Salary: $85,000.00 – $100,000.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Recreation and Conservation Office
Job Number: 2023-RCO-002
Closing: 5/25/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Who we are: The Recreation and Conservation Office is a small state agency located in Olympia, Washington that plans for and provides funding to: create and maintain opportunities for recreation; protect the best of the state’s wild lands, farms, and forests; and recover salmon. The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO) within RCO is responsible for maintaining and implementing the statewide salmon strategy; coordinating salmon and orca recovery with agencies, tribes, and partners; and providing policy support for salmon and orca recovery.  
RCO and GSRO strive to maintain a workplace that is respectful, inclusive and family-friendly where all team members feel safe to bring their true selves to work. We believe in a culture where everyone continually improves and has the opportunity to lead. At RCO and GSRO we envision a state that has abundant outdoor recreation spaces, healthy habitats, and working farms and forests that support people, fish, and wildlife.

What you will be doing: In this role, you will serve as the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office senior advisor for science and monitoring. This position provides analyses, advice, and coordination on statewide policies and priorities related to science and monitoring for salmon recovery including, but not limited to, Governor’s statewide salmon strategy, regional salmon recovery plans, and orca task force recommendations.

Some of the duties include:

  • Act as primary science advisor for Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office to guide, advise, and inform technical and policy issues and forums relevant to the science and monitoring for salmon and orca recovery.
  • Coordinate with state agencies, tribes, federal partners, and regional salmon recovery organizations to advance science and monitoring priorities. 
  • Guide the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) monitoring panel and monitoring programs. 
  • Work with tribes to better understand traditional and indigenous ecological knowledge. 
  • Represent GSRO on regional or statewide science forums and bodies.  

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree environmental, fisheries, or natural resource science.

At least five years professional experience in science 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 Master’s degree in fisheries science or a related natural resource science may be substituted for one year of the required professional experience.

Substantial familiarity with habitat and salmonid population monitoring methods and protocols, recovery goals, factors that limit recovery, and ESA de-listing criteria for salmonids.

Demonstrated capability, as evidenced by professional experience, to develop syntheses of scientific principles and information with development and implementation of natural resource policies.

Professional experience in research design, strategic planning, and policy development.  

Knowledge of natural resource management principles, interpersonal communication strategies, team building and conflict resolution strategies.

Strong communication skills, both oral and written, with a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.

Advanced degree or knowledge of salmon science and research in the Pacific Northwest.

Experience with advising on science issues for policy makers.

Evidence of collaborative engagement with partners.

Track record of grant writing and securing funding. 

Knowledge and awareness of cultural diversity and tribal relations.

Things to consider before applying:

  • You must occasionally work more than 40 hours per week.
  • You must travel frequently for short periods that often include overnight stays. 
  • You must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • RCO is head-quartered in Olympia, WA on the state’s capital campus. RCO will consider candidates that can successfully do this job from another location (in-state) with occasional travel to Olympia for meetings and other functions.
  • RCO may hire only those who are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Contact Information: If you have questions about this opportunity or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call (360) 902-3000. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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

  • letter of interest that shows your personality and voice to describe why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • current resume, detailing experience, and education
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

NOTE: The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the “duties summary” section of your application in, completeness of the application material submitted, and the supplemental questionnaire.  A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application. Responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding work experience must be reflected in the “duties summary” section of the application.  By submitting these 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.  

For more information and to apply:

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