Slideshow: Lucy De León, manager of Tortillería y Tienda De León, and Angela Hedstrom, our Farm to school Coordinator, at the William Walker Elementary cafeteria during a tamale lunch, Shawn Linehan | Ecotrust staff Jessica Douglas, Megan Foucht, and Stephanie Gutierrez enjoy a buggy ride during a visit to the community forest of Kalispel Tribe, Sean Gutierrez | Erica Madison, owner of Madison's Salmon Co., was a participant of the Ag of the Middle Accelerator program, Rich Crowder | Ecotrust team members Marissa "Mars" Correa" and Sarah Cline at the office, Jason Hill

Director of Indigenous Leadership

  • Reports To
    Vice President, Tribal Lands & Waters
  • Location
    This position may work from our Portland, OR office or remotely within our region (must be located in Oregon, Washington, California, or Alaska). Regular travel to Portland and across the region is expected.
  • Starting Salary
    $85,000 to $96,000 → Starting salary placement will be based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The starting salary will not exceed this posted range.
  • Application Deadline
    June 15, 2024
  • Online info session
    May 22, 2024 at 12pm PST (join from the link below)
The Indigenous Leadership Program (ILP) Director is responsible for advancing Ecotrust’s mission by supporting Ecotrust programs working with American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and First Nations. This role will support Ecotrust in being a partner that provides technical assistance and resources, identifies opportunities, and builds capacity for Indigenous governments in the areas of conservation, climate resilience, economic development, and relationship building. The ILP Director will also lead the Indigenous Leadership Award program, a year-round program whose focus is to celebrate and uplift Indigenous Leadership in our bioregion from California to Alaska. The program includes identifying and awarding nominees or fellows, as well as hosting a briefing series in collaboration with communications and development teams to elevate Native voices and stories across Ecotrust platforms.
Who we are

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. Since 1991, we have created durable change and sparked ideas across the globe. 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.

COVID-19 Response

Ecotrust recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately negative impacts on Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, parents, caregivers, frontline workers, and others. While this is a full time position, Ecotrust offers the flexibility necessary to manage COVID-19 constraints including flexible schedules, working remotely, and use of paid sick leave for caregivers and those directly affected by COVID-19. Ecotrust recognizes these are unprecedented times and wants to remove any barriers that would prevent anyone disproportionately affected by the pandemic from applying.

A group of three dozen adults, some seated and some standing, posing for a group photo on a rooftop terrace

Ecotrust staff & board gathering at the Natural Capital Center, Summer 2023. Photo credit: Jason Hill

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 organization. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions. Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, or other People of Color, people who are queer, trans, non-binary, people with disabilities, people who are immigrants, people from poor and working class backgrounds, and people who are/have been system-impacted are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to learn more about equity at Ecotrust, including our official equity statement and annual racial equity action plans and reports. We expect all our employees to share a commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and always seek ways to improve how well we live these values. If we can make the application process easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know. Once you have applied, we welcome your feedback on how you have experienced our values around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment process.

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 Maria Ceniceros,, in advance to request assistance.