Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator

Puget Sound Partnership
SeaTac, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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As one of the Puget Sound Partnership's Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators, you will be an integral part of the Ecosystem Recovery Team and will be the bridge of communication between the needs of the local communicates and the priorities of the Partnership.
A little bit about the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency leading the region's collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. We bring together hundreds of partners to mobilize partner action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.

A little bit about the Ecosystem Recovery Team
The Ecosystem Recovery Team is part of the Partnership's Integrated Planning Program. We work with local communities, including elected officials, watershed groups, tribes, federal and state agencies, non-profits, and the business community to identify and focus resources to most effectively impact salmon and ecosystem recovery actions.

As an Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator, you will connect local groups to available technical resources and will assist in developing integrated recovery strategies. You will foster learning and information sharing to improve efficiency and effectiveness of recovery actions across watersheds, local communities, and the Puget Sound region.



Specifically, some of what you'll enjoy include:

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 Team and Integrated Planning Program.
  • Lead assigned regional Puget Sound recovery topic(s) for the agency.
  • 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 three Boards, Salmon Recovery Council, and associated subcommittees.
  • 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.  

Required Experience, Competencies and Technical Skills:

  • Experience with ecosystem-based environmental management
  • Experience with 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 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 partners and staff in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
Supplemental Information
A great place to work!
Our main office is in a LEED Platinum-certified building on the waterfront in Tacoma within a 10 minute walk of downtown (restaurants, shopping, museums, farmer's market, etc.). We promote flexibility in work schedules and offer a range of option, including, alternate work schedules, telecommuting from home or in Seattle several days per week with supervisor approval. Staff are also issued laptop computers and mobile phones and have access to state vehicles for travel. This position should expect to travel regularly to meetings throughout the region. 
We are proud to offer a suite of "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A Commute Trip Reduction program
  • Focus on healthy work/life balance
  • Fully vested in modern workplace practices and design
  • An Infant at Work Program

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Application Process – Please read the instructions completely.
We are a small, passionate, mission-driven, team-oriented, and fast-paced agency with an exceptional interdisciplinary staff.  If you enjoy building community and protecting our environment, we encourage you to apply!
Interested? Please follow the application instructions below!  

  • letter of interest, describing how you meet and can demonstrate the qualifications for this position.
  • current resume.
  • Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
  • A few moments of your time to answer only a few supplemental questions attached to this application.

NOTE:  Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the application process, or that are password protected. These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the application materials submitted, and the supplemental questionnaire. By submitting materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.