Conservation Commission News

Kirk Robinson returns to lead SCC again

Kirk Robinson returns to lead SCC again
The Conservation Commissioners have appointed Robinson as SCC's new interim executive director

The Washington State Conservation Commissioners voted on Friday, March 24, to give the agency reins to Kirk Robinson for a third time as interim executive director. He will resume the position starting Monday, March 27.

Robinson comes to the agency with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He will serve in this position until a new executive director is appointed.

“We are very thankful to Ron Shultz, SCC’s policy director, for stepping up and taking on these responsibilities while the commissioners worked on finding a more permanent solution, especially during the legislative session,” said Daryl Williams, chair of the conservation commission. “We are also excited for Kirk to join SCC again and help us through this transition.”

Raised on a farm in Grays Harbor County, Robinson learned the importance of conservation and developed a connection to the environment at an early age. After 25 years of owning and operating a crop and dairy farm, Robinson entered public service working for Thurston Conservation District, where he provided technical assistance to landowners and commercial farm operations. He then joined the Washington State Department of Agriculture, serving for 15 years in several roles, including program manager, assistant director, and deputy director.

Robinson completed his career in public service working at the Washington State Conservation Commission, serving on special projects and as interim executive director. He attended Evergreen State College and graduated from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Administration. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including the state Dairy Products Commission and USDA Soil and Conservation Service.  

Along with his wife Ginny, Robinson enjoys working on their small farm, swimming, riding horses, and spending time with their five grandchildren.