Call Us: (360) 428-0140
Call Us: (360) 428-0140



It’s our job to help you find dedicated people to help meet your business goals. After 39 years in business, helping to make good employment matches is still the most exciting thing we do.

Best of all – our services come free of charge to your business.

What is Job Carving? A Win—Win.

While working with employers we often use a technique called job carving, where we identify tasks that are currently being performed by a current employee but could be done by an entry-level person. Those tasks become the core duties of a new entry-level job (full-time or part-time). When this happens, the original employee is freed up to spend more energy on core tasks essential to the business. 

The above video illustrates how job carving works in a typical scenario.

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Employer Testimonials

  • It is a great opportunity not only for our employees referred by Chinook, but for all of us as well.

    Andrea Lowden, Manager
  • Your quick solution-oriented responses, along with your positive approach, is what makes this collaboration a great success. It is truly a pleasure working with your agency!

    Shirley Chu, Early Learning Director
  • With Chinook’s help, we hired Chad, who is an incredible inspiration. Warm-hearted, happy-go-lucky, and eager to please are just a few of his many qualities. I appreciate Chinook’s continued willingness to work with Chad to keep him here with us at Skyline.

    Kelly Larkin, General Manager
    Skyline Marine Center
  • Nick does an exceptional job keeping our showroom floor and office spaces clean and appealing for our customers. He is doing work that fits the need of our business. We appreciate his hard work and Chinook for their support in his training.

    Mitch Larson, Owner
    Woodhouse Custom Cabinets, Inc, Anacortes, WA
  • We absolutely love having Mindy on our team here. She has been an incredible asset, allowing the stylists and estheticians to focus on serving their clients. Mindy helps us transition between our customers seamlessly. Without chinook and the wonderful job they do, we never would have met Mindy or carved this job for her. Chinook’s continued coaching has been an incredible avenue for Mindy to be successful on our team.

    Tamera Pearson, Owner
    Spero Spa and Salon, Mount Vernon, WA


Together, our employment specialists serve nearly 150 people annually. The job placements vary and depend on skill level and interest. Many positions are developed to increase efficiencies.  Jobs can be existing or developed, sometimes combining tasks pulled from one or more highly trained staff who earn a higher wage. Very often positions are part-time because for many people in our program, working part-time is a perfect fit, resulting in a win-win for employee and employer.


  • Tracking and production: Our staff has training in and technological tools to provide cost analysis, productivity tracking and education in the workplace.
  • Increased efficiency: Through the use of an extensive job and specific task analysis process, Chinook staff will work with you to identify positions that support your company needs.
  • Tax credits may be available.
  • Long-term retention: Employees hired through Chinook Enterprises average a retention rate of 6 years – well above the national average for entry-level jobs.
  • Increased customer loyalty: According to a national consumer survey, 87% of the public would give their business to companies that hire people with disabilities.
  • Improved corporate culture: Companies report that workers with disabilities are dedicated, reliable and add value to company culture.
  • Your workplace will more closely mirror the diversity in your community.


We are committed to developing a strong understanding of our employers. In order to find the right match, our Employment Services Staff provide the following services:

  • Consultation with the Business Owner/Manager
  • Detailed worksite observation
  • Analysis of the job responsibilities (our staff will work the job if needed)
  • Matching skills of appropriate candidates with job requirements



We work with people who are extremely diverse in their work skills, interests, and abilities. When a position has been identified through our job site analysis process, we screen from our list of applicants to find the most appropriate person for the job. Our screening and matching process has resulted in hundreds of successful job placements in fields such as:

  • Aerospace Mechanics
  • Industrial Assembly
  • Office/Clerical
  • Data Entry
  • Retail Sales and Service
  • Hospitality
  • Food Service
  • Child Care
  • Landscape/Nursery


Our Employment Services Staff provide training and follow-up tailored to each employer and individual.

  • One-on-One Job Coaching: Our professional staff work with employer and employee to help facilitate job site orientation, initial task training and ongoing support strategies to ensure long-term success.
  • Development of ‘Natural Supports’: Often times the key to long-term success is the development of simple day to day support from co-workers for the worker with a disability.
  • Accommodation: When needed, job site accommodations are often minor, inexpensive and can be implemented in cooperation with the employer. Such accommodations often make the jobs easier for the employee.
  • Follow-up Services: Once the employee is successfully working independently, Chinook staff stays in contact with the employer on any needs that might arise such as problem-solving, retraining, and/or help with performance appraisal.