Recruitment Notice - Governor's Salmon Recovery Office Science Coordinator

May 20, 2011

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

Recruitment # 0511 GSROWMS
Salary: $52,000-$68,000 per year DOQ
Location: Olympia, WA
Closing Date: Open until sufficent candidate pool is received. To ensure consideration, submit your application materials no later than June 10, 2011.

We are looking for a Science Coordinator who is dedicated to Washington’s salmon recovery and watershed health, is data savvy, has great communication skills, and understands what it takes to use information to influence the salmon recovery process.

The RCO is a great place to work where employees are passionate about protecting our environment and creating recreational opportunities for the citizens of Washington.

The Recreation and Conservation Office
(RCO) is a small state agency that supports six boards in work that creates and maintains opportunities for recreation, protects the best of the state’s wild lands, and contributes to the state’s efforts to recover salmon from the brink of extinction.

The Governor's Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO) was established by the Legislature in 1998 through the Salmon Recovery Planning Act (Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2496). The legislature recently consolidated this office into the Recreation and Conservation Office. The GSRO's role is to coordinate and maintain a statewide salmon strategy; assist in the development and implementation of regional recovery plans; secure current and future funding for local, regional, and state recovery efforts; and contribute to consolidated reporting of salmon recovery.

PRIMARY DUTIES –This position will administer the Washington Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy for Salmon Recovery and Watershed Health. It serves as the GSRO science and monitoring coordinator, providing analyses and advice on statewide policies and programs related to monitoring salmon recovery and progress toward regional salmon recovery plan goals. This position will use available monitoring data to assess and quantify the progress or lack of progress in salmon recovery. It reports to the Executive Coordinator for the GSRO.

Specifically, this position:
• Takes complex scientific data and translates it into materials usable in a policy context.
• Assists in coordinating and aligning monitoring information to improve its consistency.
• Plays a significant supporting role in developing the biennial State of Salmon in Watersheds Report by assessing the interpretation and presentation of data used in the report.
• Coordinates, facilitates and participates in science and technical groups and processes related to monitoring salmonids and their habitat.
• Provides analysis and advice on the scientific and technical basis for development of policies for monitoring and adaptive management relevant to salmon recovery.
• Coordinates and serves as the GSRO liaison with state and federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes and other agencies on scientific aspects of the Statewide Strategy to Recover Salmon and related salmon recovery monitoring initiatives.
• Manages agreements and contracts for salmon recovery monitoring activities for which RCO is the responsible administrative agency.
• Assures that implementation and refinement of the Statewide Strategy to Recover Salmon is based on science in an adaptive management context.
• Provides science and technical advice to the GSRO, regional salmon recovery organizations, Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and other salmon recovery and watershed health efforts.
QUALIFICATIONS - The most successful candidate will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree in fisheries science or related natural resource science.
Professional experience:
At least five years professional experience in science and relevant policies related to the biology, life history, population dynamics, habitat requirements, and/or conservation biology of salmonids of the Pacific Northwest and the other fish and wildlife species with which they interact.
A Masters degree in fisheries science or a related natural resource science may be substituted for one year of the required professional experience.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
• Substantial familiarity with habitat and salmonid population monitoring methods and protocols, recovery goals, factors that limit recovery, and ESA de-listing criteria for salmonids.
• Capability, as evidenced by professional experience, to develop syntheses of scientific principles and information with development and implementation of natural resource policies.
• All applicants must be proficient in science and technology related to fish and habitat monitoring, including databases used to organize monitoring information.
• Professional experience in strategic planning, policy development, risk assessment/management and/or research design.
• Knowledge of natural resource management principles, interpersonal communication strategies, team building and conflict resolution strategies.
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• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, with a variety of technical and and non-technical audiences.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
Applicants must be willing and able to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week, travel frequently for short periods to include overnight stays.
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.
The RCO may hire only those who are legally authorized to work in the United States.
To apply please submit the following materials to the e-mail below:
• Cover letter describing your interest and how you are qualified for this job.
• Information in your cover letter addressing the following three (3) types of experience:
1. Summarize your professional experience and level of responsibility in developing or coordinating fish and fish habitat monitoring methods, protocols, and related data management and analyses for use in implementing plans and policies.
2. Professional experience and work products demonstrating your capability to develop syntheses of complex scientific and technical information for use in developing and implementing policies and plans related to salmon recovery .
3. Professional experience in assessing and coordinating the use of complex scientific and technical information for communicating and reporting to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Resume with detailed employment history (to include dates of employment, job title, employer, and job duties)
E-mail materials to:
Subject line: 0511 GSRO WMS
By submitting materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

Agency Qualities
▪ Teamwork
▪ Communication
▪Customer Service
▪ Integrity and
▪ Self-Management
Leave benefits Employees earn 12 -22 days of vacation per year; 12 days of paid sick leave per year, and 11 paid holidays.
Insurance Employees and families are covered by medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance, and basic long-term disability insurance plans. Additional life insurance and long term disability insurance are available at special group rates. Additional information is available on the Health Care Authority Web site.
Retirement We offer an excellent retirement plan, which includes a generous employer contribution rate. In addition, employees may participate in a deferred compensation program for a tax deferred retirement investment. See the Department of Retirement Systems web site.