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Who We Are

Job Opportunities

Who We Are

Job Opportunities

The mission of the Wild Salmon Center (WSC) is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We do this by establishing a local presence and/or providing technical and financial assistance to local partners to help them secure the health of the most productive salmon ecosystems on earth. We depend on the best conservation science to guide pragmatic, implementable solutions to sustain wild salmonids, as well as the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them. 

Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with programs in Alaska, the Russian Far East, Sakhalin Island, Kamchatka, Japan, British Columbia, and the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center. 

WSC is the leading group working to protect the strongest wild salmon rivers around the entire North Pacific – salmon strongholds. We focus on wild salmon because they are an iconic and powerful conservation symbol, wild to the core, with an incredible life story. When you protect salmon, you support the life of whole watersheds and everything in them, including people. We build alliances with and work alongside the most effective local and regional partners in the North Pacific.


Government Grants Manager

Reports to: Senior Grants Manager

The Organization
The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We identify science-based solutions to sustain wild salmonids and the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them. WSC is a $9M international organization with a staff of 30. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.

The Position
Recent federal funding opportunities under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act are providing a generational opportunity to direct significant public grants into restoration and conservation priorities across our geographies within the next decade. As a result, Wild Salmon Center’s government revenue is expected to increase dramatically in the next year. We have created this new position to ensure we have the capacity to manage this increase in federal funding. The Government Grants Manager will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal and state standards and assisting Wild Salmon Center’s programmatic staff with managing dozens of restoration projects along the Washington and Oregon coasts.  

The focus of this position is to work with the Senior Grants Manager and program and finance staff to manage government grants and contracts, work with development and program staff to prepare and submit grant proposals and reports, and identify and research additional government funding opportunities. To be successful, the person in this position will enjoy working simultaneously on multiple projects in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment, where the abilities to rise to a challenge, show initiative, exercise independent judgment, and maintain focus are essential. Strategic thinking and an exceptional level of attention to detail are also key. Preference is for the position to be based in Portland, Oregon, but remote work options elsewhere in Oregon and Washington could be considered.


  • Create internal systems for tracking federal, state, and local government requirements and policies for grants and contracts. Maintain accurate and complete electronic files on the Wild Salmon Center server and Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Work with program managers and directors to write sub-awardee contracts; track sub-awardee expenses, milestones, and matching funds; process invoices; and communicate with sub-awardees and government contacts.
  • Research and thoroughly understand government policies and procedures related to all WSC’s government grants and contracts and work closely with the senior grants manager, program staff, and finance staff to ensure financial and programmatic compliance.
  • Monitor and research government funding opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels, working closely with development staff and program directors and managers to understand funding needs and recognize appropriate opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Grants Manager and program staff, assist with developing and submitting high quality proposals, budgets and reports (narrative and financial), and reimbursement requests for WSC’s programs while adhering to deadlines and making efficient use of program staff time.  
  • Work with the CFO, staff accountant, and senior grants manager to prepare for WSC’s yearly federal single audit and Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement applications. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience securing and managing government grants and contracts required. 
  • Knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations and the policies and procedures therein strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Proven success in simultaneously carrying out multiple tasks and/or projects, while ensuring high performance standards, adherence to deadlines, and attention to detail.
  • Effective team player with a demonstrated collaborative working style.
  • Proactive, creative, strategic thinker with strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Willingness to be flexible as new tasks arise.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (particularly Word and Excel), database/CRM management and analysis (experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred), and web-based tools for communication and research.
  • Awareness of systemic inequities in the geographies where WSC works, and a commitment to partner-based fundraising to conserve and strengthen stronghold watersheds and the local communities and livelihoods that are linked to them. 
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Wild Salmon Center and an understanding of environmental issues.

Bachelor’s degree in related field required or equivalent life experience.

Pay range for this position at 1FTE is between $70,000 – $78,000 commensurate with experience.

Additionally a comprehensive benefits package, designed to help our employees stay healthy and plan for their financial future, includes:

  • 100% employer-paid Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance (includes employee/spouse, employee/dependent(s), as well as a partial premium for full family coverage)
  • Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • High-matching 401(k) plan
  • 11 paid Holidays with additional generous PTO
  • Flexible Spending Account (health & dependent care)
  • Support for continuing education
  • Cell phone allowance & monthly stipend
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule
  • Outstanding work culture

To Apply
Submit cover letter and resume (2-page maximum) to [email protected], and include “Government Grants Manager” in the subject line.



Volunteer with Us

Want to make a difference in protecting some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems across the northern Pacific Rim? All volunteer opportunities are on hold until further notice, but check our volunteer page for future opportunities.