25th Annual Meeting! 

2016 Annual Meeting FlyerPut it on your calendars folks; our 25th Annual Meeting rapidly approaches! Join us at the Lacey Community Center on February 9 at 5:30 to celebrate a quarter century of restoration. There will be membership updates, project showcases, appetizers and oyster bar and more!





We are hiring!

Are you dedicated to salmon recovery? Do you enjoy managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment? Do you have over 3-years managing multiple projects with varying deadlines? Would you like to join our small team of dedicated staff? Then send your resume and application to: Lance Winecka at LanceW@spsseg.org.

For more information, see the job posting below and at: www.spsseg.org/job-opportunities



Position Title: Salmon Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Work Location: Olympia, WA

Reports To: Executive Director

Supervision: May supervise interns, volunteers and/or temporary employees

Status: 40 hours per week, exempt, salaried position

Compensation: $55,822 – $64,279 (DOQ), plus competitive benefits package



Organization Summary:

The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG) is one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in Washington State. Our service area includes the Puyallup, Chambers, Nisqually, Deschutes, Kennedy/Goldsborough and the lower portion of the Kitsap Peninsula. SPSSEG is a membership organization with an active Board of Directors, which focuses on salmon habitat restoration and education and outreach.

Position Summary:

SPSSEG Project Managers coordinate all aspects of habitat restoration projects including watershed recovery planning, identification of new project opportunities, securing project funding, implementing funded projects, conducting field work, and monitoring completed projects to ensure that organizational and salmon recovery goals are met.  This position will also support other SPSSEG Project Manager’s and projects. Funding for this position is subject to availability of ongoing state, federal and local grants.

 Project Manager Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Directs implementation of funded projects. Manages and monitors grants and contract budgets; assures compliance with grant and contract requirements.  Establishes and maintains files of proposals and current grants and contracts.
  • Develops and manages project timelines, scopes of work, and budgets in cooperation with the Executive Director, staff, and Board. Ensures projects are on schedule and within budget.
  • Actively pursues potential funding sources for high priority projects; writes and manages grant application proposals.
  • Conducts competitive bid processes; hires and manages subcontractors (engineers, construction contractors, etc.) under the direction of the Executive Director.
  • Acquires all necessary permits, landowner agreements, and utility access for projects, under the guidance of the Executive Director.
  • Ensures compliance with state and federal laws and SPSSEG policies.
  • Manages and/or coordinates project consultants and consultant contracts.
  • Manages and/or coordinates project construction contractors and construction contracts.
  • Tracks and reports administrative staff project costs, invoices, and match required by grants.
  • Coordinates with local watershed Lead Entities to identify, develop and prioritize salmon habitat restoration projects.
  • Prepares and publishes final reports and recommendations. Provides habitat assessment data and restoration recommendations to local partners (tribes, state and federal agencies, conservation districts, local governments, etc.).
  • Participates in technical work group and stakeholder meetings for projects, as needed, including design team meetings and other meetings that relate specifically to funded projects or project development.
  • Conducts field work and manages and collects scientific data.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of salmon biology and habitat forming processes, as well as habitat assessment and restoration techniques, including but not limited to: in-stream restoration, fish passage, riparian restoration, beaver management, and salmon recovery strategies.
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication for diverse audiences. Ability to prepare informational articles and summary work reports, and give presentations at various venues using a variety of formats.
  • Proficiency in using MS Office Suite, communication via email, writing grant proposals and reports, tracking work progress, preparing educational and informational materials, and gathering information from the internet and GIS.
  • Proficiency in GIS spatial data platforms, using hand held computers to record field data, and other technology skills.
  • Ability to manage and/or oversee work and contracts of project consultants, engineers, and construction contractors.
  • Ability to organize and plan work schedules and tasks.
  • Ability to develop and track project budgets and schedules.
  • Ability to work productively and cohesively both alone and in teams.
  • Ability to manage personal workload, contracts, and other project elements to complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and cooperate with stakeholders and private landowners.
  • Ability to conduct environmental field work using relevant protocols.


A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, environmental (habitat restoration) engineering, or other related natural resources field and three years of pertinent work experience. Experience working on multi-disciplinary design teams on habitat restoration and construction projects is desired.  Experience writing and managing grants, conducting field work, and overseeing habitat restoration projects is a plus.

