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We're Hiring! Native Fish Society seeks Northern Oregon Regional Coordinator

Location: Working out of the Oregon City office and/or your home office with a focus on the Willamette Valley, mid/northern Oregon coast, Deschutes River Basin and John Day River Basin.

Compensation: Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000 + benefits including medical coverage, Simple IRA retirement account with employer match, monthly cell stipend, mileage reimbursement, and generous leave policy.

Application Deadline: Open until position filled.

Position Overview

The Native Fish Society is a nonprofit organization that empowers and embraces all ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse people to take action to revive abundant wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving local communities across the Pacific Northwest.

We activate place-based volunteers through our River Steward Program, skills-based volunteers through our Native Fish Fellowship Program, and increase our circle of women advocating for wild fish through our Women for Wild Fish Initiative. Recent successes include protecting 22,000 miles of fish habitat in Oregon from harmful mining, establishing 8 rivers as wild steelhead sanctuaries in Washington, and precedent-setting hatchery reform to revive threatened wild salmon on Oregon’s Sandy River. In our 25-year history, the Native Fish Society has never been more impactful on the issues defining the future of wild, native fish. Our community is passionate, persistent, and focused on long-term relationships and solutions.

We seek a full-time Northern Oregon Regional Coordinator to grow and empower our River Stewards in Northern Oregon and coordinate conservation initiatives in the region. This role is best filled by a person who is infectiously upbeat, highly organized, and energized by meeting new people. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to grow as a leader and make a big, positive impact on the rivers and streams that sustain our Pacific Northwest communities and cultures. Homebase for this position is out of the Native Fish Society headquarters in Oregon City, Oregon and will require frequent travel around the region and beyond. However, due to COVID-19 concerns and the need to prioritize staff and community safety, this position may be required to work out of your home office for a yet to be determined time period.

The Northern Oregon Regional Coordinator will play an important role in implementing our organizational strategies, including our work to cultivate a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for wild fish. Native Fish Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates to apply.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit and maintain a diverse, comprehensive, and effective network of River Stewards across the northern Oregon region, with the Willamette Valley, mid/northern Oregon coast, Deschutes River Basin, and John Day River Basin as focus areas.
  • Provide support to River Stewards to ensure that conservation challenges and opportunities are identified, prioritized, and resolved utilizing the best-available science, the support of grassroots activism, and the resources of our Fellowship Program volunteers.
  • Seek positive partnering relationships with public and private groups, local community members, tribal nations and indigenous communities, state and federal agencies, and landowners.
  • Collaborate with the Conservation Director and program staff to implement new tools and practices for our volunteer network.
  • Share Native Fish Society’s mission, vision, programs, strategies, and campaigns clearly and compellingly, verbally and in writing with our community, partners, and natural resource decision makers.


  • Ability to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Volunteer service mentality
  • Superb written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Savvy with basic technology like Microsoft Office suite & Google app suite
  • Creative, adaptive, and self-starter attitude
  • Time management, multi-tasking, and flexibility with job duties
  • Organized and inspiring team member

Ideal candidate

  • Experience in non-profit grassroots organizing and leading grassroots advocacy initiatives.
  • Familiarity with state and federal policy processes and environmental laws and regulations.
  • Experience working with federal and state agencies, nonprofit partners, and tribal nations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and experience working with and building lasting relationships with communities of color and marginalized communities.
  • Educational or experiential background in fisheries science and biology.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Starting salary commensurate with related work experience and qualifications. First year budgeted salary range of $35,000-$45,000.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical coverage, Simple IRA retirement account with employer match, monthly cell stipend, mileage reimbursement, and generous leave policy.

Application Instructions

Application review will begin July 1, 2020. The position is open until filled. Please send application materials (resume, cover letter, and three references) to Please include “N. OR Regional Coordinator & Your Name” in the subject line.

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