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How to Apply

Applications should be received by 5 PM on Monday, May 9, 2022. Submit all application materials requested. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submit all application materials below in hardcopy or electronic form:

  • Download the BSWCD job application form linked below or obtain a paper copy by contacting Linda Lovett, Operations Manager (llovett@bentonswcd.org or 541-753-7208).
  • Cover letter describing your qualifications for and interest in the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator position. Please explain how you personally connect with the BSWCD mission, and the skills you would use to be successful in this job.
  • Resume (include your email address and phone number in the header).
  • At least two writing samples that demonstrate your professional writing style relevant to the position.
  • Three professional references, at least one of which is a past supervisor.

Send electronic submissions to:
Applications@bentonswcd.org with the subject heading CCEC Application. Attach all application materials as a single PDF. Please do not include attachments in the body of your email.

Mail hard copy application materials to:
Attn: Linda Lovett, Operations Manager
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
136 SW Washington Avenue; Suite 201
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

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Position Announcement

Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator (CCEC)

Position Opens: April 20, 2022
Application Review Starts: May 9, 2022; Open until filled
Position Status: Full time, At-will, Non-exempt
Pay Range: Starting salary $52,000-$58,096/year DOE
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, employee assistance program, short term disability, life insurance, retirement contribution; paid vacation, holidays, and wellness leave.
Office Location: Corvallis, Oregon; potential for hybrid telework/office work option
Reports to: Executive Director
Desired Start Date: end of May/early June 2022

Welcome to Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD)

BSWCD is a Special District governed by a publicly elected Board of Directors and supported through a property tax levy, grants, and other local, state, federal, and private funds. Our talented staff (6 FTEs) engage Benton County residents in the conservation and stewardship of natural resources by providing educational, technical, and/or financial assistance. Our annual budget is approximately $1 million dollars. We work collaboratively with a diverse array of dedicated and enthusiastic partner organizations, land managers, and volunteers to achieve our mission and meet the needs of our community.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice (EDIJ)

BSWCD is committed to fostering a work environment that is inclusive, collaborative, and welcoming. We strive to apply an equity focus to our policies, practices, procedures, and programs. We are working to identify and remove barriers to access our services and provide opportunities for all members of our community to engage in and benefit from the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources. Our EDIJ journey is continually evolving as we learn and grow together as individual staff and board members, and as an organization.

About the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator Position

The CCEC has responsibilities in three broad priority areas:

  1. communications/social media and marketing;
  2. conservation education and outreach; and
  3. volunteer/internship program coordination.

This team member raises awareness of the impacts of our community conservation programs across our service area of Benton County; helps us reach new audiences and deepens collaborative relationships with community partners with an eye towards equitable access to our programs and services; uses marketing tools to convey consistent messaging to our customers, stakeholders, and funders; develops conservation career pathways by recruiting and inspiring volunteers/interns to get involved with and become ambassadors of the District; and develops, implements, and evaluates strategies to engage land managers and other community members in conservation projects that align with our Strategic Plan.

Essential Functions (% are estimates to demonstrate general distribution of work and may be adjusted during annual reviews)

