Application Period Extended for Exec. Director and Development Director

Located in Portland, Oregon, Bark was founded in 1999. Our mission is to transform Mt. Hood National Forest into a place where natural processes prevail, where wildlife thrives and where local communities have a social, cultural, and economic investment in its restoration and preservation. Bark is the resource for community action to protect the forests and rivers surrounding Mt. Hood. We prioritize grassroots organizing and believe in the power of an engaged public. We recognize that the forest should thrive not just to provide resources for the human community, but also for the inherent value of nature itself. We work to maintain an organizational culture that is transparent, inclusive and cooperative, where volunteers, staff and board work together to realize the vision of Bark. Our name originates from the “barker,” who stands before the public and uses persistent outcry to call attention. We are a group of Barkers, ensuring that the public hears about all events, good and bad, occurring in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Bark seeks to add staff members who thrive in brave spaces, working with diverse co-workers, volunteers, and community partners. People find connection to forests, water, and wildlife for many, often personal, reasons. Even in conflict, we honor this connection and hope to find common ground for the just, equitable, thriving future we all deserve. If you are a person with strong values, matched with empathic view of the world, we hope you’ll apply!

Bark does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

To apply, please send a resume and written responses to the questions at the bottom of the position description to which you are applying to email or through mail: Bark, P.O. Box 12065, Portland, Oregon 97212. Please write which position you are applying for on the front of the envelope or in the subject-line of the email. No phone calls please. No cover letters needed and please limit your responses to the 3 questions to a total count of 1,000 words.   To learn more about Bark, visit


We are asking for applicants to fill out a voluntary, anonymous survey that will help us know that we have reached diverse points of outreach. A link will be sent back to you at some point in the process. Thank you for your help with this effort.



Position: Executive Director (for a full job description, click here) Applications accepted through October 19th, 2018.

Full-time; exempt

Salary: $55,000-$65,000; healthcare & dental; vacation & sick leave

Supervises: Canvass Director, Development Director, Operations Coordinator, Associate  Director,  Forest Watch Coordinator,  NEPA Coordinator/Staff Attorney and contracted Bookkeeper.

Supervised by: Board of Directors

General Responsibilities: The Executive Director (ED) is a full-time (40 hrs/wk) position responsible for managing and supporting staff, ensuring Bark has the resources needed to strategically fulfill our mission, including  maintaining meaningful and thoughtful relationships with large funders and supporters. They are also responsible for guiding strategic direction to achieve the goals identified in Bark’s 20-Year Vision.  This position ensures the organization operates legally within all federal, state and local laws.

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring Bark follows through on our commitment to leading our strategy and development with a focus of racial justice and anti-oppression action.  The Executive Director will continue developing and implementing a plan with the support of our consultant team.  Systems will be put in place to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion internally, as well as externally in our work to advocate for the people, forests, and rivers surrounding Mt. Hood.


  1. What, in your view, is the intersection of privilege and environmental conservation?
  2. Tell us about your experience supervising paid staff. What do you think is the role of a supervisor in motivating and supporting staff?  How do you do that?  Please give specific examples.
  3. Tell us about your experience fundraising. What is the biggest budget you were responsible for from a revenue perspective? How did you meet that goal?



Position Title: Development Director (for a full job description, click here) Applications accepted through October 16th, 2018.

Full-time; Exempt

Salary: $41,000 - $45,000; healthcare & dental; vacation & sick leave

Supervises: Grant contractor and development volunteers.

Supervisor: Executive Director

General Responsibilities: To lead the creation of, and oversee implementation of, an annual development plan (except the canvass) that utilizes the whole organization in a coordinated way to raise the funds that are needed to implement the programming of Bark. This position leads the development team, which is comprised of the Executive Director, Canvass Director and the Development Director and is a member of the Communications Team, which is comprised of the Executive Director, Associate Director and Canvass Director.

With the goal of helping Bark become a racial justice and anti-oppressions focused organization, develop and support a plan and systems for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all realms of development activity.


  1. How can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals and actions be applied to development work?
  2. Tell us about your biggest major donor and foundation gifts and what your role was in securing them.
  3. Tell us about your experience leading a development team and development strategic plan? What was the role of communications in that plan?


Equity: Bark is engaged in a multi-year process to identify inequity in our work, organizational culture, and grow as individuals with unique experiences of exposure to and perpetuation of systemic oppression. We want our organization to be an inclusive and diverse space that is committed to ending oppression. Barkers share a deep love for the forest and recognize that people have a wide range of perspective and experiences that connect us all to the forest. We want to be able to represent a large breadth of connection for the forests we defend. Bark employs alternatives to direct action through public lands advocacy and an understanding of the legal system. Much of these origins are heavily represented by a white, colonizer perspective. While we have made gains to shift this dominant perspective and create a workplace that is welcoming and comfortable for people from diverse backgrounds, we acknowledge that we have much more work to do.


Thank you for your interest in, and support for, Bark!