Oregon is looking for the right person to lead a new department tasked with improving outdoor recreation in the Beaver State.
According to the Statesman Journal, the Office of Outdoor Recreation, a department created by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown this summer, will begin to take shape with the hiring of its director.
The post includes leadership of a small team within the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation and pays between $70,000 to $97,000 per year.
Creation of the department was pushed by outdoor recreation businesses and nonprofits in Oregon. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River.
“People love coming here because our state has a lot to offer,” Johnson said in an interview earlier this year. “But in order to maintain what we’ve got and expand outdoor recreation to parts of the state that don’t have it, we need an intentional voice advocating for outdoor recreation.”
Inspired by similar posts in Utah, Colorado and Washington, the office is expected to become a central point of contact for recreation projects, land management agencies and the outdoor retail industry.