ODFW taking applications till March 15th for position on Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Advisory Committee

SALEM, Ore. — ODFW is seeking applicants for three positions on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee to represent the North Coast, Umpqua, and Roque regions. Interested individuals should apply by March 15, 2022.

For more information and link to application visit https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP/STAC.asp or see the “How to Apply” webpage http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx

Desired applicants will have experience working with volunteers, community service organizations, or involvement in natural resource or angling education. Ideally candidates have knowledge of the issues and activities performed by STEP biologists, volunteers, and partner organizations within their territory. ODFW provides many opportunities for all Oregonians to be engaged with STEP and is looking for ways to expand our community outreach. Candidates that are able to connect with or represent young adults, women, families, or underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate for the North Coast will reside within and have knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, STEP activities in a territory that includes Clatsop County, Tillamook County, and the western portion of Columbia County and includes the communities of Astoria, Seaside, Vernonia, Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Hebo, and Pacific City.

The ideal candidate for the Umpqua will reside within and have knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, STEP activities in a territory that includes Douglas County and the communities of Reedsport, Drain, Sutherlin, Roseburg, Canyonville, Glide, Clearwater, and Diamond Lake.

The ideal candidate for the Rogue will reside within and have knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, STEP activities in a territory that includes Jackson and Josephine Counties and the communities of Medford, Grants Pass, Shady Cove, Eagle Point, Prospect, Butte Falls, Cave Junction, and Ashland.

Candidates must have the appropriate technology to participate in virtual meetings and or be able to travel to committee meetings two to three times per year. The successful candidates will serve a four-year term, with the possibility of re-appointment for a total term of eight years.

STEP was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout. Since the inception, thousands of volunteers have assisted ODFW through their involvement in STEP, by donating money, materials, equipment, and countless hours of time and labor.

The nine members of the Advisory Committee are appointed by the Governor and represent all regions of Oregon. The committee meets quarterly in various communities throughout the state to conduct STEP business and advise ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding STEP. Committee members are volunteers; however, business-related expenses are reimbursed.

More information on this announcement, STAC, and STEP can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP or by contacting Kevin Herkamp, ODFW Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Coordinator, at (503) 947-6232 or [email protected].

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