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Private: We’re Hiring a Program Manager

March 18, 2021

The Pacific Salmon Foundation ( seeks a full-time Program Manager to join the Salmon Watersheds Program ( for an 18-month maternity leave contract.   


For the past thirteen years, the Salmon Watersheds Program (SWP) has worked collaboratively with First Nations, provincial, and federal governments to bring together and analyze the best available data for assessing the status of salmon populations and their habitats throughout British Columbia (BC). A key part of our work involves making the data we assemble, and the assessments we undertake, broadly accessible to the public. To support open access to salmon data, the Salmon Watersheds Program has developed an online data visualization tool called the Pacific Salmon Explorer ( The Pacific Salmon Explorer allows the public to explore information on the status of salmon populations and pressures on their habitats, as well as access source datasets used in the underlying analyses. The Salmon Watersheds Program works to support the application of these data in relevant salmon conservation and management processes and works collaboratively with program partners to develop strategic plans that support the conservation and recovery of Pacific salmon.

The Salmon Watersheds Program is in a growth phase as we kick-start several new and exciting initiatives and expand our team. We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Program Manager with the experience to jump right into the program and cover a maternity leave vacancy. The successful applicant will help navigate the team through this growth period, oversee a complex suite of interdependent projects, and help us realize our program vision. Come join our team!


The Program Manager will join an ambitious and growing team that works closely on the delivery of the Salmon Watersheds Program. The Program Manager will have a managerial, supervisory, and administrative role. The Program Manager will provide overall support and planning guidance for the delivery of the Salmon Watersheds Program and will provide direct support to the Salmon Watersheds Program Director. The ideal candidate has a background in natural resource management, program management experience in a not-for-profit team environment, supervisory experience, and experience working with First Nations in BC.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Management and Development 

Program Funding and Administration 

 Staff Supervision

Program Collaborations and Project Support 

Required Education and Work Experience:

A graduate degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, biology, fisheries, or a related field and at least five years of demonstrated work experience in a similar program management role – or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in a not-for-profit team environment is considered an asset.

Required Other Skills and Experience:

Additional Experience Desired:

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time 18-month maternity leave contract beginning June 1, 2021 (or earlier, depending on the availability of the successful applicant) and ending November 30, 2022 (with the possibility of extension). The position is based at the PSF office in Vancouver but, for the right candidate, we are open to a remote position. Currently, all PSF staff members have the option of working from home, due to COVID-19 pandemic. When COVID restrictions allow, regular travel (~twice per month) to communities throughout BC may be required. (All travel costs are covered by the employer.)

The successful applicant will be eligible for enrollment in the PSF Benefit Plan, including extended health and dental, and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan matched, in part, by the employer. Additional benefits include three weeks of annual vacation leave, a flexible work schedule, professional development opportunities, and working with a dynamic and engaging organization that is passionate about salmon conservation.  

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit (1) a résumé and (2) a cover letter to salmonwatersheds[at] Please include “Program Manager – Maternity Leave Application” in the subject line of your application. Please submit your completed application as a single PDF file and use the following naming format: lastname_firstname_PM_ML.pdf.

The deadline for receiving applications is 9am on April 12, 2021.

We thank all applicants for their interest.  We will review all applications and conduct interviews with selected candidates in April 2021.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; however, applicants may be considered for future vacancies. All applicants must be eligible to legally work throughout Canada at the time of applying.  This posting may remain open until a qualified candidate is hired.