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We’re hiring a Development and Operations Coordinator!

by Katie Fleming on June 23, 2017 No comments

Friends of the San Juans seeks a new team member to assist the Executive Director and Board of Directors, lead fundraising and donor development, facilitate cross-team operations, and manage day-to-day office operations. The candidate should have fundraising and administrative experience, and be organized and flexible, able to work independently, and be an excellent communicator with an appetite for connecting with people and community. Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Position open until filled. Job is based in Friday Harbor.

Compensation:  Position is ½ to ¾ time. FSJ offers a benefits package that includes 403(b) with employer match. Compensation is dependent on experience.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the ED to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan including major gifts, planned giving, solicitation letters, renewals, database management, donor entry and donation deposits, gift acknowledgment, responses to member requests, and attendance at some events.
  • Manage office, provide program and event support as needed, represent FSJ at community events as needed, coordinate technology, publications, and board meetings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) and relevant administrative/operational experience; nonprofit experience preferred; computer fluency (Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook). Donor database experience a plus.
  • Communication skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong editing and proofreading experience, ability to communicate effectively with diverse range of audiences for variety of rhetorical situations.
  • Interpersonal skills: Strong interpersonal skills that build and strengthen office and community environment:calm under pressure, able to interact positively at all levels of the organization and public.
  • Organizational skills: Proactive, well-organized, and attentive to detail with respect for deadlines; self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision while managing multiple tasks, assignments, and priorities.
  • Flexibility: Able to work in a fast-paced, productive environment, serve in multiple roles, and be comfortable with changes in priority and direction (and a willingness to work extra hours if necessary).
  • Dedication: Interest in and commitment to performing essential duties to achieve the mission.


Interested candidate should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references by Friday, July 14.

Wed, Thur, Friday, July 19-21 Phone interviews

Mon, Tue July 24-25 in-person Interviews

Friends of the San Juans is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

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SJC Comprehensive Plan Commenting Opportunity!

by Friends of the San Juans on June 14, 2017 No comments

The Planning Commission and County Council are holding a hearing this Friday and need to hear comments on projected residential (AND VISITOR) population growth in the county for the next 20 years. This is the official start of public input on the update to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan.

Where: Friday, June 16, in Friday Harbor County Council chambers 8:30 am. This a joint planning commission and Council hearing.
What: The subject is a presentation on the projected residential population growth in the county for the next 20 years.

What you can do—preparation:
You can read the official memos from the Department of Community Development on the population projections. These are here and here. Spoiler alert: these are long and challenging.

What you can do—action:
Write a letter to the Planning Commission expressing your views. Here are some areas in which you may have concerns:

a.       Adequacy of baseline “full-time resident” population
b.       Adequacy of property-owner, non full time resident
c.       Adequacy of characterization of visitor population
d.       Impacts of population on other elements of the comp plan
e.       Relevance of the population projection since it does not influence the rate of growth or the location of growth
f.        How a 20 year population projection fits into the overall buildout of the county

Here is the official scoop on writing:
Written comments must be submitted to the Clerk of the San Juan County Council at, or in advance
of the hearing by mail, Email or in person delivery. Written comments submitted prior to 8:00 a.m. on
June 15 will be copied for the County Council and Planning Commission. If written comments are
submitted after 8:00 a.m. June 15, 2017, or at the hearing, please provide seventeen (17) copies.
Please deliver written comments to the Clerk of the San Juan County Council at 55 Second Street,
Friday Harbor, WA, 98250, or mail them to 355 Court Street, #1 Friday Harbor, WA.

Emails must be directed to

Please title the Email subject line:
Population Projection Comments from (your last name or agency name)

For the record, include your full address in all correspondence.

Thank you for your voice!

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Orca Sing 2017 – June 24 at Lime Kiln Point State Park!

by Friends of the San Juans on June 14, 2017 No comments

Gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas.  This year’s event is the 18th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

This year, Fred West and Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir will perform. Washington State Parks and Orca Awareness Month will also be celebrated.  In addition, Odin and Orca Annie from the Vashon Hydrophone Project will offer a Tlingit killer whale welcome.  While there is no guarantee, we hope that the orcas will grace us with a pass-by.

