Salary: $71,200.00 – $77,772.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Exempt
Department: Puget Sound Partnership
Job Number: 2022-PSP-020

The Puget Sound Partnership is a non-regulatory state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. We are also one of the Executive Cabinet agencies under Governor Inslee’s Office. The Partnership brings together hundreds of partners to mobilize action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.

We are proud to offer a suite of “Employer of Choice” initiatives, including:

  • A healthy/work balance by offering flexible and alterative schedules
  • Generous professional development and at-home office allowances
  • Active and engaging equity and inclusion programs, including an affinity group
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including additional Employee Assistance Program benefits
  • Fully vested in modern workplace practices and design
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns. 

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Position Details
This full-time unrepresented position is exempt from civil service law and has a duty station at our Headquarters building in Olympia, Washington. Within the organizational chart, this position is a member of the Ecosystem Recovery Team within the Integrated Planning Program. The Partnership offers a modern hybrid work environment, which includes both remote and office building settings in Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle. All staff are required to report to offices and work sites as needed, including this position. You may be required to work in an office setting more frequently than others if you’re unable to effectively conduct work remotely or as business needs arise. You will be expected to report to the Olympia office on your first day of employment for onboarding.
Regular travel throughout the state will be necessary for this position, including overnight stays.
The annual range of compensation is between $71,200 – $77,772 depending upon qualifications, although the expected hiring salary will typically be less than the top of the range, to allow for growth and development movement.
We encourage applicants from outside of Washington to apply! The successful candidate would be required to relocate to Washington state within 30 days of the appointment date. The expectation of this position’s starting appointment date is in January or February of 2023.

A little bit about the Ecosystem Recovery Team
The Ecosystem Recovery Team, the largest within the Partnership, consists of seven Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators, three Salmon Recovery Program staff, and two Managers. This team works closely with the region’s Local Integrating Organizations and salmon recovery Lead Entities to align actions, remove barriers, and direct resources to advance the most important actions embedded in recovery plans. These team members empower partners and decision-makers to implement salmon and ecosystem recovery by providing resources, offering technical assistance, and helping craft local and regional solutions to overcome barriers.

Salmon Recovery:

  • Work with local coordinators and committees in assigned Puget Sound watersheds to support their development and implementation of watershed planning and adaptive management processes and decision-making for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan
  • Support funding mechanisms for salmon recovery efforts in Puget Sound, including the region’s role in the Salmon Recovery Funding Board process, Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program, and engaging with partner programs including those managed by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Maintain weekly contact, or more frequent, with salmon recovery watershed leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs and opportunities in line with the salmon recovery plan
  • Respond to public inquiries about salmon recovery in assigned watersheds
  • Monitor and (where regional assistance is needed) engage in watershed specific projects that advance salmon recovery (e.g funding and mitigation programs, land protection efforts, etc.)

Local Action Agenda Implementation:

  • Work with the Local Integrating Organizations (LIOs) in the assigned Action Area(s). These LIOs are composed of representatives of local governments, tribes, salmon recovery lead entities, private sector entities, watershed planning units, watershed councils, shellfish protection areas, regional fishery enhancement groups, marine resource committees, nearshore groups, non-governmental organizations, conservation districts, and community groups
  • Manage contracts and sub-agreements with assigned local areas, including tracking progress, approving invoices, and negotiating new scopes of work
  • Maintain weekly contact, or more frequent, with the LIO leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs and opportunities in line with the Action Agenda 
  • Support development of LIO prioritization processes and decision-making
  • Support reporting requirements for LIO sub-agreements managed by the Partnership’s Ecosystem Recovery Team, including biannual reports to the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and quarterly reports to EPA on LIO development and progress
  • If regional support is needed, engage in locally specific projects that advance local implementation of the Action Agenda

Regional Initiatives and General Engagement:

  • Be an active and engaged member of the ER Team and Integrated Planning Program within the Partnership, including taking lead on one or more ER Team support tasks 
  • Each Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator is assigned regional topics for which they are team, or in some cases agency, lead. The roles and responsibilities for regional topic leads are further defined in the PDPs of the staff. Sample regional topic leads include: climate change, social sciences, human wellbeing, social approaches, continuous improvement, etc.
  • Inform watersheds and local communities about the Puget Sound Partnership, Action Agenda, and Salmon Recovery Council requirements for management and reporting and support watersheds and local communities to deliver established requirements
  • Support regional meetings as needed, including those for the agency’s four Boards and associated subcommittees
  • Help connect watershed groups and local communities to technical resources to support salmon recovery and Action Agenda implementation
  • Support initiating and completing priority actions to implement the Action Agenda and the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan at the local and regional scale
  • Other Duties as Assigned


Requirements (experience may be concurrent):
Option #1: Bachelor’s degree or higher and three years of professional experience in natural resources management
Option #2: Associate degree and five years of professional experience in natural resources management
Option #3: Seven years of professional experience in natural resources management
-AND- can demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of ecosystem-based management
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and regional funding programs and annual/biennial funding cycles
  • Knowledge of ecology and population biology of salmonids
  • Knowledge of Endangered Species Act recovery planning
  • Experience in managing contracts, monitoring, and tracking progress
  • Experience working with local jurisdictions and tribes
  • Experience with adaptive management and natural resource planning
  • Knowledge of institutions governing and implementing key habitat, harvest, and hatchery management programs
  • Commitment to advancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


  • Master’s degree or higher in natural resource management or related field 
  • Experience in Conservation Standards or natural resource monitoring
  • General understanding of market-based funding mechanisms, such as in-lieu fee and other conservation banking
  • General understanding of climate science and key players in the region
  • Familiarity with water pollution prevention
  • Familiarity with shellfish ecology
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound Action Agenda
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan
  • Experience in conflict resolution/mediation between parties over natural resource issues
  • Familiarity with state legislative process

 With or without accommodations, I am willing and able to:

  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions 
  • Work in a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment
  • Work a 40-hour work week (A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period)
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state, which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position
  • Work that may involve multiple priorities and competing deadlines
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position
  • Interact and work with partners and staff in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency
  • Permanently reside in Washington state and report in person at Puget Sound agency offices and meetings on a weekly basis
  • Be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus

Supplemental Information
Intrigued?  We’d love to hear from you. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • A letter of interest that describes why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position. You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education

** You will want to ensure you have a current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information attached or available to provide at the time of the interview.

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Things we ask you NOT include in your submission:

  • Do not include your salary history. 
  • Please remove any private or personal information such as your social security number, date of birth, marital status, family status, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password protected.
  • Do not include your vaccination records or verification.

NOTE:  By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify the information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed. A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application.  Please do not say “refer to resume for detail” in your question responses, or your application may be disqualified.  

Conditions of Employment
COVID Vaccination Requirement: Per agency policy, state employees must be fully vaccinated. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization.

The Puget Sound Partnership celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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