Monitoring Program Performance Analyst (Salmon Scientist)

Puget Sound Partnership
Tacoma, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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As the Puget Sound Partnership's Salmon Scientist, you will be an integral part of the Science and Evaluation Team and a key supporter for the Salmon Recovery Council, the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) and Salmon Science Advisory Group.
Although you will not be a practicing scientist, you will get to apply high-level analytical and scientific support to a variety of technical and data assessment problems affecting ecosystem conditions across the Puget Sound Basin.
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.

Our main office is located in Tacoma within walking distance of downtown restaurants, shopping, museums, farmer's market, etc.  We promote flexibility in work schedules and offer a range of options including, alternate work schedules and some telecommuting  with supervisor approval. Staff are also issued laptop computers and mobile phones and have access to state vehicles for travel.

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

For more information, visit our website:
A little bit about Science and Evaluation
The Science and Evaluation Team focuses on evaluating the health of Puget Sound, which include human wellbeing, species and food webs, habitats, water quantity and water quality. This team is also tasked with understanding how the ecosystem responds to stresses and the management interventions in place to foster ecosystem recovery.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone who is familiar with environmental policies and laws and have knowledge of factors affecting salmon habitat. The ideal person adeptly uses business-building applications to conduct queries of data systems and web searches, anticipates the impact of emerging technology and makes adjustments, and uncovers root causes to difficult problems. This person also knows how to plan and prioritize work to meet commitments aligned with agency goals, holds self and others accountable, and effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks. If you have a passion coordinating technical work involving multiple partners and collaborative writing, you'll thrive in this position. The abilities to value others and diversity of thought, promote brave spaces for learning, and strive for equity are essential.

Some of what you will enjoy doing includes:
  • Lead the coordination of science to support the Partnership’s salmon recovery program, including coordination with salmon science advisors, PSEMP work groups, and partners; data analysis; and presentation/communication of results..
  • Provide analytical and scientific support and enlist the expertise of state and federal agencies, tribal and local governments, watershed groups, businesses, and NGO partners to develop key assessment questions and answer questions around the effectiveness of salmon recovery efforts.
  • Work with the Partnership’s Salmon Recovery Manager, the Salmon Recovery Council, lead entities, and PSEMP to expand, strengthen, and coordinate assessment of ecosystem conditions and effectiveness monitoring efforts across the region.
  • Serve as the Partnership’s contract manager for assigned inter-agency agreements and contracts related to salmon science. Develop and manage project budgets as required.  
  • Oversee the summary and translation of key ecosystem condition and effectiveness assessment results into Partnership planning and evaluation documents, including salmon recovery plans, relevant Implementation Strategies, Action Agendas, State of the Sound reports, and science work plans.
  • Work with the Partnership’s Salmon Recovery Manager, Salmon Recovery Council, Watershed Leads, and PSEMP Steering Committee to develop work plans, guidance documents, short publications/communications, presentations, etc.
The successful candidate should be a team player, committed to equity and inclusion, possessing initiative and a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and interactions with others, and having excellent people skills. 

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • MS or Ph.D. in a scientific field related to the environment.
  • Strong quantitative skills including statistical analysis of environmental data.
  • Strong computer skills including ability to conduct queries of data systems and web searches for technical documents and data, extract and manipulate data in different formats from a variety of data management systems and spreadsheet applications.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with regional environmental policies, laws, agency organization, and decision processes.
  • Ability to read complex documents and summarize key results.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and experience, including communication with technical staff.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting viability of Pacific salmon and steelhead and of the approaches for managing salmon habitat.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Required Competencies:

  • Plans and Aligns: Plans and prioritizes work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals. Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans.
  • Ensures Accountability: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments. 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 failures. Establish clear responsibilities and processes for evaluating work and measuring results. Designs feedback loops into work. 
  • Builds Networks and Collaborates: Effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the agency and program. Works cooperatively with others across the agency and with external partners to achieve shared objectives. Able to represent own interest while also understanding and being fair to others, and resolving conflict effectively where it arises. Partners with team members and others across the agency and with external partners to get work done, while navigating a complex and ambiguous environment.
  • Communicates Effectively: Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding or the unique needs of different audiences. Attentively listens to others and encourages open expression of diverse ideas and opinions.
  • Instills Trust: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honest, integrity, and authenticity. Follows through on commitments. Is seen as direct and truthful. Keeps confidences. Practices what he/she preaches. Shows consistency between words and actions.
  • Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively understand and solve problems. Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when analyzing and solving problems.  Uncovers root causes to difficult problems. Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options. 
  • Tech Savvy: Anticipates and adopts innovations in business-building digital and technology applications. Anticipates the impact of emerging technologies and makes adjustments. Scans the environment for new technical skills, knowledge, or capabilities that can benefit business or personal performance. Rejects low-impact or fad technologies. Readily learns and adopts new technologies.

Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Experience with “R” or equivalent statistical programming language.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience analyzing environmental data and communicating results.
  • Experience coordinating technical work involving multiple partners, and/or collaborative research/writing.
  • Knowledge of natural resource issues and science related to the recovery of Puget Sound.
  • Experience in working with marginalized communities and anti-oppressive practices. 

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.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions: Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day in a home-based environment either full-time or part-time.
  • 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 evenings 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
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in our state, interviews will be conducted using a videoconferencing platform or by telephone.

Application Process – Please read the instructions completely.
We are a small, passionate, mission-driven agency with an exceptional interdisciplinary staff. If you value the role of science in society and enjoy building community and protecting our environment, we encourage you to apply!
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • letter of interest (WORD version), describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume (WORD version), detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers. Please include at least one supervisor, peer and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
  • Answer the supplemental questions attached to the application.

NOTE:  This agency is committed to anti-bias hiring and practices 'blind' resume reviews. Letters of interest and resumes must be submitted in WORD documents in order for staff to redact details that may disclose your identity, gender, age, etc. Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the application process or that are password protected.
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.
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or