We’re Hiring: Membership & Outreach Manager

Position available: Membership & Outreach Manager
Desired start date: Approximately January 6, 2020
Location: 16 NW Kansas Ave. Bend, OR
Please submit applications by: November 1, 2019 

About Us: The Environmental Center (TEC) is a regional hub of environmental education, engagement, and action. With support from our communities, we work to advance a healthy, vibrant place to live, work and play – for all of us today and for future generations to inherit. Our mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon; and we believe local action can make a world of difference. Learn more at envirocenter.org.

The TEC team is committed to the personal and organizational work required to achieve equitable solutions to local and global sustainability challenges. We have developed an action plan in order to prioritize diversity, inclusion, and equity in our organization; in the partnerships we build; in the services we deliver; and in the outcomes we seek to achieve. Local consultants and experts are supporting us along the way, and we’re seeking a candidate who is willing to grow with us and contribute throughout this process.

Summary of Position: The Membership and Outreach Manager supports achievement of TEC’s strategic goals related to growing its membership (donor base) and strengthening community engagement in programs and events across Central Oregon.

This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position. The work schedule will generally be 9 to 5 with some flexibility. Evening and weekend work will be required. We are open to discussing this position as part-time remote (within Central Oregon) so that long commutes are not a barrier.

This position reports to the Communications and Operations Director and collaborates with the Development Manager. This position recruits and supervises volunteers.

Events and Outreach (45%)
Collaborate with the Communications and Operations Director in planning and implementing several events. Specifics include:

  • Manage volunteers and support logistics for TEC-hosted events, i.e. Earth Day Fair & Parade (annual in April), Mountainfilm on Tour (annual in February), Sustainability Awards (bi-annual in November)
  • Coordinate and represent TEC at community outreach/fundraising events, i.e. Whole Foods 5% Day, Deschutes Brewery’s Community Pint Nights  Organize and staff Green Drinks, a bi-monthly networking event series
  • Support program staff in delivering program-specific events. i.e. Green Tour, Power Hours, and Repair Cafes
  • Add TEC events to community/media calendars and distribute event posters This role also supports other communications functions within the organization, i.e. minor website updates, content creation, and social media posts.

Membership (45%)
Collaborate with TEC’s staff development team (Executive Director, Communications and Operations Director and Development Manager) to plan and implement the organization’s annual fundraising plan, with a primary focus on activities that support membership level giving (total gifts less than $500/year). Specifics include:

  • Produce and send monthly renewal requests and thank-you letters
  • Make reminder and thank-you phone calls to members
  • Ongoing membership data entry in Salesforce database
  • Lead TEC’s annual online special appeal, which asks for a special gift from current donors and recruits new donors to TEC
  • Lead TEC’s annual year-end membership appeal (November/December, snail mail and online)
  • Help to plan and execute the annual member luncheon (July/August) and Donor VIP party (late November/early December)
  • Work with the Development Manager to identify prospects for increased giving above the $500/year level
  • Support other staff to ensure giving opportunities are integrated into TEC events
  • Special projects, as assigned by supervisor

Other (10%)

  • Develop an annual work plan that includes clear projected results that are consistent with TEC’s strategic plan
  • Participate in monthly check-ins and an annual review with your supervisor
  • Answer community inquiries and provide accurate information about TEC and sustainability in Central Oregon
  • Provide vacation coverage, as needed  Complete timekeeping and other reporting requirements


  • A commitment to TEC’s mission
  • Someone who welcomes and values diversity, and will participate in the process of building a more inclusive organization
  • Bilingual-bicultural candidates are highly encouraged to apply
  • Creative and innovative thinking that can help all individuals to fully participate in our mission
  • Communication skills that foster collaboration with staff, Board of Directors, partners, and volunteers to achieve strategic goals, while building trust across diverse communities
  • Ability to be organized, productive, and detail-oriented in a fast-paced, busy, open office
  • Competent using technology and online tools/apps, and a commitment to learn the tools we use
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to manage event logistics, timelines, and volunteer schedules
  • Ability to staff events and engage community members; and with support as needed, the ability to set up for events, which includes transporting and carrying outreach materials


This is a non-exempt, full-time, hourly position. The wage range is $16 to $22 per hour, depending upon experience. Bilingual-bicultural candidates will be compensated 15% above the standard wage. Benefits include a group medical and dental insurance policy (TEC pays 85% of the premium); access to a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with employer match up to 3% of the employee’s annual gross income; and a generous paid holiday and personal-paid-time-off policy. Our team is comprised of 13 staff and 14 volunteer Directors.

