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The mission of the Native Fish Society is to advocate for the recovery of wild, native fish based upon the best-available science and promote the stewardship of the habitats that sustain them. The Native Fish Society works across the Pacific Northwest, often through our locally based grassroots River Stewards advocates, to identify and advance science-based solutions to the root challenges facing wild, native fish.

The Native Fish Society is a regionally focused organization with programmatic activities in 67 watersheds in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and British Columbia. Our main office is located in Oregon City, Oregon.

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Washington Regional Coordinator

Job Purpose:

The Washington Regional Coordinator is responsible for Native Fish Society's River Steward Program in Washington. This includes the following: recruitment and management of River Stewards, assisting with the development and implementation of conservation campaigns, and establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with NGOs, agencies, and First Nations. This position will empower our Washington River Stewards by communicating their efforts to our broader network and helping secure resources to accelerate efforts for their homewaters and native fish.

Duties and Objectives:

  • Recruit and maintain a comprehensive and effective network of River Stewards across Washington, with Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and Washington Coast as focal areas.
  • Provide support to River Stewards to ensure that conservation challenges and opportunities are identified, prioritized, and addressed utilizing the best-available science and the support of grassroots activism.
  • Increase grassroots advocacy for wild, native fish with congressional delegation and state representatives.
  • Work with NFS team to advance our vision of abundant, healthy, and resilient wild, native fish and locally based River Stewards in watersheds across the Northwest
  • Host and attend annual River Steward trainings and gatherings to empower, inspire, and grow capacity of the Washington River Steward community.
  • Develop and leverage relationships with other stakeholders, NGOs to advance River Steward efforts in Washington.

Skills/Qualifications:

The Native Fish Society seeks a passionate wild fish advocate who enjoys bringing people together to champion the needs of wild, native fish and their homewaters. Experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns, event planning, outreach, community building, and fundraising required. A strong candidate would also bring a deep understanding of hatchery, harvest, hydropower and habitat issues, as well as the Endangered Species Act. An advanced degree in communications or law preferred, but equivalent experience working in a non-profit, especially in the realm of environmental law and/or advocacy sectors would be considered. All candidates should have a willingness to be engaged in controversial issues and create an inclusive environment with diverse stakeholders.

Additional Considerations:

  • Passion for Washington's wild, native fish and rivers.
  • Positive, friendly, and can work well in a team environment.
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal. Proficiency in basic computer software.
  • Experience with social media platforms and campaigns is desirable.
  • Experience with CRM platforms a plus.
  • Located in Western Washington, in the vicinity of Olympia preferred.

Pay and Location:

Position is full-time. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Native Fish Society offers attractive benefits including health insurance plan and paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

The Washington Regional Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and is part of our conservation team, which includes our River Steward Program staff and Fellowship Program Director. Position requires traveling, evening, and weekend work when needed throughout the state of Washington and quarterly travel to Oregon City, OR.

Individuals who identify with groups traditionally under-represented in environmental advocacy are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please email a one page cover letter, resume, and three work references to Executive Director, Mark Sherwood (mark@nativefishsociety.org).

Applications accepted through June 15th.



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