About the Coquille Watershed Association
CoqWA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was formed by a small group of local citizens who were concerned about the health of the watershed and its fish and wildlife resources. Since that humble beginning, CoqWA has established a restoration program that is valued and supported throughout the watershed. Our mission is to provide the structured framework to coordinate the assessment and monitoring of the watershed’s conditions and to implement proven management and restoration practices that are designed to support environmental integrity and economic stability for the communities of the Coquille watershed. Additionally, we are committed to local outreach and education initiatives on topics related to fish, wildlife and environmental science. CoqWA is supported by a diverse volunteer Executive Council representing landowners, agencies, business owners, community members and natural resource groups. The Executive Council selects the Board of Operating Officers, which oversees the running of the Association. CoqWA is also advised by a 6-member Technical Advisory Committee, which is comprised of biologists, engineers and educators that vet and approve each project the CoqWA wishes to undertake.
The CoqWA Monitoring/Watershed Assessment Program Manager will oversee the development and implementation of a diverse array of monitoring and watershed assessment projects in the Coquille watershed. Additionally, the staff member will assist the Director and Board in implementing the organization’s goals and work toward the achievement of the Association's mission and strategic plan. The position will expand CoqWA’s portfolio of projects in monitoring and watershed assessment and involves managing several projects at one time as well as developing opportunities for new projects and funding. The staff member reports to the Director and works closely with other staff, volunteers, private landowners, agency partners, and others to accomplish projects and initiatives.
The staff member must have a commitment to a collaborative, partnership-based work environment and a knowledge (or willingness to learn) of watershed councils and local, state, and federal natural resource agencies. The staff member must be able to work independently and as a team member with excellent interpersonal skills, and have the ability to interact diplomatically with landowners, watershed staff & volunteers, and state & federal employees. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, effective time management, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/deadlines is key to success in this position. Having a working knowledge of key watershed management issues, including stream, wetland and riparian restoration, fish habitat improvement and monitoring, plus the ability to articulate these to the public is ideal. The staff member must be able to work in a variety of outdoor conditions, sometimes in adverse weather and rugged terrain. Computer skills including working knowledge of Word/Excel and ArcGIS software. Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance, and if personal vehicle is used for watershed association business, mileage will be reimbursed at current state rate.
Essential Functions of the Position
This position will lead the Monitoring and Watershed Assessment Program of CoqWA.
Monitoring Program – 0.55 FTE
• Development of monitoring projects and submitting grant applications for the monitoring program with assistance from other staff and technical advisors
• Implementation of the Winter Lake Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring Project (3 year project), which includes juvenile coho sampling, water quality sampling (water level, temperature, dissolved oxygen), and photo point monitoring
• Oversight of part-time seasonal crew members
• Management, analysis, and reporting of monitoring data to inform restoration priorities, agencies, and the public of findings
Watershed Assessment Program – 0.20 FTE
• Leading basin assessments to evaluate current watershed conditions and inform restoration priorities (road surveys, Aquatic Habitat Inventory, and water quality)
• Oversight of summer crew that surveys roads, water quality and fish habitat.
• Analysis of data to inform CoqWA’s restoration priorities in the sub-basin, coordination with Restoration Program Manager on data interpretation and priority reaches.
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management, or related field
• Master’s degree preferred
• Five years work experience in natural resources research/surveying work/conservation planning and/or project management, fisheries experience preferred.
• Ability to manage complex projects with a variety of partners and to meet deadlines is essential.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills to use with a wide range of individuals (e.g. other staff, conservation partners, private landowners and farmers, volunteers, and local community).
• Ability to collect field data, manage data, interpret and analyze data using appropriate statistical methods, create informative graphical depictions, report information in various forms (general audience vs. scientific audience)
• Demonstrated experience with grant writing, writing scientific reports or papers, and writing for a general, non-science audience.
• Strong project management skills, including but not limited to setting and implementing effective goals and objectives, problem-solving, time management, contract and grant management, creating and maintaining collaborations with other organizations, developing public awareness activities, preparing reports, etc.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Knowledge and appreciation of the people, values, and current conservation issues of agricultural landscapes and managed wetlands.
• Experience working on field research or monitoring projects; work in an agricultural setting a plus.
• A working knowledge of ArcGIS and using a GPS unit (Trimble experience is a plus).
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
• A positive attitude with a flexible approach to work and willingness to take on new projects or tasks as needed.
• Ability to engage in strenuous outdoor activity, carry field equipment and endure outdoor field conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
• Willingness to conduct in-state travel, occasional out-of-state travel and be comfortable with working evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
• Valid driver's license required and use of personal vehicle for travel. Mileage will be reimbursed at the state approved rate. Currently: $0.545/min
TO APPLY: Please email Executive Director, Melaney Dunne, firstname.lastname@example.org
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