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Project Manager

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Position Description: Mid-Columbia Fisheries (MCF) seeks two enthusiastic and experienced aquatic restoration  professionals to fill Project Manager positions with our dynamic non-profit organization in south-central  Washington State. Work will occur throughout the Yakima River Basin under the supervision of the Yakima Basin  Program Director. 

The positions will focus on developing and implementing on-the-ground salmon habitat projects in the Yakima  River and its tributaries. Other duties may include managing assessments or data collection work, building  community support for salmon recovery, and supporting bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) recovery.  

We anticipate hiring one position to work in the upper and mid Yakima Valley and one position to work in the mid  and lower Yakima Valley. These positions are expected to begin in May or June 2021. Both positions have a 90- day probationary period.  

MCF offers a flexible work environment. Full-time work is available. MCF is also open to hiring the right candidate  who prefers to work less than full time. MCF has an office in Ellensburg. Currently all of our year-round staff  primarily work from home. We are open to discussions about work location with successful candidates.  Successful candidates must reside in the Yakima Basin.  

Pay & Benefits: Pay range is $48,000 - $70,000 per year depending on experience. The positions are  compensated hourly. Mid-Columbia Fisheries offers medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation  and sick leave. A retirement plan with 3% employer matching contributions is available after the first year of  employment. 

Work: Project Managers will work independently and with a variety of partners to develop and implement grant funded restoration projects and programs that support MCF’s mission and implement actions identified in  salmon, steelhead and bull trout recovery plans. Project Managers oversee multiple projects and programs. 

Develop projects  

  • Landowner outreach, landowner meetings, site visits, and site assessments 
  • Develop and coordinate partner involvement in projects 
  • Develop project materials such as maps, site photos, initial site plans, and cost estimates • Research and identify funding opportunities; prepare grant applications 

Implement projects 

  • Manage multiple projects and programs at different phases of development and implementation • Apply for, secure, and manage project permits and permissions 
  • Prepare bid packages, solicitations, and agreements for consultants and construction contractors  • Manage consultant and contractor work, including construction oversight 
  • Develop and implement monitoring plans 


  • Manage grant and project budgets and grant deliverables and reporting 
  • Project managers are likely to supervise volunteers, interns, field crews, or other staff 

Required Skills and Qualifications 

The successful candidate will: 

  • Have expertise in and passion for issues related to salmon recovery, watershed restoration, and  community engagement. Expertise can be demonstrated by an advanced degree in fisheries, hydrology,  stream ecology, geomorphology, or related, and by professional expertise with work similar to that  described above; 
  • Be able and willing to perform all aspects of the work; 
  • Be dependable, self-motivated, well-organized, and able to work independently; 
  • Have excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work effectively  with stakeholders, partners, landowners, and colleagues.  
  • Be able to manage multiple projects with dynamic schedules and priorities; be flexible to changes in  prioritization of work; 
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, with a relatively clean driving record, and the ability to safely operate MCF  vehicles; 
  • Pass a criminal background check needed to work with minors on occasional education projects;  ⮚ Have competency with Microsoft office programs. ArcGIS desktop skills preferred, but not required.  ⮚ Experience evaluating and interpreting engineering design plans, construction drawings and results of  hydraulic modelling would be helpful but is not required. 

To Apply: A complete application will include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. Please email  one electronic copy of your application to Applicants are encouraged to email to confirm that we have received your application materials.  

Application Closes: The positions are open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on April 14, 2021.  

About MCF: Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is a non-profit, community-based group dedicated to  restoring self-sustaining populations of salmon and steelhead. Mid-Columbia Fisheries works with landowners and  community partners to protect and restore fish habitat. The Mid-Columbia region includes the Yakima Basin, the  Klickitat, White Salmon, and Wind Rivers, and numerous smaller tributaries in Skamania, Klickitat, Benton, Yakima,  Kittitas and Franklin Counties. It is the policy and intent of the MCF to provide equal employment opportunity for  all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political ideology, sexual orientation,  status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age. MCF intends to act non-discriminatorily in all acts  related to recruiting, hiring or promotion of staff. For more information about us please visit our website: