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In the late 1990s, when we realized we needed a new home and the world needed a natural model of building, we bought a 100-year-old warehouse. Originally constructed in 1895, we used 98 percent of the original materials to rebuild it into the “Natural Capital Center” with the help of an extraordinary gift from philanthropist and founding board member Jean Vollum.

Today, the Natural Capital Center stands as a pioneer of green building and is Ecotrust’s headquarters, but also is home to over two dozen social enterprises that are changing the way we live, work, and do business.

  • Exterior view of Ecotrust Natural Capital Center in Portland

    Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center

    721 NW 9th Avenue (between Irving St. and Johnson St.) Portland, OR 97209
    503.227.6225 |


Portland Streetcar

Two streetcar lines — the blue and green — stop in front of our building at the NW 10th & Johnson St. station. Check the current schedules and learn more at the Portland Streetcar website.


Bike parking surrounds our building. Visit City of Portland Office of Transportation for more information on bike routes, including bike maps.

Union Station

Portland’s Union Station at 800 NW 6th Ave., seven blocks from our building, services Amtrak trains from a variety of origins. Visit amtrak.com for more information on routes and rates.

Trimet Bus

Two bus lines and two MAX train lines stop within 1/4-mile of our building.
#77 bus: Westbound stops at NW Glisan St. & 10th; Eastbound stops at NW Everett St. & Park
#17 bus: Northbound stops at NW Broadway & Irving St.; Southbound stops at NW Broadway & Hoyt St.
MAX train green & yellow lines: Northbound stops at NW 6th & Hoyt St.; Southbound stops at NW 5th & Glisan St.


From I-5 Northbound:
Take exit 299B on the left for I-405 N toward U.S. 26 W/City Center. Merge onto I-405 N. Take exit 2B toward Everett St./Glisan St. Merge onto NW 14th Ave. Turn right onto NW Johnson St. Drive four blocks. Destination is on the left.

From I-5 Southbound:
Take exit 302A toward City Center. Merge onto N Broadway. Continue onto the Broadway Bridge. Take slight right onto NW Lovejoy St. Turn onto NW 9th Ave. and drive two blocks. Destination is on the left.


On-street parking is available in the area. The nearby Station Place parking garage at 1025 NW Station Way offers affordable long-term parking options. We have a parking lot available for free 2-hour max visitor parking, all hours. Parking patrol is strict.

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We have one position available at this time.
Facilities Manager

Facilities Manager

Portland, Oregon
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We are seeking a Facilities Manager who is responsible for the overall building operations of the Natural Capital Center in the Portland’s Pearl District and the Redd on Salmon Street in the Central Eastside Industrial District. Our buildings house a diverse group of tenants from a bicycle-based delivery company to architects to a set of event centers. The Facilities Manager works with all the members of our community to resolve building issues in a timely and efficient manner. The work is fast-paced, ever-changing, and requires a fair amount of flexibility. This position supervises two staff members, manages many vendor relationships, and is based at the Natural Capital Center.

Ecotrust creates and accelerates triple-bottom-line innovations to benefit our region and inspire the world. On the farm, at the coast, in the forest, and across our cities, we work in partnership towards an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future. Our home is Salmon Nation, the region from California to Alaska that holds productive lands and determined people. We recognize the legacy of colonialism and the deep inequities of this place, and we believe that radical, practical change is possible and necessary. Since 1991, we have created durable change and sparked ideas across the globe. Learn more at Ecotrust.org.

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives and lived experiences that we believe foster learning, creativity, innovation, and equity. The Facilities Manager provides leadership and vision to center racial equity in our buildings through managing an equitable contracting process and ensuring our buildings are accessible and inclusive.



