Program Assistant, Cedar River Salmon Journey

Posted By FCRW Staff on 7/29/2013 3:44:41 AM   |  Last Edited By FCRW Staff on 7/30/2013 3:47:22 PM
About Us

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) is an award-winning 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the greater Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed. The watershed is home to more than 83 species of fish and wildlife and 14 species of concern such as sockeye salmon and the endangered Chinook salmon. It is also home to 22% of Washington’s human population. The watershed is our home. Its future is ours.

Our roots are in the water. The 143 square miles of the protected upper watershed provide clean drinking water to over one million King County residents. It is unique—one of only six protected municipal watersheds in the country and the only one owned by the people who depend on it. FCRW began in 1996 with the charter to support the construction of the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, and since then has evolved to promote stewardship and education about the importance restoring the Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed.

Through innovative collaborations with municipalities, schools, individuals, and businesses, we link local citizens to environmental stewardship efforts including volunteer habitat restoration events, salmon recovery efforts, and conservation and education programs in order to preserve these finite resources for future generations.


Job Summary

The Cedar River Salmon Journey (CRSJ) Program Assistant contributes to FCRW’s mission by supporting the CRSJ Program Manager to ensure successful implementation of this program. The Program Assistant will coordinate and communicate volunteer schedules, program logistics, and produce program materials for the fall CRSJ season. He/She will also coordinate marketing and awareness for the fall dates and locations through social media, print media, flyers, and reader boards. The Program Assistant will oversee volunteer tracking and volunteer and visitor evaluation processes. The Program Assistant will work in conjunction with and be supervised by the CRSJ Program Manager and other CRSJ partners on program implementation and awareness.



  1. Promote and network the CRSJ program.
  2. Respond to public and partner requests for special programs and fulfill when possible.         
  3. Develop promotional materials with FCRW staff and partners.
  4. Schedule volunteers for on-duty program dates/locations.
  5. Work with partners to provide staffing of all program dates.
  6. Maintain volunteer attendance records.
  7. Coordinate volunteer and visitor evaluations and document results in written summary.
  8. Assist with year-end reporting to grant-makers and other funders, and provide program report statistics for FCRW’s annual report.
  9. Represent FCRW in person and to our online communities in an enthusiastic, friendly, consistent, and professional manner.
  10. Manage and contribute to FCRW social networking tools: blog, Facebook, Twitter.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned by Program Managers.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Pacific Northwest ecology, biology, salmon recovery, habitat restoration and/or other related conservation work.
  • Excellent organizational, event planning, and project management skills.
  • Demonstrable conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign,  and web-editing skills preferred.
  • Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings during program months (July through November).
  • Flexibility to work some nights and most Saturdays.
  • A naturally friendly and accommodating personality.
  • Maturity, sense of humor, and the ability to work under pressure in a sometimes chaotic environment.
  • Reliable transportation to travel throughout the Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed.
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds and carry heavy supplies up and down stairs.


Compensation & Benefits

The Program Assistant is a seasonal (mid-August through end of November), hourly position. Schedule, pay scale, and benefits for the position are as follows:

  • Schedule:  10-12 hrs/week, includes being onsite at events on Saturdays
  • Pay range:  $10-$12/hr
  • Weekly individual meetings with supervisor for support and coaching


*The Program Assistant has the potential to expand into a year-round, part-time position focused on supporting both the Cedar River Salmon Journey and the Volunteer Habitat Restoration programs.


To apply:

Please submit resume and letter of interest outlining your qualifications for this position to Keri Pravitz at by Monday, August 5, 2013. 




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