Manager, Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program


Working out of Portland, Oregon, the Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program’s (CBWTP) effectiveness and data management efforts.  This position focuses on three primary areas of responsibility:  1) Taking a lead role to coordinate with CBWTP partners and others to gather, organize, and interpret flow and habitat monitoring data, 2) Gathering and synthesizing all monitoring data within the CBWTP to track compliance with program requirements and the conservation outcomes of stream flow restoration actions, and 3) working with the Program Director to effectively communicate outcomes to a range of audiences, including NFWF staff, flow restoration practitioners, agency and funding partners, scientists, and the general public.

To accomplish these responsibilities, the Manager will lead the implementation of the CBWTP’s effectiveness and data management efforts, which is designed to identify, track, and evaluate flow restoration metrics and the associated conservation outcomes of CBWTP’s transaction-based approach to addressing stream flow depletions throughout the Columbia River basin.  The Manager will also work closely with CBWTP’s core partners, including the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), seven non-governmental organizations, four state water agencies, numerous state and federal natural resource agencies and Native American tribes to chart and convey results and successes in reaching desired conservation outcomes.


Manage the CBWTP’s Effectiveness and Data Management Efforts:

  • Provide continued refinement of the effectiveness and data management efforts based on feedback from CBWTP staff, grantees, BPA, and the NPCC to ensure that outcomes meet the program’s current and emerging needs.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of a database to house monitoring data.
  • Collect, analyze and report data with grantees and to BPA including supplying BPA and NPCC with information relating to program outputs and conservation outcomes.
  • Build strategic partnerships with agencies, non-profits, tribes, and other partners to obtain and integrate monitoring data to help satisfy CBWTP monitoring requirements without duplicating efforts.
  • Work with grantees to develop appropriate monitoring plans, utilizing NFWF’s previously developed monitoring and accounting framework, water transactions monitoring protocol and water temperature transaction tool.

Communicate the Results of the CBWTP’s Work:

  • Track, via the CBWTP database system, all approved and funded transactions and their individual and cumulative contribution towards defined flow targets in affected stream reaches.
  • Synthesize data using GIS, Excel, CBWTP internal database, and any additional statistical and data organization software.
  • Develop relevant and adaptable metrics for quantifying the CBWTP’s outputs (e.g. units of flow restored, stream miles enhanced, match funding secured) and the resulting conservation outcomes achieved.
  • Synthesize monitoring data to track the CBWTP’s impact over time on limiting factors including instream flows, water quality and habitat conditions.
  • Develop written reports on program outcomes for the general public and scientific audiences.
  • Develop graphical tools to help explain CBWTP results to a variety of audiences, including agency, funder and practitioner partners.   
  • Respond to data requests from partner organizations and agencies.
  • Present findings of monitoring and evaluation work to interested parties.
  • Present findings internally.

Assist with Special Projects:

  • Coordinate with NFWF Science Team and Western Water Program staff to develop and apply the Foundation’s outcome-based monitoring framework to conservation programs that include a water restoration component. 
  • Assist NFWF Science Team staff in the integration of new and emerging science on fisheries restoration, monitoring protocols and techniques, climate change, and payment for ecosystem services into the CBWTP flow restoration program.
  • Support strategic development work at the subbasin and reach scales conducted by CBWTP's partners.
  • Assist with developing proposals for funding in support of CBWTP activities by conveying the conservation outcomes of previous water restoration.
  • Utilize GIS to analyze conservation priorities and develop maps for communication purposes.
  • Participate in the transaction review process to assess the adequacy of proposed monitoring plans and update the CBWTP proposal template as necessary to gather necessary transaction information for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
  • Assist in the development of monitoring frameworks in other key NFWF Western Water Program priority areas.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Program Director.


  • Advanced degree in ecology, environmental science, hydrology, resource management, or the equivalent education and experience is preferred.
  • At least five years working with/for government agencies and/or non-governmental organizations on issues related to long-term biological or physical habitat monitoring and coordination.
  • Experience utilizing a range of statistical programs to analyze and synthesize data to derive status and trend information relating to environmental restoration projects and programs.
  • Ability to present statistical information through the use of charts, graphs and infographics that are understandable to a range of audiences. 
  • Field experience in monitoring a variety water quality and physical parameters is desired.
  • Experience in managing diverse partnerships to achieve common goals.
  • Proficiency in using ArcGIS to spatially analyze data and create maps for a variety of uses.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical material in writing and verbally to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability and flexibility to travel.


Commensurate with experience.


Portland, OR

Application Information

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word or PDF format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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