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Published August 13th, 2021 in News, Outreach, UW Blogs

Post-Fire Recovery Leader


Organizational Mission:

Umpqua Watersheds is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the ecosystems of the Umpqua watershed and beyond through education, training, advocacy, and ecologically sound stewardship. Umpqua Watersheds was first formed in 1986 as a volunteer organization for citizens to help monitor public forest and watershed management projects, and obtained its official 501©(3) non-profit status in 1995. Please visit for more information about who we are and what we do.

Position Summary:

The Post-Fire Recovery Leader position promotes collaborative learning and volunteerism to restore public lands impacted by the Archie Creek Fire. This position will work alongside partners such Phoenix Charter School, Umpqua Community College, the Bureau of Land Management, and the United States Forest Service to enhance watershed integrity, aesthetic qualities, and public access of burned recreation sites such as Wright Creek, Fall Creek, Susan Creek, Rock Creek, Millpond, Lone Pine, and the North Umpqua Trail.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and implement at least three large community volunteer events throughout the year (targeting ~500 service hours) focused on revegetation, noxious weeds removal, live-stake cuttings, seed collection on USFS and BLM lands.
  • Support service-learning activities for local high school and college students via engagement with Phoenix Youth Corps and UCC’s Natural Resources Programs.
  • Assist BOD, staff, and Americorps members with public outreach related to project goals and outcomes via KQUA radio, membership newsletters, and social media.
  • Promote scientific and environmental literacy pertaining to the interconnections between fire recovery, community resilience, and adaptive forest management.
  • Attend monthly BOD meetings held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to connect and strategize with committee chairs and provide project updates.
  • Maintain a bi-weekly Post-Fire Recovery Blog on UW website to promote community awareness, environmental education, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Strengthen capacity for future project phases and community-based restoration.

Position Requirements:


  • Ability to lead volunteer events and represent the mission of Umpqua Watersheds.
  • Must have desire and ability to actively work with community members, students, and other project partners in a professional manner and demeanor.
  • Strong commitment to safety and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently at times and show initiative on collaborative projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in non-technical terms with a diverse population.
  • Ability to live and work effectively as a member of a team and maintain a positive attitude in physically demanding and/or uncomfortable conditions.
  • S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check and fingerprint screening to work with youth.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Pursuing higher education in a natural resources conservation related field.
  • Experience working outdoors with public agencies, volunteers, and youth.
  • Familiarity with native plants and forest ecosystems of Southwestern Oregon.
  • Experience working with hand-tools required for tree, shrub, and seed planting.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship and community-building initiatives on a local and global scale.
  • Ability to explain procedures in a simple and effective manner.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified


Physical/Intellectual Demands:


The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform duties and responsibilities.


  • Bending, kneeling, lifting and occasionally lifting up to 60 pounds; pulling, pushing, reaching, running, shoveling/digging, keyboarding, sitting, standing long periods, walking on rough terrain; exposure to dampness, extreme heat or cold, sun, bee stings, poison oak, dust, pollen, and burned area hazards such as falling trees, debris, and unstable soil; wearing ear plugs/muffs, hard hats, plastic gloves, rubber boots, and safety glasses; working at heights, confined or crowded or remote areas.


Work Location:

This position is based at the Umpqua Watersheds office in downtown Roseburg, OR but includes occasional telework. Project sites vary throughout the Umpqua Basin on various public lands under the jurisdiction and safety guidance of partnering public land agencies. Employees are expected to abide by all COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Regulations.

Benefits Include:


  • Part-time employment (10-20 hours per week, DOE between the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday) from September 2021 – May 2022.
  • $15.00 hourly compensation rate.
  • Hours are flexible within reason based on schooling and other job schedules.
  • Opportunity to further experience in the field of natural resources conservation.
  • Professional development, career training, and networking opportunities.


Application Process:


Please email completed resume and cover letter to: and



Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified. Selection may be made prior to the deadline of Sept 12. Early application is strongly encouraged!


We look forward to your application and thank you, in advance, for your interest in working with Umpqua Watersheds to restore public land and make our community a better place.


NOTE: Position description is subject to change. This is not an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions, or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. Umpqua Watersheds may add to, modify, or delete any aspect of this position at any time as it deems advisable.


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