Local recruitment: Upper Yellowstone-Shields Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

Bozeman, MT, USA 🇺🇸


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 flow, fish passage and habitat to  benefit native and wild trout populations across Montana.  East of the  Continental Divide, our work spans the Gallatin, Upper Madison,  Jefferson, Yellowstone and Sun watersheds. In partnership with the  Madison-Gallatin Chapter and the Montana State Council of Trout  Unlimited, our Western Water and Habitat Program seeks to build upon  that effort and expand our capacity to protect and restore stream flows,  fish habitat, and fish passage across the iconic waters of the Upper  Yellowstone and Shields watersheds. We work closely with colleagues  across the state to advance our mission as well. We are seeking  qualified applicants to fill the newly created Upper Yellowstone-Shields  Project Manager position. 


TU  Project Managers hold unique and diverse positions. The shortest  description of the job is to “make things happen.” In that spirit, TU  seeks to hire a self-motivated and highly capable person to identify,  plan, and implement water conservation, fish passage and stream  restoration projects to benefit aquatic resources and native and wild  fish populations in the Upper Yellowstone and Shields watersheds. The  Project Manager will work closely with local agricultural communities to  seek opportunities to reconnect and restore cold-water habitat on  private lands as well as coordinate with agency land managers to improve  and reconnect aquatic habitat on public lands. The Project Manager will  be responsible for all aspects of restoration project work, but will  also work closely with other TU staff and volunteers working throughout  the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone Basin as well as colleagues in the  Clark Fork Basin.  Experience with stream restoration, contractor  oversight, and hydrology are key qualifications.   

A  significant focus will be placed upon partnership-building with the Joe  Brooks and Madison-Gallatin Chapters of TU as well as other local TU  chapters and grassroots leaders, land trusts, state and federal  agencies, landowners, watershed groups, and other non-profit  organizations. Good communication skills are required.  In addition, the  successful applicant will be expected 

to assist the Director as  we seek out and obtain grant funding to support project work and core  operational costs. The Project Manager will be supervised out of the Trout Unlimited office in Bozeman, MT, but could live within the Greater  Yellowstone region.  This position will require frequent local travel  for field work and occasional travel outside the region for meetings. 


·  Engage TU chapters, watershed groups, agencies, landowners and other  local stakeholders to prioritize projects, initiate restoration planning  activities, and develop partnerships. 

· Develop and implement  streamflow, habitat and fish passage restoration projects and monitoring  plans to improve wild and native trout habitat.  

· Coordinate  with state and federal agencies and other TU staff to collect field data  for project development and post-project monitoring. 

· Work both  independently and in partnership other TU staff on fundraising,  including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant  proposals, and developing relationships with funders to sustain the  program budget. 

· Supervise interns and/or seasonal field technicians. 

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

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilitiesRequirements


· Bachelor’s degree in water resource related  field (e.g. hydrology, fisheries, engineering, etc.) required; graduate  degree preferred.  

· Prefer two years of professional experience in natural resource project management.  

· Experience with irrigation design and water conservation, fish passage improvement, and stream restoration preferred. 

· Experience working with contractors preferred. 

· Experience in fisheries, water quality, and/or water quantity restoration. 

· Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities. 

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

· Excellent written and oral communication skills required.   

· Experience with social media, media relations and public outreach helpful.  

· Good organizational and problem-solving abilities.  

· Ability to work independently while managing complex projects.  

· Willingness to travel within the region as necessary. 

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

· Ability to provide own transportation required, mileage reimbursed.  

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

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

The  position will be based in the Upper Yellowstone watershed, supervised  out of Bozeman, MT office, and will require frequent local travel for  field work. Ability to provide own transportation required, mileage  reimbursed.  Annual salary is $52,000 depending on experience, plus a  generous benefits package.

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