Riparian Plant Propagation Program Manager
Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Who we are:
The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) is a non-regulatory state agency that supports and coordinates our state’s 45 conservation districts and administers voluntary conservation programs. Together, the SCC and conservation districts provide incentive-based services that empower people across Washington to take actions that keep natural resources and working lands healthy for all.
What you will be doing:
You will be a valued team member working to coordinate and help develop the SCC’s new Riparian Plant Propagation Program (RPPP), which is intended to increase propagation of native trees and shrubs for use in riparian restoration projects statewide. The RPPP Coordinator will be responsible for supporting and growing the RPPP.
Some of the duties include:
Coordinating nurseries and restoration partners:
- Communicate with restoration partners such as conservation districts, Tribes, state and local government agencies, and non-profit groups to assess plant need at the regional level
- Coordinate propagation, cultivation, and restoration efforts based on those communications to best match regional native tree and shrub propagation with future restoration projects in those areas
- Consult with partners, staff, and nurseries to identify problems, explore solutions and alternatives
- Communicate with nurseries about existing and anticipated needs at the regional level for more native riparian trees and shrubs and RPPP and the potential for funding to support propagation
- Anticipates potential conflict with the restoration partners and attempts a resolution before any problems occur
- Communicate with holding locations where plants will be grown out until ready for use in restoration projects about potential funding to support cultivation as well as regional need for these plants for restoration projects
RPPP development and implementation:
- Assist in the development of RPPP policies and procedures
- Develop and distribute RFPs to support propagation, cultivation, and restoration of native riparian trees and shrubs
- Conduct site visits of native plant holding locations and restoration sites to ensure that trees and shrubs are cared for and planted at their intended sites.
- Conduct research and analyzes data to identify native riparian tree and shrub needs and participant eligibility for continued program participation
- Assist in writing reports documenting how funds were expended and how trees and shrubs have been used
Program Communications Support:
- Develop new resources for and updates to the RPPP webpage
- Assists with SCC Communication team to highlight program and its successes
General Organizational Support Responsibilities:
- Participate in and contribute to all-staff meetings and agency-wide initiatives such as strategic planning
- Participate in and contribute to the organizational initiatives to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices across the organization and in our programmatic work
Associate degree major study in horticulture, plant science, environmental science, agronomy, or related field
Four (4) years professional experience in horticulture, environmental science, natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or other closely related field
Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science, environmental science, agronomy, or related field
Two (2) years of professional experience in horticulture, environmental science, natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or other closely related field
Six (6) years of professional experience in horticulture, environmental science, natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or other closely related field
A Master’s degree will substitute for two years of experience and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty
- Strong project management, coordination, and communication skills
- Working knowledge of horticulture industry
- Familiarity and/or experience with riparian habitat restoration
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
- Gather and organize information
- Strong writing ability
Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:
- A letter of interest, (no more than 2 pages) explaining how you have prepared yourself for this position.
- A current resume or CV, detailing experience, and education
- A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information
NOTE: By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed. A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application. Please do not refer to resume for detail, or your application may be disqualified.
- COVID Vaccination Requirement: Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. Please reach out to the HR Office at " target="_blank" rel="noopener"> if you need information on medical or religious accommodation. Please do not attach your vaccination verification to your application as it will be removed. Details on how to proceed with verification or accommodation will be provided once a conditional offer has been made.
Opportunity for All:
The Washington State Conservation Commission celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
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