Washington State Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator / Exempt (10005) in Tacoma, Washington


**Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator (Exempt) Tacoma, WA

This position will remain open until filled. However, first review of applications will occur the week of October 10, 2016. The hiring manager will begin selection and interviews as soon as an adequate candidate pool is available. **

The Puget Sound Partnership leads the region's collective effort to restore, protect, and sustain Puget Sound. We align the work of our partners around a shared vision and science-driven, prioritized strategies. We ensure smart investments that help to allocate resources efficiently and effectively. By striving to remove financial, regulatory, and resource barriers for our partners, we serve as a catalyst for success in restoring health to Puget Sound.

More information on the Partnership is available at our website: www.psp.wa.gov.

As the Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator, you will work with local communities, including elected officials, watershed groups, tribes, federal and state agencies, non-profits, and the business community and identify and focus resources to foster specific actions for salmon recovery plans. You will also be responsible for providing team leadership on substantive salmon recovery topics.

Implementation of the Puget Sound Action Agenda requires vital local partnerships. You will be responsible for working with local communities to enhance local integration and implementation of the Action Agenda. You will connect local groups to available technical resources and will assist in developing strategies. You will foster learning and information sharing to improve effectiveness and efficiency across watersheds, local communities, and the region. You will communicate the needs of local communities to the Partnership and the priorities of the Partnership to local communities. If you enjoy networking and protecting our environment, we encourage you to apply!


**Some of what you will enjoy doing will include:

Salmon Recovery**

  • Work with local coordinators in assigned Puget Sound watersheds (North Olympic and Hood Canal) to support their development and implementation of watershed planning and adaptive management processes and decision-making for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan.
  • Support funding mechanisms for salmon recovery efforts in Puget Sound, including the region's role in Salmon Recovery Funding Board processes, participating in the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration program, and engaging with partner programs including those managed by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Maintain weekly contact, or more frequent, with salmon recovery watershed leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs and opportunities in line with the salmon recovery plan.
  • Respond to public inquiries about salmon recovery in assigned watersheds.
  • Monitor and (where regional assistance is needed) engage in watershed specific projects that advance salmon recovery (e.g funding and mitigation programs, land protection efforts, etc.) Local Action Agenda Implementation

  • Work with the Local Integrating Organizations (LIOs) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Hood Canal. These LIOs are composed of representatives of local governments, tribes, salmon recovery lead entities, private sector entities, watershed planning units, watershed councils, shellfish protection areas, regional fishery enhancement groups, marine resource committees, nearshore groups, non-governmental organizations, conservation districts, and community groups.

  • Maintain weekly contact, or more frequent, with the LIO leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs and opportunities in line with the Action Agenda.
  • Support development of LIO prioritization processes and decision-making.
  • Support reporting requirements for LIO sub-agreements managed by the Partnership's Local Project Implementation Program, including biannual reports to the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and quarterly reports to EPA on LIO development and progress.
  • If regional support is needed – engage in locally specific projects that advance local implementation of the Action Agenda. LIO Program

Working closely with the Regional Managers and Director of Partner Engagement, serve as team lead for the LIO program. This leadership role includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Support development of annual scopes of work for LIO coordination grants (regional managers as leads).
  • Organize and facilitate regular meetings of all local LIO coordinators.
  • Assist the agency with integrating LIO work products into regional products, especially the Action Agenda.
  • Coordinate with the agency's Policy & Planning Team and EPA Coordinator on LIO related topics.
  • Coordinate with regional entities and bodies that affect the LIO program as necessary and appropriate, including the EPA, the Strategic Initiative Leads, the Action Agenda Coordination Group, and the Ecosystem Coordination Board.
  • Serve as point of contact for the LIO program. Regional Initiatives and General Engagement

  • Work as part of a team of Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators.

  • Inform watersheds and local communities about the Puget Sound Partnership, Action Agenda, and Salmon Recovery Council requirements for management and reporting and support watersheds and local communities to deliver established requirements.
  • Support regional meetings as needed, including those for the agency's four Boards and subcommittees.
  • Manage contracts and sub-agreements with local areas and watersheds, including tracking progress, approving invoices, and negotiating new scopes of work
  • Help connect watershed groups and local communities to technical resources to support salmon recovery and Action Agenda implementation.
  • Support initiating and completing priority actions to implement the Action Agenda and the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan at the local and regional scale.



A Master's degree in natural resource management or related field and five (5) years of professional experience


Bachelor's degree and eight (8) years of professional experience.

Experience should include some of the following:

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Flexibility in role and deliverables as part of a dynamic team
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing at a high level
  • Experience in and proven skill at project management
  • Ability to facilitate and effectively participate in collaborative, multi-party efforts
  • Ability to negotiate and mediate between parties over contentious issues
  • Ability to understand and connect interests among diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of ecosystem–based management
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and regional funding programs and annual/biennial funding cycles
  • Knowledge of ecology and population biology of salmonids
  • Knowledge of Endangered Species Act recovery planning
  • 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

*Frequent travel to project sites and partner meetings throughout Puget Sound. *Valid driver's license and insurance.


  • Experience in Open Standards or natural resource monitoring
  • General understanding of market-based funding mechanisms, such as in-lieu fee and other conservation banking
  • General understanding of climate science and key players in the region
  • Familiarity with water pollution prevention
  • Familiarity with shellfish ecology
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound Action Agenda
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan
  • Experience in conflict resolution/mediation between parties over natural resource issues Supplemental Information

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.


  • The initial screening will be based solely on the contents and completeness of the "duties summary" section of your application in Careers.wa.gov, 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 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.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@des.wa.gov.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access theWashington Relay Service.

Job Type: Exempt

Job Number: 2016-10005

Department: Puget Sound Partnership

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $65,000.00 - $69,200.00 Annually

Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA