Salmon Recovery Specialist, Salmon Habitat and Monitoring Programs (Longview, WA)

Job Close Date: 
January 4, 2016 - 11:59pm

The Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board is recruiting for an energetic natural resource specialist to help implement the Board’s habitat and monitoring programs. This is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director. Key activities this position will be assigned includes:

Assisting in the development of locally-based restoration strategies;
Working with individuals and groups to develop habitat restoration projects;
Coordinating the implementation of monitoring and adaptive monitoring plans;
Participating in various monitoring forums; and
Providing support to the Board’s Technical Advisory Committee.

This position works closely with several salmon recovery partners such as stream habitat specialists and monitoring practitioners from state and federal agencies, tribes, local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations. The successful candidate will have the ability to garner support and understanding to help improve habitat conditions and overall watershed health while balancing diverse interests among landowners, public resource managers and technical staff. This position requires strong communication and writing skills, and a proficiency working with database applications. The ability to perform GIS tasks is essential.

The most important assignment of this position is to administer the habitat restoration grant round which begins in February and culminates in December each year. Under Washington’s Salmon Recovery Act, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board is one of the 7 regional organizations and 24 lead entities charges with coordinating locally-based salmon recovery and habitat restoration. The Board oversees the grant program in cooperation with the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and recommends projects for funding. Over the past 18 years, the Board has helped secure grants for more than 200 projects with awards totaling over $40 million.

This person also serves as the key contact to project sponsors throughout the grant round and supports the Board and Technical Advisory Committee in conducting site visits, and evaluating and ranking proposals. This work requires an individual with the knowledge and experience in habitat restoration techniques. It also requires familiarity with federal and/or state grant program policies and procedures.

Equally important this position will work with various monitoring programs such as biological and habitat status and trends, project implementation and long-term function, project effectiveness, and the Lower Columbia intensively monitored watershed. Monitoring work is implemented by state and federal agencies. The LCFRB participates as a technical advisory for planning and reviews draft data and reports. It requires an understanding of the Lower Columbia Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (LCFRB 2010) and familiarity with other monitoring programs underway within the region.

The Lower Columbia region extends from the mouth of the Columbia River up to the White Salmon River and as far north as the Cowlitz River basin. It includes more than 2,280 anadromous stream miles shared by 72 distinct populations of ESA-threatened salmon and steelhead, and 2 populations of ESA-threatened bull trout. It is the gateway for all Columbia River Basin stocks migrating to and from their rivers of origin.
The Board is funded solely by federal and state grant programs. Its offices are located in Longview, Washington. In addition to the Executive Director, the Board maintains 4 full-time staff members. The Board offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision health coverage, participation in the WA Department of Retirement Systems (PERS) retirement plan and paid holidays and time off.

Position description
To apply, email the following to

A letter of interest detailing your ability to fulfill the responsibilities and duties outlined in the specific position description (generic letters will not be accepted). Your letter should discuss your skills, experience, and training relevant to this position.
A current resume including salary history, and
Names of three professional references including current email addresses and phone numbers.