Position Announcement: GIS Fisheries Technician

Position Announcement: South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Job Announcement, Olympia WA: Temporary/Part Time (June 2016 – October 2016)

SPSSEG: GIS Fisheries Technician
May 23, 2016
Start: June 15, 2016 or sooner
Part-Time Seasonal: Monday-Friday 20-30 hours per week

Salary and Benefits: Compensation will be $17-$25 per hour depending on qualifications. There are no other employee benefits offered at this time. The position is 3 to 4 months long. There is an opportunity for an extension, based on additional grant funding.

Supervision: Position reports to the Executive Director

The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, has a position open for a temporary/part time GIS Fisheries Technician. SPSSEG strives to protect and restore salmon populations and aquatic habitat with an emphasis on ecosystem function. Please visit our website for more information at spsseg.org.

Position Summary: The GIS Fisheries Technician supports SPSSEG’s mission by working on planning and monitoring projects. The work will be split between the field (~50%) and office (~50%). The position includes long hours during the field seasons which are typically July – October. The GIS Fisheries Technician reports to the Executive Director.

Typical Duties Include:

  •  GIS mapping and technical support
    • Collect and manage data
    •  Oversee LiDar data analysis and ecological data sets
    • Provide staff support for the SPSSEG steelhead habitat project
    •  Manage data for habitat surveys, fish sampling, and snorkel surveys
    •  Collaboration and data coordination with multiple project partners
    •  Regular data reporting to project management team
    •  Other tasks as needed

1. Education: A degree in GIS, natural resources, and/or related degree in process
2. Strong team leader with proven ability to motivate others
3. Organized, self-motivated and strong attention to detail
4. Exceptional written and verbal communication abilities
5. Diplomatic problem solving skills
6. Good natured team player, comfortable working with diverse groups of people
7. Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and experience using GIS and databases
8. Ability to perform physical labor in all weather conditions including hiking up streams, planting trees, wading through moving water, and carrying equipment into the field.
9. Access to personal vehicle and ability to travel (reimbursed for mileage at the current WA State rate)

Desired Skills or Demonstrated Interests

  • Experience doing field work, GIS data collection and processing (ARC 10.3 and ARC pad)
  • Passion for salmon and working with non-profits
  • Extensive knowledge and skills related to stream restoration and salmon habitat needs

To apply: Send a copy of your letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to: Lancew@spsseg.org
Attention: Lance Winecka
6700 Martin Way East Suite 112
Olympia, WA 98516
Applications will be accepted immediately and be open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled as application materials are received.

Seeking an Accounts Manager

Currently seeking an experienced and organized Accounts Manager

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization working to protect and restore native fish populations, and their habitats throughout the South Puget Sound. SPSSEG serves several counties and is located in Lacey, WA. We partner with state, federal and local government, Native American Tribes, Conservation Districts and other non-profits to plan and implement salmon restoration and education projects. Our organization relies on state and federal grants, and in-kind and cash donations.
Job Description:
SPSSEG is seeking a highly organized person to serve as a part time Accounts Manager approximately 15 to 20 hours per week. General administrative support duties will also be assigned. This position will report to the Executive Director.
The primary responsibilities include:

  • Enter employee timesheets, process semi-monthly payroll, pay quarterly L & I taxes, ensure that all payroll taxes are completed and taxes paid
  • Process accounts payable and prepare checks for signature
  • Enter deposits, both manual and electronic, and transfers into Quickbooks
  • Track accounts receivable and contact grantors for payment if necessary
  • Allocate overhead costs to projects
  • Prepare grant billings/vouchers monthly
  • Reconcile all accounts monthly
  • Prepare financial reports as requested
  • Present financial reports to Board of Directors quarterly
  • Create annual budget with input from Executive Director and Board
  • Maintain standardized filing system for SPSSEG financial records
  • Administrative support and other duties as assigned by the Director.

Qualifications and Experience:
This position either requires a Bachelors Degree and three years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s Degree and five years of relevant experience.

  •  Ability to effectively use Quickbooks and Microsoft Office software
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles
  • Experience with state and federal audits
  • Ability to track grants and contract expenditures, revenues and match, and post to the appropriate accounts
  • Ability to prepare vouchers, checks, bills, and invoices
  • Experience in financial management standards for nonprofits
  • Ability to solve complex accounting problems related to private, state and federal funds and communicate problems constructively to management
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills and ability to prioritize within a busy work environment
  • Ability to work in well within a team setting
  • A working knowledge of filing, copying, mailing, and other miscellaneous administrative tasks

Applicants with experience in non-profit organizations and grants are desired. Applicant must provide three references.
This position will be based on an hourly rate and will be approximately 15 to 20 hours per week. Based on qualifications and experience the pay range is $20 – $30 per hour. Potentially hours may increase to approximately 24 hours per week, and if so would be eligible for a prorated benefits package.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5pm May 2, 2016. Start date will be in June 2016.
Please send cover letter, resume and references to:
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group Lance Winecka 6700 Martin Way East Suite 112 Olympia, WA 98506
Contact: Lance Winecka – lancew@spsseg.org
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group is an equal opportunity employer

25th Annual Meeting!

