We have one permanent, full-time position available with the Oregon Department of Forestry, State Forest Division, administered through the Northwest Oregon Area (NWOA). While housed in the Northwest Oregon Area (NWOA), this position provides leadership and oversight on state forests statewide, totaling approximately 762,933 acres. Management of the lands is governed by requirement in the Oregon Constitution, Oregon Revised Statutes, and Oregon Administrative Rules, and under a contract with the State Land Board. This position will likely reside at the NWOA office in Forest Grove.
The Recreation, Education & Interpretation (REI) Program is situated within the broader State Forest Division, and the mission for the REI Program is to create lasting and diverse outdoor recreational, interpretive, and educational experiences that inspire visitors to enjoy, respect, and connect with Oregon’s state forests. There is a wide range of recreation opportunities and facilities with most of the services provided on the Astoria, Tillamook, Forest Grove and North Cascade districts. Facilities include: semi primitive walk-in and drive-in camp sites; camp sites for specific equestrian and OHV use; non-motorized trails and motorized trail; and a variety of day use areas, which includes the Tillamook Forest Center (TFC). The TFC provides interpretative opportunities for visitors to learn about State Forests, forest resources, and forest management. The center also educates thousands of school children and educators every year. Recreation use, TFC visitor ship, and participation in the education programs have been increasing rapidly over the past 10 years.
The primary purpose of this position is to connect the State Forest Division REI programs to the larger communities of Oregon. This position works in close collaboration with ODF leadership, the REI Leadership team, the Executive Director and volunteer board of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust to develop and grow external relationships, partnerships, and programs to promote the State Forest Division goals in the REI Program.
Develop and implement a comprehensive REI funding and development plan that will build and diversify our funding sources for these social benefits. This may include legislative appropriations, timber revenue, corporate and business, organizations of interest, foundations, individual donors as well as the Trust.
Develop a comprehensive Volunteer Management Plan that builds upon current volunteer efforts so as to leverage additional capacity to increase the long-term viability and sustainability of all aspects of the recreation, education and interpretation units of the REI Program.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Six (6) years of experience in areas such as natural resource policy development, public policy administration, public relations, communications and marketing, civic engineering, fundraising and development, community relations & outreach, which includes assisting with a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget analysis.
Bachelor's degree in Public Policy; Public Administration; Political Science; Community Resources & Development; Community Relations; Fundraising/Philanthropic Studies, which includes assisting with a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget analysis.
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing a program vision, action plans and implementation strategies to achieve higher level goals.
Demonstrated experience in writing concept plans, white papers, and project briefings.
Possesses sound, logical judgement and is therefore able to make critical decisions based on objective input processes.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with mandatory feedback loops for input.
Experience working with diverse user groups and stakeholder to understand their needs, develop partnerships and create alignment around complex issues.
Experience in developing and maintaining successful volunteer programs.
Experience with remote supervision.
Background in grant oversight including: planning, tracking and maintaining grant records and agreements.
Familiarity with integrated strategic planning; program level planning; collaborative leadership
Effective communicator, in writing and verbally. Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills when interacting with diverse people across multiple disciplines and agencies as well as the public.
Active in relevant professional fields such as: Association of Fundraising Professionals; American Marketing Association; National Recreation & Parks Association; Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, etc.
Internal Number: REQ-52351 OPA3
About Oregon Department of Forestry
The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Mission is – To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. The mission of the State Forest Division is to manage Board of Forestry lands to achieve greatest permanent value to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to Oregonians. Timber sales on these forests produce jobs and revenue that funds counties, local districts, and schools throughout the state. These forests also offer recreational and educational opportunities, and provide essential wildlife habitat and clean water.
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