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Recruiting a new Director for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is conducting an executive search for a highly skilled leader to serve as the agency’s Director. This position is hired by and serves at the pleasure of a seven-member commission appointed by the Governor.

OPRD is the state’s outdoor recreation advocate, responsible for a park system composed of 105,000-plus acres across more than 360 properties. It also operates programs such as the Scenic Waterways, Recreational Trails, All-Terrain Vehicles, and Ocean Shores. The latter encompasses management and regulation of 362 miles of ocean shoreline, all owned by the people of Oregon and protected from development.

The agency also administers several substantial grant programs that infuse local communities with dollars for recreational properties and park improvements. OPRD is home to the State Historic Preservation Office, and works with a number of commissions and advisory committees related to historic preservation, and cultural and archeological heritage.

The agency’s headquarters are in Salem, Oregon, with field offices in several dozen locations across the state. OPRD employs approximately 865 permanent and seasonal full-time employees (about 600 full-time equivalents) and has a biennial budget of approximately $209 million. OPRD also benefits from the services of more than 30,000 volunteers, corrections crews, and other staffing resources. About 40 million day use visitors—usually in the top five nationally— and 2 million overnight campers—in the top 10 nationally—come to our parks every year.

A summary of the position duties and benefits

The job application





Tentative schedule

This recruitment will be open until applications from a sufficient number of qualified candidates are received.

  • Recruitment opens: December 9, 2013
  • Recruitment closes:  January 10, 2014
  • Initial interviews:  February 3-6, 2014
  • Park tours and department program presentations:  February 17-18, 2014
  • Final interviews: February 19, 2014*
  • Final Selection: February 21, 2014*

    *Subject to change.


    For the public
    You can comment on the recruitment process through an online survey. The survey will be open through January 2.