2016 Annual Meeting FlyerPut it on your calendars folks; our 25th Annual Meeting rapidly approaches! We look forward to seeing you at the Lacey Community Center on February 9 at 5:30 to help us celebrate a quarter century of restoration.

We will be providing membership updates, project showcases, appetizers and an oyster bar!


IMG_5737We are overwhelmed by the support shown on Saturday at our 3rd Annual Chum, Chowder, and Chocolate.  A record 500 people came to the Trail on a cold, sunny day to enjoy a cuppa Xinh’s famous chowder served up by Taylor Shellfish and some hot coco before heading down the Trail to watch the magical event that is chum spawning in Kennedy & Fiscus Creeks.  Visitors donated over $1,400 to the Trail; supporting 400 student visitors to the Trail.IMG_8045

 “The beauty of this Trail is that we have Fiscus Creek.  If viewing is difficult in Kennedy, it’s great in Fiscus” said Lance Winecka, Executive Director of South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group.

The outpouring of support for our volunteer Docent lead tours for scheduled school groups demonstrates the value of this program.  This year, 2999 school kids and 500 chaperons visited the Trail during the week.  The number would have been higher except the weather didn’t cooperate this year and 10 classes with 520 kids had to cancel their field trips.   IMG_6172

Kennedy Creek is a community supported resource.  The 2015 season was supported by donations from the Squaxin Island Tribe (2,500), Olympia Federal Savings ($1,000), Community for Interfaith Celebration ($250), South Sound Fly Fishers ($250) and community members like you.  The Trail is owned by Taylor Shellfish and coordinated by South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group.

Chum, Chowder & Chocolate – Saturday November 21

We are pleased to invite you to our Chum, Chowder, & Chocolate Fundraiser at and for Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail.  Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Taylor Shellfish will be serving up Xinh’s famous Geoduck chowder, and steamed shellfish. (Rumor has it, this year, there will also be chili). We will have lots of hot coffee, tea and hot coco to warm your hands. Grab a bowl before heading down the Trail to see the spawning chum.


    • $5 donation is suggested.
    • $35 provides a tour for 10 kids.
    • $100 provides a port-potty for a week.
    • $250 provides bus transportation for 70 kids.

The event will be held in the KCST parking lot up the Green Diamond road off of Old Olympic Highway. If  you are coming from Olympia, or other locations south, turn left at milepost 357. If you are coming from Shelton or locations north, turn right at milepost 356.

Remember to dress for the weather! This event is outside, rain or shine. We’ve been lucky in the past. Hopefully this year will shine!

Bring your Students to Kennedy Creek!

The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail will open on Saturday, October 31 this year. Open through the month of November, the Trail offers an incredible learning experience for students and community members, bringing them face to face with wild Chum salmon.

If you are interested in bringing students or a community group out to the Trail for a tour, please read the KCST flier (L). If you are interested in becoming a volunteer on the trail, please read the Docent flier(R).

Teacher Flyer          Docent Flyer

Looking to Volunteer?

Summer is flying by and we find ourselves already diving into planning for another season
at the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail. We are looking forward to another wonderful fall, bringing students and community members face to face with wild chum salmon right here
in the South Sound. It would be a drastic understatement to say this program would not be the same without the generous help of all of our volunteers who help us maintain the trail, lead field trips, and answer weekend visitor’s questions.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a docent, take a look at our Docent Flyer.

We plan to hold training at the Trail on Saturday October 17th, so let us know if you are interested and we’ll make sure to keep you updated!



Edible Salmon Habitats in the East Bay Plaza

Join us to try your hand at creating an edible salmon habitat! Each tasty treat is carefully chosen to represent a vital part of a salmon’s ecosystem. Ingredients include: Swedish fish (salmon), red sprinkles (eggs), chocolate rocks (gravel), and much more! Plus, learn some salmon anatomy and pick up a lifecycle booklet. Activity from 2 – 4 p.m. on the East Bay Public Plaza, next to the Wet Science Center

Become a Nisqually River Stream Steward!

The Nisqually Indian Tribe and Nisqually River Council are recruiting for this year’s Nisqually Stream Stewards course!
This is a free class that gives participants hands-on experiences designed to connect them to diverse volunteer and citizen science opportunities in the Nisqually Watershed and beyond. Nisqually Stream Stewards help conserve the Nisqually Watershed, meet new people and expand their network of natural resources professionals.

Classes begin on August 4th and space is limited, so sign up now!

View the Flyer  more information, and contact streamstewards@nisquallyriver.org to reserve your spot today.