  • Primary point of contact with tenants for issues of access, safety, utilities, improvements, and general building operations.
  • Maintain compliance with local, state, and federal codes.
  • Fire-Life-Safety compliance. Monitor detection, suppression, and notification systems, ensure testing is performed as required and deficiencies are remedied.
  • Maintain OSHA compliance. Ensure safety protocols are in place for fall protection, aerial work platform usage, PPE, Safety Data Sheets, first aid, etc. Maintain records relating to all matters of safety compliance. Required Safety Committee member.
  • Primary contact for all building alarm systems including intrusion detection and fire safety. Primary contact for Portland Fire Marshal.
  • Vendor contract administration and oversight including cleaning, garbage, landscaping, HVAC, security, pest control, etc.
  • Responsible for drafting RFPs and contract procurement and negotiations following equitable contracting procedures.
  • Build systems to assess capital assets, forecast capital expenditures over 20+ year horizon. Work with finance team to implement adequate capital reserve fund.
  • Manage system upgrades and tenant improvement capital projects.
  • Maintain records of all building system maintenance and testing, including fire-life-safety systems as required by state and local codes.
  • Manage access controls system.
  • Work with Ecotrust events and engagement teams so that building is effectively used in the service of our mission. Provide building tours and facilitate building-related discussions to outside groups as requested.
  • Assist finance and accounting staff with development and monitoring of budget, including identification of required capital expenditures.
  • Professionally and compassionately approach issues related to people experiencing homelessness, connecting people to appropriate and relevant services.
  • Follow de-escalation procedures when handling issues related to drug use, threats, graffiti, and other behaviors related to tenant and public safety. Follow-up with emergency services and/or law enforcement when needed.


  • Implement and manage Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Implement and manage comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Program for all building assets across all properties.
  • Design and schedule a process for addressing maintenance-related issues and duties.
  • Monitor and manage upkeep of landscaping including parking lot, bioswales, and eco-roof.
  • Develop and participate in an “on-call schedule” with other facilities staff for building maintenance emergencies (evenings and weekends).
  • Identify maintenance needs and potential issues around building. Ensure routine building inspections are performed and deficiencies are logged, tracked, and remedied.
  • Manage and maintain key control systems.


  • Lead and supervise the Facilities & Maintenance Team (currently two additional employees).
  • Use your unique skills and professional and lived experiences to promote equity and inclusion at all properties.
  • Provide support for professional growth and hands-on technical training to facilities team members.
  • Coach staff, helping them identify training opportunities to build their skills and prepare them for the next step in their career.


We are passionate about developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet every qualification listed below, we urge you to apply. Transferable skills are any skills gained through education, work experience (including the military), or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills in your cover letter and clearly explain how they apply to this position.


  • Commitment to Ecotrust’s mission inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being, and a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Proven ability to manage a team of diverse staff.
  • Awareness of differences among vulnerable populations and the disparities faced by communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income communities..
  • Knowledge of de-escalation techniques and procedures.
  • Strong customer service with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including with people from different races, ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Self-directed problem solver.
  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed).
  • Ability to safely operate hand tools.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, scale ladders, and access crawl spaces and roofs.
  • In-depth knowledge of HVAC, refrigeration, electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, fire alarms, and landscaping.

Preferred But Not Required:

  • 10+ years experience in a facilities management role.
  • LEED certification.

How To Apply:

Please follow these directions closely. Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available at ecotrust.org) and forward with (1) a cover letter (1 page maximum), and (2) your resume to jobs@ecotrust.org with “Facilities Manager” in the subject line by close of business on the application deadline listed above. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your skills, experience, and interests fit this position.

The Selection Process:

  • Initial review of qualifications
  • Phone Interview
  • In-person interview
  • Reference checks
  • Offer

Additional Information:

Salary range: $75,000-$90,000 DOE

This is a full-time position based in Portland, Oregon. Ecotrust offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage. Ecotrust is committed to growth and learning for all staff members and provides relevant developmental training opportunities. We are committed to supporting employees as whole people and strive to maintain a 40-hour work week, balancing after-hours work with our regular office hours.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. The contact listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to the contact above in advance to request assistance.

Learn more about this position: Info session on June 10, 2019 at 12:00p.m. Pacific Time

We are hosting an informational conference call about this position.

  • Dial this number by your location to join by phone:
    •        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    •        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
  • Meeting ID: 273 692 672

You may submit questions before or during the info session via email to contact@ecotrust.org.

We will record the session and update this position description with a link to the recording shortly afterwards.

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