Local recruitment: Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

Oregon, USA 🇺🇸

Job Type: Full-time


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 Grande Ronde, Wallowa, and John Day watersheds. The project manager will be responsible for working cooperatively with partners to develop new and help complete ongoing restoration projects. This work will focus on restoration activities that improve habitat for ESA-listed species. The position requires an individual who is self-motivated, action oriented, works well with diverse personalities, and has hopeful ideals about accomplishing and finishing great work.

Competitive candidates for this position will need to demonstrate strong project management skills and technical abilities related to river restoration, water right transactions, hydrology, ecology, working agriculture and partnership-building. The successful applicant will work with TU staff and stakeholders to secure additional funding for project activities and to cover core operational costs to sustain the program in future years. The Project Manager will be expected to manage projects from conception to completion and be a leader in working on project-oriented habitat restoration and conservation.

The Project Manager will report to the NE Oregon Project Manager. This position requires frequent travel and will be based out of La Grande, Enterprise, Baker City, John Day, or a nearby location.


  • Plan and implement a suite of restoration projects currently in development
  • Identify, develop, secure funding, permit, and construct priority habitat restoration, connectivity, and floodplain reconnection projects
  • Work with supervisor and other staff on program strategies and project priorities
  • Maintain clear and frequent communications about projects with restoration partners
  • Perform administrative duties including contracting, grant reporting, invoicing, and budget management
  • Collect, manage, and analyze ecological and hydrological data
  • Conduct pre- and post-project effectiveness monitoring
  • Where it is incorporated into project design and implementation work with TU grassroots members and other volunteers on restoration project activities
  • Spend portions of the field season working in remote field settings
  • Attend, participate, and represent TU in meetings relevant to TU’s mission

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

Staff and leadership at TU understand that life outside of work is important to personal health, and we strive to create a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The salary range is $50,000 – $60,000.

At TU, we value a diverse representation of staff, and we actively seek candidates for this position who come from communities that have been historically under-represented in conservation and those who have been most impacted by degraded rivers and streams. We are committed to building space for all people to participate in our work to care for trout and salmon and clean our shared waters.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TU’s equity practice and values https://www.tu.org/equity/.


Please provide a resume (no more than 1.5 pages and not a C.V.), cover letter (no longer than 1.5 pages), a writing sample that represents your professional skills, and the names and contact information for three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system. We will begin reviewing applications on December 10, 2021. The position is open until filled.Requirements


  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience (school, work, training)
  • Experience with restoration techniques, project management, irrigated agriculture and complex multi-party negotiations is essential
  • Knowledge of conservation, ecology, hydrology, and watershed processes
  • Project and grant management skills
  • Grant writing experience and understanding of non-profit work
  • Experience implementing habitat restoration projects and managing contractors
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with a wide range of partners and personalities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as first rate research and analytic skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving abilities. The job requires the ability to prioritize workload, to be highly motivated and self-directed
  • A passion for fisheries conservation and for protecting and restoring rivers and streams
  • Ability to travel overnight


  • Experience and/or familiarity with salmon, and steelhead restoration project funding sources
  • Understanding of whole-systems ecology and the foundations of restoration ecology
  • Understanding of Trout Unlimited’s history and current organizational direction
  • Previous experience with media, outreach, and/or legal research
  • Experience with community outreach and engagement, including ecological education
  • Passion for educating people of all ages about land stewardship and conservation
  • Experience managing field crews using tools such as grip hoist, post-pounder, chainsaws, and familiarity with successful riparian planting techniques




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