 Special Requirements:

A valid Washington State driver’s license and reliable transportation. A valid First Aid and CPR Certification is required if supervising interns or volunteers. A Washington State Patrol background check is required for all personnel working directly with children.

Working Conditions:

The Project Manager works from an office in a busy, non-profit organization within a natural resource and public service-oriented environment. Work is often performed outdoors and in inclement weather. Sufficient mobility is required to navigate uneven terrain, steep slopes, streams/creeks, marshy areas, and other field conditions. Flexibility is required for infrequent attendance at evening, weekend meetings or events, and at various locations and field sites.  Approximately 30% of time is spent outside of the office in attending meetings, conducting field work, and monitoring projects.


o Apply:

Please send an electronic version of your cover letter, resume, and three professional references (5 pages or less) to Lance Winecka at Lancew@spsseg.org  by 5pm, July 1, 2019.

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Puget Sound Brews & News :: Season of Science

Come check out the best Thursday night event in the South Sound! Stimulate your mind with fantastic scientific discoveries, your taste buds with Boston Harbor Marina’s excellent tap selection, and your eyes with our beautiful Puget Sound sunsets.
Join us the First Thursday of the Month June through November!


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SPSSEG Annual Meeting :: February 8, 2018

Join us at the Lacey Community Center for our Annual Members Meeting on February 8, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group will be serving up tasty appetizers and Taylor Shellfish will be providing their famous oyster bar!

Local bluegrass band, Straw Hat will join us from 5:30-6:30 while you enjoy a delicious craft beer or glass of wine and nibble on honeyed brie, smoked salmon and Talyor clams.

Renowned research biologist, John Calambokidis will be presenting his latest research findings on marine life in the Salish Sea starting at 7:00.

This is a free event, but if you’re not a member already, we hope to welcome you into the SPSSEG family with a $30 annual membership!

Annual Meeting Flyer 2018

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Lower McLane LWM Installation Complete; Up Next: Planting!

Vast areas of tidal wetland have faced extreme alteration in Puget Sound, especially at the head of estuaries. Intertidal forested marsh habitats have been impacted by historic logging practices, development and invasive plant species. These impacts disrupt food-web interactions, reduced stream shading and removed large wood from estuaries.

McLane Creek supports a variety of wildlife and several salmon runs including cutthroat, steelhead, coho, fall Chinook, and chum. The drainage is made up of four major tributaries: Swift, Perkins, East Fork McLane and Beatty creeks which have approximately 18.5 miles of fish habitat. The project is focused on the lower half mile of the creek.

The Lower McLane Creek restoration project enhances habitat in the lower reach of the stream, providing foraging areas for juvenile fish that leave the basin and resting places for adult migrating into McLane Creek and its tributaries. Large wood structures have been placed in three locations in the lower portion of the system. The structures provide increased hydraulic complexity, potential for wood accumulation and pool formation. The structures also increase refuge for juvenile salmon to avoid predation.

Although construction is complete, the project will continue though 2017 with subsequent phases and monitoring efforts. SPSSEG will host volunteer events this fall to install 1,211 riparian plants to increase stream-side shading, 8,400 willow stakes to treat reed canary grass in the floodplain and treat 900 square feet of knotweed. Plants are being purchased with a grant from Thurston Conservation District.

Olympia Trout Unlimited provided funding and are conducting site citizen science monitoring events. They are submitting a grant to continue monitoring efforts at the site. Their request would support a Benthic Indicator of Biotic Integrity (BIBI) survey at the site. The process involves getting in the stream, collecting bug samples, counting, and measuring the bug samples, recording findings, and then tracking findings. The goal is to engage local volunteers to get into the stream and collect samples over the course of a year.

In addition to creating in-stream habitat, engaging volunteers in planting events and citizen science, this project involves four new landowners in salmon habitat restoration. While no individual project will restore salmon populations to their historic numbers, each small project eases the impacts of human caused actions that brought us to this place.

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Become a Kennedy Creek Docent!

The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail will open on Saturday, October 28 this year. Open through until December 3, the Trail offers an incredible learning experience for students and community members, bringing them face to face with wild Chum salmon.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for the month of November, we will be training new and returning Docents on October 14, 2017.  To attend, please RSVP by October 7 to KennedyCreek@spsseg.org.

Docent Training Flyer

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