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Who We Are

Job Opportunities

Who We Are

Job Opportunities

The mission of the Wild Salmon Center (WSC) is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We do this by establishing a local presence and/or providing technical and financial assistance to local partners to help them secure the health of the most productive salmon ecosystems on earth. We depend on the best conservation science to guide pragmatic, implementable solutions to sustain wild salmonids, as well as the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them. 

Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with programs in Alaska, the Russian Far East, Sakhalin Island, Kamchatka, Japan, British Columbia, and the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center. 

WSC is the leading group working to protect the strongest wild salmon rivers around the entire North Pacific – salmon strongholds. We focus on wild salmon because they are an iconic and powerful conservation symbol, wild to the core, with an incredible life story. When you protect salmon, you support the life of whole watersheds and everything in them, including people. We build alliances with and work alongside the most effective local and regional partners in the North Pacific.


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Vice President of Conservation

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Position Summary

The Vice President (VP) of Conservation will lead the WSC’s efforts to secure the long-term conservation of a series of large salmon watersheds across the northern Pacific Rim.  The VP of Conservation will work across the organization and collaborate closely with and supervise the Conservation and Science programs, oversee key policy initiatives, and serve as a member of WSC’s Executive Management Team. This position is based out of WSC’s home office in Portland, Oregon.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage Science and Conservation programs in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Russia.  
  • Lead implementation of emerging conservation initiatives and/or programs including efforts related to sustainable fisheries practices and population management, establishment of protected areas, grassroot campaigns, Indigenous and regional partnerships, and other international conservation efforts.  
  • Manage the organization’s Federal Affairs efforts.

Key Qualifications

  • A master’s or PhD in a related field preferred.
  • A deep understanding and knowledge of US and/or international environmental conservation policy, and the issues and dynamics related to conservation biodiversity, climate change impacts, freshwater and marine conservation, public lands preservation, and salmonid science and restoration.
  • A strong understanding of how US environmental policy is crafted and passed into law, and familiarity with the federal, state, and regional political landscape, especially in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. (British Columbia and/or Russia a plus.)
  • Strong operational and leadership experience: ideally has worked in a senior management role for 10+ years in a natural resource conservation organization, with experience leading for  5+ years in senior operational/administrative management.
  • Strong skills in organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource analysis and oversight, and strategic planning; demonstrated success managing conservation initiatives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with competing demands while ensuring high quality and timely work.
  • Comfortable working in the MS Office suite and cloud-based platforms including Google Workspace.

Compensation: The compensation package includes a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including retirement plan match, medical and dental plan, flexible medical and dependent care spending accounts, life insurance and disability coverage. The salary offered will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to, and include “Vice President of Conservation” in the subject line.


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.

GIS Spatial Analyst

Reports to: Director of Science

Position Summary

GIS Spatial Analyst is an exciting, new position at Wild Salmon Center envisioned as a full-time, regular exempt position eligible for all WSC benefits. The position is based in WSC’s home office in Portland or in Corvallis, Oregon.

The person in this position will work with WSC’s Science Director to develop, manage, and execute applied salmon conservation research, provide technical support to WSC’s conservation initiatives, collaborate with WSC program staff and communicate science findings to policy makers, managers, and the general public.

The person in this position will help maintain and enhance WSC’s reputation and standing as the leading science-based Pacific salmon conservation organization.  They will be responsible for interpretation and communication of critical salmon information and concepts in innovative ways to help WSC develop, prioritize and communicate conservation strategies.  Because of the breadth of issues covered by the WSC, they will work not only with WSC’s Science Director, but also subcontractors and collaborating scientists who can bring specialized expertise to specific policy questions of importance to the organization and its partners.

Responsibilities and Qualifications Summary

The successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, and geospatial analysis to advance conservation initiatives. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree (MS or PhD) and proficiency combining GIS with one or more of the following disciplines: geomorphology, hydrology, landscape ecology, climate change analysis, and conservation planning. They will be mission-driven, and possess excellent collaboration and communication skills.  They will have experience or the capacity to develop skills to work with partners from diverse nations and cultures. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong passion for Pacific salmon conservation.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the Science Director and Program Directors to prioritize and deliver the most appropriate science and technical assistance to each given project or initiative.
  • Provide technical expertise in spatial analysis and spatial conservation planning.
  • Work with WSC’s Science Director and Communications Program to publish peer-reviewed research and to develop science communications that educate and motivate target audiences on key salmon conservation issues.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with agency, academic, NGO and private-sector peers to provide guidance and access to the best available science.
  • Work with WSC’s Development Program to secure funding for priority science initiatives.

Position Requirements

  • Experience with GIS, statistical modeling and the R programming language.
  • Active participation in and familiarity with applied conservation science.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent written, visual, and verbal communication skills; effective, diplomatic and friendly communication style and ability to translate complex science and conservation issues into clear and understandable language to diverse audiences.
  • Passion and commitment to the conservation of wild salmon and their ecosystems.
  • This is a full-time exempt position. Work will involve occasional evening or weekend hours.
  • The position may involve regional and international travel.
  • Ability to participate in occasional field work including hiking in diverse terrain in and around flowing water.
  • Ability to attend meetings and workshops outside of regular work hours as requested.

Education: Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in geography, landscape ecology, geospatial science, geomorphology, watershed science, or related field.

Compensation: Salary range will be determined commensurate with experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package including: medical and dental coverage, retirement plan match, and a flexible spending account.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position (2 pages maximum), and 2) curriculum vitae to

Position will be open until filled. 

Note:  Management has the exclusive right to change or alter this position description at any time without advance notice.

Volunteer with Us

Want to make a difference in protecting some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems across the northern Pacific Rim? Check out our volunteer page.