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy the beauty of Lime Kiln. Tours of the historic lighthouse will be offered before and after the concert. The event is free and open to the public.

A Discovery Pass is required for parking at the State Park.  Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.  Round-trip transportation is also available through San Juan Transit for $10 a person (pick up is at 5:30 at The Whale Museum with an 8:30 departure from Lime Kiln).

This year’s event partners include Lime Kiln Point State Park, F.O.L.K.S. (Friends of Lime Kiln Society), City Cantabile Choir, Friends of the San Juans, Orca Network, Vashon Hydrophone Project, and The Whale Museum.

For more information, contact The Whale Museum at 360-378-4710 ext. 30 or Friends of the San Juans at 360-378-2319.

See you there!

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Friends of the San JuansOrca Sing 2017 – June 24 at Lime Kiln Point State Park!

Join us! Special Stuart Island Boat Adventure for 9-12 Graders – July 19

by Friends of the San Juans on June 14, 2017 No comments

Calling students who want to explore the San Juans this summer!

Special Boat Adventure for 9-12 Graders: Exploring Stuart Island

July 19, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Leaving from Friday Harbor

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join Friends of the San Juans on this free, fun and informative boat trip (students entering 9th grade in the fall are eligible). Space is limited to 11 students. Participants will learn about how the San Juan Islands were formed, the area’s natural history, connections between land and marine habitats, outer island off-the-grid lifestyle, and current environmental issues. Priority will be given to students who have never visited an outer island.

Students will also collaborate to create a short video about the voyage to share through social media.

The trip will leave from Friday Harbor at 9 am and travel along the geologically diverse shores to Stuart Island, learning about how the islands were formed, why they look the way they do, and how they are still changing. Students will disembark for a hike to the Turn Point Lighthouse (5 miles RT) where they can witness and learn about shipping traffic, strong currents, and, with luck, orcas passing by. Along the hike, students will learn about how people on Stuart Island live off the grid using alternative sources of energy. In Reed Harbor, they will sample a known spawning beach for forage fish eggs and learn about why this connection between land and sea is critical to the marine environment. The return trip will focus on the connections between all that was seen and learned and planning for the collaborative video.

The boat captain, Greg Hertel, is a retired science teacher and will provide expertise on geology and natural history. Friends’ Science Director, Tina Whitman, will teach about forage fish, salmon, and their connection to the health of endangered orca. Friends’ Community Engagement Director, Katie Fleming, will provide information on threats from increasing shipping traffic, orca whales and other wildlife, and information on alternative energy options.

Registration deadline is July 12. Click here to register.  Contact Katie at 360-378-2319 or if you have questions.

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Friends of the San JuansJoin us! Special Stuart Island Boat Adventure for 9-12 Graders – July 19

Shifting Shorelines Sea Level Rise Workshops

by Katie Fleming on June 8, 2017 No comments

The San Juan Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. And increasingly vulnerable to more frequent and extreme storms that will affect the waterfront. But with good planning, we can protect the people and places we love.

Join us for a workshop about the best ways to protect waterfront properties and our community from coastal flooding and erosion, and how to care for the important habitats that will see changes as a result of sea level rise. There are a variety of low-cost steps you can take and a range of solutions available to island residents.

Attend one of these community sea level rise workshops to learn the latest science for our region, local vulnerability mapping and adaptation strategies, and how to protect your shoreline while building community resilience. Coastal experts from Washington Sea Grant, Coastal Geologic Services and Friends of the San Juans will be presenting. We also want to hear what you value most and how you think our community should prepare.

Lopez Island: Thursday June 29, 10:30am-12:30pm, Woodmen Hall

Orcas Island: Thursday June 29, 5-7pm, Eastsound Fire Hall

San Juan Island: Friday June 30, 11am-1pm, Brickworks

The workshops are free and open to all. Food and drinks provided. RSVP appreciated:,, or 378-2319.

