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Employer:  Wild Salmon Center.
Categories:  Env. Health/Safety
Job Type:  Part Time
State/Province:  OR - Oregon
City:  Portland
Zipcode / Postal Code:  97209
Salary:  commensurate with qualifications
Job Description: 

Program Associate, State of the Salmon

Portland, Oregon


Reports to:

Deputy Director, State of the Salmon


The Organization

The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We identify science-based solutions to sustain wild salmonids and the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them. Wild Salmon Center is an international organization based in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center in Portland, Oregon.


The Program

State of the Salmon (SoS – works to improve management and conservation of wild salmon across the entire North Pacific. A key vision of the program has been to create international forums where salmon managers, scientists, and conservationists from watersheds across the Pacific Rim can learn from each other's successes and failures and work together to accelerate the adoption of science-based standards for wild salmon conservation. SoS also partners with international organizations to promote the adoption of practices for fisheries harvest and hatchery operations to ensure the sustainability of wild salmon populations.


The Position

The Program Associate contributes to State of the Salmon’s mission by coordinating events such as workshops and conferences, and assisting staff in a variety of project based research and administrative needs.  This individual will work closely with all SoS staff and report to SoS’ Deputy Director. The position is a temporary non-exempt position anticipated to average 30 hours per week, with the opportunity to become a regular full-time position eligible for benefits after a six month introductory period.



  • Assist in the development and implementation of communications strategies and activities, including a major overhaul of the SoS website and ongoing content development.
  • Take the lead on short-term projects as assigned that advance SoS program development and implementation.
  • Coordinate logistics for and assist in the execution of 2-4 small to medium sized events (8-30 people) annually such as international workshops, exchanges and site visits.
  • Working with contractors and Russian speaking staff, facilitate the translation of correspondence and scientific documents between English and Russian or Japanese.
  • Assist staff in a wide variety of tasks, including travel plans/logistics, executing and monitoring contracts, arranging meetings, assembling work plans and reports, and managing databases as necessary.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


Key Qualifications

  • Excellent      organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated      ability to take initiative and to work under minimal supervision – strong      work ethic.
  • Ability      to prioritize among tasks and communicate clearly with supervisor and      colleagues.
  • Excellent      verbal and written communication skills.
  • Great      interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work constructively in a      team environment – proven collaborator and problem solver.
  • Proficiency      in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
  • Commitment      to the mission of the Wild Salmon Center.
  • Communications      experience, including experience updating websites desirable.
  • Russian      language skills highly desirable but not required.



Compensation is based on a competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Should the position become a regular full-time position after a six month introductory period, a compensation package would include generous vacation, retirement plan match, medical and dental plan, flexible spending account, life insurance and disability coverage.  




To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume and references to  with ‘SoS Program Associate Application’ in the subject line.



Note:  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management  has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.


Contact Phone:  503-222-1804
Fax:  503-222-1805
Other languages:  Japanese

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