Featured in 2015 Skagit River Salmon Festival Program
The Skagit River is home to five species of salmon and three species of trout, and produces the largest amount of these fish of all of the rivers of Puget Sound. This is largely due to its size (third largest river on the West Coast), high quality headwater areas in the Cascade Mountains, and the high diversity of habitat that juvenile fish use for rearing in its middle and lower reaches.
The Skagit produces about 50% of all the Chinook salmon in Puget Sound each year. Unfortunately, this king of the salmon is greatly reduced from historical abundance. Scientists have strong evidence that spawning conditions are abundant and of high quality in rivers and streams of the upper watershed but that the habitat in the floodplains and estuary where they grow up (or rear) limits their survival. This makes common sense because if the baby fish don’t have places to hide, feed, and grow before being swept out to Skagit Bay at a small size they are much more likely to perish. Continue reading
You all know by now that the mighty Skagit River is the king of salmon in Puget Sound, with all species of native salmon and trout still producing a substantial resource for people to harvest and to sustain our natural environment.
Unlike many salmon runs in Puget Sound, the Skagit’s populations are hanging on, but their health is a mixed bag and there is cause for concern. First, the good news is that sockeye salmon runs into Baker Lake are increasing significantly, providing expanded fishing opportunities for fishermen and fisherwomen in Skagit County. Steelhead are on the rise again as well following a reduction in fishing for a few years and some reforms in hatchery practices that we all hope will lead to restored fishing opportunities in 2018 in the Upper Skagit River. Bull trout are stronger in the Skagit than anywhere else in the United States. And even Chinook salmon are holding steady here. Continue reading
Position Title: Community Engagement Coordinator, non-exempt
Hours and Term: 20-30 hours per week; term-limited on an annual basis
Salary Range: $17 to $22/hour depending on experience, with a benefits package.
Closing Date: Open until filled; first review of resumes submitted by October 30, 2019.
The Community Engagement Coordinator will assist the Skagit Watershed Council in applying our Community Engagement Framework and Implementation Plan in the Skagit and Samish Watersheds. The Coordinator’s efforts are focused on engaging a broad range of those who work, live and play in the Skagit and Samish Valleys in our mission to understand, protect, and restore habitat for sustainable fisheries. This position works closely with the Executive Director, Community Engagement Committee, a variety of partnering agencies and organizations, and residents.
This position requires environmental education experience, excellent communication skills, knowledge of Pacific Salmon, and the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and interests. We require an experienced individual with a relevant educational foundation and the desire to support and nurture the environment and communities that depend on it.
• Coordinate SWC members and partners in meeting goals outlined in the SWC Community Engagement Framework. Facilitate coordinated work planning and funding strategies.
• Conduct strategic planning to share key messages of salmon and habitat recovery and engage various audiences.
• Deploy and maintain engagement tools including social media, blogs, webmaps, press releases, and public events and presentations.
• Work with stakeholders to support creation of the Sauk River Habitat Plan.
• Lead SWC member outreach for input on the Draft Skagit Steelhead Recovery Plan.
• Implement the SWC Community Arts and Nature Program.
• Partner with local school districts to develop programs that support their STEAM curriculum. Support SWC members by updating education program curriculum and incorporating next generation science standards and cross-cutting principles.
• Other administrative tasks as necessary.
• A bachelor’s degree in education, environmental sciences, or similar.
• Two (2) years of experience with progressive responsibility for project or program management in environmental education.
• Familiarity with the Skagit Watershed or salmon recovery or watershed conservation efforts in Washington State.
• Ability to work with diverse individuals in facilitating community conversation and multi-stakeholder processes.
• Ability to work independently.
• Demonstrated proficiency in website and social media management, as well as in word processing, spreadsheet, and publishing software programs.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Valid driver’s license and insured, personal vehicle.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully produce education curriculum.
• Demonstrated proficiency in graphic design.
• Multi-cultural training and/or fluent in Spanish or other prevalent languages.
The work location is at the organization’s office at 815 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 201, Mount Vernon and at various field locations throughout the Skagit Watershed. SWC is an equal opportunity employer.
This part-time position provides a competitive benefits package that includes holiday leave, annual leave, sick leave, matching retirement contributions, and professional training opportunities.
How to Apply
Send a resume, a letter of interest and 3 professional references that demonstrate your ability to meet or exceed the job qualifications by e-mail (please confirm receipt) to firstname.lastname@example.org Questions may be addressed via email as well.