Employment Opportunities

As a small organization, Grays Harbor Conservation District may or may not have current job openings. Regardless, feel free to send us your resume at ghcdapplications@gmail.com so we can make sure to send you future job announcements. Please see below for current openings. 

Employment Application Process


      • Review job announcements and position descriptions below
      • Develop application materials specific to the position (as detailed in each position description)
      • Fill out the GHCD Employment Application
      • Send completed application materials by application deadline to ghcdapplications@gmail.com or 330 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite D., Montesano, WA, 98563
Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Reports To:                 Watershed Restoration Program Manager


Supervises:                 Seasonal Technicians as assigned


Starting Salary:          $21.50 – $30.00/hour depending upon experience


Benefits:                            Grays Harbor Conservation District offers paid time off and sick leave, paid family leave and comprehensive health and retirement benefits through




The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Manager is a grant funded, regular, full-time, hourly employee serving the Grays Harbor Conservation District (District). This position is responsible to the District Board of Directors and is supervised by the Watershed Restoration Program Manager.


Over the past decade, the District Watershed Restoration Program has developed and implemented a diversity of exciting projects, ranging from fish passage barrier removals and floodplain revegetation, to tidal reconnection and reach-scale engineered log jam projects. Using existing grants and partnerships, District staff have identified and developed numerous potential restoration projects with stakeholders that are to be implemented over the next 10 years. Due to this growth in project opportunities, the District is looking for a pro-active project manager who will join our dynamic and creative Watershed Restoration Program team. Not only will this position involve managing ongoing projects (see section below), but the individual will be encouraged to develop projects and programs from the ground up.


The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Manager position is primarily based in Grays Harbor, however Grays Harbor and Pacific Conservation Districts are jointly managed, so this position may involve project work in Pacific County. This position is fully funded through at least June 30, 2023. The Watershed Restoration Program team is committed to continuing to secure grant/partnership funds that will support this position on an ongoing basis.


The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Manager also works with District staff to help support other District objectives and activities.




The following is not a comprehensive list. Duties and responsibilities can be added or subtracted as deemed necessary.


  • Participate in the Chehalis Basin Strategy Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP) Regional Implementation Teams as a project sponsor representative of the District
  • Collaboratively identify and prioritize aquatic habitat restoration projects for implementation
  • Serve as a contact for partnering agencies such as the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Ecology, local Salmon Recovery Lead Entities, and private landowners
  • Participate in local and regional restoration related processes as directed
  • Develop enduring positive relationships with landowners to facilitate willingness to design and implement restoration projects.
  • Apply for and secure project funding for aquatic habitat restoration projects
  • Participate in project design processes, providing technical assistance and expertise, survey assistance and design review
  • Apply for and receive state, federal, and tribal permits as needed
  • Hire construction contractors and material suppliers in accordance with District procedures and state/federal guidelines
  • Oversee restoration construction of fish passage improvements, reach-scale large woody material supplementations, riparian/floodplain revegetation projects, and other related activities
  • Develop and manage accurate project budgets which range from less than $10,000 to over $2,000,000
  • Manage project effectiveness monitoring
  • Data management using programs such as ArcGIS and Smartsheet
  • Supervise restoration technicians as needed
  • Participate in community outreach and education events as time and funding allows
  • This position will involve travel throughout the Chehalis Basin, navigating uneven terrain on foot, working outside in inclement weather, and may involve lifting awkward objects over 50 pounds.


