WRIA 8 Technical Coordinator (Project Program Manager III)

King County
Seattle, WA, United States
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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"Please note the advertised salary reflects 2018 rates. The salary range for this position is anticipated to be adjusted upwards in 2019 pending labor contract ratification. If you have any questions about this, please contact the human resource representative listed in this posting."

The WRIA (Water Resource Inventory Area) 8 Technical Coordinator position offers an opportunity to work collaboratively with a unique and diverse community of local government partners and other stakeholders and support implementation of salmon recovery in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8). This position is part of a staff team that is funded primarily through an Inter Local Agreement (ILA) among local governments, with the team providing the technical, policy, and planning support necessary to implement the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan (WRIA 8 Plan). The WRIA 8 Plan has a strong technical foundation and guides actions to be taken by local jurisdictions and other organizations to help recover salmon in the watershed. The Plan incorporates a monitoring and adaptive management component that helps track progress and identify if/when adjustments to implementation strategies are needed. 
We are looking for a resourceful, effective, and outcome-focused team player that can coordinate multiple partners and technical experts to identify various technical and policy issues affecting salmon recovery in WRIA 8 and develop meaningful solutions to the most pressing challenges present in our watershed (while also recognizing and working to integrate with the regional salmon recovery and Puget Sound restoration efforts). The ideal candidate is someone who can advance scientific inquiry and apply science to inform natural resource management policies, regulations, programs, and strategies. Additionally, the most successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability to work well with others, be a productive team player and high performer, and bring a sense of humor to their work. For more information about the WRIA 8 Project, please visit our website at https://www.govlink.org/watersheds/8/.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to the general public.

King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Water and Land Resources Division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

  1. King County application (Applying online satisfies this requirement)
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter (optional) detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job (please limit to no more that two pages).
  4. Response to supplemental questions (see the end of this position announcement).

Applications without the required materials may not be considered for this position.
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime eligible. This position is based on a 40-hour work week, typically 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Attendance at evening and weekend events is occasionally required.
WORK LOCATION:  King Street Center, 201 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104
CONTACT:  For questions about this recruitment, please contact Calvin Rivers, Sr. Human Resources Analyst at or at 206-263-1986.

Job Duties
  • Serve as lead technical analyst for WRIA 8, responsible for coordinating technical/monitoring activities with local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, and other partners in the watershed.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and provide staff support to the WRIA 8 Technical Committee in guiding and advising on technical aspects of implementing the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan (WRIA 8 Plan).
  • Lead and manage implementation of the WRIA 8 Monitoring and Assessment Plan, including developing data gathering approaches, marshaling resources for data collection, and synthesizing data for adaptive management and reporting purposes.
  • Coordinate reporting on monitoring data and progress on implementing the WRIA 8 Plan, specifically related to salmon population and habitat restoration goals.
  • Prepare reports and presentations that identify critical trends and developments (e.g., salmon populations, ecosystem/habitat conditions, policy, regulatory, programmatic) and adaptive management recommendations requiring potential Salmon Recovery Council action.
  • Coordinate and spearhead efforts to address technical/information gaps identified in the WRIA 8 Plan, or which emerge during implementation.
  • Provide technical support for, and review of, various policy and implementation topics, including preparing comment letters, issue papers, briefings and presentations.
  • Participate on WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee to evaluate and prioritize grant proposals for funding.
  • Manage professional service contracts including procurement, contracting and contract oversight to carry out specific technical tasks.
  • Seek funding (e.g., grants) and partnerships to support technical/monitoring activities.
  • In conjunction with the WRIA 8 Projects and Funding Coordinator, assist partners in bringing large, complex projects to implementation by providing inter-agency networking, advocacy and technical support.
  • Provide technical guidance for projects to implement and adaptively manage the WRIA 8 Plan.
  • Coordinate regularly with King County Science Section to stay informed about technical/science work and initiatives relevant to salmon recovery in WRIA 8.
  • Coordinate and promote WRIA 8 monitoring and technical priorities with regional-scale efforts, as appropriate.
  • Work with WRIA 8 staff team and partners to organize and implement advocacy efforts for federal, state, and other funding. This can include organizing and conducting field trips, presentations, and tours.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
Candidates with the following qualifications will be successful in this position:
Education and Knowledge
  • Bachelor's degree in fisheries biology, conservation biology, freshwater ecology, natural resources management, environmental science, public administration, environmental planning, or closely related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities as described).

Skills and Experience 

  • Five years of progressively responsible analytical, planning, and project management work experience in one or more of the listed fields.
  • Experience and demonstrated strong technical understanding of salmonid ecology and associated freshwater and marine environments (e.g., salmon habitat requirements, salmon lifecycle, current threats and issues related to salmon survival and recovery, etc.).
  • Resourceful, with demonstrated ability to grasp issues quickly, take initiative, and operate independently and as a member of a team to accomplish objectives.
  • Familiarity with basic research and monitoring methods and analytical tools (e.g., monitoring program design, statistical analysis, field-based and remote sensing monitoring protocols, etc.).
  • Familiarity with standard watershed health metrics and indices (e.g., water quality index, wood volume, vegetative canopy cover, benthic index of biotic integrity, etc.).
  • Familiarity with principles and practices of restoration ecology as applied to salmon habitat restoration.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences and decision-makers.
  • Experience working with elected officials and local and tribal government staff.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with multiple, diverse groups representing varying perspectives (e.g., various local government departments, local, state, and federal agencies, community organizations, tribes, businesses, and the public).
  • Experience facilitating groups, developing meeting agendas, running meetings, and documenting meeting activities and follow-up needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and secure resources to implement and accomplish objectives.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS)


  • Master's degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams in technical studies.
  • Demonstrated experience presenting information to diverse audiences.
  • Familiarity and experience with the Puget Sound regional approach to Chinook salmon recovery and the entities involved in salmon recovery and watershed management, especially in WRIA 8.


  • A valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Ability to travel throughout King County and Puget Sound as necessary.