The Adopt A Stream Foundation’s

Northwest Stream Center


The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation is a private non-profit corporation.  Its mission is “to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds.”  That mission is carried out by: producing environmental education materials, conducting Streamkeeper Academy classes, and providing local communities stream and wetland restoration technical assistance. 

To expand its mission capabilities, the Adopt A Stream Foundation is developing the Northwest Stream Center – a place where up to 45,000 visitors a year will learn the interconnections between forests, wetlands, streams, fish, wildlife and people.  This fall, the Northwest Stream Center is projected to open to the public on a daily basis.

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Now being recruited is a multi talented Office Manager with growth potential for the person with the right set of experience, skills and education.  Starting salary is $14 to $17 per hour; 32 hours per week.  Upon successful completion of a 6-month probationary period, the successful candidate will be receive a monthly employer contribution to a Simplified Employee Pension Plan that is 12% of salary. 

Job responsibilities include:


Accounts Payable/Receivable

Payroll – report hours and charge wages to appropriate cost centers

Reconcile Bank Accounts, Balance Sheet Accounts, Merchandise Inventories, etc.

Analyze grant expenses and produce computerized reports


Provide administrative support for Streamkeeper Academy and stream/wetland restoration activities.

Provides historical reference by defining procedures for retention, protection, retrieval, transfer, and disposal of records

Schedule NWSC facility rentals

Manage membership database

Prepare annual report to the Washington Secretary of State and Attorney General

Contribute to a team effort by carrying out other administrative duties as necessary.

Public Relations

Prepare newsletters, press releases, fundraising letters, thank you notes, general correspondence

Respond to email and telephone inquires

Meet with visitors to the Northwest Stream Center and Streamkeeper Academy classes.

Maintain contacts with media representatives


Maintain and purchase inventory for the Streamkeeper Nature Store

Process merchandise orders

Package and distribute orders

Sell tickets and merchandise at Streamkeeper Academy classes

Required Skills:

Proficient knowledge and experience in QuickBooks for Business and tracking budget expenses
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Strong understanding of accounting principles and guidelines
Strong written and verbal communication skills; must be comfortable speaking in front of an audience
Excellent organization and time management
Self motivated and extremely detailed oriented
Able to identify problems and solve them

Multi-task without stress

Not Required but Preferred Knowledge/Experience:

Desktop publishing software

Experience working in an environmental education facility, zoo or aquarium

General knowledge of NW ecology Education: 

Education Requirement

Minimum: Associate’s Arts and two years of office and/or business management and accounting experience.  However, candidates with a bachelors advance degree are preferred.

Northwest Stream Center Environment

The Northwest Stream Center is located on a 20-acre site leased from Snohomish County Parks and Recreation.  On site there is a Visitors Building that includes office space, a small natural resource library.  Also, there is a 160 foot long Trout Stream Exhibit and a ½ mile long Elevated Nature Trail through complex forest and wetlands next to a salmon stream that are the primary visitor attractions.

Application Procedures:  Send a brief cover letter and resume to Office Manager Selection Committee, Adopt A Stream Foundation, 600 – 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.  You cover letter should describe how your knowledge, skills and experience qualify you to become a key team member of the newest environmental learning facility in the Pacific Northwest.  Applications must be received by September 23 at 4:30 pm.


Salary: $24K-$29K/yr DOQ.  Benefits equal to 12% of salary for Health/Retirement and paid vacation and sick leave provided upon successful completion of a probation period of up to six months.


  1. 1.Functions as a member of a team constructing stream and wetland restoration projects and surveying physical and biological characteristics of streams. 

  2. 2.Enters field information into a computer database. 

  3. 3.Constructs a variety of stream and wetland restoration projects ranging from the installation of log grade control structures and fish ladders to stream bank restoration.

  4. 4.Supervises crews of volunteers and/or partner laborers.


  1. 1.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills and be literate in basic computer word-processing, spreadsheet and database software; skill in both IBM and MAC computer systems preferred. 

  2. 2.   Must maintain a positive attitude in all work environments, be able to adapt quickly to new situations and project environments, and have a desire to learn.

  3. 3.  Must have a knowledge of stream ecology and salmon habitat. 

  4. 4.  Must be proficient in the use of a wide range of hand tools and equipment that are typically used in construction work. 

  5. 5.  Knowledge of how to use stream-monitoring equipment is preferred.  

  6. 6.  Heavy Equipment experience preferred.

Nice to have, but not required: NAUI or PADI diver certification

Physical Condition Requirements: The successful candidate must not only be smart, but be able to perform the following: 

  1. Carry a 45 pound backpack electro-shocker while conducting fish surveys walking up steep ravines.

  2. Wield a sledge hammer to pound rebar through logs to anchor them in stream beds.

  3. Hike through dense vegetation “in the muck.”

  4. Remove invasive vegetation like reed canary grass and blackberries and planting desirable riparian vegetation.

  5. Work outdoors in adverse weather condition

Minimum Education/Experience: High School diploma and an AA Degree or equivalent in the natural resources sciences required.  Three years of exceptional work experience related to the job duties may substitute for the AA Degree.  Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license.

Promotion Opportunity:  Within one year, successful candidates may have an opportunity to be promoted to and Tech II position or an Ecologist I position depending on performance and qualifications (a four year degree in natural resource science field is required for promotion to the Ecologist I position).


On unbound white paper, send a concise letter to the attention of the Ecologist I Review Team explaining why you are the best person for the position.  Attach a resume detailing your experience and education, a copy of your college transcript(s), and a list of three references with reference telephone numbers and email addresses.  Applications must be received at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center, 600 -128th Street SE Everett, WA 98208 by Thursday August 25 at 4:30 pm.