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Food & Fish Program Manager

Portland, Oregon
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Reports To:
Vice President of Food & Farms
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The Food & Fish Program Manager will work squarely at the intersection of local food systems and sustainable fisheries development. The role will be focused in the near term primarily on marine fisheries issues, including supporting networks of community-based fisheries, helping coordinate/aggregate supply from community fisheries to local buyers, helping identify and coordinate enabling processing and distribution infrastructure, and advising on the development of ecologically-appropriate aquaculture.

Reporting to the VP of Food & Farms and working closely with the rest of the Food & Farms team, the Food & Fish Program Manager will leverage successful Food & Farms frameworks and coordinate directly with community-based fishers and partner organizations from Northern California through Oregon and Washington, with some potential for building on past work in Alaska and/or BC as well. She/he will manage projects from conception to completion, and participate in fundraising, evaluation, and communication related to his/her projects and relevant fisheries issues. Working knowledge of and past experience in key fisheries issues (e.g. species seasonality and sustainability, regulatory environment, traceability, technology) required. Past experience in local food systems or restorative agriculture also helpful.

About Ecotrust
Ecotrust is a regional organization based in Portland, Oregon that has been leading restoration-based economic development since 1991. Our mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental wellbeing. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world. We work to restore nature and invest in people, simultaneously. Ecotrust’s work in the Food & Farms sector is motivated by the idea that robust regional food economies would increase resilience while spurring local economic development, promoting restorative production practices, and creating opportunities for better individual and community health.

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Learn more about our work here: www.ecotrust.org 


Duties are varied and will include, among others:

Project Management

  • Coordinate the activities of the Community Fisheries Network.
  • Identify fishers, co-ops, or companies committed to community fishing principles (sustainable harvesting practices, holistic approaches, transparent supply chains, developing markets for underutilized species), and support their business development and access to regional markets.
  • Enable access to (or help create, as necessary) the physical infrastructure necessary for community fishers to access key buyers, potentially to include dockside infrastructure (e.g. hoists, ice machines), or aggregation and cold storage, processing or distribution (e.g. warehouses, processing equipment, trucks).
  • Cultivate the network of relationships (e.g. fishers, processors, brokers, distributors), required to move food in a values-based supply chain from ocean, river or aquaculture facility to the point of consumption.
  • Leverage institutional purchasing power (e.g. schools, hospitals, colleges, assisted living, jails, etc.) to create new and efficient markets for community fishers, while also equalizing access by low-income and vulnerable populations’ access to this important source of local protein.


  • Lead on grant writing, management, and reporting for fisheries-related projects averaging from $5,000-$150,000.
  • Manage project budgets and timelines to ensure compliance and completion.
  • Provide regular status updates to the program and development teams.
  • Act as an internal resource on fisheries-related questions and issues at Ecotrust, and cultivate a network of external advisors.
  • Periodically create and deliver informative presentations for professional and lay audiences.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in community organizing and/or market development in coastal communities or sustainable seafood sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable conducting outreach to and engaging diverse groups of people including fishers, farmers/ranchers, and other food producers, policymakers, government officials, investors, community food advocates, and others.
  • Experience with comprehensive project management from conception to completion.
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising.
  • Detail-oriented and well organized; strong administrative skills.
  • Self-motivated, hardworking, dependable; able to work independently and in a support role.
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT) and database management.
  • Must be willing/able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and travel to meetings or conferences around the state and country as needed.

Preferred But Not Required:

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in fisheries management.
  • Additional degree or work experience in community food systems, public health, urban/food planning, environmental/food policy, nutrition, or related field a plus.
  • Experience or expertise with web-based tools and social media.

How To Apply:

Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to: with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.

Selection Process:
1.           Initial review of minimum qualifications
2.           Interview (over the phone or Skype)
3.           Consideration of top candidates (in-person hiring activities)
4.           Reference checks

Additional Information:

Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. The contact listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to the contact above in advance to request assistance.