Local recruitment: Clearwater Restoration Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

North Central Idaho, ID, USA 🇺🇸

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TU is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over four hundred chapters and councils nationwide. Our dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of project managers, organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists who work out of more than forty-five offices across the country.  Our mission is to bring together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon.

Position Description TU is looking for a full time Project Manager to work with landowners, tribes, State and Federal agencies, and other organizations to manage restoration projects primarily in the Clearwater watershed of north central Idaho. The project manager will be responsible for working cooperatively with partners to develop new and ongoing restoration projects. The Project Manager will implement habitat restoration projects that improve native fish habitat in the Clearwater River Basin of north central Idaho and assist other TU Project Managers within Trout Unlimited’ s Lower Snake River Program. The project manager is expected to work closely with the Nez Perce Tribe and United States Forest Service staff. The primary objective of this position is to complete habitat restoration projects 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, hydrology, ecology, working landscapes and partnership-building. 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. This position requires frequent travel and will be based out of Lewiston, Orofino, Kamiah, Kooskia, or a nearby location in north central Idaho. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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 
  • Coordinate with and maintain clear and frequent communications with partners and funders 
  • Perform administrative duties including contracting, grant reporting, invoicing, and budget management 
  • Collect and manage ecological and hydrological data   
  • Conduct pre and post project effectiveness monitoring  
  • Work in varied environments, including remote field settings  
  • Attend, participate, and represent TU in meetings relevant to TU’s mission 
  • Collaborate closely with a small but mighty team of TU colleagues

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


  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience. 
  • Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree may substitute for professional experience
  • Experience with restoration techniques, project management, working landscapes and complex multi-party negotiations is   essential 
  • Education in and working knowledge of natural resources, conservation, ecology, hydrology, and watershed processes
  • Understanding of salmon and steelhead life history and their freshwater life cycles
  • 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 initiative-taking and self-directed  
  • Basic cartography skills (ArcGIS or another program)
  • A passion for fisheries conservation and for protecting and restoring rivers and streams
  • Previous experience with media, outreach, and/or legal research is desirable
  • Ability to travel, periodically overnight

Salary and Benefits

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.

At TU, we value diversity, 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/

How to Apply 

Please upload a cover letter and resume, to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system.  We will begin reviewing applications on December 2, 2022. The position will be open until filled.