Please help us spread the word! Click here to download a poster and/or share on Facebook (Lopez Event, Orcas Event, San Juan Event).

These workshops are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Katie FlemingShifting Shorelines Sea Level Rise Workshops

Read about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

by Katie Fleming on May 25, 2017 No comments

Sightline’s new article, The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters, by Friends board member Michael Riordan, explains how the Kinder Morgan Pipeline threatens all of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

“Every week another barge or tanker traverses the narrow straits through the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, bearing a cargo of tar-sands crude or other heavy oils from Canada, headed for refineries in Washington and California. But the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project approved in late 2016 by the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatens to make such transits daily occurrences, thus increasing many-fold the chances of a major oil spill in the Salish Sea and other Pacific Northwest waters.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety:

Image above shows the results of computer simulations depicting how a major oil spill at the BC Ferry crossing would have spread in the summer of 2012. Adapted by Shaun Hubbard from Kinder Morgan report.
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May 19 is Endangered Species Day – protect what you love!

by Katie Fleming on May 18, 2017 No comments
Endangered Species Day is May 19th. 113 marine species are formally listed as being at risk or vulnerable to extinction here in the Salish Sea. Here are five things you can do to help!
  1. Help preserve our remaining natural shorelines that provide essential habitat for marine species. View our latest video here to learn more.
  2. Purchase sustainably-harvested seafood at your local supermarket or favorite restaurant. Click here to learn more from Seafood Watch.
  3. Use beneficial landscaping techniques such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs and permeable paving to help reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and reduce runoff into ditches and storm drains.
  4. Do your part to dispose of unused medicine and chemicals properly. Never dump into household toilets and sinks or outside where they can get into ditches or storm drains.
  5. Help with the marine plastics issue and speak up for ditching plastic bags in San Juan County. Some of our local stores continue to use thicker plastic bags (considered reusable) after the single-use ordinance went into effect on May 1. It’s important these businesses hear from customers that we’ll happily support their move to stop using plastic bags at checkout. They care about what customers want – call today!
  6. Support Friends of the San Juans’ Endangered Species Advocacy work to make sure these species have their voice heard in decisions that impact their home.
We at Friends of the San Juans work every day to protect the species and places we all love. Thank you for your support!
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Comment by August 9: Anchorages in Our Preserves Need Environmental Review

by Friends of the San Juans on May 4, 2017 No comments

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rulemaking to establish official anchorage areas on the eastern edge of our island archipelago doesn’t include a full environmental review. These anchorages neighbor several federal, state, and locally protected areas that are important to many San Juan Islanders, including the Jack Island and Vendovi Island Preserves, made possible thanks to the San Juan Preservation Trust and all their members.

These anchorage areas are basically parking lots for large and larger ships that are waiting their turn to load or off-load their cargo and, in some cases, being filled up with propulsion fuel (aka “bunkering”).

Because these anchorage areas are already in use, the USCG claims that there will be no changes/impacts as a result of the proposed rulemaking, and that no Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed. WE DISAGREE!


  • These proposed anchorage areas are next to protected areas of natural beauty and environmental significance: Vendovi Island Preserve, Jack Island Preserve, San Juan Islands National Monument, San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Washington State Marine Protected Areas, the San Juan Islands Marine Preserve Area, and the San Juan County Marine Biological Preserve.
  • The Tesoro Refinery is proposing to manufacture and export xylene, a highly toxic petrochemical. More ships with new cargos in these proposed anchorage areas could have significant environmental and human health and safety impacts.
  • Our ports are gearing up for “ultra-large” container ships that will also use these anchorage areas. Ultra-large ships will cause ultra-large noise impacts to our federally listed as endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. The rulemaking states that the “USCG finds that the proposed action would have No Effect on endangered marine mammals or marine mammal critical habitat.” WRONG! Safe Shippers need to speak up for our orca whales and the impacts to their critical habitat.
  • More and/or bigger ships demand more bunkering at the proposed anchorage areas which increases the risk of oil spills.



