Darrington Collaborative
Darrington Collaborative


Title:            Darrington Collaborative Coordinator        

Location:       King or Snohomish County

Reports To:     Washington Wild Executive Director





The Opportunity


Washington Wild is looking for a passionate and skilled individual to work with members of the Darrington Collaborative to help support and coordinate their work to support restoration forestry and aquatic restoration projects on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest located in the North Cascades landscape.

The Darrington Collaborative brings together stakeholders from the community of Darrington, WA,  the environmental community, members of the local Darrington timber industry, Darrington STEM youth education programs and representatives from federal, state and local government around shared goals of increasing ecologically sustainable timber harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the Darrington vicinity while improving the ecological functioning of our forests and watersheds. This coordinator position will significantly increase the capacity of the Collaborative by accomplishing key administrative tasks, increasing the quality and volume of outreach to local stakeholders, developing relationships, and identifying additional grant opportunities for the Collaborative.


Position Summary

The Darrington Collaborative Coordinator provides coordination and facilitation support for members of the Darrington Collaborative. The Coordinator will provide scheduling, agendas and notes for weekly Collaborative and other stakeholder meetings, draft and post monthly updates to the Collaborative website, research information relative to the collaborative’s work as needed and represent the Collaborative at meetings and conferences. The position will also help research and pursue additional grant funding opportunities to support the Collaborative’s goals and projects.


Key Job Responsibilities


Administrative and Facilitation Support – 20%

  • Provide reminders, draft agendas, notes and action items for weekly Darrington Collaborative conference calls.
  • Facilitate weekly Darrington Collaborative conference calls.
  • Help manage and administer existing grants (i.e., invoices, reporting, etc.) for the Collaborative
  • Research information as directed by Collaborative members


Public Communications and Outreach – 40%

  • Update Darrington Collaborative website monthly with monthly summary of Darrington Collaborative news, events and project updates
  • Provide an assessment of the Darrington Collaborative website and make recommendations for any enhancements or improvements
  • Ensure that the Collaborative logo and video are utilized and branded appropriately
  • Maintain and update fact sheets and other key documents used by the Collaborative
  • Maintain and manage the Darrington Collaborative list serv
  • Maintain and manage the Darrington Collaborative stakeholder email list
  • Provide monthly updates by email to the Darrington Collaborative stakeholder email list
  • Schedule, attend and provide agendas, notes and action items for Quarterly Leadership meeting with MBS National Forest
  • Represent the Darrington Collaborative on monthly Washington Forest Collaborative phone calls and provide notes to the Collaborative members
  • Help draft and develop a 2020 – 2023 Darrington Collaborative Strategic Plan identifying goals and objectives identified by the Collaborative.


Stakeholder Event Support and Participation– 20%

  • Represent Darrington Collaborative at Forest Collaborative conferences as appropriate
  • Schedule and handle logistics for Darrington Collaborative public meetings and field tours


Grant Research and Writing – 20%

  • Research potential grant opportunities relevant to the Collaborative’s activities
  • Draft and submit grant applications on behalf of the Darrington Collaborative to fund priority projects.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Washington Wild recognizes the full range of a person’s lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills. The Darrington Collaborative Coordinator is a critical thinker and an adaptive team player. They should present a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in the following areas:

  • A passion for restoration forestry, aquatic restoration and working to find common ground solutions to natural resource issues.
  • At least 2+ years experience in communications or administrative duties
  • Experience with managing successful events
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including local stakeholders, donors, community leaders, government officials and volunteers;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to develop and cultivate authentic relationships;
  • Demonstrated initiative and an entrepreneurial style, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Results-driven and able to meet deadlines and goals;
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously as needed;
  • Well-organized, thorough and attentive to detail; and
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, publisher, outlook and databases.

Other duties may be assigned. This job requires extensive computer work. Candidate must be able to drive and to carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds. At times, evenings and weekend work will be required.



Compensation of $25 per hour. This is a part-time, non-exempt temporary positon expected to work between 18 and 20 hour a week. As a temporary position, this position is not entitles to a benefits package. Washington Wild offers a flexible work schedule.


To Apply

Send cover letter and resume in a single Word or PDF document to tom@wawild.org. The positon is open until filled with a priority deadline of March 31, 2020.


Washington Wild strives to be inclusive in the work that we do and in the kind of orgnaizaiton that we are. We value different points of view and recognize the contributions of every employee. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our committment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.






For Immediate Release

Friday, July 10, 2015



Murray: Kerry Arndt            (202) 224-0223

DelBene: Ramsey Cox            (202) 603-9079

Inslee: Jaime Smith                 (360) 902-4316



One Year After Tragedy, New Partnership Launched to Improve Forest Habitat and Strengthen Darrington’s Economic Future


Murray, DelBene, Inslee join conservation organizations and local leaders to grow economic vitality of area where SR 530 slide occurred



Senator Murray in Darrington to announce the collaborative


Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Governor Jay Inslee, and leaders from major conservation organizations, local STEM education programs and the community of Darrington announced the formation of a new partnership called the Darrington Collaborative. The goal of the group is to bring together a variety of interests, including those of the local timber industry and conservation community, in order to increase ecologically sustainable timber harvests near Darrington and create jobs, while improving the health of forests and watersheds in the area.


Today’s announcement comes roughly one year after a slide killed 43 people, destroyed homes, damaged public infrastructure including a main highway, and blocked the Stillaguamish River, causing significant environmental and economic damage.


