Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

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Hiring: Facilities Manager & Winter Caretaker/Facilities Assistant

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience.

Overview:

The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

 At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

Who you are:

  • You are enticed by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center’s mission and your role in supporting our education programs.

  • A remote residential living and working environment intrigues you. You look forward to disconnecting from distraction and forming strong bonds with staff, guests, and the wilderness in your backyard.

  • You embrace a challenge; you are open to and excited by the unpredictability that comes with maintaining a 1929 mining town in the woods.

  • You like solving problems. You find you make quick and confident decisions, even in ambiguous situations.

  • You thrive in a collaborative environment. You value working on teams with diverse perspectives and identities.

  • You are always learning. You are curious and unafraid to ask questions.

  • You have your own unique interests. Perhaps you play a musical instrument or practice bird calls. You would enjoy solo time in your cabin and social staff barbecues.

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Winter Caretaker/Facilities Assistant:


Work year: Winter Season: November 20 – March 13

Compensation: $400/week, plus independent housing and utilities

As the Winter Caretaker, you maintain and improve the facilities at Jawbone Flats while programs are closed down for the winter season (November – March). Our site is remote and off-grid, and you keep the lights on and the water flowing. You will work alongside our current Facilities Manager and Facilities Manager-in training. This is a residential position: you will live in cabin-style housing provided by the organization and must be able to winter over, potentially being snowed in without vehicular access for up to 4 months. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

  • Maintain the hydro-electric and solar power systems at Jawbone Flats 

  • Prepare Jawbone Flats buildings and systems for winter, and again for spring

  • Maintain all the Jawbone Flats buildings, including: snow removal, roof repair, window repair, plumbing, construction/repair of chairs, tables, railings, stairs

  • Execute deferred maintenance projects

  • Remove all trash, compost, and recycling from Jawbone Flats

  • Maintain fleet of vehicles 

  • Monitor/test municipal water supply 

  • Clean chimneys

  • Stack firewood

  • Maintain fire suppression systems

  • Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

  • Preserve rustic yet tidy aesthetic of the historic mining town

Requirements of Position:

  • Experience in trades or facility management 

  • Knowledge and skills to fix many problems including: plumbing, carpentry, basic electrical

  • Proven problem solver

  • Able to lift heavy objects, up to 50 pounds when necessary 

  • Able to walk/snowshoe at least 9 miles with a pack

  • Able to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people

  • Able to pass a background check

  • Current driver’s license, and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance

  • OSHA-10 certified (by time of employment)

  • First Aid/CPR certified (by time of employment)

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To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience. 


Deadline is October 4th. There are two rounds of interviews for this position: first round phone interviews October 9-11 and second round interviews the week of October 14th. We will offer the position by late October, with the Winter Caretaker starting November 20th.

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Facilities Manager

Work year: Year Round, Full Time, Exempt

Compensation: $25,000 annually, plus independent housing, partial board, and utilities


As the Facilities Manager, you maintain and improve the former mining town and current education center of Jawbone Flats. Our site is remote and off-grid, and you keep the lights on and the water flowing. As a year-round residential employee, you experience the Opal Creek Wilderness in all four seasons and two distinct phases: Operating Season (April – November) with a facilities staff of 2 and a total Jawbone staff of 11; and Winter Season (November – March) with a facilities staff of 3 and a total Jawbone staff of 4. You must be able to winter over, potentially being snowed in without vehicular access for up to 4 months. This is a managerial position, supervising one Facilities Assistant/Winter Caretaker. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

Maintenance (70%)

  • Maintain the hydro-electric and solar power systems at Jawbone Flats 

  • Maintain all the Jawbone Flats buildings, including: roof repair, window repair, plumbing, snow removal, construction/repair of chairs, tables, railings, stairs

  • Remove all trash, compost, and recycling from Jawbone Flats

  • Maintain fleet of vehicles 

  • Monitor/test municipal water supply 

  • Clean chimneys

  • Acquire firewood for fall, winter, and spring

  • Maintain fire suppression systems

  • Prepare Jawbone Flats buildings and systems for winter, and again for spring

  • Preserve rustic yet tidy aesthetic of the historic mining town


Project Management (20%)

  • Work with the Program Director, Executive Director, and the Facilities Committee of the Board of Directors on planning for capital and deferred maintenance projects

  • Project schedules and costs of capital and deferred maintenance projects

  • Coordinate outside labor and service contractors (septic, propane, electric, vehicle repair)

Admin/Coordination (10%)

  • Manage tasks and workload of facilities staff

  • Maintain facilities documentation (manuals, instructions, outside services log, etc.)

  • Integrate learnings to improve and update the Facilities Manual

  • Work with the Program Director to prepare annual facilities budget 

  • Manage the facilities budget and track purchases 

  • Oversee a safety committee

  • Act as incident commander in fire drills and in event of fire

  • Interact with USFS counterparts

  • Host all guests and make them feel welcome

  • Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

We have a small staff and the Facilities Manager plays an integral leadership role on-site. You work closely with the off-site Program Director in juggling the many facilities projects, as well as staff hiring and management. You work directly alongside the Facilities Assistant in the day to day maintenance of the facility, and coordinate camp daily operations with the Program Director and the on-site Program Manager and Food Service Manager.

Requirements of Position:

  • Experience in trades or facility management 

  • Knowledge and skills to fix many problems including: plumbing, carpentry, basic electrical

  • Proven leader

  • Proven problem solver

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion through past job experience, personal activism, or other pertinent experience

  • Able to lift heavy objects, up to 50 pounds when necessary 

  • Able to walk/snowshoe at least 9 miles with a pack

  • Able to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people

  • Able to pass a background check

  • Able to drive company vehicles in snow

  • Current driver’s license, and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance

  • OSHA-30 certified (by time of employment)

  • Wilderness First Responder certified (by time of employment)

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary starts at $25,000

  • Independent, cabin-style housing with off-grid hydro-electricity

  • Meals from the Jawbone Kitchen during the operating season

  • Health insurance – medical, vision, dental – 80/20

  • 17 days of PTO annually

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience. 

Deadline is October 4th. There are three rounds of interviews for this position: first round screening October 9-11, second round interviews the week of October 14th, and third round interviews the week of October 22nd. We will offer the position by late October, with the Facilities Manager starting November 20th. 

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