Our Staff


Peter Bahls, Executive Director

Phone: 360-385-6786 Click to send an email to Peter

Peter Bahls

Peter Bahls is a co-founder of Northwest Watershed Institute and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since the organization’s inception in 2001. He completed an M.S. in Fisheries Science and Aquatic Ecology from Oregon State University and has over 20 years experience in conservation biology and management, from tracking ants in Panama to brown bears on Kodiak Island. Prior to working for NWI, he worked as Senior Fish Biologist for David Evans and Associates, Inc. in Portland, Oregon and as the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Habitat Biologist for the Hood Canal region, including Tarboo Creek. In 2009, Peter received the National Wetlands Award and the Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award for conservation achievements in the Tarboo watershed.

Judith Rubin, Stewardship Director

Phone: 360-385-5358 Click to send an email to Judith

Judith rubin

Judith Rubin is a restoration botanist and Stewardship Director. A co-founder of NWI, she joined the staff in 2004. Jude earned an M.S. as a Switzer Fellow and R.K. Mellon Fellow from the Botany-Field Naturalist Program, University of Vermont. Jude has worked on restoration efforts in Central and North America, with 16 years experience restoring native plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. She was formerly Director of Olympic Peninsula Foundation (now “Northwest Natural Resources Group”); other previous employers include River Network and The Nature Conservancy. In 2010, Jude won the Hood Canal Coordinating Council’s Environmental Achievement Award.

Karen Robison, Administrative Assistant

Judith rubin

Karen Robison joined our staff in 2016. She has a varied background in technical writing and management that spans more than 30 years. She has had a strong interest in conservation and has worked for various environmental groups throughout her career.

Field Crew

field crew

NWI employs a field crew for assistance with a variety of restoration and assessment projects, including tree planting in the winter, monitoring and maintaining young plantings in the summer, and fish and habitat surveys.