At a meeting at the Darrington Community Center today, members of the newly-formed partnership invited the public to attend upcoming meetings and field trips, and released their official Governance document for the collaborative (included below).


The following individuals and organizations form the Darrington Collaborative steering committee:


Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin

Paul Wagner, Darrington Area Resources Association & Washington State Society of American Foresters

Steve Skaglund, Three Rivers Contract Logging

Bob Boyd, member, Darrington Area Resources Association

Washington Wild

The Wilderness Society

Thomas O’Keefe, PhD, American Whitewater

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Oak Rankin, Director, Glacier Peak Institute -WSU STEM coordinator

Mike Town, Tesla STEM High School Environmental Sciences Educator


The Darrington Collaborative grew out of the trust and goodwill created between the conservation community and the community of Darrington in the aftermath of the tragic Oso landslide in March of 2014, after Senator Murray initiated a dialogue between the local community and conservation organizations, with the active support and encouragement of Governor Inslee and Congresswoman DelBene. The conservation organizations worked with Darrington leadership to model the Darrington Collaborative after similar partnerships elsewhere in Washington and across the country.


“As we continue to bring diverse groups and stakeholders together to build on the resiliency of Darrington and Oso, I am proud to join Mayor Rankin, Congresswoman DelBene and Governor Inslee in announcing the Darrington Collaborative,” said Senator Patty Murray. “By engaging in ecologically sound timber harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan through the collaborative, we improve local watersheds and enhance clean water and habitat while supporting local jobs.”


“This community and the people who live here will always have a special place in my heart after the kindness that was shown to their neighbors every day after the heartbreaking landslide in Oso last year. But out of something so tragic came many different conversations with people from all walks of life, focused on what can be done to support this incredible community,” Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) said. “The Darrington Collaborative brings together a remarkable partnership between the environmental, forestry, and local communities with the goal of increasing ecologically beneficial timber harvesting to improve the health and sustainability of our forest.”


“It is no surprise to me that this community, recognized for its grit and uncommon optimism, has found a way to bring together groups with a common interest in finding a way forward. We know that sound and sustainable practices can bring both ecological benefits to forests and much-needed economic activity to communities. This collaborative effort will ensure the needs and interests of loggers, community leaders, environmentalists, students and others are incorporated into a meaningful and productive plan for years to come,”  said Governor Jay Inslee.


“We have brought together a partnership of folks from diverse backgrounds to assist the USFS Darrington Ranger District with forestry and restoration projects,” said Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin. “Through the expertise of these individuals and community input, we hope to develop projects to improve ecological diversity and forest health, while creating sustainable jobs in the forest. We thank Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Representative Suzan DelBene for recognizing the challenges the USFS and rural communities face today, and their commitment to the health and welfare of our natural environment and their support of this initiative.”


“The Darrington Collaborative is well positioned for success, with strong leadership from the local community, active engagement of diverse stakeholders, and a science-based approach toward forest restoration and adaptive management that is fully consistent with the Northwest Forest Plan,” said Mike Anderson of The Wilderness Society. “We have seen community-based collaboration produce remarkable environmental and social benefits elsewhere in Washington and our region.”


“Thanks to a sustained dialogue with Darrington leaders, Senator Murray, Congresswoman DelBene and the Governor’s office, this collaborative allows us to be part of a unique opportunity to engage in a scientifically-grounded restoration effort that will have stewardship, educational and local economic benefits,”  said Tom Uniack, Conservation Director for Washington Wild. “We invite the public to learn more by visiting the collaborative’s new website at: www.DarringtonCollaborative.org.”


“The new partnership will provide a mechanism for stewardship contracts that will enable revenue from timber harvest to be directly invested in projects that benefit water quality and river health,” said Thomas O’Keefe, PhD, an aquatic ecologist and the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. “Many important projects await funding within the Sauk and Stillaguamish watersheds and through this program we will be able to tackle known water quality issues efficiently and proactively.”


“This partnership is a win-win opportunity for our environment, the community of Darrington, and the future of our forests,” said Jon Owen, a public lands officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts.  “It brings together diverse groups to restore critical salmon and wildlife habitat and improve water quality, while helping the local timber industry and Darrington’s youth in order to create a stronger community.”


“The collaborative is the ideal opportunity for Darrington’s youth to learn and contribute to the ecological and economic regeneration of their community through scientific monitoring and evaluating the effects of vegetation management and aquatic restoration,” said Oak Rankin, Glacier Peak Institute-WSU STEM coordinator. “Under the guidance of WSU, and with help from Mike Town & the Tesla STEM High School, the collaborative also gives our community the opportunity to design a STEM curriculum which can be replicated in other rural areas." 


Darrington Collaborative purpose and goals:


“The Darrington Collaborative will bring together stakeholders from the community of Darrington, WA,  the environmental community, members of the local Darrington timber industry, Darrington STEM youth education programs and representatives from federal, state and local government around shared goals of increasing ecologically sustainable timber harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Darrington while improving the ecological functioning of our forests and watersheds. The collaborative will work together and with federal officials to address issues that stand in the way of achieving the stated goals. Ultimately, the purpose is to show we can simultaneously create a more ecologically resilient forest, provide for increased, sustainable timber harvests on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Darrington, and provide economic benefits to the community of Darrington and educational opportunities for Darrington’s youth through the STEM program.”






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