Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator

Puget Sound Partnership
Tacoma, WA, United States
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The Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) 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:
PSP is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. PSP fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the public and partners we serve.
  • We actively engage in climate change by offering Intercity transit commuting options from Seattle and Olympia (no cost to the employee, a generous Reduced Transportation Commute financial incentive and provide agency-paid ORCA cards and Wave2Go cards to all employees. In addition, PSP primarily operates out of its Tacoma location, which is a LEED Green Building with a rain garden.
  • We foster a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (depending upon job duties)
  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces at three locations that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
  • We support an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending upon job duties)
Specifically, some of what you will enjoy doing will include:
  • Work with local communities, including elected officials, tribes, federal and state agencies, watershed groups, non-profits, and the business community to identify and focus resources to most effectively impact salmon and ecosystem recovery actions.
  • Implementation of the Puget Sound Action Agenda and regional Salmon Recovery Plan requires vital local and regional partnerships.
  • Working with local communities and regional bodies to support integration and advance priority actions.
  • Connect local groups to available regional infrastructure, technical resources, and funding, and assist in developing sound strategies for salmon and ecosystem recovery. 
  • Foster learning and information sharing to improve effectiveness and efficiency across watersheds, local communities, and the region.  
  • Communicate the needs of local communities to the Partnership and the priorities of the Partnership to local groups.  

Salmon Recovery

  • Work with salmon recovery watershed leads and key partners in assigned Puget Sound watersheds to support execution and adaptive management of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan.
    • Maintain regular contact with salmon recovery watershed leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs, opportunities, and barriers for advancement of the salmon recovery plan.
    • Assist salmon recovery watersheds in identifying and implementing opportunities for adaptive management to recovery strategies
  • Support funding mechanisms for salmon recovery efforts in Puget Sound, including the Salmon Recovery Funding Board process, Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program, and engagement with related partner programs.
    • Support development of and regular updates to Lead Entity project lists and narratives.
    • Ensure there is community consensus of habitat project lists.
  • Monitor and/or engage in watershed specific efforts that advance salmon recovery (e.g. funding and mitigation programs, land protection efforts, etc.).

Ecosystem Recovery

  • Work with Local Integrating Organization(s) (LIO) in assigned Action Area(s) to support execution and adaptive management of LIO Ecosystem Recovery Plan(s). 
  • Maintain regular contact with the LIO coordinator and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs, opportunities, and barriers for advancement of ecosystem recovery and local implementation of the Puget Sound Action Agenda.
  • Provide regional support to the development of LIO prioritization and decision-making processes.
  • Monitor and/or engage in Action Area specific efforts that advance ecosystem recovery and local implementation of the Action Agenda.

Regional Initiatives and General Engagement

  • Work as part of the Ecosystem Recovery and Integrated Planning Teams.
  • Each Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator is assigned regional topics for which they are team or agency lead. The roles and responsibilities for regional topic leads are further defined in the PDPs of the staff.
  • Inform watersheds and local communities about the Puget Sound Partnership, Action Agenda, and salmon recovery requirements for management and reporting, and support watersheds and local communities to deliver established requirements.
  • Support regional meetings as requested, including those for the agency's four Boards and associated subcommittees, specifically Salmon Recovery Council (SRC) executive committee and subcommittees involved in PSAR program decision-making and support
  • Manage assigned 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 and ecosystem recovery.
  • Support implementation of the Action Agenda and the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan at the local and regional scale. 
Success in this position requires that one be a team player, defined as possessing initiative and a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and interactions with others, and having excellent people skills.  

Leadership is expected of everyone in the organization, and is defined as follows:

We are committed to achieving our mission of accelerating and advancing the recovery of Puget Sound. To ensure our success, we are equally committed to running our agency in a high-performance manner that focuses on high-quality products and processes and a collaborative approach. We achieve high performance by:

  • Valuing one another, our diversity, and our contribution to the agency and the mission.
  • Embracing shared leadership, and empowering all staff, as critical thinkers, to make timely evidence-based decisions in a collaborative manner.

Promoting learning--and implementing what we learn--by using the adaptive management cycle for both programs and internal operations. Optimizing our human and financial resources

Required Experience, Competencies and Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of ecosystem-based environmental management
  • Knowledge of community–based ecosystem management
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and regional funding programs and cycles
  • Knowledge of ecology of salmonids
  • Knowledge of Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act
  • Managing contracts and monitoring and tracking progress
  • Decision-making in a multiple stakeholder process
  • Facilitating meetings, forums, and/or group processes
  • Managing environmental projects and processes
  • Knowledge of adaptive management principles and natural resource planning
  • Knowledge of institutions governing and implementing key salmon and ecosystem management programs
  • Familiarity with state legislative processes
  • Communicates Effectively – Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels. Attentively listens to others. Articulates messages in a way that is broadly understandable. Adjusts communication content and style to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders.
  • Manages Complexity – Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations. Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems. Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.
  • Collaborates – Models collaboration across the organization. Facilitates an open dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders. Promotes high visibility of shared contributions to goals.
  • Plans & Aligns – Focuses on highest priorities and sets aside less critical tasks. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans.
  • Strategic Mindset – Anticipates future trends and implications accurately. Readily poses future scenarios. Articulates credible pictures and visions of possibilities that will create sustainable value.
  • Ensures Accountability – Follows through on commitments and makes sure others do the same. Acts with a clear sense of ownership. Takes personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and challenges. Provides balanced feedback at the most critical times. 

*Frequent travel to project sites and partner meetings throughout Puget Sound.


  • A Master's degree in natural resource management or related field and two (2) years of professional experience OR Bachelor's degree and four (4) years of professional experience.

With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Work in a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment.
  • Work a 40 hour work week.  A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state and nationwide which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
  • Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position.

Interact and work with customers (some of whom may be frustrated or distressed) in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.