Oregon State University

Recreation and Engagement Manager

Posted: October 14, 2020
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Time Commitment: This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The Research Forests, part of the OSU College of Forestry, are comprised of ten premier research, teaching, and demonstration forests located throughout Oregon. The 12,000 acre McDonald and Dunn Forests, located immediately to the north and west of Corvallis, are the largest of these forest properties and the primary work location. These forests host more than 155,000 public recreation visits per year (many from repeat visitors who live nearby) and contain 110 miles of roads and 30 miles of multi-use trails. The primary responsibility of the Research Forests Recreation and Engagement Manager is to lead the recreation program in accordance with the Forests’ teaching, research, and demonstration missions. The incumbent in this position serves as a primary member of the Research Forests management team.

Specific areas of responsibility include: providing leadership in recreation planning and management at both the strategic and operational levels; working collaboratively with recreation groups and other stakeholders in the Corvallis, Benton County, and OSU Campus communities; recreation program staffing and budgeting; setting policy, direction, and guidelines for the evolution of the recreation program; and providing timely public information about forest activities.

Job Responsibilites

50% – Recreation Program Leadership to Carry out Recreation Vision, Planning, and Management

  • Provides leadership in recreation planning and management at the strategic and operational levels; prepares recreation plan of work options and recommendations for Forest Manager and Forest Director decisions.
  • Implements and evaluates recreation programs in the context of continuous improvement.
  • Manages the development and maintenance of trails and other recreation facilities across the forests.
  • Through engagement with various community groups, individual meetings, and systematic visitor surveys, assesses forest user recreation needs and desires to inform planning and management.
  • Assesses Research Forests’ recreation development opportunities in the context of other local providers (e.g., city, county agencies) while taking into consideration the Research Forests’ mission.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with recreation groups and other relevant stakeholders at the local, state, and regional levels to help inform planning and management.
  • Represents the Research Forests on multi-agency committees pertaining to local and regional recreation programs.
  • Provides forecasts of recreational trends affecting the Research Forests.
  • Creates plans and policies for collaboratively addressing any recreation use conflicts.
  • Collaborates with College of Forestry and other university faculty to connect recreation use, research, teaching, and student mentoring. Participates in teaching (e.g., guest lectures) and research (e.g., collaborating with university researchers) as opportunities arise.
  • Collaborates with city, county, and non-profit organizations on recreational initiatives of mutual benefit.
  • Leads and regularly interacts with a Forest Recreation Advisory Committee (FRAC).
  • Seeks internal and external financial and human resource support that will contribute to accomplishing the mission and continued success of the recreation program.
  • Manages hunting program activities as prescribed by forest management plans and policy.
  • Maintains and updates ArcGIS layers that affect recreation information and publications.
  • Develops and tracks annual budgets and programs of work.
  • Administers contracts pertinent to the recreation program.
  • Participates in community and interagency efforts to support equitable recreation access and developments.
  • Applies for permits necessary for development and operations of the recreation program.
  • Works with law enforcement and Research Forests staff to enforce rules and regulations.
  • With the Recreation Field Coordinator, manages maintenance of the Forests’ trails, trailheads, recreation facilities, as well as volunteer, safety, and operations programs.
  • Drives vehicles on forest roads.
  • Leads fundraising efforts for the OSU Foundation Account to support the recreation program, including coordinating commemorative benches and individual donations.
  • Manages the special uses program; processes forest use requests for small events and administers support to three running events on the forests.
  • Supports student learning through presentations, student projects, and/or serving on student committees.
  • Provides recreation management expertise to College of Forestry and OSU as requested.

15% – Supervision:

  • Hires, trains, and mentors classified, student, and/or temporary employees; plans, assigns, and reviews their work; establishes performance goals and evaluates results; disciplines up to and including dismissal, as needed.
  • Assures safety procedures and guidelines are clear and followed.

20% – Public Information and Outreach

Public Information

  • Develops, provides, and updates public information on Research Forest management activities through multiple formats, including website updates, newsletters, and other multi-media communication techniques; develops communication strategies and plans.
  • Develops programs, materials, and other onsite techniques for interpretation and communication that helps recreationists understand forestry and forests in general and the Research Forests in particular.
  • Meets personally with neighbors and recreation groups to inform and discuss conditions and activities on the forests.
  • Works with College of Forestry Communications and Marketing office for wider distribution of content and messaging to the public, including alumni and other stakeholders.
  • Responds to public (visitor and neighbor) concerns and questions, including mitigating any recreation use conflicts.
  • Manages public education efforts to encourage appropriate forest use behaviors and practices related to trail use, dog behavior, parking behavior, etc.
  • Evaluates and implements improvements to wayfinding signs along trails and within parking areas.
  • Evaluates and implements improvements to public maps.
  • Coordinates with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to manage public information and education related to wildlife encounters.


  • Leads planning team for annual Get Outdoors Day event at Peavy Arboretum.
  • Coordinates and administers outreach events and programs.
  • Shares information about Research Forests programs’ priorities, goals, and activities.
  • Shares information about teaching, research, and demonstration activities occurring on the Research Forests.
  • Promotes community involvement in recreation program efforts including opportunities associated with volunteerism, fundraising, public input into recreation planning, etc.
  • Creates interpretive programs; tours, signs and online information about Research Forests natural and cultural resources, as well as management.
  • Responds to media requests.

15% – Staff Support

  • Provides recreation input into preparation of current and future forest operations and forest planning efforts.
  • Advises the Forest Director and Forest Manager on forest management activities effects on recreation.
  • Leads teams developing recreational projects and programs; participates on and supports teams led by others.
  • Provides other staff support as needed or assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in recreation, recreation planning, forestry or natural resource management, or closely related fields.
  • Experience working in outdoor recreation planning and/or management.
  • Experience in public communication using a variety of methods including social media platforms.
  • Supervisory experience including staffing and conducting performance reviews.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with and serving on advisory committees, community groups, or other forms of public outreach and collaboration.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with media and the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Experience in conducting program/unit evaluations.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and leading a culture of equity and inclusivity.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions.
  • This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Desired Qualifications

  • Course work or experience in natural resource interpretation.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Budgeting experience.
  • Experience mentoring and working with students.

Salary and Benefits

The anticipated starting salary will be $44,496 – $75,516

Application Process

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
Carol Carlson at [email protected] (541) 737-2483

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