Ongoing Projects

  • Satsop and Wynoochee Early Action Reach Planting and Invasive Management
    • The District is revegetating 100+ acres of riparian floodplain as part of a reach-scale river restoration project with extensive large wood placement.
  • Still Creek Design/Implementation
    • This project seeks to restore natural floodplain processes in order to improve water quality, water quantity, and habitat in the headwaters of a tributary to the West Fork Satsop.
  • Chehalis Basin Strategy ASRP Project Development
    • The District and other partners are currently developing aquatic habitat restoration projects in the Lower Chehalis tidal and the southern Olympic Mountains ecological regions for implementation over the next decade.
  • Satsop and Wynoochee Tributary Restoration Strategy and Pilot Project
    • This Strategy and Pilot Project were developed collaboratively with timber landowners to use woody material structures to restore the natural alluvial water capacity of headwater streams. The District will be involved in project effectiveness monitoring and further implementation of the Strategy.
  • Satsop River Mile 2.5-5.0 Design/Implementation
    • This project along the main-stem Satsop River seeks to restore natural river processes through large wood placement and extensive floodplain revegetation. Key project stakeholders include residential and agricultural landowners who are experiencing high rates of erosion.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant Natural Resource field
  • At least 3 years of prior work experience in a related field
  • Washington State Driver’s License


Desired Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant Natural Resources field
  • At least 3 years of experience managing aquatic habitat restoration projects, including but not limited to landowner engagement, contract/budget management, design review, and construction oversight
  • Experience managing budgets over $300,000
  • Experience following contracting and procurement guidelines
  • Experience with the aquatic habitat issues of the Chehalis Basin
  • Experience developing and seeking funding for projects that support process-based aquatic habitat restoration
  • Experience navigating complex permitting and funding guidelines in order to accomplish projects efficiently and on time
  • Experience collaborating with other restoration practitioners, community stakeholders, and landowners around natural resource programs/projects
  • Experience monitoring habitat restoration projects for effectiveness
  • Experience with projects that install large wood material in rivers/streams and restore riparian plant communities


To apply, please send a District Employment Application, Resume, and cover letter to:

Grays Harbor Conservation District

Aquatic Restoration Project Manager Applications

330 Pioneer Avenue West, Suite D

Montesano, WA 98563


Or email them to ghcdapplications@gmail.com


District Employment applications can be accessed at: https://www.graysharborcd.org/employment-opportunities/ or a mailed physical copy can be requested by phone or email.


Application materials are due no later than 4pm, January 20, 2022.


For more information please contact: Anthony Waldrop: 360-249-8532

Riparian Restoration Crew Technician

The Grays Harbor Conservation District (GHCD) is recruiting for a permanent 40 hr./week Riparian Restoration Crew Technician to join our existing crew of 3. The position is anticipated to start in the winter/early spring of 2022. Positions are dependent on continued grant funding. The work is based out of Montesano, WA at job sites throughout Grays Harbor County. Wages will start at $17 per hour. These positions are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits. Applications are due by 4:00pm January 20th, 2022.


Main Duties

The following are examples of typical work duties but are not a comprehensive list.

  • Planting native riparian trees and shrubs at restoration projects on private and public lands
  • Maintenance/irrigation of native riparian tree and shrub plantings
  • Mechanical/chemical treatment of invasive plant species
  • Installation of woody hand-built in-stream restoration structures such as beaver dam analogues or post assisted log jams
  • Installation of livestock exclusion fences
  • Collection of field data on plant survival, invasive plant treatment effectiveness, and in-stream restoration effectiveness

Other work such as conducting basic forest inventory, habitat surveys, fish barrier assessment surveys, and collecting topographic survey data may be assigned as needed.


Working Conditions

The following are examples of typical working conditions, but are not a comprehensive list:

  • Work in inclement weather including rain, wind, and direct sun
  • During planting days, there will be repetitive digging, bending, and load carrying
  • Wade in river and stream water of varying depths and current speeds
  • Work in remote areas, sometimes miles away from a road
  • Use of equipment such as brush cutters, hydraulic post pounders, and pesticide sprayers
  • Carry heavy loads for long distances
  • Drive long distances in state-owned vehicles
  • Work along busy roadways including state highways and county roads



  • Valid Washington state driver’s license


Note: Although this is an entry-level position, GHCD is committed to helping staff grow professionally through cross-training and apprenticeship opportunities.


Applications can be accessed at https://www.graysharborcd.org/employment-opportunities/ or contact Charly Kearns at ghcdapplications@gmail.com or 360-249-8532 to request one. Applications are due by 4:00pm January 20, 2022.