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Temporary Puget Sound Habitat Policy Manager

Seattle WA

The Washington Environmental Council (WEC) seeks a Puget Sound Habitat Policy Manager to support a unique Natural Resources Asset Management Program for Kitsap County. Natural resources provide ecosystem services not yet incorporated into local government management processes. The project goal is to manage natural resources like streams and forests similarly to roads and facilities by defining levels of service and managing water as a resource. Through research and collaboration with experts and community members, you will help continue a science-driven approach that supports salmon recovery. We are looking for a person with experience in characterizing and quantifying natural resource systems including streams, forests, and marine shorelines. The position will be part of WEC’s Puget Sound Program, supervised by the Puget Sound Program Director. The temporary position is for 12 months at 40 hours per week and includes benefits. This grant-funded position represents an exciting opportunity to develop innovative approaches to address a growing pressure on natural resources in the Puget Sound region.

This position will collaborate closely with staff from WEC’s Puget Sound and Evergreen Forest Programs as well as the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and Kitsap County on the technical basis of defining ecosystem services, community outreach, and engagement with other local governments to expand the program.


Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period of time. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our Seattle office. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.


Compensation and Benefits

This is a temporary full time position with an annual salary range of $53,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. The initial term is for 12 months, which may be extended depending on funding. We offer a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, eleven paid holidays per year, an Employee Assistance Program, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. The brief writing sample should include no more than 500 words and should describe the concept of ecosystem services to a general subject audience. Position open until filled. First review of applications on November 11.

Posted November 13, 2020

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