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.
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Salmon Watershed Scientist/Spatial Analyst
Reports to: Director of Science
The mission of the Wild Salmon Center (WSC) is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We do this by establishing a local presence and/or providing technical and financial assistance to local partners to help them secure the health of the most productive salmon ecosystems on earth. We depend on the best conservation science to guide pragmatic, implementable solutions to sustain wild salmonids, as well as the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them.
Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with programs in Alaska, the Russian Far East, Sakhalin Island, Kamchatka, Japan, British Columbia, and the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon, in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.
Salmon Watershed Scientist/Spatial Analyst is an exciting, new position of Wild Salmon Center envisioned as a full-time, regular exempt position eligible for all WSC benefits. The position is based in WSC’s home office in Portland, Oregon. The person in this position will work with WSC’s Science Director to develop, manage, and execute applied salmon conservation research, provide scientific support to WSC’s conservation initiatives, collaborate with WSC program staff and communicate science findings to policy makers, managers, and the general public.
The person in this position will help maintain and enhance WSC’s reputation and standing as the leading science-based Pacific salmon conservation organization. They will be responsible for interpretation and communication of critical salmon information and concepts in innovative ways to help WSC develop, prioritize and communicate conservation strategies. Because of the breadth of issues covered by the WSC, they will work not only with WSC’s Science Director, but also subcontractors and collaborating scientists who can bring specialized expertise to specific policy questions of importance to the organization and its partners.
Responsibilities and Qualifications Summary
The successful candidate will have an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in fisheries, freshwater ecology, geomorphology, watershed science, or related field; track record of peer-reviewed publication. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated proficiency with GIS/spatial analysis, statistical modeling and the R programming language; knowledge of Pacific salmon life histories, hydrology, geomorphology and salmon habitat dynamics. They will be mission-driven, and possess collaboration and communication skills. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong passion for Pacific salmon conservation.
- Work with the Science Director and Program Directors to prioritize and deliver the most appropriate science and technical assistance to each given project or initiative.
- Cultivate collaborative relationships with agency, academic, NGO and private sector peers to provide guidance and access to the best available science.
- Provide technical expertise in one or more of the following fields: spatial analysis and statistical modeling; spatial conservation planning; geomorphology of Pacific salmon watersheds; salmon ecology; climate change and freshwater ecosystems.
- Work with WSC’s Science Director and Communications Program to develop science communications to educate and motivate target audiences on key salmon conservation issues and publish peer-reviewed research.
- Work with WSC’s Development Program to secure funding for priority science initiatives.
- Knowledge of Pacific salmon life histories and watersheds.
- Experience with GIS, statistical modeling and the R programming language.
- Active participation in and familiarity with applied salmon conservation science.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; effective, diplomatic and friendly communication style and ability to translate complex science and conservation issues into clear and understandable language to diverse audiences.
- Passion and commitment to the conservation of wild salmon and their ecosystems.
- This is a full-time exempt position. Work will involve occasional evening or weekend hours.
- The position involves regional and international travel.
- Ability to participate in field work including hiking in diverse terrain in and around flowing water.
- Ability to attend meetings and workshops outside of regular work hours as requested.
Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in fisheries, freshwater ecology, geomorphology, watershed science, or related field.
Salary range starts at $65,000, but will be determined commensurate with experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan match, and a flexible spending account.
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To apply: send a cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position (2 pages maximum), and 2) curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will be open until September 15, with a preferred start date in late October 2019.
Note: management has the exclusive right to change or alter this position description at any time without advance notice.
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