Program Manager – No Longer Accepting Applications

World Salmon Council administers the Salmon Watch program in the greater Portland metro and Columbia River Gorge regions. Using salmon as the focal point, Salmon Watch provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in the classroom, field study and in-stream observation, and community service learning projects to more than 1,500 middle and high school students annually. 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:  The Program Manager oversees the planning and implementation of the strategic goals, objectives and all aspects of the Salmon Watch program, works with the Board of Directors and Executive Consultant to garner support and increase community awareness as well as potential expansion around the state, supports fundraising and donor outreach as needed, and oversees the activities of program and volunteers. The Manager works closely with the Program Development & Outreach Manager to expand and improve the Salmon Watch program. 1-2 years experience working with children in an educational setting or running a similar program is required. A science or education degree is preferred. 

Hours, Rate and Schedule:  20-30 hours/week at $25-30/hr depending on experience, with a $150/month health stipend and mileage compensation and opportunities for professional development. Availability required sometimes on weeknights and weekends. Working from home and flexible schedules allowed, with 1 day/week minimum overlap in the Portland CENTRL office with the Program Development & Outreach Manager. Reports to Executive Consultant. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Oversight:  

  • Oversee the design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of World Salmon Council programs and its products and services throughout the upper Columbia River Basin watershed
  • Organize and lead Salmon Watch field trips, service projects, school visits and volunteer training and success
  • Develop strategic goals and objectives to achieve program success, and create and implement new initiatives to support those goals
  • Track key program metrics and develop systems to document program activities and outcomes, including a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement
  • Prudently manage program resources within budget guidelines
  • Help fundraise and grow membership for program activities, including help with grant applications and reports

Salmon Watch Implementation: 

  • In partnership with Program Coordinator, actively recruit, train, and coordinate Salmon Watch teachers and volunteers
  • Plan and implement successful field trips and field station volunteers; inventory, maintain and clean field trip equipment
  • Be available to teach all field trip stations – macroinvertebrate identification, water quality testing, riparian observation, etc
  • In partnership with Program Development & Outreach Manager, prepare and distribute program materials to teachers and volunteers
  • Provide assistance to teachers in developing successful in-classroom presentations and community service learning projects
  • Lead regular school visits and in-classroom presentations and discussions about Salmon Watch at schools
  • Develop organization/program related materials, announcements and presentations; participate in community events/tabling; organize special events, as needed
  • In partnership with the Program Development & Outreach Manager, develop and maintain effective program metrics and participation records, including tracking program effectiveness and participant evaluations
  • Co-lead Board Program Committee meetings with the Program Development & Outreach Manager, and help recruit and maintain active board members

Communications and Public Relations

  • Lead partner, community and stakeholder outreach to ensure the organization and its mission are consistently presented in a strong, positive image 
  • Work closely with the Program Development & Outreach Manager to develop and implement a communications plan, including website, newsletter and social media
  • Work closely with the Program Development & Outreach Manager to grow community support for the program and increase the diversity of schools and classrooms that participate in Salmon Watch



Other Opportunities

We’re looking for skilled Volunteer Educators to teach on fall field trips, and qualified Board Members to help guide our organization.

Volunteer on a fall Salmon Watch field trip:

You can help improve scientific and environmental literacy, and inspire kids to better understand and protect our natural areas.

We need to fill over 160 instruction station slots on field trips taking place Sept-Nov at beautiful stream sites in our region.

Teach kids about:
Salmon Biology, Identifying Aquatic Critters, Testing Water Quality, Streambank Observation, and Data Collection.

No experience necessary. Free training sessions in late summer/fall.

Please contact us at regarding this opportunity and other ways to get involved.


Become a World Salmon Council Board Member:

We’re also looking for new Board Members.

Do you believe in the importance of connecting kids and adults with nature? Are you an environmental literacy, conservation and education enthusiast? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Then Salmon Watch needs you!

World Salmon Council is seeking to bring on a few talented and experienced volunteer board members to help guide the organization as it grows, and to strengthen its programs to provide experiential learning experiences for students and adults.

If you can contribute your time, passion and leadership, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email us at to receive more detailed information (please include your phone number).

We’re especially looking for folks with finance/treasurer experience, knowledge of environmental education, interest and skills in fundraising, diverse backgrounds and experience, nonprofit insight, and strategic vision.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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