Orca Month 2020 Organization and Implementation

Washington Environmental Council and Orca Salmon Alliance (Alliance) are organizing the 14th annual Orca Month in Washington state during the month of June. The Alliance has structured the celebration to include an Alliance-sponsored kickoff festival at the beginning of June 2020 in Seattle, followed by a series of events sponsored by individual member groups and partners. The contractor will work with the Orca Month Leadership Team in coordinating Orca Month kickoff festival and three additional events in Seattle sponsored by the Alliance. Alliance member groups are diverse and consist of local, national, and international organizations. Orca Month is also be celebrated in Oregon and British Columbia, with events hosted by Alliance member groups or affiliates throughout the region.

This is a contractor position.  We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with some experience and commitment in equity and inclusion to apply.

Estimated commitment by month:

Nov 2019         15 hours

Dec 2019         15 hours

Jan 2020           20 hours

Feb 2020          30 hours

Mar 2020         35 hours

Apr 2020          40 hours

May 2020        65 hours

June 2020        65 hours

July 2020         10 hours

Total                 295 hours


This is a contractor position with compensation range of $12,000-$15,000.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume online here. This contractor position is open until filled. No phone calls or mailed applications please. People of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.

Washington Environmental Council  is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.


The scope of work for this project would include, but is not limited to, the following activities:


Orca Month Kickoff Festival

  • Lead planning and coordination for all aspects for Orca Month kickoff festival logistics. This work includes, but is not limited to, securing Alliance member commitments and involvement, securing venue, organizing layout and format of the events in the series, managing speakers and/or performers at the events, managing the budget, providing any on-site, day-of support and coordination.
  • Promote and advertise kickoff festival in conjunction with broader Orca Month promotional efforts.
  • Identify and define volunteer needs for the kickoff festival and work with Alliance members to recruit volunteers.



  • Organize and facilitate regular Orca Month event planning phone calls, which includes developing agenda, taking notes, tracking action items, and following up with partners. Calls will be bi-weekly for initial planning and move to weekly calls as June approaches.
  • Work and coordinate with Alliance groups to manage and track events, actions, next steps, timelines, and assignments.
  • Identify and reach out to Seattle’s neighborhood communities to participate in the kickoff festival and other Seattle events.
  • Manage Orca Month budget that consists of pledges, sponsorships, invoices, and payables.


Marketing and Communications

  • Work with appropriate communications staff from Alliance member groups to develop and disseminate outreach and promotional materials as well as website, email and social media content, paid ads, promo video for Washington State Ferries, posters, and any other collateral materials for Orca Month and the kickoff festival.
  • Ensure that Alliance members have access to and are disseminating Orca Month kickoff festival and Orca Month outreach and promotional materials.
  • Work with appropriate communications staff from Washington Environmental Council and Alliance member groups to develop, plan, and implement a robust social media plan. Track metrics related to social media outreach.


Required Skills

  • Experience in planning successful events or managing other projects that involve multiple elements and stakeholders.
  • Strong phone skills and an outgoing personality; including the ability to be persistent over the phone and in person.
  • Ability to efficiently organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines, often in compressed timelines, and remain flexible under pressure.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to drive work forward independently while keeping team members involved and in the loop.
  • Ability and willingness to work necessary hours leading up to, during, and immediately following events.
  • As a contract position must be able to work some weekends and nights, able to travel to event locations, and provide own computer, phone, and work space.