Salary: $77,772.00 – $85,078.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Puget Sound Partnership
Job Number: 2023-PSP-002
Closing: 2/14/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Local Integrating Organization (LIO) Program Coordinator 
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

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 and benefits in addition to state government’s full compensation and benefits. All of the Partnership’s employees have access and are welcome to enjoy the following:

  • A healthy/work balance by offering flexible and alternative work schedules.
  • Active and engaging equity and inclusion programs, including an affinity group and an employee-led Accountability Buddy Program.
  • Exclusive access to the Employee Assistance Program’s Work/Life web portal that provides additional benefits and resources to Partnership employees.
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns. 
  • An agency-paid ORCA card for public transit use in the Puget Sound region.
  • A tax-free hiring incentive that includes a one-time $200 Amazon allowance for ordering at-home office equipment or preferred supplies to support the telework experience.  
  • An annual professional development allowance for gaining skills that advance the employee’s career in their current field of work.

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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 located in the Ecosystem Recovery Team under Integrated Planning Program. We are looking for someone that meets the experience and education requirements listed below, but we also are looking for lived experience. Please consider applying if your lived experience meets the competencies of the requirements.

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 may be necessary for this position.

The annual range of compensation is between $77,772 – $85,078 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 April 2023. 

 A little bit about the Ecosystem Recovery Team
The Ecosystem Recovery 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. This team empowers partners and decision-makers to be well-informed by providing resources, offering technical assistance, and helping to craft regional solutions to overcome barriers.

Some of the duties include:

  • Collaboratively develop and steward the vision for the LIO Program – identify goals and results for the LIO Program and ensure they are incorporated into the agency work plan for staffing support and that LIO contracts enable LIOs to work towards Program goals
  • Lead LIOs in the process of determining local priorities for Puget Sound recovery, and the implementation of those priorities, including alignment with Action Agenda targets and outcomes
  • Develop agendas for and facilitate monthly and quarterly LIO coordinator meetings
  • Develop an LIO Program work plan that aligns and coordinates with other agency work, including but not limited to Boards, Planning, Adaptive Systems, Science and Monitoring, Strategic Funding Team, and Equity and Environmental Justice Team
  • Lead development and finalization of work for LIO capacity coordination contract template and amendment guidance
  • Strengthen and adaptively manage pathways for integrating local priorities into relevant regional decision-making systems (conversations, work plans, and recovery plans) – includes coordinating and improving the LIO coordinator collective policy project and Board meetings local forums
  • Lead communications to agency and LIO partners on aspects of LIO program and other relevant information
  • Serve as Partnership LIO Program lead and represent the LIO system to ensure that local priorities for ecosystem recovery are advanced in these systems by collaborating with EPA, Strategic Initiative Leads, and Partnership boards, and a diverse set of local, tribal, state, and federal partners 
  • Support ERCs with contract negotiations and amendments for LIO capacity coordination grants
  • Be an active and engaged member of the Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators Team and the Integrated Planning Program within the Partnership
  • Actively pursue and contribute to agency DEI and EJ initiatives

Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resource management or related field or lived experience equivalent to competencies in natural science or natural resource planning-related field work (e.g. management of salmon hatcheries, expertise developed from Tribal, Native, and Indigenous knowledge and practices, etc.) and five years of professional experience.


Associate’s degree in natural resource management or related field or lived experience equivalent to competencies in natural science or natural resource planning-related field work (e.g. management of salmon hatcheries, expertise developed from Tribal, Native, and Indigenous knowledge and practices, etc.) and seven years of professional experience


Nine years of professional experience in natural resource management or related field or lived experience equivalent to competencies in natural science or natural resource planning-related field work (e.g. management of salmon hatcheries, expertise developed from Tribal, Native, and Indigenous knowledge and practices, etc.)


  • Strategic thinker with the ability to set a long-term vision for the program and support the execution of the vision
  • Experience in program and project management
  • Experience in committee facilitation, synthesizing perspectives, and moving forward to next steps
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and regional funding programs and annual/biennial funding cycles
  • 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
  • Familiarity with state legislative process
  • Commitment to advancing justice, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in natural resource management or a related field
  • Experience in natural resource monitoring
  • Knowledge of ecosystem-based management
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound Action Agenda
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan
  • Knowledge of ecology and population biology of salmonids
  • Knowledge of Endangered Species Act recovery planning
  • Experience in conflict resolution/mediation between parties over natural resource issues

   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 in a fast-paced environment with 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 available to report in person at Puget Sound agency offices and meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

What does “EMS” mean? Exempt Management Service (EMS) is the term used to identify positions exempt from state civil service law. These positions do not have the same rights as classified positions. What does exempt from state civil service law mean?

To Apply
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. If you have lived experience that is equivalent to the required experience and education mentioned above, please apply! Tell us about it in your cover letter and how that experience qualifies you for this work. 

Please attach 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

A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

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Things we ask you NOT include in your submission:

  • Do not include your salary history. Salary offers are based on the quality of your skill set and not whether you have the right 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 Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. 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. Please reach out to the HR Office at if you need information on medical or religious accommodation. Please do not attach your vaccination verification to your application as it will be removed. Details on how to proceed with verification or accommodation will be provided once a conditional offer has been made.

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.
Contact Information:
For questions about this recruitment, please contact or email 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.

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