Scientists on the Utkholok river

Scientists on the Utkholok river

About Us

The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We identify science-based solutions to sustain wild salmonids and the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them.

Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with a staff of 31.  The Organization has programmatic activities in the Russian Far East, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Japan, the Olympic Peninsula, Bristol Bay, and the Oregon North Coast. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.

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Open Positions

  1. Sustainable Fisheries Initiative Program Assistant

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Sustainable Fisheries Initiative Program Assistant

Reports to: Program Director

Position Summary

The Program Assistant is a nonexempt full-time regular position, eligible for organizational benefits. S/he is responsible for providing Russian-language program support for WSC’s Sustainable Fisheries Initiative (SFI). This program is using innovative market-based approaches to support salmon conservation and sustainable fisheries in the Russian Far East and across the Pacific Rim.

The ideal candidate will be independent and resourceful and will have real world experience working or living in Russia. Understanding the challenges and opportunities of working in the Russian Federation is a key to success in this position. The candidate should also have the ability to multitask, and have strong project management and Russian language skills.

A background in international fisheries issues such as experience working as a fisheries observer or within the seafood industry and market incentives such as third party certification will be considered a valuable plus.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Provide coordination and support for sustainable fisheries project implementation in the Russian Far East, particularly Sakhalin and Kamchatka.
  • Assist in communications and correspondence with US and Russian colleagues, partners and grant recipients.
  • Assist with logistical planning and coordination of WSC events such as international exchanges, inter-organizational strategy sessions, regional workshops and local events.
  • Help track and conclude contracts, grants, and agreements with Russian partners.
  • Russian-English language support.
  • Assist fishery engagement efforts with western Pacific clients and partners designed to motivate fishery management improvement plans in the Russian Far East.
  • Other tasks, as required.


  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Strong Russian language skills, both written and verbal.
  • Creativity and problem solving ability.
  • Computer skills (Internet, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets and database). 
  • Personal commitment to environmental and social justice.
  • Experience working cross-culturally.
  • Ability to work and travel independently.
  • Experience in seafood industry and/or market based conservation a plus.
  • Sense of humor is essential!


The position is based in Portland Oregon, and will likely require domestic and international travel, especially the Russian Federation, up to two months a year.


The compensation package includes a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package including a retirement, medical and dental plan, flexible spending account, life insurance and disability coverage. The salary offered will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and list of references to with "SFI Program Assistant" in the subject line.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Wild Salmon Center is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.