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Northwest Straits Commission Program Coordinator (Program Coordinator)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Northwest Straits Commission is looking to fill a Northwest Straits Commission Program Coordinator (Program Coordinator) position. This position is located in our Padilla Bay Office in Mount Vernon, WA.
As the Northwest Straits Commission Program Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to foster marine conservation by serving as the primary point of contact for local and regional partners. You will interact with a diverse group of individuals and organizations. You will also hone skills in planning and logistics for meetings and events; and gain important organizational skills by leading preparation, communications, and note taking for meetings.  

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. The position will work mostly remote with office work days two to three days per month, or as needed to accomplish certain assigned tasks. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”
The Northwest Straits Commission--a governmental organization housed in the Department of Ecology SEA program and established to protect and restore the unique, rich marine ecosystem of the Northwest Straits region of Puget Sound through a local-based approach--is looking to fill a Program Coordinator position. This is a full-time project position and includes a full state benefits package. This position will work both remotely and from our Padilla Bay Office in Mount Vernon, WA. 
The Northwest Straits Commission provides resources, coordination and technical support to seven county-based Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) and carries out marine conservation projects throughout the Northwest Straits region.
We are looking for applicants who have strong communication skills both written and verbal, possess the ability to thrive working independently and as a member of a small, highly-collaborative team, are deeply familiar with administrative and clerical tasks, have experience with event, meeting and logistics planning, have excellent time and task management skills, and possess a sense of humor and excellent diplomacy skills.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until December 31, 2023. The position will be extended pending funding availability.

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of November 16, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 15, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What makes this role unique? 
In this role, you will be vital to streamlining the functions of a one-of-a-kind organization whose focus is empowering local engagement in marine conservation in seven counties of North Puget Sound. You will be Navigating the individuality of each county, and a diverse array of regional partners, this brings challenges that require creative problem solving. Finding solutions that drive productive relationships with our partners is an incredibly rewarding experience. 

What you will do: 

  • Coordinate and plan public Northwest Straits Commission, External Relations, Executive, Science and other committee meetings. Serve as lead on all logistics; agenda creation; disseminate all related meeting information; point of contact for all attendees; assist in presentation topic identification; speaker recruitment etc.
  • Write, maintain, and distribute all meeting minutes.
  • Serve as lead on logistics for Northwest Straits Commission conferences, workshops, seminars, and retreats.
  • Interpret policies and Northwest Straits Commission plans for Commission staff, partner agencies and public participants.
  • Serve as Northwest Straits Commission staff lead for purchasing, travel, printing, records retention, and other agency administrative functions.
  • Assist with the development of project and program communications, including leading the compilation and sending of monthly electronic newsletter. 
  • Support maintenance of organizational presence on a variety of social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and uses these and other resources for event promotion.
  • Maintain content on program web site, maintains posting requests, reviews and posts content.


Required Qualifications:
High school graduation or GED AND a total of Two (2) years of experience and/or education as described below:

  • Professional Level Experience: in administrative/clerical tasks, social media management, communication or similar activities.
  • Education: Formal college level education will substitute year-for-year for experience.
See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position:
Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of required experienceCombination 1No college credit hours or degree (a minimum of High school graduation or GED is required).2 years of experienceCombination 230-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.1 year of experienceCombination 360-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (or an Associate’s degree or above).No experience required

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

Must maintain a valid driver’s license and first aid/CPR certification.
Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Experience recording and writing meeting minutes with excellent grammar, proofreading and editing skills.
  • Experience coordinating and planning events.
  • Working knowledge of website management, social media, and communication strategies.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of interests including but not limited to tribes, ports, elected officials, businesses, environmental, and academic. 
  • Having prior experience or necessary knowledge that shows commitment towards achieving solutions to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice issues.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees: 
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

Application Attestation: 

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed. 

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Lucas Hart at: Please do not contact Lucas to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.