Willamette Partnership is excited to announce a Fellowship position to help the Owens Farm Health
& Outdoors Partnership coordinate its Community Engagement Plan. This position will be
responsible for assisting the Partnership with duties related to community outreach and
engagement projects, including listening sessions, focus group gatherings, and potential site visits to
the Owens Farm property. Duties include administration and implementation of project work plans,
planning and implementing community engagement efforts, and working with the project team on
writing a key findings document recording themes from the engagement work.
Greenbelt Land Trust, in partnership with Samaritan Health Services, Benton County Health
Department, Benton County Natural Areas & Parks, Willamette Partnership, and the City of Corvallis
Parks & Recreation, is collaborating on an innovative cross-sector vision for a thriving natural
landscape that supports the mental and physical health and wellbeing of members of our
community through universal access to nature. We believe that all members of our community,
regardless of age, health, mobility, gender, race, or socioeconomic status deserve ready access to
the natural world. We also believe that access into our high-value natural areas should be well
planned to minimize negative impacts to sensitive habitats. The focus of this planning effort is to
envision and design a network of universal access trails at the Owens Farm and Jackson-Frazier
Wetland properties, a 600-acre conservation area that includes land owned by Greenbelt,
Samaritan, City of Corvallis, and Benton County.
The project connects habitat conservation; historic preservation; health; and local governments to
plan, design, and build universal access trails on this culturally- and environmentally-significant
property. The property includes a diverse mix of strategy habitats such as oak woodland and
savanna, wetland, and upland prairies, creeks, and riparian forests, as well as farmland and historic
The Partnership is undertaking a community engagement effort, focusing on populations
experiencing disparities in access to the outdoors. We plan to hold listening sessions around our
community to find out how people currently access nature, what would make them come enjoy
Owens Farm, and build a shared vision for the trail. Community feedback will be used to make final
refinements to the Conceptual Trail Plan as the shared vision for the trail.
The Restoration Manager will have the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on some of the most important habitats in the Willamette Valley. The Restoration Manager will continue to build upon a successful habitat management program that actively creates and restores native plant communities and sustains rare wildlife species. This position will lead complex restoration projects in prairie, wetland, and woodland habitats. You will be a member of Greenbelt’s Stewardship Team which includes a Director, two part-time Coordinators, and seasonal employees who collectively manage 3,700 acres of protected habitat.
The Restoration Manager will lead projects that are already underway, but will be expected to secure new funding for future projects by drawing on Greenbelt’s track record of writing successful grants. The Manager needs to have great writing skills, since you will also be responsible for writing annual reports and submitting regulatory permits. You will need the ecological background that will enable you to tour a property, develop a plan for managing the habitat, and effectively communicate that plan to a seasonal equipment operator that you will supervise, as well as to contractors and landowners. To be successful in this role you should have technical skills in plant identification, vegetation management, and seed establishment. You will need to be familiar with and occasionally operate restoration equipment such as tractors, sprayers, and large trucks.
For more details, see the full job description HERE.
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