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Ready to Serve the Sandy? Be Our Treasurer

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The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council (SRBWC) is seeking a skilled and dedicated Treasurer to grow our ecological and community impact in the Sandy’s iconic, dynamic environment.

SRBWC 2011-15 financialsThe Treasurer serves as a volunteer member of SRBWC’s Board of Directors for a two-year term, leading financial oversight and strategy. The ideal treasurer will bring energy and enthusiasm about the Council’s mission, along with professional experience and interest in financial management, particularly related to non-profit organizations.

SRBWC is a community-based, independent non-profit (EIN 93-2194148) that leads restoration, conservation and community engagement toward the overall health of the Sandy watershed for fish, wildlife, and people. Council members serve as the organization’s board, providing leadership in a dynamic glacial watershed that is a regional wild salmon stronghold, a cherished year-round recreation zone, and the primary drinking water source for the Portland metro area.

Serving as SRBWC’s Board treasurer is an extraordinary opportunity to help build the effectiveness, accountability and financial management capacity of a growing non-profit. SRBWC’s staff and restoration programs have grown significantly in the past four years, engaging thousands of volunteers of all ages, supported primarily by multiple grant funding sources. Our annual budget exceeds $750,000, including an increasing amount of multi-year public and private funding.

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council members guide the organization’s programs and priorities, acting as the Council’s board of directors. SRBWC meets bi-monthly, with committee work sessions in alternate months. Council membership will typically require eight hours or less per month, with treasurer’s duties representing an additional 4-8 hours per month.

Organizational Mission:

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The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council works with the community to protect and restore the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Sandy River Basin. The Sandy extends from Timberline to Troutdale, encompassing over 600 stream miles, portions of Multnomah and Clackamas County, and threatened runs of wild salmon and steelhead that represent anchor populations for recovery in the Lower Columbia.

Council Member Responsibilities:

  • Regularly prepare for and attend bi-monthly Council meetings (usually held on the 4th Monday of odd months at our Gresham location).
  • Participate in one or more Council events, such as plantings, tours, or other public engagement activities, and participate actively in committee work (one or more meetings between regular Council sessions).
  • Work with other board members to provide strategic oversight and guidance to the organization, utilizing talents and connections to support and grow SRBWC.
  • Participate in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  • Inform others about SRBWC and engage with the community
  • Participate in fundraising. (may include a cash contribution, or for Council members prohibited by agency policy or otherwise unable to contribute monetarily, support with events or other related fundraising activities.)

Treasurer Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a member of the Council.
  • Works with Executive Director and Fiscal Administrator to manage and report on organization finances;
  • Ensure financial transparency, accountability, and strong internal controls;
  • Oversee an ongoing development, review financial policies, procedures and annual budgets.
  • Keep the Council regularly informed of key financial events, concerns and assessment of financial health.
  • Chair finance committee.

Compensation:

The Board Treasurer is an unpaid, voluntary position, compensated with the satisfaction that your work will help restore and conserve the Sandy for future generations.

Required Qualifications

  • A demonstrated interest in the Council’s mission and goals, with specific experience, knowledge in at least one area (Human Resources, Planning, Finance, Development, Community Relations, or Operations).
  • Representative of a segment of the watershed community, as defined by the Council bylaws (may include at large representation – residency within the watershed is not required).
  • Demonstrated capacity to think and work strategically and communicate effectively.
  • Strong financial background, and understanding of non-profit financial management, preferred.

How to apply: 

Please send a letter of interest to admin@sandyriver.org, including “Treasurer” in the subject line. SRBWC will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

For additional information, please contact Executive Director Steve Wise, 503-622-9134, or swise@sandyriver.org.

Additional information on SRBWC, our programs and activities, is available at sandyriver.org, or Sandywatershed on Facebook.

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Seeking Bids for Clean Water Retrofit Design

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide engineering design and construction oversight for the Campus Creeks Clean Water Retrofit project on the Mt. Hood Community College campus. The Request for Proposals document … Continue reading

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Climate Adaptation in the Sandy: Resiliency Strategies for the New Normal

What do warmer summers, shifting snowpack levels, changing rain and storm cycles, and lower summer river flows mean for future conservation in the Sandy River? These and other potential impacts of climate change represent the “new normal” that is already … Continue reading

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2016 Year in Review

Year in Review 2016 2016 on the Sandy River reminds us the amazing things that can happen when we commit together to what we love: clean water, healthy forests, diverse, beautiful, inspiring places for all of us — people, fish, … Continue reading

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Restorative Flood Response Guide Released

Restorative Flood Response Community Handbook

A new guide to the Sandy River’s flood behavior and ecology will be released at the Flood of Information event, followed by a restoration site field tour, Saturday September 24. In partnership with the Clackamas County Disaster Management, the Hoodland … Continue reading

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Alert: Orange Hawkweed Found in Sandy Basin

Orange Hawkweedhas been found on the Lolo Pass Road, in a meadow on the Burnt Lake trail, and most recently in the Wildcat Mountain area, following a landowner report to the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District at the … Continue reading

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Older Council News – 2011

December 2011 Bull Run Decision Supports Ecosystem Services (Oregonian op-ed) Clackamas County Flood Forum ‘Hits a few Snags’ (Mountain Times) November 2011 Portland Gets Waiver for Bull Run UV Filtration (Oregonian) Agencies to Remove Sandy Delta Dam (Oregonian) ‘Flood Worries … Continue reading

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Older Council News – 2010

November/December 2010 Hatchery Fish spawn concerns over weakening wild salmon (12/9) Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation Supports SRBWC City Considers Land Purchase (11/30) Wild Coho Reach Cedar Creek 11/9 October 2010 Restoration with Results: Video of spawning fish in … Continue reading

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