The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking qualified candidates to represent the Lower Rogue District on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Advisory Committee.

Oregonians that are involved with local fishing or STEP groups, have previous experience working with volunteers and/or in community service, or are involved in natural resource or angling education are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to travel at least four times per year.

The ideal candidate will be a resident of the Lower Rogue District which covers the southern Oregon Coast from Four Mile Creek near Bandon south to the California boarder and includes the communities of Brookings, Gold Beach, Langlois, Port Orford and Agness. The major stream basins in this area include the Sixes, Elk, Pistol and Chetco Rivers, the lower Illinois River and the lower mainstem of the Rogue River.

The successful candidate 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 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.

This recruitment will remain open until filled, though candidates are encouraged to apply by January 17, 2013.

For more application materials, visit http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/boards.shtml and follow the link to “interest form.”

Information on 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 kevin.herkamp@state.or.us.

Image courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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