SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking qualified candidates to fill the open position of Mid-Willamette Representative for the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) advisory committee.
Oregonians that are involved with local fishing groups, understand fisheries issues, have previous experience working with volunteers and in community service, and are able to travel at least four times per year are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be a resident of the mid-Willamette Valley but candidates with other experience in the mid-valley will also be considered.
The position will remain open until filled, though candidates are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2008. STEP committee members are appointed to four-year terms and can be re-appointed once 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 then, thousands of volunteers have assisted Oregon's fisheries through their involvement in STEP, donating money, materials, equipment, and countless hours of time and labor.
The committee is comprised of 13 members representing all regions of Oregon. Members are appointed by the Governor and meet 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.
For application materials, visit the link below or go to www.governor.oregon.gov and follow the links to Boards and Commissions/Interest Form. For more information on STEP, contact ODFW staff at (503) 947-6232.