Dec 2, 2013
Last week I received the news that our Executive Director, Jean Fike is going to resign effective later this month. At the District, we can’t help but be saddened by this loss as Jean has led us through a very successful and exciting expansion of programs over the last nine years. At the same time, we are thrilled for Jean and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, where she has accepted a job as Manager of their Northwest Region.
During Jean’s tenure the District has expanded its ability to protect the natural and agricultural resources throughout East Multnomah County. She oversaw the establishment of a new headquarters on N. Williams Avenue in Portland, creation of a grant program that invests nearly a million dollars annually in East Multnomah County, establishment of the Headwaters Incubator Farm to train the next generation of local farmers, and expansion of a land acquisition and easement program to ensure protection for the most important natural resource and agricultural lands in East Multnomah County. During that same time established programs like the Conservation Technical Assistance and Sustainable Urban Landscapes also extended the reach and range of services they offered, protecting our most valuable riparian areas with StreamCare and teaching Naturescaping classes in underserved neighborhoods. Read more
In honor of World Soil day, we celebrate all the soil does for us. Learn about your soil from some of our favorite soil websites!
Be a soil scholar!
To learn even more, join us at Soil School on April 5, 2014. There will be three tracks: one for farmers, one for beginning gardeners, and one for experienced gardeners. Click here to register!
Your Local Conservation District is looking for a detail-oriented person with excellent communication skills to help coordinate our events and volunteers and serve as a community connections representative. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of experience with project and volunteer management and event coordination. Additionally, this candidate will excel at community outreach, work well with a wide variety of people, and have experience building successful partnerships in traditionally underserved communities.
Position is in Portland Oregon and is full time with competitive benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer; persons of color strongly encouraged to apply. This position is now closed; applications will be reviewed next. Thank you to all applicants! For details about the job, please see the Outreach and Education Specialist page.
Help get funding to great local projects – your Local Conservation District is looking for a detail-oriented person with excellent communication skills to help administer our grants programs. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of experience with community outreach or with grants and contracts; work well with a wide variety of people; and have experience building successful partnerships in traditionally underserved communities. Position is in Portland Oregon and is full time with competitive benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer; persons of color strongly encouraged to apply.
The application period for this position has closed. To read about the job description, please see the Grants Specialist page.
We are happy to announce the launch of the new EMSWCD website!
- a new design and a complete reorganization so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. (visit this page for tips on using the new website).
- Greater accessibility with mobile devices and a wider range of browsers. (Note: visitors using Internet Explorer 6 or older will encounter some issues).
Other highlights include:
You can read more about all of our programs in the About section, or simply click on any section in the menu to learn more. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
We’ve gotten feedback that more time is needed for 2014 Headwaters Farm Incubator applications. If you are one of the individuals who is interested in farming at Headwaters but didn’t have time to apply, you’re in luck!
The Headwaters Incubator Program will be accepting applications until November 15th.
For more information on how to apply or what the program offers, please visit the EMSWCD’s farm incubator page or contact Rowan Steele, Farm Incubator Manager (contact page / 503-935-5355).