Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group Executive Director Position

Job Description

Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group (LCFEG) is seeking an Executive Director to lead and grow our team of restoration-focused professionals. The ED will be responsible for ensuring the financial sustainability of the organization and will oversee/support the administration, staff, and mission of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, budgeting, operations, policy development, and public relations. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and directly supervises LCFEG’s Restoration Program Manager, Project Manager, and Outreach & Education Coordinator. The ED sets the tone and provides the tools for strong working relationships and teams both internally and externally.

The person we’re looking for will have: positive and collaborative leadership skills; strong organizational and financial management skills; a personal growth mindset and the ability to lead with courage and compassion; the ability to promote an effective teamwork environment; excellent communication skills; and a commitment to salmonid conservation and ecological restoration.

LCFEG is one of 14 regional fisheries enhancement groups in Washington. As a restoration-focused 501c3 nonprofit, our mission is to promote recovery of self-sustaining, naturally spawning salmonid populations and healthy aquatic ecosystems. We do this by restoring river and stream habitat, enhancing local streams with salmon carcass nutrients, and engaging the community in hands-on salmon and riparian stewardship and education. We also have two native plant nurseries. Most of our funding currently comes from state and federal dollars. We have a staff of 6 (Director, Restoration Program Manager, Project Manager, Outreach & Education Coordinator, Restoration Coordinator, Stewardship Coordinator) and a contract bookkeeper. We currently have a 9-member board of directors. Our region is large and includes all or part of Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties.


The position is 36 hours/week (may be negotiable depending on candidate) at $42/hour with the following benefits: medical, dental, and vision insurance (100% of premiums paid); 3% 401k match; 11 paid holidays; and generous vacation and sick time available immediately. Our organizational culture is collegial, mission-oriented, safety-focused, and supportive of work-life balance. LCFEG has a desirable office location in NE Vancouver (WSDOT SW Regional HQ) with the following perks: onsite fitness center, walking paths, easy access to public transportation, free parking, and electric vehicle charging stations. Staff have the option to work a hybrid (office/home) schedule.

Application Information

To apply, send materials to Brian Davern, Board Chair, at . Attach your resume and cover letter as one single attachment and please include the following information in your cover letter: (1) Why you’re interested in working for LCFEG and (2) How you’ve demonstrated the characteristics listed above under “The person we’re looking for will have.” Application review will begin on January 2, 2024. We would like to have the position filled in February 2024.

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