The Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) seeks to hire two full-time, permanent Community Engagement Coordinators (Natural Resource Specialist 4, with an NRS 3 underfill option). As a Community Engagement Coordinator, you will empower and partner with the public and communities to understand their water situation and pursue solutions to meet the water needs of Oregon’s communities, environment, and economy. You will serve as an agency expert on public participation working with other WRD communications and engagement staff to improve community understanding of local water challenges and decisions and increase community voice in water management decisions. You will be a liaison between WRD and those who live, work, or have an interest in a place on water budget development, groundwater basin studies, development and implementation of place-based integrated water resources plans, or other agency-led initiatives as assigned. Your work will primarily focus on the North Central or Southwest Region of Oregon. You will be a member of the Planning, Collaboration, and Investments Section within the Director’s Office, reporting to the Manager of that section. Consider joining our team and advancing our mission to practice and promote responsible water management in Oregon! Learn more about the Department.
What you will do
Public engagement is critical to WRD fulfilling its mission and ensuring the public plays a meaningful role in the pursuit of a secure water future. As an agency expert in public engagement, you will:
What’s in it for you?
The opportunity to:
Natural Resource Specialist 4 Salary – The State of Oregon conducts a pay equity analysis to determine what pay step within the salary range to offer the successful candidate based on the experience documented in your application. See below for salary ranges.
(this includes most new hires to state government. Employees typically gain PERS eligibility after six months of state service)
(this is typically current or former employees of Oregon state or local government, public schools, universities, etc. 6% is deducted for PERS)
Natural Resource Specialist 4
$5,396 - $8,292 monthly
$5,771 - $8,870 monthly
Underfill Natural Resource Specialist 3
$4,693 - $7,180 monthly
$5,019 - $7,678 monthly
Other Benefits – We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:
What we are looking for?
We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications listed below. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact the hiring manager to discuss your application.
See the full job posting for the minimum qualifications for the NRS 4 and NRS 3 levels of Oregon state government employment. In addition to these minimum qualifications, we are looking for the following:
Where will you work?
Our priority is to hire a Community Engagement Coordinator to serve the North Central Region. We may also fill a position that focuses its service on the Southwest Region of Oregon. The final candidates can choose between duty stations:
What are the working conditions?
This position may work remotely and/or in an office environment. The position can work remotely on a schedule agreed upon by the manager and employee. Overnight travel will be required within the region to attend meetings, develop relationships, learn about the basin geography and water issues, etc. Overnight travel will be more frequent if you are based in Salem. This position requires a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
How to apply:
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