio of restoration work. They will mesh the results of the Watereshed Action Plan with the input of other stakeholders, landowners, and opportunities that present themselves, to develop projects and programs to maximize ecological uplift in our service area.  They will implement projects in the present, while also anticipating future conditions and helping the Council position its restoration work in a dynamic environment.

The Restoration Manager will be supervised by the Council’s Executive Director. They will work with the Outreach & Education contractor, the Board’s Restoration Committee, consultants, and will engage, graduate students, interns, volunteers, and others as appropriate.


  • Employer-paid health insurance for employee, purchasable by employee for dependents
  • 4 weeks vacation/year
  • Flexible work environment
  • Opportunities for growth and to lead high-profile projects
  • Work in a creative, community-based, mission-driven environment
  • Office (post-Covid) accessible on light rail, bus, bike path

About the North Clackamas Watersheds Council:

The North Clackamas Watersheds Council is a small nonprofit organization formed in 2010 to restore the health of watersheds in North Clackamas County for fish, wildlife, and people. The Council’s geography encompasses areas of Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Gladstone, and unincorporated Clackamas Count and the Willamette, Kellogg-Mt. Scott, Boardman, Rinearson, and River Forest watersheds. Our territory is home salmon, steelhead, lamprey, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, cutthroat trout, and 165,000 humans. The Council enhances these watersheds through restoration, science, commuity engagement, and supporting policies and plans for watershed health.

Key Duties and Roles:

Restoration Project Management

  • Manage the planning, design, permitting, construction, monitoring, and maintenance of restoration projects (instream, large wood, side channels, floodplain reconnection, fish passage, revegetation, stormwater, etc.)
  • Oversee the selection and work of consultants and contractors
  • Navigate permitting and landowner agreements
  • Based on the Watershed Action Plan (WAP, in progress) develops high priority projects from concept to implementable restoration project that maximize ecological uplift
  • Work with landowners, funders, and partners to develop future projects for funding, design, and implementation

Planning, Science and Stewardship

  • Provide input on the Watershed Action Plan (WAP); works with government agencies and other stakeholders to integrate WAP priorities into their plans and budgets and move projects forward; and in future years, guide Plan updates
  • Strategically guide the Council’s restoration work to maximize ecological uplift
  • Launch and implement stream temperature and other data collection, interpretation, and incorporating implications into projects and plans
  • Develop partnerships with agencies, higher education, and others to advance restoration, science and planning work

Program Development:

  • Prepare annual work plan for restoration program that implements high priority actions in the Watershed Action Plan, including budgeting and scheduling projects
  • Identify grant opportunities for restoration projects, and works with Executive Director to pursue funding
  • Track trends in the watersheds and identify science and restoration programs and projects in response (climate, urbanization, stormwater, habitat shifts, etc.)
  • Work with the Executive Director Restoration Committee, and Board, to identify and pursue steps to ensure the benefits of the Council’s restoration work is shared among people of color and low income residents; apply equity lens(es) to decision-making
  • Track key project and program accomplishments, manages data, and reports on project and program accomplishments


  • Passion for, and professional-level knowledge, skills, and experience in watershed restoration
  • Track record of managing complex technical watershed restoration projects, such as instream projects, large wood, side channels, fish passage, or similar projects
  • Experience in restoration ecology, stream ecology, fish biology, hydrology, geomorphology, and/or related biological or natural resources field
  • Experiencing managing both the technical and inter-personal aspects of restoration in an urban/suburban landscape
  • Experience working with engineers, constructions firms, design firms, field crews, landowners, partners, and permitting agencies to guide projects from development through monitoring & maintenance
  • Experience managing RFPs, contractual arrangements, scopes of work, budgets, and schedules with multiple contractors such as construction firms, design firms, field crews, and other parties
  • Familiarity with GIS and data management
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with parties with varying backgrounds in watershed restoration and science
  • Demonstrated ability to lead through collaboration, often with complex inter-organizational dynamics
  • Commitment to helping make the Councils’ restoration work benefit all people the full diversity of residents of our watersheds, especially people of color and low-income residents that have been historically marginalized
  • Ability to thrive in a small growing nonprofit organization
  • Initiative and judgement to operate independently with minimal oversight
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of terrain and conditions
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation
  • Sense of humor

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

The Council is committed to ensuring that the benefits of healthy watersheds - access to clean water, urban tree cover, green infrastructure, healthy fishy and wildlife populations, and places for outdoor recreation – are shared by all. The Council will be establishing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan by 2023. In the interim, the Council’s Board and staff have been investing time in learning more about these issues and how we can make our work more equitable both in our outward-facing work and our internal culture and operations.  The Restoration Manager will be part of these efforts.

People of color, low-income backgrounds, immigratns, people with varied life experiences, and less traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, family relationship, military service, or any other classes protected by law.

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references as a single PDF to jobs@ncwatersheds.org by 11/3/21

Listing Type
Environmental | Nonprofit | Science
Position Type
Part Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$41,000-$50,000 for 2/3-3/4 FTE based on experience & FTE
Salary Type

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