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Who We Are

Job Opportunities

Who We Are

Job Opportunities

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 programmatic activities in the Russian Far East, Japan, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.

WSC is the leading group working to protect the strongest wild salmon rivers around the entire North Pacific – salmon strongholds. We focus on wild salmon because they are an iconic and powerful conservation symbol, wild to the core, with an incredible life story. When you protect salmon, you support the life of whole watersheds and everything in them, including people. We build alliances with and work alongside the most effective local and regional partners in the North Pacific.  Since 1992, we and our partners have together secured 71 rivers and 9 million acres in protected areas or special wild fish management areas.

Work with Us

  • Southwest Oregon Program Manager
  • Design Intern

Southwest Oregon Program Manager

The Position

The Southwest Oregon Program Manager leads WSC’s conservation program in the south coast, Klamath-Siskiyou, and southern Cascade eco-regions. Project locations will include work in the Umpqua, Upper Rogue, and Upper Klamath river basins, as well as selected direct coastal tributaries south of the Umpqua River.  The position will primarily focus on advancing watershed planning and habitat restoration priorities initiated under the organization’s Coastal Program.  The position will be based in southwest Oregon and report to the Coastal Program Director in Portland, OR.

The Southwest Oregon Program Manager will be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the organization’s conservation work in the region.  In the near term (2018-2021), the position will focus on an initiative that WSC is managing aimed at the recovery of coast coho in Oregon.  Called the “Coast Coho Business Plan,” the program teams with regional conservation partnerships to prioritize and coordinate habitat protection and restoration projects benefitting independent populations of coast coho.  In close partnership with a steering committee comprised of state and federal agency partners, WSC facilitates an 18-month prioritization process that generates a “Strategic Action Plan” (SAP) for population recovery.  Upon completion of the plan, we work with public and private funders to finance implementation of the plan’s highest priority habitat protection and restoration projects.

In partnership with the Business Plan team and the Coast Program Director, this position will be responsible for the facilitation and production of selected plans, leveraging funding for implementation, and the management/oversight of sub-awards supporting locally-led project implementation.

In addition to these functions, the position will also be responsible for identifying long term conservation priorities and opportunities in the Southwest Oregon region and refining WSC’s role in the region as needs and opportunities arise.

 Responsibilities. This position will work closely with the Coast Program Director to:

  • Produce the Upper Rogue and/or Coos River “SAPs”, which are currently under development and anticipated for publication in late 2019;
  • Partner with local teams to facilitate and develop the next round of SAPs that are tentatively planned in the region;
  • Leverage and coordinate funding for the implementation of high priority projects contained in the SAPs in current (Upper Rogue, Elk River) and future SAP watersheds;
  • Develop and administer sub-awards for habitat restoration project implementation in current and future SAP areas in SW Oregon;
  • Support the establishment of long term outcomes for the Program in the SW region and assist with the development and implementation of the Coast Program’s annual workplan and budget;
  • Build strategic relationships and partnerships with key regional stakeholders including Tribes, angling communities, community leaders, NGOs, and state and federal government leaders;
  • Identify priorities for policy and management reform in SW Oregon and promote wild fish conservation through the integration of new and existing science into management decision-making; and
  • In partnership with the WSC Development team, support fundraising activities to secure funding for the program; and
  • In partnership with the WSC Communications team, develop strategic communications and media plans to support and advance programmatic goals and initiatives.

Key Qualifications: Education, experience, and preferred skills

The desired candidate for this position will possess a far ranging understanding of wild salmon conservation needs in the region, including a thorough understanding of the watershed processes that generate healthy wild salmon habitats;  the land use and management systems which can limit watershed health; and the habitat restoration and policy priorities needed to protect and restore wild salmon and steelhead strongholds in SW Oregon. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Four or more years of professional experience managing watershed planning and restoration projects in wild salmon ecosystems;
  • A B.S. in natural resource science or related field. A Masters degree in a natural science or related resource management /policy program may substitute for two years of  experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; an effective, diplomatic, and friendly communication style;
  • The discipline and commitment to be self-directed in the absence of day to day oversight; and
  • Flexibility to travel (mostly in-region; periodically out-of-state.)

The ideal candidate will also possess one or more of the following:

  • Experience facilitating group processes;
  • Experience with state/federal grant programs and grant-writing/reporting experience;
  • Experience in water management and/or policy;
  • GIS experience; and/or
  • Experience working in the SW Oregon region.

Hours of Work
This is a full-time regular position that is exempt from federal Fair Labor Standard Act overtime rules.

WSC is flexible with regard to where this position is located. The organization will support a home office in Southwest Oregon and (depending on the employee’s preferred location and workspace) may work with partner agencies/organizations to provide office and meeting space.

The compensation package includes a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits including vacation, retirement plan match, medical and dental plan, life insurance and disability coverage.  The Project Manager salary range minimum is $50,000, and the salary offered will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To Apply for this position, please email resume and cover letter by September 27, 2018 to with the position title in the header.

Note: 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


Design Intern

Reports to: Sr Media Design Manager

Position Summary:

This position is ideal for recent graduates, aspiring designers, and those who have a passion for environmental issues. The bulk of the work will be around a series of reports WSC is producing with partners on recovering and ultimately de-listing Oregon coastal coho (find out more about the project here).


The Design Intern will work with the Sr Media Design Manager to format one report (potentially more) based on pre-determined design standards. Ideally the candidate will have some illustration background to produce simple infographics. For an example of the kind of report we will be producing, please see Bristol Bay’s Wild Salmon Ecosystems and the Pebble Mine.

Other design tasks may be requested based on the individual’s interest and skill levels. Projects may include photo manipulation/color correction, banners for social media, new design templates for print and e-newsletters, as well as PowerPoint.

Key Qualifications:

  • Proficient in InDesign
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator, with illustration skills a plus
  • Background in or knowledge of environmental studies in general (and fisheries issues specifically) a plus
  • A self-starter who can easily take direction, a creative with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Wild Salmon Center Will Provide:

  • Applicable programs and equipment as well as support from a seasoned designer
  • Occasional treats and everlasting admiration and gratitude
  • A rewarding experience knowing you are contributing to protecting beautiful salmon ecosystems across the Pacific

Time Commitment:
Estimated 40 hours between now and end of October for the first report, with work beginning ASAP. Hours and days are flexible. Once a workflow is established, working remotely select days is also an option, provided the candidate has compatible programs and equipment.

The position pays $11.50/hr.

To Apply for this position, please email resume and portfolio link (or pdf samples) to with the position title in the header.

Volunteer with Us

Want to make a difference in protecting some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems across the northern Pacific Rim? Check out our volunteer page.

Opportunities with Partners

Employer: Patagonia
Position: Director of Fish
Location: Ventura, CA
Description: The Product Line Director- Fish, working in the context of the overall Patagonia product line, develops product, marketing, and assortment and sales strategies for the Fish product line. For more information, visit the Patagonia career page.