Restoration Ecologist

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
Year Round
Job Overview


The Restoration Ecologist is a full-time position with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG) responsible for assessing salmon habitat, planning and designing restoration projects, managing project construction, and monitoring completed projects primarily in the Skagit and Samish River watersheds.  This position requires excellent communication and organization skills because many projects are in progress at the same time, are at different stages of completion, and demand multiple tasks.   The Restoration Ecologist’s primary task is to plan, design, acquire funds, and construct more complex projects such as re-connecting river side channels and estuary restoration. The Restoration Ecologist also oversees riparian restoration and fish passage improvement projects being implemented by staff they supervise.  The position is supervised by the Executive Director and supervises a team of 3-5 habitat program staff members.  Funding for this position will be largely dependent upon the incumbent’s ability to generate project funds by writing successful grant proposals.


  1. Possesses a Master’s Degree in ecology, conservation biology, fisheries biology, or closely related fields such geomorphology, hydrology, and estuarine/nearshore systems;
  2. Has at least two years work experience demonstrating a scientific knowledge of salmon life histories and their ecological requirements;
  3. At least 2 years experience managing projects, contracts and staff responsible for implementing restoration projects.


  • Demonstrates management skills and work experience in successfully completing salmon restoration projects from beginning to end: habitat assessment; research; feasibility studies; design and engineering; permitting; project construction; and effectiveness monitoring;
  • Has contract and construction management experience;
  • Ability to supervise a staff of 3-5 employees directly or indirectly, including organizing work, setting priorities, providing appropriate training, providing for employee safety, reviewing accomplishments, completing performance reviews, resolving disciplinary problems and grievances and other supervisor duties
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Has experience fulfilling environmental permit requirements by submitting the necessary application(s), facilitating them through the permitting process, and securing the permits in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrates the ability to be fiscally responsible by preparing budgets, working within them, and completing progress reports in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Has experience with word processing, database, geographic information system, and spreadsheet computer software (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Project); and
  • Has the ability to work as a management level team player and to supervise habitat program coordinators.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  $60,000-70,000 depending on qualifications and experience, plus full medical and vision insurance, retirement plan, vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY:  A full job announcement and more information about SFEG is available at .