North Santiam Watershed Council

Stayton, Oregon

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 58k to 72k
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Posted: June 8th, 2022

Application first review date: Position open until filled

Status: Salaried, exempt position (1.0 FTE)

Pay range: $58,000-72,000/year DOE 

Benefits: Health insurance (medical, vision, and dental), Paid Time Off

Desired start date: Immediate


The North Santiam Watershed Council (NSWC) is a locally driven, non-governmental, non-regulatory community-based nonprofit that facilitates stewardship and restoration projects to improve water health, and develops partnerships to plan, fund, and implement those projects.
In 2020, the North Santiam Watershed was hit by the Beachie Creek & Lionshead wildfires. The wildfires had a great impact on both our community and our environment, resulting in half of the watershed being burned. In response to this tragedy, the North Santiam Watershed Council shifted its focus to working together to implement post-fire recovery efforts and assist in the rebuilding of our communities.

Some Examples of the NSWC’s Restoration Projects Include:

  • Restoring remnant Willamette Valley wet prairie, oak savanna, and oak woodland habitats through prescribed burning & re-establishing native species to restore native pollinator and grassland bird habitats.
  • Enhancing instream aquatic habitat complexity by adding large wood structures and reconnecting the stream with its historic floodplain.
  • Restoring the ecological functions of the riparian/ floodplain corridors through strategic
    vegetative management.
  • Reducing forest fuels through prescribed burning and mechanical treatments.
  • After the wildfires in 2020, the NSWC provided landowners with weed-free straw, waddles, native grass seed, trees, & shrubs to restore the burned riparian and upland habitats throughout the Santiam Canyon.
  • In early spring 2022, with native plant material provided by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) through its Arbor Day Foundation Grant, the NSWC and its partners distributed over 31,000 native trees and shrubs to over 180 landowners impacted by the Beachie Creek & Lionshead wildfires.
  • Throughout 2021-2022, we worked to conduct site visits to help develop restoration plans and to provide post-fire information to impacted landowners. Moreover, the NSWC helps landowners to identify funding opportunities to make on-the-ground restoration projects a reality.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identifies, develops and maintains authentic relationships with our community, partners, and funders.
  • With support from the Council Board and staff, the Executive Director oversees and participates in fundraising, pursuing sponsorships, cultivating donor relations, fee-for-service opportunities, and grant writing.
  • Manages complex budgets and ensures grant and contract requirements are met.
  • Works with staff and Council Board on strategic and programmatic plans, evaluates progress, manages day-to-day operations, and fosters a positive work environment.
  • Supervises and evaluates a professional and dedicated staff, ensuring appropriate allocation of staff time and coordination across programs.
  • The ED reports to the Council Board through the Board President and Executive Committee.


  • Degree in natural resources/sciences (e.g., water resources, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, planning, agricultural business, or other related disciplines) is beneficial but not required.
  • Experience with non-profit fundraising, direct solicitation, and foundation, Federal, State, and corporate grant writing.
  • Knowledge of programs and laws related to watershed restoration in Oregon and a commitment to ongoing learning.
  • Ability to develop and track organizational budgets and work plans.
  • Meeting facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Willingness to have a flexible work schedule.
  • Position requires sitting, typing, standing, walking, & carrying up to 40 pounds. Fieldwork may require capabilities for surveying restoration opportunities while walking/hiking on land with uneven terrain.
  • Valid Oregon driver’s license and reliable personal transportation (work-related travel reimbursed).

Key Attributes of a Successful Candidate:

  • Passion to lead a nonprofit organization in watershed restoration, community engagement, and education.
  • Ability to plan and execute both short and long-term timelines.
  • Builds partnerships and authentic relationships with diverse community members, particularly those who are traditionally underserved.
  • The ideal candidate will be committed to advancing the Council’s goals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by building trusting relationships and representing the NSWC with integrity.
  • Interpersonal skills, including a personal commitment and demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives in an equitable and inclusive fashion.
  • Understanding the social, ecological, and economic conditions of the NSWC.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to In your cover letter, please describe lived and professional experience in watershed conservation, and nonprofit management. All emails - both application submittals and questions regarding the position - should have: “Executive Director - applicant last name” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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