Watershed Watch Salmon Society is hiring! The Operations Director will support and guide our small team in all aspects of organizational operations, financial planning, and fundraising, working closely with our Executive Director, Financial Manager and Communications Manager. Applications are due by September 30, 2019. See the full job description below for qualifications and application instructions.

Job Posting: Operations Director

Date open: September 18, 2019
Closing date: September 30, 2019
Salary: Negotiable and commensurate with experience.
Approximate range: $60,000-70,000 per year, plus benefits.
Job type: Full-time, permanent (one-year employment contract with possibility of extension and performance-based increase).
Start Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Lower Mainland, BC

Watershed Watch Salmon Society is a respected and influential non-profit organization that promotes wild salmon and watershed conservation throughout British Columbia. For over 20 years we have been boosting habitat protection and restoration, sustainability in salmon fisheries, reform of BC’s salmon aquaculture industry, and the implementation of the laws and policies that protect wild fish and the waters they swim in. We are a federally registered charity with a strong legacy as a science-based watchdog organization, working with diverse allies and engaging the public to protect wild salmon and watersheds in BC. We have offices in Coquitlam and Victoria, and an engaged base of supporters across the province.

Web: watershedwatch.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/watershedwatchsalmonsociety
Twitter: www.twitter.com/WatershedWatch_
Instagram: www.instagram.com/watershedwatchbc/
Affiliated campaign sites: https://www.safesalmon.ca/ & https://www.heartofthefraser.ca/


We are looking for someone who:

  • Wants to make a positive difference for B.C.’s wild salmon and watersheds and the vast numbers of people who hold these things dear;
  • Has proven experience as a non-profit administrator, with strong knowledge of grant management, budget development and tracking, finance, and accounting;
  • Is self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, analytical and strategic, with excellent time and project management skills, and can adapt to changing circumstances;
  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Is comfortable and adept in a leadership role;
  • Has experience working with a wide range of donors from individuals to larger foundations and is able to build and maintain relationships;
  • Is a strategic, rational thinker and creative problem-solver who seeks out evidence when forming opinions and making decisions;
  • Is familiar with provincial and federal regulations relating to societies and charities;
  • Knows, or can quickly learn how to use the following computer tools: Google Drive and Docs, Keela (CRM and donation tracking), Asana (project and task management), Quickbooks, MS Office products. Experience with WordPress, social media, and other communications tools would be assets;
  • Is comfortable working with a team that is spread throughout the lower mainland and Victoria;


  • Act as the core administrative executive for our effective team of conservation advocates, overseeing budgeting, operations and financial management;
  • Lead grant development, tracking and reporting and work with our Financial Manager to keep staff up to date on project revenue and expenses, coordinating staff efforts to proactively address funding gaps and opportunities;
  • Work with our Executive Director and other staff to ensure work plans and activities align with our goals, strategic plans, budgets, and grant deliverables and timelines;
  • Coordinate financial and activity reporting to our Board of Directors and external reporting (e.g. lobbying, CRA annual reports, etc.);
  • Work with our Communications Manager and/or Engagement Manager to manage our Contact Relationship Management system and ensure donor and donation data are up to date and oversee fundraising plan, issuing of tax receipts, donor relations, and development of monthly giving program;
  • Assist our Executive Director in human resources management, including hiring, generating and tracking contracts for staff and external contractors, and reviewing staff performance, and ensure all staff are well versed in operating policies and practices;
  • Attend occasional field trips, retreats, and work-related social events to enhance your connection with colleagues, allies and the wild salmon ecosystems that you we defend;
  • Support the Engagement Manager in volunteer management, event planning and other key roles;
  • Coordinate with external partners (e.g. Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable) as needed for the administration of collaborative projects;
  • Work with our Communications Manager and other staff to develop communications plans and assist with public communications as needed.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Aaron Hill, Executive Director at admin@watershedwatch.ca with “Operations Director” in the subject line. When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “Ann_Smith_Cover_Letter.doc” and “Ann_Smith_Resume.pdf.”

Watershed Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in Canada.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.

What others say about Watershed Watch:

Watershed Watch is an important ally for First Nations peoples in our continued struggle to safeguard wild salmon. The science provided is second to none and advocacy and support for First Nations is Five Star Gold Medal category. They are the organization I turn to every time I need science to support our work for the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance.” — Chief Robert Chamberlin, elected Chief Councillor of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance (2017)

Watershed Watch is one of my favourite groups and what they have achieved over the past 20 years is amazing!” — Vicky Husband, renowned conservationist, supporter and senior advisor to Watershed Watch, and recipient of the Order of Canada and Order of B.C.