Friends of the San Juans

A citizen group formed Friends of the San Juans in 1979 to help preserve the beauty, character, and wildness of the San Juan Islands in the face of increasing development. The organization’s first major effort was helping San Juan County adopt its first Comprehensive Land-Use Plan; today, thoughtful, science-based decision-making about land use, habitat protections and restoration, and strengthening local ecosystems remains a high priority.

Friends’ primary goals are to foster wild and healthy shorelines, promote thriving and sustainable communities, conserve forests, farmlands, freshwater, and prairie habitats, and ensure the health of marine ecosystems in the Salish Sea. Friends uses science to inform decisions that conserve the county’s environment and economy.

Friends works locally and throughout the region using innovative public-private partnerships, applied science, legal advocacy, and community-based initiatives to protect and steward the land, water, and sea for those of us here today and for future generations.

$75,000 - $85,000 yearly
Friends of the San Juans The office of Friends of the San Juans is in Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, Washington. Our expectation is that our Legal Director will live in the San Juan Islands, in order to be an active and visible participant in our local community.
Jun 28, 2021
Full time
Friends of the San Juans’ Legal Director and Staff Attorney (“Legal Director”) leads our legal advocacy and litigation practice and participates in many other organizational activities, including policy analysis and advocacy, public outreach and education, fundraising, and coalition building. The Legal Director has a key role in implementing our mission to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature. Job Responsibilities Identify, analyze, and comment on mission-relevant land-use and ordinance proposals in San Juan County to ensure compliance with environmental protections. Review and comment on private and public local, state, provincial, and federal actions likely to cause environmental impacts or diminish the availability of natural resources in and around San Juan County. This includes engagement in public processes for on-the-ground projects as well as policy development and creation, rulemaking, and long-range planning. When...