In response to the COVID19 Pandemic and in anticipation of pending action by San Juan County, Washington authorities, airplane camping is closed until further notice.  Any campers will be asked to leave and trespassed if not compliant.


The Next Regular Meeting of the Port of Orcas Commission is scheduled for Thursday, March 12th at 5:00 PM at the Airport Conference Room, 147 Schoen Lane, Eastsound, WA.

2020 03 12 Agenda

(The Agenda above was posted on 3-11-2020 (Never Forget)  @ 10:25 AM)

Employment Opportunity (CLOSES March 31, 2020)

The Port of Orcas is seeking an Airport Manager to live and work on beautiful Orcas Island, the Gem of the San Juan’s in Northwest Washington.  The Port is completing a Master Plan in early 2020 that will re-designate the Airport Reference Code (ARC) from B-I-Small to B-II with significant future projects required to achieve compliance.  As an island airport, the airport is an essential public facility important to the community of 5,000 and has traditionally competed well for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.

The Airport Manager is the Chief Executive for the Port of Orcas and is responsible for all aspects of planning, operation and maintenance of the Orcas Island Airport (KORS).  The Airport is a Commercial Services and General Aviation Airport served by several 14 CFR Part 135, On-Demand and Scheduled Commercial Operators.  Since its inception in 1958, the Port has exclusively operated the airport, but seeks opportunities to expand into marine or commercial real estate operations to support economic development.  The Manager currently supervises one employee and acquires additional services and maintenance through on-going and project-specific contracts.  As such, the Manager is routinely and intimately involved in day-to-day activities to operate and maintain the airport.

Reporting directly to the Port Commission and supervised by the Chairperson, the Manager is given significant authority, commensurate with experience and qualifications, to direct most decisions related to airport operations including daily, normal maintenance and operation of the airport, following written policies where applicable, and keeping the commission informed as requested.   Direction from the commission varies from specific instructions to general direction, depending on the activity.

This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position based on a nominal, 36 to 40 hour work week, four to five weekdays per week.  As an attended airport, working hours should generally mirror normal business hours.  Hours worked in a pay period that exceed the salaried expectation may be offset by compensatory time or, at the discretion of the commission, be paid as occasional overtime.  Variations to this schedule may be necessary due to seasonal surges or other activities requiring the on-site presence of the manager or travel to attend training or conferences.   When available locally, the Manager is expected to respond to emergencies and other urgent airport matters after regular hours.

The Airport Manager’s Salary is $55,000-80,000 annually commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applicants are asked to submit resumes, a cover letter and 3-5 professional references with contact information to Port of Orcas, PO Box 53, Eastsound, WA 98245 or orcasairport@rockisland.com


  • Supervises any and all hourly and salaried staff
  • Serves as Port’s Financial Officer and Accountant with support of San Juan County Auditor and Treasurer
  • Supervises, inspects and maintains as appropriate airside and landside areas of the Airport
  • Manages and negotiates leases of airport facilities
  • Implements Small Works procedures for maintenance or construction projects
  • Provides Subject Master Expertise to the Commission on strategic planning and future development of the airport and coordinates with the FAA and WSDOT
  • Serves as Port’s Public Records Officer
  • Serves as Port’s Administrative Officer
  • Maintains professional relationships and communications with customers, Port commissioners, regulatory agencies, other public entities and members of the public


  • Associates or Technical Degree and experience in Airport Management or related field
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions
  • Able to lift 45lbs on occasion
  • Must be willing to learn the requirements necessary to keep the Airport compliant with all State and Federal regulations


  • S. in Airport Management or related field
  • 5+ years’ experience in Airport Management or related field
  • Valid Private Pilot Certificate

Planting Project

The project documents for the wetland mitigation are below.


Master Plan – click here to view the Master Plan information

Below is a chart of landmarks that may be used to supplement position calls in the San Juan Islands.  A regional pilot, in consultation with a CFI, has noted that using landmarks exclusively is not in compliance with established reporting procedures.  If you elect to use landmarks, which are in many ways more useful, please use as a supplement to direction and distance.  E.g. “Orcas Island Airport, Cherokee 679W, 5 nautical mile 45 to the right downwind to 34 —over Matia—One Thousand, One Hundred, Orcas Island Airport” or at least be prepared to follow-up with direction and distance if queried.

San Juans (Annotated) Nautical Chart pdf