Project Manager

Deschutes River Conservancy Published: July 9, 2021
Bend, OR
Second Location
Bend, Oregon 97703, United States
Job Type
Project Management /

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The Deschutes River Conservancy seeks a Project Manager to join our dynamic team in restoring streamflow and improving water quality in the Deschutes Basin.

  • Title:  Project Manager
  • Reports To:  Program Director
  • Salary Range: Negotiable; starting at $60,000
  • Location: Bend, Oregon 


The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC), based in Bend, Oregon, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1996 to restore streamflows and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. We bring together tribal, irrigation, environmental, hydropower, and federal, state and local government interests to accomplish our mission through financing and implementation of voluntary ecosystem restoration projects.

Three major program areas provide focus to our work:

  • Irrigation Infrastructure Improvements: The DRC facilitates water conservation projects that restore streamflows and improve water quality.
  • Voluntary Market-Based Transactions: The DRC integrates technical support, innovation, program design, financing and project execution to implement voluntary market- based transactions to restore streamflows.
  • Basin-wide Water Management Planning.

NOTE: We are governed by a 15-person board of directors and managed by a full-time Executive Director with seven employees. The DRC has a $2.1 million annual budget.


We are an innovative, consensus-based, and highly collaborative organization. We proactively seek new solutions for solving old problems. We don’t engage in litigation, preferring instead to leverage partners’ strengths to get the watershed-scale outcomes we seek. We live the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Click here to read about our full Mission, Vision and Values.

We honor the native people who have called this region home for thousands of years.  We join them in stewardship of our rivers for the next seven generations.  


You are someone who can:

  • Build relationships.
  • Think creatively.
  • Find common ground with diverse interests.
  • Manage complex projects.
  • Be flexible and adaptive.
  • Be passionate about conservation.


  • Negotiate agreements with landowners, irrigation districts and contractors to implement streamflow restoration projects and water quality projects including the McKay Creek Water Rights Switch, on-farm efficiency programs, and new projects as they come online;
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with landowners, irrigation districts, government agencies, and other conservation organizations;
  • Coordinate the work of project teams, including in-house resources, subcontractors, and agency partners to complete projects;
  • Manage contracts with engineers, GIS consultants, and other subcontractors;
  • Assist in research tasks associated with water rights analysis;
  • Monitor and report on project status, and ensure that projects meet grant objectives;
  • Develop and submit grant applications in support of projects;
  • Manage the grant tracking and fiscal administration of projects in coordination with accounting staff;
  • Review and approve invoices submitted under project budgets.
  • Assist in communication and marketing efforts of the DRC as needed; and
  • Work with DRC staff and Board to strengthen DRC’s institutional capacity, including advancing internal and external work on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity.


  • This is a full-time, exempt position with a negotiable salary range; starting at $60,000.
    • Benefits include a group medical and dental insurance policy, access to a retirement plan with an employer contribution, and a competitive personal paid-time-off policy.
    • The DRC supports continuing education opportunities for all staff. 


  • Please click "Apply" below to email your resume and cover letter. 
  • Position is open until filled with an ideal start date of June 21st.

DRC is committed to equal employment opportunities and encourages applications from people of all races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, beliefs, national origins, or abilities.

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