Urban Lands Outreach and Education Coordinator

The application period for this position ended on September 7th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified as the review process proceeds.

We are currently seeking an Urban Lands Outreach & Education Coordinator to join the EMSWCD team. This position is regularly based in our North Williams neighborhood office in Portland, Oregon. This is a Non-Exempt (it is eligible for overtime) / Full-time position. It is currently a one-year limited-term position.

Position Overview

Working closely with other EMSWCD staff, the Urban Lands Outreach & Education Coordinator will support the Urban Lands program by coordinating conservation education workshops, assisting with special projects and events, engaging the community through email marketing, social media and surveys, and representing the District at community events and meetings. Work ranges from routine administrative tasks to very social interactions with the public and partner organizations. This position works regularly in the natural resource conservation community and requires skills in record-keeping and documentation, computer proficiency, strong written and verbal communication, and excellent organization.

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an ability to embrace differing perspectives from their own are important for this position. The successful candidate will have the skills to listen and adjust their own professional methods based on a growing understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.

Download a full job description and qualification requirements for this position here (PDF).

Studies have shown that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and women are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.

We offer a generous benefits package. Please click here for a comprehensive list of EMSWCD’s benefits and eligibility criteria.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum of two years work experience in community outreach, conservation and/or public involvement.
  • Associate’s Degree in communications, natural resources, environmental studies, public affairs or related field is required, or an equivalent combination of applicable work experience.

Wage Range:  $48,209 – $62,616

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to:  jobs@emswcd.org.  Please specify the position title in the subject line of your submission.

Are you a “Veteran” as defined under Oregon law (ORS 408.225(f)) or a “Disabled Veteran” as defined under Oregon law (ORS 408.225(c))? EMSWCD complies with the Oregon Veteran’s Preference law.  Applicants must identify their eligibility for veteran’s preference when submitting their resume and cover letter for consideration, and supply supporting documents if they wish to receive preference.

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Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions was 5:00 PM PST on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021. Applications will no longer be accepted. All responses are reviewed following the deadline, not on a rolling basis.

Organization Overview

EMSWCD is a non-regulatory unit of local government that serves Multnomah County east of the Willamette River centerline. The mission of EMSWCD is to help people care for land and water. The vision is that our lands and waters are healthy and sustain farms, forests, wildlife, and communities.

EMSWCD works with private landowners, community organizations, and government agencies to provide education, grant funding, technical assistance, and other resources that support conservation practices and stewardship within our district. EMSWCD is funded by a property tax base and is organized into four programmatic areas: Rural Lands Program, Urban Lands Program, Conservation Legacy Program, and Finance and Operations.

EMSWCD recognizes that communities and workplaces are strengthened by diversity and that more inclusive conservation efforts are necessary to ensure lasting and equitable outcomes. We acknowledge the historical and ongoing disparities that BIPOC and other marginalized communities disproportionately experience in income, education and health in our communities. We also understand that these disparities can impact who has access to healthy land and water. For these reasons, our staff and board are committed to making meaningful changes in the work we do so that all communities can benefit from our programs.


EMSWCD prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities based on race, color, gender identity national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual and romantic orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisals, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. EMSWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information should contact the EMSWCD Office at 503-222-7645 or jobs@emswcd.org.  Veterans are encouraged to apply for positions at EMSWCD.