We’re hiring a Community Outreach Coordinator


Position:             Community Outreach Coordinator

Schedule:            32 hrs/wk (0.80 FTE), includes some evening & weekend time as needed to attend meetings and Council events. Up to 40 hrs/wk if funding becomes available

Compensation:  $17/hr;  Benefits include employee health/dental/vision plan paid for by JCWC;    employer 3% match to company 401(k) retirement plan; 10 paid federal holidays; 18 paid vacation days; Current funding for this program is for two years.  Our goal is to secure funding for a longer period of time.

Reports to:         Executive Director

About the Council

Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) was founded in 1995 by local residents and agency personnel to restore Johnson Creek.  Community engagement in this restoration work is a large part of the Council’s work and identity.  In 2016, we had a record 1,955 volunteer signups.  Our primary community engagement is through our riparian stewardship and community science programs.  The Council also has an active fish passage program—replacing, retrofitting and removing culverts and other barriers.  We are also building a stormwater retrofit & management program.

We encourage people of color, women, LGBT people, religious minorities, immigrants, and differently able people to apply.

About the Community Outreach Coordinator position

The Johnson Creek Watershed has one of the most diverse populations in the state of Oregon.  This presents an exciting challenge to engage our community, and this is at the heart of the work of the Community Outreach Coordinator.  To further our goals in this area, and to map out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, the Council adopted an Organizational Equity Plan in March, 2017.  Our DEI work to date includes a workforce development program to provide natural resources job skills to underserved communities, internships to youth from these communities, and a bilingual nature program designed to help English learners to be more comfortable in the watershed’s natural areas.

Job Duties

  1. Community Science. Coordinate the Council’s Community Science program, working with the Restoration Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator (25%).
  2. Workforce Development. Work with the Riparian Program Manager and Riparian & Outreach Specialist to expand JCWC’s workforce development program (10%).
  3. Bilingual Johnson Creek program. Coordinate JCWC’s program to connect English language learners to natural areas and parks in the watershed (20%).
  4. Tabling Outreach. Coordinate the Council’s outreach tabling at partner events.  This includes volunteer recruiting/scheduling, coordinating with partner organizations (10%).
  5. Public presentations & speaking. With direction from the Executive Director, increase the public visibility of the Council by making public presentations about the Council and its programs, especially to neighborhood groups and organizations (10%).
  6. Equity Plan Implementation. With the Executive Director and the Board Community Inclusion Committee, track implementation of JCWC’s Organizational Equity Plan (10%).
  7. Internship program. Recruit and schedule Council interns, working with the Volunteer Coordinator (15%).

Qualifications and Skills

  • Able to work well with people of diverse ages, races and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated commitment to, training in and experience with racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience working with volunteers in a leadership capacity
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, speaking, and networking
  • Working knowledge of an email marketing management platform (Vertical Response, Constant Contact, etc.)
  • Experience designing and facilitating public involvement efforts
  • Available to work occasional evenings and/or weekends in addition to workdays
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, and in Salesforce or similar database software
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds over head

Other Desirable Qualities

  • Working knowledge of website & email management platforms, digital fluency: ability to learn new applications quickly.
  • Experience working with communities within the Johnson Creek Watershed
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, or other languages spoken in the Johnson Creek Watershed
  • Knowledge of natural resources, especially as it pertains to the urban environment
  • Public speaking experience


Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource science, business, or communications preferred. A minimum of three years of experience in community outreach or communications may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.  An Associate’s degree with a minimum of 18 months experience may also be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.

Travel and Safety Requirements:

Travel by car, valid Oregon driver’s license, the ability to be insured for vehicle usage is required.  Willingness and ability to use reliable personal transportation related to work (mileage reimbursed) is preferred. Appropriate field and safety attire required as event dictates.

The Council is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply, please include cover letter, resume, a writing sample of your outreach work and three references (minimum two professional references). In your cover letter, please describe your experience and commitment to racial equity and inclusion work.  Email application materials to Cathy Geiger, at cathy@jcwc.org.  No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline: All materials must be received by 4 p.m., Pacific time, Friday, January 5, 2018

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