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The Office of Outdoor Recreation

What is the Office of Outdoor Recreation?

After hearing support from both public and private, commercial and nonprofit, rural and urban organizations, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3350 on July 5, 2017. Governor Kate Brown signed it into law August 8, creating the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The department, guided by a seven member citizen commission, is Oregon’s leading advocate for outdoor recreation, and sends millions of dollars to Oregon communities every year for trails, outdoor play areas, water recreation, ATV riding areas, and parks of all sorts. It produces statewide plans that help land managers prioritize investments in outdoor recreation.

The Office will coordinate the state’s outdoor recreation policy across agencies, between public and private sectors, and cooperate with organizations that have a vested interest in seeing Oregon’s outdoor recreation reach its fullest potential in every corner of the state. It will supplement and amplify agencies already doing this work.

Sounds grand, but a little vague. What will the Office do?

First off, the Office will actually be one person -- an associate director -- operating with support from other agency staff. See the background documents at the bottom of this page for more information. This person will report to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, and will work with statewide partners to:
  • Establishing a formal group of public and private sector members to advise the department and commission on recreation policy and outdoor recreation-boosting strategies.
  • Create a communication forum and information clearinghouse on outdoor recreation economics, social benefits, and resource stewardship to help public and private organizations strengthen outdoor recreation opportunities and benefits.
  • Elevate outdoor recreation investment across the board by collaborating with lead Oregon agencies like the Tourism Commission, Travel Information Council, Business Development, Marine Board, Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Transportation, plus federal and local governments.
  • Cooperate with the outdoor recreation industry and other private outdoor recreation stakeholders to maximize their investment in Oregon and improve recreational opportunities.
  • Provide thinking and resources to help land managers balance development and preservation of the unique natural experience provided by Oregon’s outdoor recreation resources.

Hiring the Associate Director

The first person to fill this job will be in a position to make a real difference in the lives of Oregon’s four million residents, and tens of millions of visitors and travelers every year. This position represents a first-of-its kind opportunity to build a quality future for people seeking outdoor recreation experiences in Oregon.

A recruitment will open soon, aiming to get the associate director hired and in place by the end of January 2018 or shortly thereafter. Send us an email and ask to be put on a notification list so you get a notice when the position opens. In the meantime, study work being done through the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Initiative, and read these background documents:

office-outdoor-rec-background.pdfOffice of Outdoor Rec background

office-outdoor-rec-functions.pdfFunctions and advisory group

office-outdoor-rec-candidate.pdfDraft candidate duties, classification, and compensation