Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development - Climate Change Resilience Coordinator (Closes June 25th)

Planner 4 (Climate Change Resilience Coordinator)


Closing Date: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Location: Salem, Oregon

Job Type: Limited Duration

Salary: $5,281.00 - $7,749.00 Monthly

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) is looking for a professional to work as our Climate Change Resilience Coordinator. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill a current vacancy for a full-time, limited duration, Planner 4 position located in Salem, Oregon.

This limited duration position is authorized in the DLCD budget through June 2019. DLCD intends to include this position in future budget requests and it may become permanent depending on funding; however, the budget is subject to review by the governor and the legislature, and the position may or may not be continued. Limited duration positions receive all of the benefits of regular positions during the term, including medical insurance, retirement benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, personal business leave, and paid holidays. See the "BENEFITS" tab on the job posting for more information.

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union.

About the Department
The mission of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development is to help communities and citizens plan for, protect and improve the built and natural systems that provide a high quality of life. In partnership with citizens and local governments, we foster sustainable and vibrant communities and protect our natural resources legacy.

This position exists in the Ocean/Coastal Services Division (OCSD) which includes two programs: 1) the federally approved Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) (see federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended); and, 2) the Oregon Ocean Resources Management Program (ORS 196.405 to ORS 196.515.)

The program addresses land and water resources and uses in the geographic area of the Oregon coastal zone, the area west of the crest of the Coast Range to the seaward extent (3 nautical miles) of the state’s territorial sea.  The program affects the activities and decisions of coastal planners, city, county and special district elected officials, state and federal environmental and regulatory staff, and private individuals who may be affected by land-use actions.  Particular issues and actions may affect the media, interest groups, and interested citizens.  Management decisions affecting Oregon’s coastal and ocean resources can ultimately affect all Oregonians.


DLCD invites you to learn more about the department and the statewide planning program by clicking this link: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD

Come enjoy a great work environment, an enthusiastic team, and excellent benefits working for the State of Oregon!


Duties & Responsibilities


  • Review, interpret, and apply state and federal law and agency policy and program guidance pertaining to coastal conservation, restoration, or development grant programs, and other incentives for coastal states.
  • Review and assess federal, state, and local program needs and opportunities pertaining to conservation or restoration of coastal resources and habitats or development of coastal communities.
  • Consult with Coastal Program Manager and executive level staff in other state agencies to develop policies, strategies, and plans related to coastal conservation needs and issues.
  • Review and assess policies, programs, and activities throughout the Department to identify opportunities and needs for policy and programs to address issues associated with climate change.
  • In consultation with the Director and division managers, and at the direction of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, lead Department efforts to develop policy and program initiatives to address climate change.


  • Prepare and manage intergovernmental agreements, professional services contracts, and other contractual instruments to implement coastal and where appropriate statewide climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • Maintain a high-level of consultation and coordination with staff within the department, other agencies, and stakeholders to fully consider the implications of proposed polices, programs, and activities and the precedents that may be created;
  • Confer as necessary and provide technical advice to professional staff within the DLCD and other state and federal agencies, local governments, and private entities related to work programs and product deliverables; review and interpret agency policies and state and federal program guidance pertaining to contracting for program services.
  • Plan and execute public involvement strategies to gain input of stakeholders on climate change adaptation and related planning issues and policies. Determine funding needs for strategy and plan development and implementation; write funding proposals.


  • Lead research on climate change adaptation and planning and implementation practices for coastal communities and other communities where appropriate.
  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of action plans for climate change adaptation projects or initiatives.
  • Lead research and analysis of all aspects of climate change and policy and program response options and strategies for the department.
  • Identify issues requiring technical review and integration with work units of the agency.



  • Provide expert advice to the Governor’s Office, Oregon Legislature, local governments, and staff in other agencies regarding climate change and mitigation.
  • Lead interagency planning, policy, or technical advisory committee meetings; articulate agency position, orally and in writing.
  • Lead public involvement processes to support policy, planning, and program initiatives; give information to groups on agency and state projects, plans, policies and standards.


Typical office environment.  Frequent travel within the region and along the coast.  Occasional overnight travel.  Some out-of-state travel may be required.  A valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record is required. 


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills



A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Social Science, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Economics, Geography or a related field; AND

Four (4) years of planning experience related to the job.

Note: A Master’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Social Science, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Economics, Geography or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience.


Eight (8) years of planning experience related to the job.

NOTE: Course work in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Social Science, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Economics, Geography or a related field can substitute for up to two (2) year of the progressively responsible experience. A copy of your transcripts must be attached to your application to receive credit.


  • Knowledge of and familiarity with coastal conservation science and policy.
  • A working knowledge of coastal zone management (CZM) programs and statutes; land-use planning principles, techniques, and trends; basics of coastal and marine science.
  • Ability to clearly convey complex issues to a diverse audience orally and in writing.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating and maintaining partnerships with local officials, non-profits, government agencies and private landowners.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.


Additional Information

To Apply:

  • A current resume that clearly describes your experience, skills and/or knowledge related to the requirements of the position and demonstrates that you meet the minimum requirements of the position as listed above, AND 
  • A cover letter (not more than 2 pages) that clearly explains your qualifications for this position and the reasons you would like to work for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.

If you are interested, please click on the link below to apply:


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If you have a disability or otherwise require an application in an alternate format in order to complete the process, you may contact Katie Lahey, Human Resources Manager at katie.lahey@state.or.us. 

Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development
635 Capitol St NE, Suite 250
Salem, OR 97301-2540
Phone: (503) 934-0401

If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veteran's preference points will be added to your score. To receive veteran's preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension; AND a copy of your veteran's disability letter from the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select veterans' preference.

The Department of Land Conservation and Development is an Equal Opportunity,
Affirmative Action employer, committed to a supporting and empowering a competent and diverse workforce.