Executive Director

Our non-profit seeks an experienced, results-oriented and inspirational Executive Director to lead our organization. Founded in 1983, our original program was stock enhancement of Chinook salmon in Avila Bay to augment the west coast salmon population for sport and commercial fishing.  This program resulted in over 2 million Chinook salmon being released in the Pacific over a 20-year period.  It is from this program that our current name originates (Central Coast Salmon Enhancement (CCSE)). In 2007 this program ceased and CCSE redirected their efforts towards enhancing local steelhead trout populations.  To reflect these changes, CCSE is currently undergoing a name change. CCSE has two main programs: Education and Enhancement. The goal of the education program is to support the well-being of people through programs designed to inspire love of the land and water. The goal of enhancement program is to work with local agencies and landowners to support their operations in a manner that enhances the health of our local creeks, estuaries, and near-coast environment. CCSE envisions a future of healthy Central Coast watersheds for all.

CCSE is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) governed by a board of director, operated by a professional staff and supported by its members and volunteers. The organization's work is funded by private donations and public conservation funding. For more information and a full job description including specific job duties, please visit www.centralcoastsalmon.com.

Executive Director (ED)

CCSE seeks a mission-focused and entrepreneurial leader with demonstrated experience executing on vision and strategy. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will develop organizational programs that expand CCSE’s presence within the community, accomplish strategic priorities and goals, and passionately communicate its mission and accomplishments to internal and external stakeholders. S/he will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for CCSE, facilitate staff management of programmatic and administrative activities, collaborate with the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of a long-range strategic funding plan, and develop opportunities for collaborative partnerships in pursuit of CCSE's vision.

The ED is a collaborative leader, an accomplished fundraiser, and an excellent manager. A commitment to environmental causes and experience working in and with the larger community, along with strong organizational, administrative and financial skills are essential. This is an exciting opportunity for a results-driven, charismatic individual to lead a well-established organization into its next chapter of growth and stability.

Key Competencies:

·       Cross-functional leader capable of steering work across multiple levels of organizational functions.

·       Well connected in local community, especially in key areas where we want to expand membership base

·       Leading and managing volunteer based campaigns

·       Development of marketing plans, institutional branding and public relations

·       Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills

·       Communicating a compelling and inspired sense of purpose among staff, funders and the general public

·       Willingness and ability to publicly represent the organization and interface with grant funders

·       Willingness and ability to improve fund development, including membership, endowments, and major donors

·       Proven team builder with strong professional development and communication skills

·       Solid understanding of watershed management/restoration and fisheries sciences

·       Financial management, non-profit management, and/or experience with organizational and non-profit legal and liability issues

·       Willingness and ability to work flexible hours



The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

·       5+ years of substantive, relevant work experience, with 3+ years in a senior managerial role; prior nonprofit experience preferred.

·       Demonstrated success in securing funding for and scaling up an organization or a business/program function.

·       Experience in board development, fundraising, and fiscal management experience

·       Demonstrated ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytical and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making

·       Record of sound financial management in developing and executing a $1+ million dollar annual budget

·       Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; ability to persuasively negotiate consensus amongst differing opinions


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Watershed Education Intern

Are you interested in educating the next generation of environmental stewards?

Do you like interacting with young students in meaningful and rewarding ways?

Are you seeking to gain relevant job skills such as public speaking, crafting presentations, effective communication, and cultivating partnerships?

Want to get started in the environmental field but simply don’t know in what capacity?

Central Coast Salmon Enhancement (CCSE) is seeking an environmental education intern to join us starting in Spring 2017. CCSE is a small, environmental nonprofit committed to restoring Steelhead trout habitat in combination with community education, especially for young people. It is our clear intention to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

If you have 4-10 hours per week to volunteer with us on our education team, we provide an opportunity to learn and grow your skills to become an engaging environmental educator. Our education programming primarily consists of our Trout in the Classroom program and our upcoming DROPS program. Trout in the Classroom increases students’ connection to their watershed through the lens of our local Steelhead trout. Our new DROPS program illustrates to students the importance of water conservation. We will also be starting another new program, DIG! Pismo Clams, that combines in-class education for high school students with field trips to monitor local clam populations.

The underlying thread of our curricula is how our everyday choices affect the watershed and the species we share it with. We can make a difference in the health of our local fish, watersheds, and communities; we engage students with hand-on activities and experiential learning that helps students make positive choices everyday.

If you are interested in learning more about the internship or would like to send your resume and cover letter, please contact Tosha Punches at tosha.centralcoastsalmon.com

Communications Intern

Central Coast Salmon Enhancement envisions a future of healthy and thriving Central Coast watersheds for all. Come be a part of the team to make this happen. 

CCSE is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the restoration of local, iconic species in combination with environmental education for the public, especially young people.

We are currently seeking a part time Communications Intern. This unpaid position is mostly responsible for curating our social media accounts and writing/editing our E-newsletter and website blog. It is anticipated this position will average about 5-10 hours per week. College credit is available. This would be great experience for anyone wanting to pursue a career in social media or communications. 


• Daily posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages, both curating content and posting CCSE’s own content from restoration projects, in-class education, field trips, events, workshops, etc. 

• Develop newly started Instagram account

• Work with Executive Director to develop social media plan 

• Help develop and edit stories for our quarterly E-newsletter

• Use email marketing website to distribute E-newsletter

• Edit and write regular blog posts for website

• Take pictures/video for social media posts and E-newsletter

• Report on weekly and monthly analytics

Required qualifications:

• Working proficiency with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on both a desktop and cell phone

• Understanding of photo composition to take pictures/video with a phone/camera

• Open communicator, self-starter, detail oriented, organized, quick learner, flexible schedule

• Interest in our mission and some understanding of environmental conservation, including today’s most pressing environmental issues

Desired qualifications:

• Experience with email marketing websites, such as Vertical Response 

• Understanding of social media analytics

• Experience with InDesign and video editing

For further info or to submit resume and cover letter, contact Doug Daniels at poppydaniels@gmail.com