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Employer:  Wild Salmon Center.
Categories:  Other
Travel Required:  None
Job Type:  Part Time
Experience Required:  1 year
State/Province:  OR - Oregon
City:  Portland
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

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.


These duties are not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by this position. 

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 desireable.
  • 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.

Other languages:  Russian

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