  • Implement this rulemaking to include a full assessment of all adverse environmental impacts and ensure that all the US anchorage areas in use in the Salish Sea (including Puget Sound) are codified and regulated to include all appropriate accident and oil spill risk mitigation measures and environmental impact mitigation measures.
  • Comply with 49 U.S.C. 303 (c) (1) and (2) POLICY ON LANDS, WILDLIFE AND WATERFOWL REFUGES, AND HISTORIC SITES that says the Secretary of Transportation may approve a transportation project requiring the use of publicly owned land only if:

(1) there is no prudent and feasible alternative to using that land; and (2) the program or project includes all possible planning to minimize harm to the park, recreation area, wildlife and waterfowl refuge, or historic site resulting from the use.

  • Conduct an EIS that addresses all reasonably foreseeable uses of the proposed anchorage areas (vessel numbers, sizes, cargos, and bunkering).
  • Mitigate impacts by prohibiting bunkering at the proposed anchorage areas at the Vendovi and Jack Island Preserves and at William Point on Samish Island.
  • Prohibit deep-draft vessels from anchoring outside of designated and codified anchorage areas.



Online and email comments must be submitted by August 9 @ 10:00pm PST.

Mail must be postmarked by August 9, 2017.

ALL COMMENTS MUST INCLUDE: Docket number USCG-2016-0916

Online (see top right of webpage):


Mail: Commander, USCG Sector Puget Sound, Attn: Waterways Management / USCG-2016-0916,

1519 Alaskan Way S, Seattle, WA 98134

For more information: Mr. Laird Hail, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound; telephone 206-217-6051; email



The Proposed Rule Document

About Vendovi Island Preserve

The Campaign to Save Vendovi Island

About Jack Island Preserve

Map of NOAA-designated Critical Habitat for SRKW

Thank you to San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping for compiling all of these awesome resources!

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Thank you for Giving BIG to Friends of the San Juans!

by Friends of the San Juans on May 2, 2017 No comments

From all of us at Friends of the San Juans, thank you for making a donation through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIGevent on May 10! Every dollar makes a huge difference to the work we do protecting and restoring the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea for people and nature. Thank you for helping to make our work possible.

GiveBIG resulted in an amazing upwelling of giving in this region – $19,000,000 was raised for regional nonprofits! We know you had a lot of great nonprofits to choose from, so we especially appreciate your support of Friends. We love our community!
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Friends of the San JuansThank you for Giving BIG to Friends of the San Juans!

Commenting Open House – Xylene & Anchorages – 5/4!

by Friends of the San Juans on May 1, 2017 No comments

Xylene in our Salish Sea? Ships parked in our island preserves? We resist!

Come to the Commenting Open House to hear about two new project proposals harmful to islanders and orcas and learn how to say, “NO!” to these threats.

Thursday, May 4th 2017, San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street, Friday Harbor, Drop in anytime from 2:30 to 6:00pm

The Project Proposals:

  1. Tesoro wants to ship hazardous materials to its Anacortes refinery in order to manufacture xylene, a highly volatile hazardous and noxious substance that they’ll then ship to Asia— all this in our Salish Sea and along our shorelines. We resist! Click here for a detailed handout about commenting. 
  2. The U.S. Coast Guard wants to codify anchorage areas, right next to Vendovi Island Preserve and Jack Island Preserve and also near our National Monument, National Wildlife Refuge, and National Estuarine Research Reserve — all in our Salish Sea and all without a full environmental review. We resist! Click here for a detailed handout about commenting.

At the commenting open house, you’ll learn about these two projects and how to get your concerns addressed in the public commenting process. To make it easy to have your say right there on the spot, writing materials will be provided or you can bring your own laptops and/or smart phones. Tesoro xylene comments are due May 8 and the Coast Guard anchorage comments are due May 11.

This is our opportunity to resist what’s not in the best interest of islanders, orcas and our Salish Sea. 

For more info: Katie Fleming (360) 378-2319

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Friends of the San JuansCommenting Open House – Xylene & Anchorages – 5/4!