Washington Environmental Council: Forests and Fish Project Manager

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Washington Environmental Council: Forests and Fish Project Manager

Job Title: Forests and Fish Project Manager

Position summary

WEC seeks a Forests and Fish Project Manager to coordinate Conservation Caucus
activities and represent the Caucus on aquatic resource issues at the Timber Fish and Wildlife Policy
Committee, a key component of State’s Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program (AMP). This
position offers a unique opportunity to strengthen and grow the environmental community’s
participation in the AMP by building collaborative relationships with WEC’s conservation partners and
other AMP stakeholders.

The Project Manager will manage the science experts on contract with the Caucus, negotiate with other
forest stakeholders participating in the AMP, and make either consensus or majority/minority policy
recommendations to the Policy Committee and the Forest Practices Board (FPB). The FPB is the public
body responsible for adopting the rules and guidance for private timber harvest activities administered
by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Project Manager will also monitor the State’s
compliance with its federal Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) created in response to the
federal listing of certain threatened and endangered fish species.

The environmental community formed the Forests and Fish Conservation Caucus to participate in
Washington’s Forest Practices AMP. The AMP was created to address key scientific uncertainties about
the effectiveness of WA forest practices in protecting, conserving, and recovering aquatic and riparian
species’ habitat under the HCP, and to ensure the Forest Practices Board’s use of best available science in
determining when and how to change forest practices rules, guidance, and related policies covering more
than 9 million acres of mostly private forestland. The AMP is a multi-stakeholder program that includes
representatives from several state and federal agencies; industrial and small forest landowners; county
governments; the environmental community; and tribal governments. The AMP was a requirement of
Washington’s federal habitat conservation plan, which gives the State protection under the Endangered
Species and Clean Water Acts.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives
positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For 50 years, we have been
at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the
health of our families and our environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act,
to free electronic waste recycling, to finding solutions that reduce our climate emissions and build our
clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for our state so it remains a great place to live and
work. WEC works closely with our partner organization Washington Conservation Voters, the statewide
political voice for the environment. By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the
political savvy of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington
state. Combined, we have a staff of 30 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle. We
offer competitive salaries, great benefits, and the opportunity for you to make a difference.

Responsibilities:
 Act as the Caucus’ official representative to the Policy Committee and participate in Policy
subgroups as necessary.
 Prepare, coordinate, and present Caucus input on AMP issues to the Policy Committee and the
Forest Practices Board.
 Engage in regular and productive communications with Caucus members and consultants, DNR,
and other AMP stakeholders.

 Prepare the Caucus’ annual AMP participation work plan and budget in collaboration with
Caucus members and science representatives.
 Manage the budget and work plan execution in alignment with Caucus direction and goals.
 Prepare quarterly financial and work plan performance reports, monitor expenditures, and
prepare budget forecasting.
Skills Required:
 Commitment to environmental protection, and principles of racial, social, and economic justice.
 Demonstrated understanding of riparian ecosystems, forest management, and basic
understanding of salmon life-cyle and habitat needs.
 Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain professional working relationships with diverse
stakeholders notwithstanding policy disagreements.
 Strong communication and negotiation skills to ensure consistent and precise transmission of
perspectives and ideas verbally and in writing.
 Demonstrated ability to perform confidently and comfortably in high-conflict situations and
dynamic environments.
 Excellent organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and good judgment.
 Experience managing programs or projects, and familiarity with budgeting processes and work
plan development.
 Willing and able to take ownership of and accountability for completing tasks to meet deadlines.
 Flexible personality with the ability to work in a fast-paced, always changing, non-profit office.
Desirable Skills:
 Technical or direct policy experience with forest regulatory issues, which may include habitat
protection, water quality, roadbuilding, landslides, and forest chemical application.
 Familiarity with the legal and policy framework for the Washington Forest Practices Habitat
Conservation Plan and its associated Adaptive Management Program.
 Ability to understand larger historical, social, economic, and political context of forestry
regulation in Washington.

Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $55,000-$60,000 depending on experience.
WEC offers a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan with
organizational match up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick
leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work with us 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. Position open until filled.
Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling
structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis
of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged
to apply.

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