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Lead Entity Program Coordinator

Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board
Yakima, WA
$50,000 - $70,000 a year - Full-time


Yakima, WA

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  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Full job description


The Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board is a non-profit corporation created by county, city, and tribal governments in the Yakima Basin. The mission of the YBFWRB is to restore sustainable and harvestable populations of salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other at-risk fish and wildlife species through collaborative, economically sensitive efforts, combined resources, and wise resource management of the Yakima River Basin. For more information, go to


This full-time management position reports to the Board’s Executive Director and is based at the Board’s office in Yakima, Washington. The Lead Entity Program Coordinator manages the Board’s Lead Entity Program, which solicits and reviews local grant applications for funding through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) program. This position supports local project sponsors and serves as a liaison with the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office’s salmon recovery program staff. This is a small office setting, and the Lead Entity Program Coordinator needs to have the flexibility to work at all levels, from developing and funding new initiatives to taking care of day-to-day office logistics.


The Lead Entity Program Coordinator will:

A) Coordinate the Board’s annual Lead Entity review of SRFB project proposals. (55%)

Coordinate the Board’s grant review process for applications for Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and other grant funds. Specific tasks include:

  • Develop annual grant program schedules, guidance and announcements;
  • Solicit and review grant applications and organize site tours, sponsor presentations and committee meetings;
  • Coordinate and facilitate the Board’s technical advisory group and citizen committee;
  • Draft, review and edit Lead Entity program documents (correspondence, manuals, plans, etc.);
  • Maintain Board relationships with state Recreation and Conservation Office salmon recovery program staff, Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office staff, and local project sponsors;
  • Conduct periodic reviews of the Lead Entity process with partners to identify improvements;
  • Work together with other Board staff to conduct outreach and develop outreach materials that support the lead entity program and the funding sources and policies that it depends on.

B) Work with project sponsors and partners in the Yakima basin to promote recovery projects. (20%)

  • Support project sponsors implementing SRFB-funded projects in the Yakima Basin;
  • Work with partners to identify and develop future habitat restoration projects;
  • Identify potential funding sources for the Board and its partners, write proposals and manage grants, including management of an ongoing contract with Bureau of Land Management;
  • Work with partners (Ecology, YBIP, Yakama Nation, USFWS, etc.) to coordinate how existing project funding sources are allocated and used;
  • Assist other Board staff on efforts to update and implement the Yakima Basin Steelhead Recovery Plan and the Yakima Bull Trout Action Plan.

C) Maintain project data to help the Board track progress toward recovery goals. (10%)

  • Work with other Board staff and partners to collect data needed to track and evaluate projects that implement the Board’s recovery plan;
  • Work with project sponsors to enter habitat project data into the State’s Salmon Recovery Portal and coordinate with RCO data managers.

D) Represent the Board in Statewide Forums. (5%)

  • Represent the Board in statewide salmon recovery forums, including the Washington Salmon Coalition and meetings of the SRFB;
  • Participate in SRFB or Washington Salmon Coalition sponsored training and development opportunities for lead entities as they occur.

E) Other (5%)

  • Assist with various Board & office logistics;
  • Manage contracts, billings and procurement for the Lead Entity program;
  • Prepare reports on and maintain records of Lead Entity process;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • A combination of experience, education and training equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree and 2 plus years of professional or managerial experience
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • A proven ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a team atmosphere
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group, including government agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, and local citizens
  • Basic computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, virtual meeting management, etc.)


  • Knowledge of and experience in Natural Resource Management
  • Background in or proven understanding of technical aspects of aquatic habitat restoration (i.e., biology, geomorphology, hydrology, etc.)
  • GIS and database management skills
  • Facilitation experience


The Program Coordinator must possess, with or without accommodation: 1) mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings (some in the evening) at various sites, 2) strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 20 pounds; 3) vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and 4) hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.

Flexible work scheduling and partial remote work options (with a minimum of 3 days in the office per week) are possible based on mutual agreement between the successful applicant and the Board. The Lead Entity Program Coordinator must be able to travel regularly within the Yakima Basin and to periodic meetings throughout the state. A valid Washington State Driver’s License, proof of insurance and the ability to provide your own vehicle are required. Mileage will be reimbursed at the State-approved rate.


Salary commensurate with experience, between $50,000 and 70,000 per year plus benefits.


Position open until filled: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, a recent writing sample* and the name, address, phone number and email for three references familiar with your professional abilities.

*The writing sample should be a professional or academic document of which you were the primary author, and which was written within the last 5 years. It should display your writing skills and style. A length of 2 to 10 pages is appropriate. You are not being asked for a handwriting sample.

The Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our organization. YBFWRB does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 - $70,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Ability to Relocate:

  • Yakima, WA: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person