Reserve Manager

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently recruiting for One (1), full-time position within the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) located in Charleston, Coos County.  If you are hired you will become a part of the State’s management team.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is the administrative arm of the State Land Board (the Governor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer).  The agency’s primary missionis to ensure a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, unclaimed property, estates and the Common School Fund.  This is achieved through the management of the Common School Fund and real estate properties and their mineral and natural resources consisting of acreage, navigable waterways, including rivers, lakes, estuaries and the Territorial Sea.

The Land Board and DSL serve the public by managing various lands, natural resources, and other assets of the Common School Fund in order to obtain the greatest benefit for the people of the State while recognizing the need for conservation and sound stewardship of these public resources.  DSL is responsible for safeguarding the state’s waterways and wetlands through administration of the state Removal-Fill Law and wetlands management program.  The department also manages the state’s unclaimed property and estates programs and several grant portfolios.  Revenues from management of lands and other activities are deposited in the state’s Common School Fund, which is subsequently invested and managed by the State Treasurer and Oregon Investment Council.  DSL has five divisions: the Director’s Office, Wetlands and Waterway Conservation, Land Management, Finance and Administration and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The SSNERR was established in 1974 pursuant to an agreement between the State of Oregon and the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management. The Reserve is a special research natural area that encompasses approximately 5,000 acres in the southern portion of the Coos estuary. The site was selected to represent estuaries and coastal watersheds found within a broad region covering approximately 1,000 miles of the Pacific Northwest coastal zone. The Reserve provides a location and facilities for SSNERR researchers, visiting scientists and members of the public to conduct research and monitoring activities designed to improve understanding of the estuaries and coastal watersheds found in this region. The Reserve also provides a wide array of educational science programs and opportunities ranging from a visitor center equipped with interpretive exhibits, aquaria and multi-media displays, to personalized programs led by both professional and volunteer naturalists, to formal school curricula designed for use in classroom and in the field. A full description of the goals and objectives of the Reserve are contained in a management plan prepared by SSNERR staff for the SSNERR management commission, a seven member board appointed by the Governor to carry out the mission of the Reserve as outlined by the Oregon state legislature.
Please Note:  The Department of State Lands practice is to begin employees at the first pay step. However, a higher starting pay rate may be considered depending on the applicant’s current salary and benefits, education, and experience. The applicable collective bargaining agreement language will determine the pay for current State of Oregon employees.

 Duties & Responsibilities:
The purpose of this position is to serve as the Reserve Manager to conduct the day-to-day operations and management of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve under the supervision of the Director of the Department of State Lands and at the direction of the SSNERR Management Commission.  The manager is expected to represent the Commission and the Reserve to the broader community including routine contact and annual reports.  Major duties include:

Commission Activities
Interprets and implements directives contained in federal and state statutes governing the operation of the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) program.

– Acts on behalf of Commission and under the direct supervision of the Director of DSL, under broad policy guidance to carry out the day-to-day operation of the Reserve.

– Assures operation of Reserve is in compliance with federal and state law.

– Advises Commission on issues and activities related to the management of estuaries and coastal watersheds.

– Supervises and coordinates core program staff responsible for implementation of SSNERR Management Plan.

Human Resources Management

– Supervises staff responsible for implementation of SSNERR Management Plan by providing human resource management functions and a safe and supportive work environment.

– Oversees coordination of staff responsible for implementation of SSNERR research, education, stewardship, administration, and maintenance programs.

– Works with SSNERR staff to help oversee 5-30 temporary grant-supported on-site workers and volunteers (varies seasonally).

Land and Facilities Management

– Oversees operation and maintenance of 5,000-acre forest and wetland tract that is managed for research, education and use by the public.

– Works with the Operations Manager and staff to evaluate adequacy of existing facilities and to develop facilities-related funding proposals and contracts.

– Works with the Stewardship Coordinator and staff to facilitate the development and implementation of land management-related funding proposals and contracts.

– Acts as the lead administrator on behalf of SSNERR Management Commission and the Director of DSL, for property transactions (e.g. sales, purchases, exchanges) associated with administration of the Reserve.

Grants, Finance and Contracts Administration
– Works with SSNERR Operations Manager and staff to prepare budget request(s) for incorporation in the Department’s budget request and review and approval by the Oregon State Land Board and the Oregon Legislature.

– Collaboratively works with the agency’s Finance and Administration Division to ensure compliance with statewide accounting, budget and procurement requirements.

– Leads in the development of grant proposals submitted to federal, state, and private funders.

– Seeks appropriate expenditure and position authority and approval for applying for and accepting grants from the Legislature and Department of Administrative Services.

– Acts as the primary administrative liaison for agency with Oregon’s federal partner in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/U.S. Department of Commerce.

Project Development and Implementation

– Leads the development of project concepts that respond to needs articulated in the SSNERR management plan and other science- or community- based programmatic guidance (e.g., research questions raised by internal or external monitoring results; projects suggested by stakeholder-or advisory group-driven action planning!etc.).

– Advises state agencies, elected officials, port authorities and regional bodies throughout the state on a broad suite of issues related to the functions, values, and management of estuarine and coastal watershed habitats.

– Acts as the primary agency contact for SSNERR Advisory Group and Friends of South Slough.

Much of the work is in an office setting; but fieldwork along waterways or on rough terrain is expected and may be required to complete assigned work.  Travel is an essential function of the position. Overnight stays and/or extended work hours can be expected along with exposure to inclement weather and road conditions. Work can at times be in remote locations. Work hours during field season can be irregular and sometimes long. Visits to on-site locations may be by vehicle, watercraft or on foot. Site visits may involve walking over uneven terrain in all types of weather.

 Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

Six years of management experience related to Natural Resources, Coastal Management, Biology, Ecology or related sciences in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) Development of program rules and policies;

b) Development of long-and short-range goals and plans;

c) Program evaluation; and

d) Budget preparation.

In the “Work Experience” section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed.  Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.

NOTE: A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to management, such as Business or Public Administration, or a field related to the program of the employing agency, may be substituted for three years of the required experience.

Preference may be given to applicants wth a Master’s degree in
Natural Resources, Coastal Management, Biology, Ecology or related sciences.

The ideal candidate will possess the following desired attributes:

♦ Ability to work with and lead a collaborative team of scientists;
♦ Ability to manage a diverse work team;
♦ Experience with community and volunteer groups;
♦ Ability to build coalitions and partnerships;
♦ Strong communication skills;
♦ Experience preparing, managing and implementing  multi-source budgets; and
♦ Experience with legislative bodies (federal and state) .

The selection process will consist of a review of the material provided and an evaluation of experience and training. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview.

Note:  Employment will be contingent upon the passing of a fingerprint-based criminal background check.  Conviction of a crime will not automatically disqualify an individual from being considered for employment.

Portland, Oregon
Oregon Department of State Lands
Human Resources