Salary: $85,000.00 – $100,000.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 9/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Where you will work:
This position is in the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO) which is housed in the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).  RCO and GSRO are head-quartered in Olympia, WA on the state’s capital campus. We will consider candidates that can successfully do this job from another location (in-state) with travel to Olympia as necessary for meetings and other functions.
The GSRO coordinates salmon and Southern Resident orca recovery for the state. 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 GSRO we envision:
A comprehensive approach to salmon recovery that reflects the priorities and actions of local, regional, state, federal partners, and tribes. This approach enhances relationships with state and federal agencies, elected officials, tribes, Governor’s office, and regional organizations and solidifies support and coordination of the statewide strategy and regional approach to salmon recovery.

We are looking for:
A driven and skilled Riparian Coordinator to lead efforts in coordinating state agencies for the protection, restoration, and management of riparian ecosystems. This urgent work is critical for supporting salmon recovery and addressing climate change impacts. Your role involves establishing an interagency committee, coordinating strategies, data systems, and activities to achieve fully functioning riparian habitats. Our ideal candidate will be passionate to join us in making a significant impact on environmental conservation and climate resiliency.


The work you will enjoy doing includes:

  • Convene state agencies to strengthen agency coordination, commitment, and accountability to align with Governor priorities and commitment for science-based standards and fully functioning and healthy riparian ecosystems for salmon, watershed health, and climate resiliency. 
  • Work with agencies to ensure there is understanding and implementation of agency legal and statutory authorities to advance riparian protection and restoration outcomes, and to ensure alignment with agency priorities, statewide salmon strategy, salmon recovery plans, and tribal priorities. 
  • Coordinate existing or new state strategies, priorities, and actions to advance riparian restoration and protection across the state agencies that can be integrated into agency, regional, and statewide budget and policy priorities and initiatives. 
  • Develop common metrics across the state agencies to guide and track progress to ensure there is an ability for agencies to measure and communicate on progress of riparian habitat protection and restoration across agencies and programs. 
  • Establish processes to consolidate and align data systems or platforms to improve coordination, alignment, and impact of important riparian information and data. 
  • Secure funding and manage funding and contracts as necessary to support GSRO and partner work.


What you need to qualify:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, science, law, or similar degree
  • Five (5) years’ experience collaborating with local, state, federal, and tribal governments on natural resource issues
  • Five (5) years’ experience leading or facilitating work team, task forces, workshops, or interagency working groups
  • Note: the above experience can be gained concurrently for a minimum total of five (5) years. 

What we desire:

  • Knowledge of basic principles of budget development, legislative process, grant/contract acquisition and administration, public involvement strategies, cultural diversity, and tribal relations. 
  • Strong background in natural resources policy, law, or conservation, preferably in the Pacific Northwest, with preference for direct experience with riparian conservation or closely related issues. 
  • Strong understanding of tribes, tribal treaties, and recent tribal history in Pacific Northwest, with preference for direct working relationships with tribes and tribal governments. 
  • Strategic planning, policy development, risk and/or cost analysis/management, research or systems design, natural resource management principles, interpersonal communication strategies, team building and conflict resolution. 
  • Experience and exposure to concepts, language, behaviors, and biases around diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice, with preference for this experience in the natural resources or salmon recovery realm.

How to apply:
In addition to completing the online application, you must attach the following documents to your profile or paste into the “text resume” field in order to be considered for this position:

  • letter of interest (no more than 2 pages in length) explaining how your past experiences make you an ideal candidate for this position and what exceptional skills you would bring to RCO;
  • current resumedetailing experience, education, and other relevant interests;
  • 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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