  1. Communications, social media, and marketing (approx. 45%)
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a District-wide communications strategy to showcase the impact of our conservation programs, build relationships with stakeholders, and increase public participation in conservation practices throughout Benton County.
  • Facilitate community conversations that assess conservation interests and needs and identify and overcome barriers to accessing Benton SWCD programs.
  • Grow Benton SWCD’s brand, network, and visibility, as well as highlight our unique niche in Benton County’s conservation community.
  • Ensure media content/messaging is inclusive and engaging for diverse audiences and reflects EDIJ and strategic goals of the organization.
  • Design, manage, and update content to creatively tell our story and announce “calls-to-action” using compelling metrics, visual resources, and customer testimonials.
  • Effectively manage social media platforms to engage the community (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Website Blog, YouTube Channel, etc.); use analytics and tools to measure and increase participation.
  • Manage and update website in a timely manner; oversee contracts with Web Design professionals; collaborate with staff on creating web content for programs.
  • Develop informational publications, promotional materials, and photo library to support organizational and programmatic needs (print and/or digital as appropriate); create and distribute Annual Reports, newsletters, e-news, post cards, event/tour invitations, and flyers/brochures.
  • Evaluate communications efforts to ensure desired impact and alignment with strategic goals.
  1. Conservation Education and Outreach: (approx. 30%)
  • Identify needs and opportunities for education and outreach that align with our strategic goals, enhance staff efforts, and utilize key partnerships, volunteers, and interns.
  • With key partners, design, plan, deliver, support, and evaluate conservation education and outreach events throughout Benton County (examples include Linn-Benton Salmon Watch and Bi-lingual STEAM Night at Lincoln School).
  • Manage Community Conservation Grant Awards Program; develop criteria to evaluate submissions, solicit grant proposals, make awards, and review/distribute grantee reports.
  • Provide E&O, communications, and logistical support for Benton SWCD’s Native Plant Sale (winter/spring) and Native Bulb and Seed Sale (fall).
  1. Volunteers/Internships (approx. 10%)
  • Develop a Volunteer Handbook; recruit, train, and oversee volunteers; coordinate annual volunteer celebration.
  • Develop communications materials for Benton SWCD Internship Program and assist with recruitment.
  1. Program Support (approx. 8%)
  • Create and manage Contracts, Agreements, and MOUs.
  • Develop and submit grant proposals to external funders. Manage grants; oversee and track timelines, deliverables, expenditures, and budgets; submit grant reports to funders.
  • Procure and maintain tools, equipment, and
  • Assist with communications, advertising, and other support tasks for Benton SWCD programs.
  1. Organizational Support & Representation (approx. 5%)
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly board meetings, and other events as designated; provide monthly staff reports and submit monthly electronic time
  • Participate in financial documentation process.
  • Support organizational planning processes as needed, including Annual Budget, Annual Work Plan, Strategic and/or Long-Range Plans.
  • Represent Benton SWCD at community
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  1. Professional Development (approx. 2%)
  • Pursue professional development opportunities to stay current on innovative/effective communications and marketing strategies, natural resource issues, and maintain proficiency in EDIJ-informed community engagement

Work Relationships

  • Maintain collaborative work relationships with staff and Board.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, Tribes, non-profits, volunteers, land managers, and community members.

Scope of Supervision

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for full time staff.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • This position occasionally requires work out-of-doors. Must be able to move through fields, hills, wetlands, and creeks, carry equipment/supplies, and set up tables and displays at
  • Must be able to move items weighing up to 25
  • Travel to conferences, workshops, day/evening/weekend meetings and events
  • Telework from a home office is possible for a portion of the work week with supervisor approval and compliance with the District’s Telework Policy.
  • Office work includes working at a desk, using a computer, or standing at a Dexterity and hand- eye coordination is required.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; uses diplomacy and tact to build rapport.
  • Exceptional organizational skills: ability to orchestrate activities to accomplish established goals.
  • Experience in collaborative educational program development and implementation.
  • Ability to administer internal small grant program; grant writing/grant management
  • Excellent strategic ability to articulate a vision, foster creative ideas in others, and find solutions.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to coordinate large tours and events.
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Excellent social skills including networking, teamwork, listening, and cultural awareness.
  • Ability to speak and understand English, make presentations, maintain professionalism during difficult exchanges, and negotiate and influence
  • Ability to understand/communicate in Spanish is highly desirable but not required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five or more years of combined education and experience in Communications or Marketing.
  • Two or more years of experience in education and outreach in an environmental science or natural resources field.
  • Any combination of education and experience that prepares the applicant to perform the duties and responsibilities of the
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, social media platforms, and online scheduling applications.
  • Must have a current Oregon Driver’s License, vehicle insurance, and access to a personal vehicle to use for work

Finalists will be contacted for an interview. We will notify all qualified applicants when a decision has been made. Thank you for your interest in this position and for taking your valuable time to apply for a job with Benton Soil and Water Conservation District!

Equal Employment Opportunity

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need reasonable accommodation to participate in any phase of the application process should call Linda Lovett at 541-753-7208. BSWCD does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, marital status, parental status, or any other non-merit factor.

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