Oregon Small Woodlands Association

  • Member tours often include live demonstrations of equipment and special skills.

Welcome to OSWA

We are an organization made up of Oregon small woodland owners who practice and believe in:

  • The strength of peer to peer communication between landowners
  • The strength of a unified effort to address legislative and regulatory challenges
  • The strength of partnerships in addressing and solving common problems

Thanks for visiting the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.

Job Announcement

Executive Director

Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc

Position open until filled (for full consideration apply before 30 October 2020)

Expected start date: 1 May 2021

Location: Salem, Oregon

Type: Full-time

The Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) and the Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc (OTFS) serve family forest landowners. The organizations have a shared vision of healthy, sustainable forests that meet the goals of landowners and the conservation of Oregon’s natural resources. These non-profit associations provide complementary benefits that promote the values and benefits from sustainably managed family forests.

OSWA’s mission is to promote healthy forests and private ownerships through education, the exchange of ideas, and represent family forest landowners before the Legislature and regulating agencies. The OTFS mission is to assist family forest landowners in managing their lands under sustainability standards that lead to American Tree Farm System forest certification, and to promote healthy forests through recognition of sustainably managed properties.

Principle Duties of the Executive Director

  • Provide leadership for both organizations to meet their visions and missions
  • Identify and implement opportunities for membership growth
  • Develop annual budgets and implement strategies to fund and promote the two organizations
  • Serve as the administrator of the American Tree Farm System
  • Grow partnerships with other organizations and groups
  • Supervise one to two full time employees
  • Coordinate the efforts of volunteers
  • Provide support for county level OSWA chapters
  • Coordinate development and implementation of OSWA’s legislative agenda and lobbying efforts
  • Represent OSWA and OTFS on multiple state level committees, boards, and commissions related to private forest management, regulation, and taxation
  • Prepare and present testimony on behalf of OSWA and its members before the state legislature

Required qualifications

  • Administrative experience – including policy development and staff supervision
  • Financial experience — including budget development and monitoring of spending
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in word processing, data management and presentations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Non-profit leadership role
  • Grant writing and administration
  • Inter-organization collaboration and partnership-building
  • Leadership roles and consensus building
  • Knowledge of natural resource management

Starting salary commensurate with experience.  Competitive benefits include family medical and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.  This position requires travel 40% of the time.  


Only applicants who submit the following will be considered, please provide:

  1. Cover letter (please address how you qualify for this position)
  2. Resume
  3. Three current professional references

Send application or questions to Jim James (current Executive Director), at jimjamesoswa@yahoo.com and Ken Nygren (current President of OSWA) at woodsmantwo@gmail.com with subject “Executive Director Application.” No phone calls please.

OSWA & OTFS commit to advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Congratulations Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year Candidates!

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