Local recruitment: New Jersey Upper Delaware River Restoration Manager

Trout Unlimited

Northwestern NJ, USA 🇺🇸


Job Type: Full-time



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 organizers, 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.


This position requires a highly motivated and self-driven person to collaborate with private and public landowners and partner organizations to protect, reconnect, and restore coldwater resources in New Jersey, with an emphasis on the Upper Delaware River watershed. The manager will work closely with TU volunteers, landowners, agricultural producers, state and federal agencies, and other partners to coordinate all aspects of coldwater habitat reconnection and restoration projects including identification of new project opportunities, securing project funding, implementing funded projects, conducting field work, and monitoring completed projects to ensure a benefit to native and wild trout. The position will be based in northwestern New Jersey with projects located in the watersheds of Flat Brook, Lopatcong, Musconetcong, and surrounding areas.


  • Coordinate the implementation of projects including the management of grants, budgets, and compliance with contract and procurement requirements.
  • Identify, develop, and coordinate project timelines, scopes of work, and budgets.
  • Actively identify and pursue potential funding sources, including writing grant proposals and budgets, for high priority projects and develop relationships with funders.
  • Coordinate and facilitate volunteer activities in support of specific conservation projects.
  • Work with TU partners and funders to build a comprehensive network of community, nonprofit, business, and agency partners within the watershed.
  • Coordinate and implement communications and outreach efforts, including press opportunities to highlight project implementation, when and where appropriate.
  • Develop timely project activity reports, financial reports and annual reports to describe the work accomplished, planned, and initiated.
  • This is a non-supervisory position, although there may be an opportunity to recruit and hire summer interns for field work assistance.

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

Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, environmental sciences, or other related natural resources field required; Master’s degree a plus.

  • Professional experience in project management and river conservation required.
  • Professional experience working with landowners, resource managers, and other interested parties in a collaborative setting.
  • Ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner, even on contentious issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and supervise multiphase stream restoration projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with writing grants and fundraising.
  • Experience with project and grant management and project permitting.
  • A working knowledge of principles and practices of fisheries and aquatic resource management with a particular emphasis on fish passage and stream habitat requirements of brook trout.
  • Proficiency in GIS spatial data platforms, using handheld computers to record field data, and other technology skills.
  • Knowledge of the region and watersheds a plus.
  • Experience motivating and engaging with volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Passion for trout and salmon and the places they live