Local recruitment: Restoration Project Manager (NE Oregon Region)

Trout Unlimited

La Grande, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Job Type: Full-time


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 floodplain communities and native and wild fish populations in the Grande Ronde, Wallowa, Imnaha, and John Day watersheds. The project manager will be responsible for working cooperatively with partners to develop new and carry-forth 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 transactions, hydrology, ecology, working-lands, 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. 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, fund, permit, and construct priority habitat restoration, connectivity, and floodplain reconnection projects
  • Ability to manage complex projects and manage multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside TU
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners and private landowners 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Work with supervisor and other staff on program strategies and project priorities
  • Maintain clear and frequent communications about projects with restoration partners 
  • Ability to track and manage project spending and budgets
  • Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required
  • Ability and willingness to work long weeks in the field during the field season
  • Ability and willingness to work at a desk in an office setting outside of the field season
  • 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      
  • Attend, participate, and represent TU in meetings relevant to TU’s mission

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

Desired Qualifications

  • 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
  • Passion for educating people of all ages about land stewardship and conservation
  • Experience managing field crews using tools such as griphoist, post-pounder, chainsaws
  • Familiarity with successful riparian planting techniques 
  • Experience with GIS and other mapping software
  • Experience in NE Oregon’s watersheds

Work may at times be physically demanding. May require walking and maintaining balance on slippery 

surfaces and sloping, highly uneven stream banks, and in conditions of moderate streamflow; may 

require lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying of field equipment over long distances. 

This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The starting salary range will be 52,000-64,000 DOE.

Please submit a Cover Letter (less than 1.5 pages) and Resume (less than to 2 pages). We will begin reviewing applications on January 27, 2023. The position will start in the spring or early summer 2023. 




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development