Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Lead Scientist) at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently recruiting for One (1), full-time, PERMANENT position within the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) located in Charleston, Oregon. This position is represented by Local 2238 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME).

DSL is the administrative arm of the State Land Board (the Governor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer). The agency’s primary mission is to ensure a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, unclaimed property, estates and the Common School Fund. This is achieved through the management of the Common School Fund and real estate properties and their mineral and natural resources consisting of acreage, navigable waterways, including rivers, lakes, estuaries and the Territorial Sea.

The Land Board and DSL serves the public by managing various lands, natural resources, and other assets of the Common School Fund in order “to obtain the greatest benefit for the people of the State” while recognizing the need for conservation and sound stewardship of these public resources. DSL is responsible for safeguarding the state’s waterways and wetlands through administration of the state Removal-Fill Law and wetlands management program. The department also manages the state’s unclaimed property and estates programs. Revenues from management of lands and other assets are deposited in the state’s Common School Fund, which is subsequently invested and managed by the State Treasurer and Oregon Investment Council. DSL has five divisions: the Director’s Office, Wetlands and Waterways Conservation, Land Management, Finance and Administration and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The SSNERR was established in 1974 pursuant to an agreement between the State of Oregon and the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management. The Reserve is a special research natural area that encompasses approximately 5,000 acres in the southern portion of the Coos estuary. The site was selected to represent estuaries and coastal watersheds found within a broad region covering approximately 1,000 miles of the Pacific Northwest coastal zone. The Reserve provides a location and facilities for SSNERR researchers, visiting scientists and members of the public to conduct research and monitoring activities designed to improve understanding of the estuaries and coastal watersheds found in this region. The Reserve also provides a wide array of educational science programs and opportunities ranging from a visitor center equipped with interpretive exhibits, aquaria and multi-media displays, to personalized programs led by both professional and volunteer naturalists, to formal school curricula designed for use in classroom and in the field. A full description of the goals and objectives of the Reserve are contained in a management plan prepared by SSNERR staff for the SSNERR management commission, a nine member board appointed by the Governor to carry out the mission of the Reserve as outlined by the Oregon state legislature.

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