The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon is seeking a motivated,
experienced employee with a diverse background in natural resources management to
manage four conservation properties from their office in Prairie City, Oregon.
The John Day River Basin is an exciting place to work in conservation. The John Day
River is the third longest undammed river in the conterminous United States and the last
major tributary to the Columbia River managed exclusively for wild anadromous fish.
There are many partners and funding sources for restoration. The properties managed by
this position are among the premier salmon habitats of the basin and are showcases for
conservation, restoration, and common-ground partnerships. One parcel is on the John
Day River above Prairie City, and the other three parcels are on the Middle Fork John
Day River. More Program info available on http://wslands.org
The position is focused on the protection, management, and restoration of existing fish
and wildlife habitat, agricultural activities, and monitoring activities through supervision
of the staff that perform this work. The Project Leader supervises three staff directly and
up to six additional staff indirectly. The main focus is to manage these properties as
showcases for conservation, modeling compatibilities of both agriculture and ecological
restoration. The ideal candidate should be forward-thinking in both planning and day-today
operations. They must be able to build relationships within the community, agencies,
organizations, and the Tribes. The Project Leader must have multiple skills and problemsolving
aptitude. The employee will work in an office environment about 65%, with the
remaining time spent in the field.
• Annual project contract writing with Bonneville Power Administration which
outlines annual work objectives and budget allocation ($680-800k/year, plus
revenue budget and other grants, shared responsibilities)
• Supervising and directing Field Crew lead and Oxbow caretaker on projects,
maintenance of fencing, flood irrigating, mowing, equipment and facilities care,
snow plowing, weed control, etc.. Includes hiring, supervising, and evaluating
• Supervising operations and staff of the Native Plant Nursery Program
• Partial management/coordination of Fish Biologist I (supervised from separate
Program) with monitoring work on properties
• Coordinating projects, sharing resources, and providing technical insights with
co-workers, peers, agencies, organizations and Tribal administrators.
• Participating in restoration project development with the John Day Watershed
Restoration Program, who lead restoration projects on the Properties.
• Writing memos, grants, reports, management plans, contracts, correspondence,
environmental compliance documentation, and plans to communicate with the
Tribes, BPA, and the public regarding project efforts.
• Project and facilities management, including soliciting quotes from contractors or
vendors, contractor/lessee inspections, documentation of contract progress, and
regulatory monitoring during implementation.
• Promote community outreach, public access to lands, website development,
education, and volunteer opportunities.
• General supervision of conditions and maintenance needs of the Properties,
oversight of grazing leases, property patrol, signs, kiosks, and the lead on the
Program’s weed management, including obtaining and maintaining a minimum of
a private Oregon Pesticide Applicator’s License, as well as leading and
monitoring field crew in herbicide application work.
• Communicate regularly with the Conservation Lands Program Supervisor
(position supervisor, based in Warm Springs)
Compensation: Starting salary: $44,000 to $46,276 annually, depending on
qualifications, plus excellent benefits. Full salary ranges up to $57,904 through annual
merit increases. Housing may be available.
Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in restoration ecology, biology, fisheries,
hydrology, or related natural resources field. Preference may be given to those candidates
with backgrounds in aquatic habitat and/or land management. Requires three year’s
experience in program management or related work with supervisory experience.
Candidate must be willing to work with little supervision, in remote setting with rugged
terrain and inclement weather. Office located in Prairie City, Oregon. The area is very
rural, with 3+ hour drive time to larger cities (Boise or Bend). The Prairie City office is
three hours’ drive from Warm Springs. Overnight travel is typically 4-10 nights per
year. Must pass a drug screening and have a valid driver’s license with clean record.