Local recruitment: Instream Flow Specialist

Trout Unlimited

Bozeman, MT, USA 馃嚭馃嚫


Trout Unlimited is a national  organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400  chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers  are matched by a respected staff of project managers, lawyers, policy  experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the  country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North  America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. 

Trout  Unlimited (TU) has been engaged in advocacy, streamflow and habitat  restoration across Montana for more than two decades. TU project staff  are focused on restoring instream flows, fish passage and stream  habitats to benefit native and wild trout populations in the Clark Fork  basin and the Yellowstone/Missouri Headwaters.  Our Western Water and  Habitat Program seeks to build upon a history of successful stream  restoration and water transactions in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone  Basins, expanding our capacity to protect and restore stream flows,  restore fish habitat and connectivity and incorporate water rights and  water policy into our work across Montana.  We are seeking qualified  applicants to serve as our Instream Flow Specialist. 


TU  staffers occupy unique and diverse positions, requiring self-motivated  and highly capable people to identify, plan, and implement instream flow  conservation projects and assist project managers in addressing water  rights aspects of fish passage and stream restoration projects to  primarily benefit aquatic resources and wild and native trout  populations in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone watersheds. The  Specialist will work closely with Montana Water and Habitat Program  attorneys and project managers, local watershed groups, and agricultural  communities to seek opportunities to reconnect and restore instream  flows on priority tributaries within public and private lands and  coordinate with resource agency staff to navigate and improve water  policy. The Specialist must possess experience with water rights and  water law, instream flow project development and implementation, water  right administrative policy and processes, and a familiarity and  willingness to work in tandem with experts in stream restoration, fish  passage, and mine reclamation.      

A significant focus  will be placed upon building and maintaining partnerships with partners  in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone basins, with our colleagues West  of the Divide, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and  Conservation. Good oral and written communication skills are required.   In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to seek out and  obtain grant funding along with team members to support project work and  core 

operational costs.  The position will be supervised out of the Trout Unlimited office in Bozeman, MT. This position will require  frequent local travel for meetings and field work. 


路  Closely work in a team of diverse TU staff in the Upper Missouri,  Yellowstone and Clark Fork basins to research and analyze water rights,  collect and analyze hydrological data, and evaluate opportunities to  design, implement flow and evaluate habitat restoration projects, in  coordination with state and federal agencies and project partners.   

路 Develop and implement streamflow restoration projects, monitoring plans, and water transactions. 

路  Engage TU chapters, watershed groups, agencies, landowners and other  local stakeholders to identify priority streamflow projects and develop  partnerships to advance TU鈥檚 restoration strategies in across Montana. 

路 Work both independently and in partnership with other TU staff on project development, grant writing, and outreach. 

路 Supervise interns and/or seasonal field technicians. 

路 Perform basic administration duties including grant writing, reporting, invoicing and tracking project budgets. 

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.Requirements


路 Minimum Bachelor’s degree in water resource  related field required (e.g. hydrology, fisheries, engineering, etc.);  graduate degree or juris doctorate preferred.  

路 A minimum of  three years professional experience with water law, water rights  analysis and transactions, natural resource project management, water  conservation project development, and/or instream flow transactions  focused on irrigation efficiency, fish habitat and passage improvement,  and stream restoration preferred. 

路 Demonstrated performance or  sufficient background to quickly learn to prepare water right change  applications, legal briefs, technical reports, grant writing, and  outreach materials. 

路 Familiarity with fisheries management  integrating principles of water law, hydrology, water quality, and fish  habitat restoration. 

路 Superior interpersonal skills and ability  to work constructively with diverse partners, rural community  stakeholders and private landowners. 

路 Excellent written and oral communication skills required.   

路 Experience with media relations and public outreach helpful.  

路 Good organizational and problem-solving abilities.  

路  Ability to work independently while managing complex projects as an  interdisciplinary team member in close collaboration with TU staff.  

路 Willingness and ability to travel within the state as necessary. 

路 Ability to provide own transportation required, mileage reimbursed.  

路 Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds! 

路  Ability to lift 40 lbs., work in inclement weather conditions, hike  long distances over difficult terrain and work in/around moving water. 

The  position is supervised from the Bozeman, MT Water Program office, and  primarily works as a member of the TU staff team in the Upper Missouri  and Yellowstone basins, and also with our Upper Clark Fork team.  The  position will require frequent local travel for field work and meetings.  Annual salary is $55,000, depending on experience, plus a generous  benefits package.

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