We offer a flexible workplace environment with a casual dress code. New employees will receive training and support during the onboarding process. TEC collectively values a healthy environment and a connection to the natural world – and we respect that each person on our team contributes to a sustainable community by doing what works for them and what is meaningful to them. This looks different for everyone. We value and support continuous learning and growth, and invest in leadership and development opportunities for staff in ways that will help them succeed.

To apply: Please mail or e-mail a cover letter describing why you are interested in and qualified for the position, a resume, and three references to:

The Environmental Center, Attn: Lauren Williams
16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend, OR 97703
E-mail: lauren@envirocenter.org

TEC is committed to equal employment opportunities. We make our employment decisions based on organizational needs and individual qualifications; not on race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, national origin, or physical/mental disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at info@envirocenter.org or call us at (541) 385-6908.

2018 Sustainability Award Winners Recognized

The 2018 Sustainability Awards were announced by The Environmental Center on November 15th at a celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The Environmental Center received 13 nominations and the winners were selected by a community review committee.

“Sustainability is a big, complex topic,” said Mike Riley, Executive Director. “Achieving it requires patience and perseverance in the face of often daunting obstacles. Our Sustainability Awards celebrate the citizens, businesses, and organizations in our community that are dedicated to overcoming these challenges and making sustainability real in Central Oregon.”

The Environmental Center presented six awards:

  • Local Food Catalyst – Nicolle Timm-Branch and Central Oregon Locavore
  • Local Food Innovator – Volcano Veggies
  • Business – Wanderlust Tours
  • Creative Re-Cycling – Bend Velo
  • Organization – Bend Science Station
  • Exemplar – Bethlehem Inn

A 13-member committee reviewed the nominations and selected the final winners. The committee members were: Allen Engle, Environmental Center Board; Becca Gilbert, Environmental Center staff; Cassie Lacy, City of Bend; Don O’Brien, Environmental Center Board; Indigo Teiwes, Hydro Flask; Jennifer Letz, Environmental Center Board; Karen Kassy, former Sustainability Awards winner; Kendra Hamerly, GreenSavers; Lauren Williams, Environmental Center staff; Mike Riley, Environmental Center staff; Serena Dietrich, Deschutes Brewery; Tom Elliott, Environmental Center Board; and Tom Rowley, Business Oregon. This year’s awards were designed and created by local artist Pete Servine of NW Modern Design.

The nominees were scored on the basis of their leadership, innovation, and operating practices with regards to sustainability, as well as their community involvement and promotion of social equity.

The 2018 Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Worthy Brewing.

Tickets available for the 2018 Sustainability Awards

A limited number of tickets are now available for the 2018 Sustainability Awards on November 15, 2018. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and this event will sell out. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online here.

What:    The 2018 Sustainability Awards, an Environmental Center event that honors Central Oregon’s sustainability leaders and innovators

When:   November 15, 2018 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Where:  The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon (61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend, OR 97702)

Awards will be presented to a business, organization, and individual who are leading the way to a sustainable future. Special awards may also be given away. By showcasing local commitment to a healthy environment, vibrant economy, and an equitable society, this event will inspire even more sustainable action in Central Oregon.

 The 2018 nominees are:

  • 4 Peaks Music Festival
  • Bend Science Station
  • Bend Velo
  • Bethlehem Inn
  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council/Cascades East Transit
  • Central Oregon LandWatch
  • Central Oregon Locavore
  • Levi’s Sawmill
  • Nicolle Timm-Branch
  • SeQuential
  • Un-Bag Bend
  • Volcano Veggies
  • Wanderlust Tours

For more information, visit our webpage. The 2018 Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Worthy Brewing.

Pollinators and Solar Farms

Pollinator populations are in decline in the United States due to environmental stressors including pesticides, parasites, diseases, and malnutrition.

Without appropriate vegetation and land management, the number of pollinators will continue to decrease, putting farms and crop yields dependent upon flowering plants at risks. 

At the same time, solar energy projects are being developed in agricultural areas.

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Call for Applications for the 2018 Sustainability Awards

On November 15, 2018, The Environmental Center will present its sixth Sustainability Awards, honoring businesses, organizations and individuals that are leading the way to a sustainable future in Central Oregon. Applications for awards will be accepted in four categories: Small Business (10 or less employees), Large Business (more than 10 employees), Organization (government and nonprofits), and Individual.

