supporting environmental integrity and economic stability within the Coos watershed  
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What is the Coos Watershed Association?
The Coos Watershed Association is a local non-profit organization formed in late 1993.  It’s a way for people with a wide range of interests to get together and develop the “big picture” of the conditions in the Coos watershed, and it helps individual landowners to decide how to manage and restore the watershed’s natural systems.

What is the Coos watershed?
A “watershed” is the area of land, from ridge to ridge, that ultimately drains to a particular body of water.  The “Coos watershed” is the area of land that drains through Coos Bay into the Pacific Ocean.  It includes all forks and tributaries of the Coos and Millicoma Rivers, and all of the sloughs and creeks that drain into Coos Bay.

Mission Statement
To provide a framework to coordinate and implement proven management practices, and test promising new management practices, designed to promote environmental integrity and economic stability for communities of the Coos watershed.

Board of Directors
The Association’s Executive Council includes representatives of local ranching and agriculture, small woodlot owners, industrial timber operators, commercial fisheries and aquaculture, environmental groups, tribal land managers, and local, state, and federal land managers such as the Coos County Forest, Elliott State Forest, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The Association's staff includes a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests. The Association is an equal opportunity employer and it is its policy to employ, retain, promote, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competence.






Executive Director Recruitment!

Jon's leaving after 15 years to take a faculty position at O.S.U., and we're looking for a replacement.

Executive Director, Coos Watershed Association
Annual Salary   $45,000 to $85,000
The Coos Watershed Association is seeking qualified applicants for its Executive Director position. The Executive Director oversees all operational aspects of the organization and is responsible for achieving organizational goals, supervising staff, developing human and financial resources and providing leadership to the Board, staff and local community, and larger watershed council network.

The complete position description is HERE. Questions about the position can be addressed to Jon Souder, Executive Director, at (541) 888-5922 or

Applicant submittals should include a Cover Letter, Resume, and 3-5 references, submitted in Adobe .pdf format to: Application Review Starts: 7/31/2015 and continues until the position is filled.



CoosWA seeks student interns and community volunteers!

We're in search of adult volunteers and high school or college student interns to help us in the field for our ongoing Coho Lifecycle Monitoring Program. Volunteer and interns must know how to swim and be comfortable working in moving water and potentially inclement weather. If you have an interest in helping, please contact Nathan Schroeder:

Coho Life Cycle Monitoring Internship



CoosWA Board Meeting - July 10, 2015

The Coos Watershed Association Board will hold its monthly meeting onJuly 10th, at 7am, at the Campbell Group in North Bend. This meeting is open to the public. Please email Anne Jelinek if you would like to attend:


Please see the Events page for more information on upcoming and recent events.





Coos Watershed Association :: P.O. Box 5860 , Charleston, Oregon 97420 :: Ph. (541) 888-5922 / Fax (541) 888-6111