Local recruitment: Upper Salmon Basin Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

Challis, ID, USA 🇺🇸

Salmon, ID, USA 🇺🇸

Job Type



TU seeks to hire a highly self-motivated, self-directed and capable person to identify, plan, and implement water conservation, fish passage and stream restoration projects to benefit salmonids in the Upper Salmon watershed. 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 great work.

Competitive candidates for this position will need to demonstrate strong project management skills and technical abilities related to river restoration, fisheries, 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 Idaho Water and Habitat Program Director.  This position requires frequent day travel, occasional overnight travel, and will be based in Challis or Salmon, Idaho.


  • Plan and implement a suite of restoration projects
  • Coordinate efforts with Upper Salmon Basin Stakeholder Groups
  • Identify, develop, secure funding and permits,
  • 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
  • Secure services of and oversee restoration design engineers and contractors
  • 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.


  • 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, fisheries, ecology, hydrology, and watershed processes
  • Project and grant management skills
  • Grant writing experience and understanding of non-profit work
  • 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
  • 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 projects and 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 and outreach
  • 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


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 approximate salary range is $50,000 to $55,000 annually, depending on relevant experience.

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 upload, using TU’s Paylocity application system linked below, the following: a resume (no more than 1.5 pages and not a C.V.); a cover letter; a writing sample that represents your professional skills; and the names and contact information for three references. We will begin reviewing applications on February 6, 2023.  The position is open until filled.

Salary Description

$50,000 to $55,000 annually




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development