Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project

Now Hiring a 2nd Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Posted on Sep. 29th, 2021

We're looking for a 2nd Habitat Restoration Project Manager to join the TEP team in Garibaldi, OR.   

The National Estuary Program received additional funding thanks to bipartisan support in Congress.  That means Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) now has sustainable funding to support a second Habitat Restoration Project Manager position! 

We are seeking a qualified person to implement our tidal wetlands restoration projects, fish passage barrier removals through the Salmon SuperHwy partnership, riparian enhancements (large wood placement, beaver dam analogs, native plant buffers), and more.  The Project Manager will work closely with engineering consultants, construction firms, landowners, and federal, state, and local partners.

TEP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds  through active stewardship, scientific inquiry, community engagement, and education.  We follow a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) to implement our 10-year action agenda.  More information about our CCMP can be found here.

Duties and responsibilities for our open position align with our CCMP’s  overarching goal for habitat restoration:   

Conserve and restore ecological functions of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds to benefit native aquatic and terrestrial species and the communities that depend on them.    

Position Objectives

The objectives of this position include the following:

  • Assess, Conserve, and Restore Watershed Habitats including Estuarine, Non-Estuarine Wetland, In-Stream, Riparian, and Upland Habitats
  • Enhance Health of Salmonid, Shellfish, Other Aquatic Species, and Non-Aquatic Species Stocks

Key Actions

Key actions for this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Implementation of the habitat restoration goal within TEP’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP)
  • Manage all aspects of habitat restoration projects including landowner contacts, partnership building, project development, permitting, budgets, workplans, timelines, data management, reporting,  and equipment maintenance
  • Develop grant applications and manage awarded grants to fund habitat restoration projects
  • Develop subcontractor scopes of services and requests for proposals for habitat restoration projects; conduct reviews and selections of proposals; and manage awarded contracts
  • Manage the BackYard Planting Program (BYPP) and oversee contractors
  • Develop and implement a Small Grants Program, funding dependent
  • Support and/or conduct pre- and post-project monitoring
  • Work with TEP staff and partners to develop and implement TEP’s CCMP and annual work plans
  • Co-lead the implementation of TEP’s 5-year habitat restoration strategy
  • Support TEP staff and Board of Directors in the development and implementation of monitoring, financial, communication, and organizational strategic plans
  • Participate in TEP- and partner-led technical advisory committees and working groups (e.g. Hebo Stewardship Working Group, OR Central Coast Estuary Collaborative, Pacific Marine & Estuarine Partnership)

General Responsibilities

In order to contribute to the success of TEP as an organization, the Habitat Restoration Project Manager will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Maintain close working relationships with local, state, and federal partners, scientists, and special interest groups
  • Represent TEP at meetings, committees, conferences, workshops, and events as needed
  • Support TEP- and partner-led water quality, monitoring, education, and engagement programs
  • Communicate TEP’s achievements through press releases, reports, quarterly newsletters, website content, social media postings, and radio recordings
  • Write reports and give presentations that meet audience expectations, display information clearly and with high impact, and reflect professionally on TEP
  • Participate in TEP fundraising efforts
  • Any other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in restoration ecology/engineering, environmental/biological sciences or related discipline
  • Minimum of five years of post-baccalaureate experience related to habitat enhancement and restoration projects (Master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience)
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Adobe or other similar software
  • Proof of valid driver’s license and current auto liability insurance at time of appointment (and maintained throughout employment with TEP)

Attributes and Requirements for Consideration

  • Work harmoniously with others and effectively complete tasks in an open office environment
  • Interact with staff, Board Members, and public with a high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrate a concern for accuracy (e.g. regularly produce accurate, thorough, professional work)
  • Demonstrate a concern for effectiveness (e.g. proactively analyze current procedures and offer suggestions for possible improvements)
  • Effective communications (e.g. respectful and courteous in all verbal and non-verbal communications)
  • Creative and self-motivated
  • Willing to carry out tasks and respond to situations as they arise with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to manage multiple projects, adapting as needed to changing priorities, deadlines, and instructions
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior
  • Works in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner
  • Displays a positive attitude toward and enthusiasm for functioning as a part of a high-performance team
  • Experience working with diverse populations, rural communities, and private landowners
  • Understanding of a broad range of issues related to habitat restoration, living resources, and water quality and be able to condense that knowledge into forms that are easily understood by partners and the general public
  • Eagerness to continue professional development through attending workshops, trainings, conferences, and independent study
  • Familiarity with GIS software and statistics

Work Environment and Compensation

Work shall be performed in both an office environment and in the field.  TEP full time staff work four 10-hour days each week.  Our office is open Mondays through Thursdays.  Evening and weekend work may be required occasionally to support TEP.  During covid restrictions, TEP staff are working from home offices with scheduled access to the office.  We anticipate implementation of a hybrid office/remote work schedule once covid restrictions are lifted.

Work assignments may require bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, lifting up to 30 pounds, pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping, walking in rough terrain, in-water work, and occasionally contending with adverse weather conditions requiring special clothing and safety precautions. 

Some work assignments may require working independently in a remote field setting.  The Habitat Restoration Project Manager shall be expected to follow field safety protocols and covid-19 safety protocols.

Travel (>100 miles per month), mostly local, is often required.  The Habitat Restoration Project Manager shall need to have a personal vehicle, show proof of a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance, and maintain a valid license and insurance for the duration of employment with TEP.  TEP reimburses its employees for their personal vehicle usage during company-related travel, excluding commuting to and from work, at the IRS standard mileage rate.

This position is subject to the Employee Handbook, Safety Policies, Fiscal Policy, and all other TEP policies.  This position is subject to periodic background checks.

The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $58,600. Actual offer of compensation shall be dependent upon experience.  This position is eligible for enrollment in TEP’s retirement program, health insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Application Process

To apply, please submit by email:

1) A resume,

2) A statement of qualifications and interest, and

3) Three professional references.

The statement of qualifications should describe the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the position and should not exceed two full, single spaced pages.   Applicant contact information must include mailing address, phone number, and email address.   Professional references must include names, email addresses and phone numbers.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business, 6:00pm (Pacific Time), Sunday, October 31, 2021.   Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please email application materials to Dr. Kristi Foster, Executive Director at kristi@tbnep.org.  TEP’s office is currently closed due to covid-19 restrictions so mailed paper applications will not be accepted.

The preferred start date for this position is January 3, 2022 or sooner.


Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.

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