Request an application and learn more about the awards at: www.envirocenter.org/sustainabilityawards.

All completed applications are due by September 14, 2018.

The Environmental Center hosts the Sustainability Awards to highlight the determined and persistent change makers in our local communities who are essential to achieving a sustainable future.

“By showcasing their commitment to a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and an equitable society, we hope to inspire even more sustainable action in Central Oregon,” said Executive Director Mike Riley.

The 2018 Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Worthy Brewing. The awards ceremony will take place on November 15, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon.

Awards are given out every other year. In 2016, seven awards went to:

  • Individual:  Allison Murphy
  • Small Business:  Pacific Crest Affordable Housing
  • Large Business:  Pine Mountain Sports
  • Special Award—Pioneers:  Bob and Mary Devore
  • Special Award—Rookie of the Year:  The Broomsmen
  • Special Award—Industry Leader:  GreenSavers
  • Special Award—Forward Momentum:  City of Bend

For examples of past winners and summaries of why they won, click here.

Questions? Email Lauren or call 541-385-6908 x18.

The Environmental Center is looking for a Treasurer

Our Board of Directors are looking for a new person to serve as our Treasurer. The Treasurer serves on our Board of Directors and is the Chair of our Finance Committee.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the environment and sustainability, will be comfortable with numbers and spreadsheets, will have some experience/skill with business finances and accounting, and will enjoy learning new things (like nonprofit accounting and financial reporting).

Peak your interest? Click here to learn more about the position. To apply, please email Allen (Board of Directors).

Volunteer Spotlight: Fiona Schrader

We have several amazing volunteers here at The Environmental Center – one of them being Fiona Schrader, who will be a junior at Summit High School in the fall! Fiona has helped out with a LOT of projects at The Environmental Center, from painting planters in the Learning Garden to sending letters to our members. She has helped us with writing blog posts, setting up for events, fundraising… she’s up for it all, and we’re really thankful to have her around!

A native Oregonian, Fiona also also writes fiction, creates ink or oil paintings, and takes dance and kickboxing classes. Here’s a little more about her in her own words!

What book are you currently reading?

I am well known for reading constantly. Right now, I’m reading two books; The Goldilocks Enigma, by Paul Davies (about why and how life and consciousness exist), and A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (from the book series Game of Thrones is based on). Both are great, though I would only recommend them to somebody who enjoys dense reading.

Where would you like to travel next?

I’d say Italy. My parents went there and loved it, and it’s got all the things I look for in a trip–history, good food, and beautiful landscapes.

What’s your favorite sustainable practice?

My favorite sustainable practice is definitely biking everywhere. Good exercise, pretty easy, and more fun than driving! Something I’m passionate about besides environmental conservation is education. I think it’s something kids in developed countries take for granted, and we forget that there are places where girls can’t go to school, or that there are kids who don’t even have a school near them, or they have to walk miles every day to get there.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Environmental Center?

My favorite thing about living in Bend is the nature, hands down. It’s the thing I value most in my life. I can’t imagine a future without being able to experience it. Eventually, I decided that I could keep griping about people not doing enough to help the environment, or I could actively help them to do so. The Environmental Center seemed like the way to go.

City of Bend pilots LEDs in Franklin and Greenwood underpasses

Franklin underpass LEDs

As a pilot project, the City of Bend replaced approximately 20 existing light fixtures with LED lights at the Franklin Avenue and Greenwood Avenue underpasses during the week of Sept. 19, 2016. The City is working to reduce energy use and LED lights represent a more energy-efficient lighting source.

With LED lights, the City is able to provide brighter lights in the underpasses – where security and visibility are concerns – and use less wattage. Also, the City is always looking to use resources efficiently and LED lights have shown to provide significant operations and maintenance cost savings over time. The old, high-pressure sodium lights required bulb changes about every two to three years. The new LED lights are expected to require zero maintenance for 15 or more years.

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Your New Basecamp for Green Living – Green Tour Site # 7

Basecamp bend street view

 Photo credit: Terry Iverson

Site #7 – 55 SW Wall Street Unit 4

Basecamp has said it best themselves: The idea behind is simple: 25 graciously conceived townhomes, born of the natural wonder and beauty of Central Oregon, brought to a walkable location close to downtown. One block from the Deschutes River, and minutes on foot to Downtown Bend or the Old Mill.

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